Fall 2012 Fashion Trends for a Triangle Body Shape

Probably the most common of body shapes, the triangle—also known as the pear—is narrow on top, with fuller hips, booties and thighs. Emphasizing that small upper body and staying away from too-tight bottoms will keep you looking slim and stylish all season long in trendy shades of red, cuddle-with-me knits and collars that pop.

1The trend: Cozy knit-wits

The runway: Chloe. Ready for a cool down? As the air chills, warm things up with a chunky, yet not bulky, turtleneck sweater and full bottom that shows off a triangle shape’s lovely curves.

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2Your way:

Balance your triangle proportions by pairing a fitted ski sweater with a full skirt. The thin belt shows off your narrow waist and a pair of pumps makes this look dressy enough for a holiday cocktail soiree.

J.Crew turtleneck sweater and full skirt, J.Crew

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3Your way:

Don’t be surprised if you find yourself wearing this sweater over and over again all season long. It’s chunky enough to keep you warm and toasty, the long length helps hide full hips and—bonus!—it’s totally comfortable.

Talbots wool tweed turtleneck sweater, $99, and Marianne ankle pant, $99, Talbots

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4Your way:

Need a new fall outfit that goes from the boardroom to the barroom with ease? Here you go. A drapey long cardigan hides your rear view, while full slacks give you a little, well, slack in the thigh area and a printed blouse draws attention upward. Swap your briefcase for a little clutch and, when the clock strikes 5, hit the door running.

Worthington cardigan, $35, top, $20, and high-waisted pants, $30, J.C. Penney

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5The trend: Fifty shades of red

The runway: Donna Karan. For a show-stopping fall purchase, look for a fire-engine red jacket or coat that nips in at the waist and flairs out in an A-line shape. It’ll flatter your triangle shape and brighten up your day. Seeing red can definitely be a good thing.

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6Your way:

Wanna look long and lean? From its funnel neck to its belted waist to its skirt-style flare, this red triangle-perfect coat is so pretty you may never want to take it off.

Asos Curve fit and flare coat, $123.13, asos.com

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7Your way:

Bring fall colors to your wardrobe with a red cardigan, orange A-line skirt and brown tights and ankle boots. Who knew Mother Nature was such a style maven?

Mossimo Supply Co. red shawl cardigan, $24.99, Merona Elevated ruffled blouse, $22.99, and Merona skirt, $22.99, Target

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8Your way:

Show off your shapely triangle body type with a fitted light-colored sweater and a skirt with flare—and flair. This deep wine-hued pleated skirt is full enough to hide an ample bottom, but stylish enough to carry you through a season of work, parties and date nights. Pass the pinot!

J.Crew Collection cable knit cashmere sweater, $238, and burgundy leather skirt, $795, J.Crew

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9The trend: Hot Under the Collar

The runway: Tibi. A white printed blouse looks fresh when the collar is done in statement-making blue. Plus, the pop of color will bring eyes up to your face—just where they should be.

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10Your way:

Flatter your triangle shape by wearing dark denim on the bottom and a fun print—with a bright collar—on the top.

American Rag blazer, $45, shirt, $39, and denim, $49, at Macy’s

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11Your way:

Bring some sparkle to your fall fashion finds with a short-sleeved sweater that features an embellished collar appliqué at the neckline. So sweet.

French Connection beaded Gina sweater, $128, frenchconnection.com

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12Your way:

Ready to jump on the statement collar trend, but not willing to make a huge investment in new shirts? Grab a detachable collar by the—er—collar, and bring new life to clothes you already have. This gold studded number will fancy up everything from T-shirts to shift dresses. How easy is that?

Asos stud collar, $25.55, asos.com

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