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Fit and flare: The perfect summer style

Here's how to embrace fit-and-flare styles this summer.

We’ve all heard of the fit-and-flare style – the universally flattering cut that looks great on every body type. With a cinched waist and flared bottom, fit-and-flare garments provide the illusion of a perfect hourglass body shape, no matter the size of the woman wearing them.

In fact, we’ve covered before how plus-size ladies can take advantage of fit-and-flare looks. Truly, the cut enhances any body type. Plus, it can be worn in every season, so if you’re currently transitioning your wardrobe from winter to summer, take a look at these ways to incorporate fit-and-flare styles into your warm-weather clothing:

Wear it to the office
Fit-and-flare styles transition easily to an office environment where fitted and tailored clothing is the norm. One great way to wear the style is to pair sheath dresses with blazers that cinch your waist. Peplum dresses, skirts, and tops are another flattering (and trendy!) style that enhances the waist while downplaying the hips. Or, you can even look for fit-and-flare blouses – tops with belts or ties around the waist embody the flattering style and make you look and feel good at work.

Fit-and-flare styles transition easily to an office environment where fitted and tailored clothing is the norm.

Layer it up
As spring transitions into summer, some chillier days and evenings are expected. For that reason, layering your fit-and-flare styles is a good idea. For A-line skirts and dresses, try layering a fitted, short cardigan on top, or even adding a long-sleeved button up underneath. You can also use tights or pantyhose to keep your legs warm until summer really starts to heat up.

Try a tunic
The tunic is another flattering style that’s perfect for summer, so why not combine the two? Tunics that nip in at the waist and flare out over the hips are a little more flattering than more voluminous versions that hide the body. To add even more definition, include a belt! For becoming proportions, wear your fit-and-flare tunics over slim-cut pants, shorts or even leggings for a comfortable weekend look.

Tunics that nip in at the waist and flare out over the hips are a little more flattering than more voluminous versions that hide the body.

Stay breezy in a maxi 
In recent years maxi dresses and skirts have become a very popular summer style. And why not? They’re comfortable but sophisticated, and even though they provide full coverage, they’re still breezy enough for warm weather. If you want to embrace the maxi style, the best way to do it is to opt for a fit-and-flare style. Because maxi dresses are often the same color or pattern throughout, a cut that enhances a waist will create a proportionate and defined upper and lower body.

Wear a summer dress
When you envision a summer dress, what comes to mind? If you’re thinking of a lightweight, knee-length dress, we agree! These dresses are the perfect summer wardrobe staple because they’re an entire stylish outfit in one garment. This summer, look for fit-and-flare summer dresses for an even more sophisticated look. Try a wrap-dress style or one with ruching near the waist and bodice for ultimate flattery. And don’t be afraid to opt for bright colors and bold prints – that’s what spring and summer are all about, after all.

Here's how to embrace fit-and-flare styles this summer.

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