Skinny trousers are in, but I am quite curvy and they don’t look right on me. What are my options?
The general rule is to wear something that flatters, not whatever is in fashion. Narrow skin-fit trousers will only enhance your curves, so opt for pants with a straight leg that are not close fitting. That said, bootcut trousers are out and one ends up with a mermaid shape, which is worse. Straight and narrow is your best bet, not skinny. Low-waisted trousers work well. Choose a pair with some detail on the cuff, so that it distracts attention from the top.
I am fed up of striped shirts. Are there any other chic options?
Of course, there are. Many work wear brands have shirts with geometric patterns, but pick one with a small pattern. You could also try tiny checks; the print is not as outdated as believed. Another option is to look for fabrics with a self-design or dobby and jacquard prints. A geometric jacquard pattern can add texture to a shirt while keeping it monochromatic. Fabrics with a slight sheen will make you look like a sharp dresser and the way the collar is cut and its height and width make a big difference.
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