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How to wear the best fall fashions for your body type

Author: Canadian Living

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How to wear the best fall fashions for your body type

What every fashion insider knows is this: No matter your style or your size, fit is paramount.

If you know the ins and outs of how to dress your silhouette, you're going to look polished and put-together, and feel more confident in the way you dress. Did you know a smartly tailored blazer can easily make you look 10 pounds thinner? (Now who doesn't love that?!)

Toronto-based stylist George Antonopoulos, who recently collaborated on a signature line of modern leather style staples called Object with Danier Leather, briefed us on fall trends and how to work them for your body type.

1. Styling tips if you're petite

• Clothes
Antonopoulos recommends shorter hemlines for petite women this fall. "I suggest not wearing anything too long. Form-fitting dresses and skirts that hit above the knee always work well on petite frames," he says. High-waisted pants are also an excellent trend for petite women, as longer rises can optically add inches to small frames.

• Accessories
Antonopoulos also suggests that petite women wear earrings or collar necklaces. "They bring the eye up," he says. As for what not to wear, he recommends keeping arms relatively bracelet-free: "I would avoid wearing heavy bangles as they can make you look smaller."

• Footwear
Try a wedge or a platform pump for added height and leg length. If you're not comfortable in high heels, a kitten heel is hot for fall and also an easy way to get a slight lift.

2. Styling tips if you're long and lean

• Clothes
A fresh trend for tall and thin body types is the maxi (nearly floor-length) skirt or dress. Accentuate your long and lean frame by wearing lengthy, flowing pieces. "I love a great maxi skirt for fall," says Antonopoulos. This trend is versatile and works just as well with a classic T-shirt to keep things casual, or a bold piece of jewelry to spruce things up.

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2. Styling tips if you're long and lean

• Accessories
"Wearing chunky bracelets works well for tall girls," Antonopoulos advises. "They have the height to balance out the boldness on the wrist." Try stacking bangles of different colours, sizes and textures for a playful look.

• Footwear
If you're trying to downplay height, opt for a chic ballet flat or this season's "it" boot: the tall equestrian or riding boot. Either option never fails in the style department.

3. Styling tips if you're full-figured

• Clothes
Don't shy away from fitted pieces. "A-line silhouettes can actually make you look heavier – pick a fitted piece that highlights your curves," says Antonopoulos. Cinched waists are also a classic way to play up a gorgeous, hourglass figure.

• Accessories
If your closet is full of black, try incorporating the season's hottest trend – colour! – by pairing bright accessories with monochromatic outfits. "Take small steps to bold colour," says Antonopoulos. A great way to try this trend is to tie a bright, solid scarf loosely around your neck. You'll be surprised at what colour can do for your complexion.

• Footwear
Steer clear of the platform trend to keep your leg line clean and minimal. If you're looking for height, nothing beats a classic stiletto pump.

4. Styling tips if you're athletic

• Clothes
"Athletic women look great in menswear-inspired pieces," says Antonopoulos. "I really like pleated trousers on athletic body types." Keep this look clean and effortless by pairing a great pair of slacks with a simple blouse or T-shirt. With the right accessories and footwear, the menswear trend is a refreshing change after a summer of feminine, flowy dresses.

• Accessories
Antonopoulos recommends highlighting toned upper bodies by wearing a statement necklace. Tribal-inspired pieces can add interest and dimension to an otherwise simple outfit. This season, the bolder the accessory, the better!

• Footwear
Keeping in line with the menswear trend, brogues and other smart flats, such as loafers, are stylish and practical. Think of Diane Keaton in Annie Hall, Antonopoulos says. Her big-screen character's iconic tomboy style will resurface and be reinterpreted for the rest of time.

Keep these expert styling tips in mind the next time you go shopping. Whether you want to flatter your curves, elongate your legs or disguise your tummy, you're sure to find wardrobe staples that suit your shape.

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