Shape up or ship out this fall |

Shape up or ship out this fall

Laura A. Ball

Forwardly feminine, fall silhouettes beg the woman inside of us, no matter the age, to shine outward. Best of all, fashion’s newest forms befriend our most dazzling assets. Body hugging leggings let our legs speak for themselves, babydoll dresses hint at our softness without giving too much away and a belted waist leaves plenty of room for curves.

Use what’s already in you wardrobe to make new shapes when it comes time to dress for fall.

The look: Super skinny trousers; cigarette pants, jeans and leggings.

You can’t go wrong with this superclean skinny, leggy look. It flatters every shape.

And you can layer precariously with tanks, jerseys, jackets or an oversized sweater on top or stay slim with a tight-fitting tee and a belt. Tuck them into boots. Throw on a frock and breath new life into an old dress. Experiment.

For a sophisticated spin, save your frilly blouses by pairing them with a cropped jacket and stovepipes. For night, add a boxy jacket.

Play with the pant’s hemline to best accentuate the leg. If you want to make your legs look longer, wear them below the ankle and add heels. From day to night, cuff your jeans and unroll them when the clock strikes 5.

The look: A belted waist with room for curves; Belts, pencil skirts, trench coats, dresses tied with a bow.

Think Catherine Hepburn. Beautiful red lips, stunning gaze, wavy locks and a nipped waist. Revealing without revealing a thing, there’s nothing unsexy about showing off your waistline and so many ways to do it this season.

Find a belt and use it. Throw it over a dress, a tunic. The difference is, it sits on your natural waist, that’s a few inches above the belly button.

Pull a cardigan and a pencil skirt together or a bubble skirt and cami. For a belted or beltless approach, the corset works wonders.

Menswear-inspired trench coats make the look so simple. Throw it on with a skirt no longer than the coat or slim pants and go.

The look: Befitting to the empire; Cocktail dresses, jumpers, babydoll blouses.

Simple and chic, The babydoll dress is as good as it gets. As long as you remember shoes, you’re good to leave the house.

Cinched just under the bustline, the ’60s babydoll assures the woman who wants to have fun and not be taken too seriously. But the innocent shape also alludes to something that can’t be had.

Balance the free flowing look with slim jeans, leggings or tights. Put on a cropped blazer for instant polish. Add a sparkly belt for something extra.

Staff Writer Laura A. Ball can be reached at 748-2939 or

Vail, Colorado

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