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New York Fashion Week is just wrapping up and there have been some beautiful new designs shown on the runways.

But runway models aren’t built like petite and curvy girls.  A design is going to look completely different on a 5 foot or 5’2″ frame with curves than it does on the 5’10” model that wore it on the runway, and it’s not always going to look good.  How can you choose and adapt runway styles to work with your figure?

Here are three suggestions for taking “Ready to Wear” fashion and making it “Ready to Wear Well”:

1) Don’t forget your figure when considering trends.  Like in my last post about button-down shirts – as trendy or popular as loose, drapey, or unfitted outfits may be – they won’t necessarily look great on every figure.   Those styles, in particular, tend not to look good on curvy girls.  Like with my button-down experience – they tend to make us look boxy and larger than we really are.

2) Look beyond the individual outfits for themes you can incorporate.  Alexander Wang’s runway show this fall used bright colors, super bright prints, leather accents, and more.  By incorporating the design themes, you can pull off the “look” and “feel” of the outfit without wearing something that may not flatter your figure otherwise.

3) Finally, be selective.  Fashion is fickle and it changes constantly.   If you know how to dress well, there will rarely be a moment when you will look bad by deciding not to pull off the most current trend, but – if it doesn’t work for you – then there will be many more moments when you will look ridiculous for trying to pull off a trend that doesn’t work.

Below I have some ideas on how I’m going to try to incorporate some elements from this year’s runway into my wardrobe in the near future.

Readers:  Do you try incorporate runway designs into your personal style?  What are some of your good and bad experiences?  Do you have advice for others?  Leave your thoughts in the comments. 


Note: I do not have any personal size or fit recommendations for the items below, they are for example mostly.   I do have plans to add several of these items to my wardrobe in the future and hope to add more information in future posts.


Runway: Alexander Wang:  Sheer Pleated Skirt 

I loved the sheer pleated skirt in several of Alexander Wang’s runway outfits.  This is something that could be incorporated easily into a wardrobe of women with many different figures.  Plus, as a slightly longer, less sheer skirt, it might even be office appropriate.

alexander wang pleated skirtImages from Style.com Alexander Wang’s 2014 Runway Show

At Home:

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Left: H&M Pleated Skirt in Black;  Right: Theory ‘Zeya’ Pleated Skirt available at Nordstrom

Diane von Furstenberg – Black Stripes & A-line Skirts 

Two things I noticed from this picture of DVF’s runway show were the black striped dresses in the upper left corner, and the a-line print skirts.  Stripes can be hit or miss.  But these are broken up with wider black accents and can be easily done at home.  As for a-line skirts, those are always a go for this curvy girl.


Images from the Diane von Furstenberg Runway Show from the New York Fashion Week Instagram Page

At Home:

DVF at home1

Above: White House Black Market Petite Sleeveless Stripe Dress 

dvf at home

From Left to Right:  Mod Cloth Posh at the Party Skirt; Mod Cloth What’s the Sketch Skirt; Mod Cloth Ikebana for All Skirt

Of course, you can always go directly to the source:  DVF Website.

I’m looking forward to incorporating NYFW concepts into my wardrobe in the coming season.  I hope you are, too.