Photos: Fall 2011 Fashion Trends for a Circle Body Shape

1The trend: Maxi dresses and skirts

The trend: Maxi dresses and skirts

Runway: Diane von Furstenberg

Circle-shaped women have a thicker middle, as well as slim legs and great arms that deserve to be shown off. This maxi dress stunner from fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg is forgiving around the waist, while the halter neckline draws the eye up to those stunning shoulders.

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2Rachel Pally White Label caftan dress

Your way: Circle shapes can hide a little belly bulge with an empire waist. This maxi length is super flattering and we love the flutter sleeves with raw edges.

Rachel Pally White Label caftan dress, $264,

3Express slit maxi skirt

Your way: Show off your pretty legs with this slit-cut skirt. Want to hide your tummy? Try adding a cardigan to keep it under wraps.

Express slit maxi skirt, $39.90,

4Ark & Co. flutter maxi dress

Your way: We’re slightly obsessed with the funky print on this glam gown. The halter neck gives a nod to the season’s ’70s trend, and circle body shapes will look cool at the office when they top this number with a structured black blazer. So chic!

Ark & Co. flutter maxi dress, $69,

5The trend: Menswear

The trend: Menswear

Runway: Peter Som

Borrowing from the boys never looked so beautiful. Pair slim or boot-cut slacks with a structured boyfriend-inspired jacket to pull this suit style together. Wear a cozy sweater or sport something sexy and feminine like a camisole underneath.

6J. Crew Hacking jacket

Your way: This long, lean British-style riding jacket is nipped in at the waist to help create a thinner midsection. The cropped, slim-fit slacks are perfect for highlighting look-at-me legs.

J. Crew Hacking jacket, $198, and Minnie stretch pant, $79.50,

7Trousered Bermudas

Your way: Circle shapes, it’s kind of your duty to showcase those gorgeous legs of yours, and, yes, you can totally wear shorts for fall. If there’s a morning chill in the September air, toss on a cable-knit cardi. In December, just arm yourself with black tights and get ready to accept many compliments.

Trousered Bermudas, $118, Wavy Cables cardigan, $148, Wingfall blouse, $158,

8Lafayette 148 New York long jacket

Your way: Want to look sleek in your menswear-style suit? Opt for a long one-button jacket that allows room for an ample middle. Pair it with super-skinny slacks to balance things out.

Lafayette 148 New York long jacket, $398,

9The trend: Clashing prints

The trend: Clashing prints

Runway: Tory Burch

Be bold by choosing large prints, such as this plaid paired with stripes. Darker shades are flattering on every body type, but the trick is to choose similar color families when picking patterns.

10Liz Claiborne striped sweater

Your way: Not sure you’re ready to dive in and mix things up? Start slowly with a statement-making coat and printed top. Pair them with dark skinny jeans and heels and it’s a Circle body type’s dream outfit.

Liz Claiborne striped sweater, $29.99, and leopard jacket, $124.99, JCPenney

11Bailey 44 Go Absolutely Wild color block T-Shirt

Your way: Take the guesswork out of mixing prints by choosing a style that does the hard work for you. This cool T-shirt uses large black and red stripes along with smaller black and white stripes to deliver the mixed prints trend. Bonus: The loose cut helps hide any tummy issues.

Bailey 44 Go Absolutely Wild color block T-Shirt, $118,

12Asos leopard leggings, $34.48, and check oversized sweatshirt

Your way: Leggings should hold a premiere spot in your closet. Try this spot-on leopard style to show off your legs and pair it with an oversize checked sweatshirt to minimize your middle.

Asos leopard leggings, $34.48, and check oversized sweatshirt, $51.72,

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