Have a muffin & big hips?
This is the first important bit: Your best tops & dresses are fitted through the waist & flaring out at the hips. I often find that pieces which flare out from the bust will also work well (as long as they are not too voluminous).
Hopefully you can see that this style hides the excess weight around your bottom half by skimming over it & not clinging to it.
One Aussie store that does this A line style particularly well is Blue Illusion.
Because Blue Illusion has a niche market, even in a season of boxy & oversize pieces, they retain their signature shape.
Today I was wandering through Country Road (notorious for younger trendier styles) and I spotted this little gem amongst all its boxy oversize brother & sisters.
In 100% super fine merino wool, machine washable, it has a fit & flare waist.
In fact, Country Road is calling it a peplum knit. Don't panic if you never had any luck with the peplums of last summer.
This one is different.
The peplum isnt sewn on. Instead its created by the way the item is knitted, so it flares out without any horizontal seams.
This means that the eye isnt drawn to any horizontal seams and isnt expecting the narrowest part of your waist to sit at any seam. Given that the chances of this happening are buckleys and none, it's no wonder those summer peplums looked great on the hanger & not so great on us.
This is the second important bit: The upshot of this beauty is that if your narrowest waist is a couple of cm about the top's narrowest waist or a couple of cm below the top's narrowest waist, it wont kill the fit. Gotta love that sort of fit flexibility is what we love.
The top is also in that off white which Country Road calls marshmallow.
The marshmallow looks a tad see though on the site. But the black was opaque.
The other gorgeous thing about the top is the open scoop neckline - even a girl with an ample bust can wear it.
Small bust? Add a scarf. Hermes optional.
If you try this on, please let me know on the Facebook page what you think.
Now if only they did it in a navy, a burgundy, a cream and a soft pink.......