Leather is awardrobe essential and a great slimming fabric. See our pick of the best buys for your problem areas...
Leather is big right now. And whether you’re looking for the perfect skirt, dress or jacket to suit your figure, we’ve found the best pieces to flatter your figure.
One of fashion’s favourite pieces for spring/summer 2016 is this stunning green wrap skirt from M&S, £129. Talked about by fashion insiders as the ‘hero’ piece of the season, this stunning skirt could have stepped straight off the catwalk. Don’t be afraid of leather – the fabric can actually be very flattering, and this skirt in particular is the ultimate waist-trimmer, thanks to the buckle detailing which will draw eyes towards your slimmest mid-section. The wrap-over style hides a tummy bulge too, giving you ultimate confidence. Simply style with heels and a shirt for a smart look with a stylish edge.
If a skirt isn’t quite right for you, there are plenty of ways to wear leather for S/S16. It’s a classic fabric for a reason and, when worn the right way to suit your shape, can take pounds off. Simple tricks like cinching in at the waist create a beautiful, balanced silhouette for troublesome tums, larger hips and top-heavy women. And the best part? A classic leather staple piece will never go out of style.
Ready to start shopping for your new wardrobe hero piece? Click through our selection of the most flattering leather buys for your body shape…
V necks are perfect for those with bigger busts - we love the neckline on this figure-hugging dress from Marina Rinaldi, £159. Not only does it feature a nipped in waist for a heavenly silhouette, but it comes in a beautiful shade of dark green for a truly luxe look. Opt for bold jewellery and a comfortable midi heel for a sophisticated day-to-night look.
The A-line skirt is the single most flattering cut for all body shapes.
Why? Because it highlights your narrowest part or creates the illusion
of a tiny waist.
Be sure to find the right length for your height
- taller women can wear midi length skirts, whilst petite shapes should opt for a shorter hemline, like this beauty from Biba at House of Fraser, £59. Layer up with a cosy polo neck for a chic work-friendly ensemble.
The best way to fake a long lean torso is with a tunic dress, like this one from Zara Faux Leather Dress, £29.99. You can't go wrong with classic black - the ultimate slimming colour. Complete the outfit with a statement necklace to draw
attention away from your mid section.
A long-line coat is a great way to disguise larger hips. Invest in a timeless piece like Miss Selfridge's Belted Trench Coat, £175. It's a wardobe must-have that lasts for years - simply throw on
to elevate any outfit and create a streamlined silhouette.
Avoid tight leathers and opt for a cling-free full skirt instead - the loose-fitting pleats on this skirt from Navabi, £69.99, accentuates your narrow waist whilst gliding over larger hips
to create an balanced overall shape. Cut just above the knee, it can be
worn with stilettos, or for a contemporary twist, leather ankle boots.