Spring 2013 Fashion Trends for an Inverted Triangle Shape

So, your legs are slim and toned, but your upper body is broad? Balance out your Inverted Triangle shape by drawing attention to your gams (and face) to make the most of that athletic physique.

Now that you know which body parts to play up, you’re ready to rock the latest in spring fashion. Check out our favorite high-end designer styles straight off the runway—along with “real life” wearable takes on the hottest spring trends that flatter your Inverted Triangle shape.

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1The trend: Graphic black and white

The runway: Narciso Rodriguez

Black and white gets a healthy dose of sexy with this style that’s perfect for an Inverted Triangle shape. The dark and simple upper half lends a geometric shape to the white skirt, drawing the eye down. Can you feel that spring heat?

Your way: The black color-blocking on this dainty white dress instantly slims your shoulders, not to mention your waist. Even better, the short length is a bonus for your athletic legs. Score!

For a more affordable option, try ModCloth Minimalist Chic dress, $49.99

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Your way: You work hard for those gorgeous gams, so why wouldn’t you want to show them off in an op-art patterned pant? Add a simple tank or T-shirt, slip on a blazer and you’re set for the office and drinks after work.

Your way: Got your eye on that corner office? Show up in this powerful and pretty pencil skirt to show you mean business—and that you know your style stuff, too!

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5The trend: Shorts suits

The runway: Lela Rose

The seaming on this smart number draws the eye down and away from your widest part, putting your toned legs on display. Show off!

Your way: Want to impress your fashion-loving friends? Show up to cocktails in this look: a shorts suit with stripes and a black and white palette—the trend trifecta! It also looks fab on an Inverted Triangle shape thanks to the slim-cut shorts, which show off your gams, and the black, fitted jacket, which helps slim your shoulders. Watch your back, Anna Wintour!

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Gap corded stripe blazer, $88,

Your way: The easiest way to draw attention away from your upper body and down to your lower half? A wild-print short. This bright blue and red pattern commands attention, while the simple gray blazer and white tank stay muted. Wanna wear it to the office? Opt for a Bermuda length.

Your way: Spring parties can be tricky. You want to look casual, but not like you just came from a day spent playing Frisbee in the park. And you want to look put-together, but not stuffy, like you just came from a meeting with the boss. How’s this for a compromise? Fun, floral shorts in a bunch of bright colors, plus a canvas jacket and a simple white T-shirt. Best of all, you can wear the top to work and change into shorts to meet your friends, or just add the jacket after a day in the sun. Not so tricky, after all.

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9The trend: Bold stripes

The runway: Michael Kors

The strong vertical stripes on this number keep the eye moving up and down, making you look longer and leaner. Yep, we’re certainly green with envy.

Your way: A long, breezy striped maxi skirt will brighten even the rainiest of spring days. This style is great on an Inverted Triangle shape’s narrow hips. Pair it with a simple tank or fitted T-shirt to balance out your broad shoulders and you’re ready to roll!

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Your way: A wildly striped, long tank dress brings the eyes down and away from your shoulders. Plus, the direction of the stripes of this dress actually matches your body’s natural taper. Scoop it up!

For a more affordable option, try Gibson and Latimer striped maxi dress, $79, Dillards

Your way: Repeat after us: Patterns are your friend. Got it? Okay, now run out and get yourself a pair of super-stylish striped shorts. Snag a simple, slightly sheer blouse while you’re at it. Then, accessorize away. Go-to spring ensemble? Check.

For a more affordable option, try Anne Taylor Loft Triumph Stripe Jacquard shorts, $49.50

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