Spring 2012 Fashion Trends For an Inverted Triangle Body Shape

Ready to swap your wool pants for bright, cropped jeans? We are! By adding a few of the hottest trends from the spring/summer 2012 fashion collections—pastel shades, color-blocking and peplum details (think little flares or ruffles at the waist)—you’re sure to feel an instant warm-weather glow.

Take a peek at the high-end designer styles we’re coveting—along with more affordable and wearable takes on the trends—that flatter your inverted triangle body shape.

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1The trend: Pastels

The runway: Lanvin

A gorgeous, one-shouldered mint dress looks absolutely lovely on a woman with a strong upper body and a tapered waist and legs.

2Your way:

Your narrow hips get a dose of marvelous mint color with this crinkled maxi skirt (perfect to pack along for your spring break getaway!). Add a sheer cotton crochet top for a look that says Boho chic.

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Sanctuary “Garden” top, $98 and “Leotie” maxi skirt, $130 Nordstrom

3Your way:

Take advantage of your slender legs with a pair of cropped slim-cut jeans in a pretty pastel shade. Top it off with a classic, feminine sweater set in a bright shade and roar right into the spring season.

Ann Taylor curvy cropped jeans, $88, crewneck cardigan, $68, and jewel neck shell, $68 Ann Taylor

4Your way:

That narrow lower half of yours will look sleek and chic in this long dusty rose skirt.

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Cascade Canyon maxi skirt, $78, Free People

5The trend: Color-blocking

The runway: BCBG

Use color-blocking to your advantage by accentuating your inverted triangle shape with strategic swaths of bright shades.

6Your way:

This scoop-neck, color-blocked T-shirt creates a slimming illusion, especially when you team it with lean black slacks. Need a new go-to work outfit? This is it.

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Liz Claiborne scoop-neck top, $22, Worthington slim leg pants, $25, JCP

7Your way:

Those athletic arms deserve some extra attention—and get a little softening—with this charming Peter Pan-collared dress that flows from cream to navy to orange. Eat your heart out, Tinker Bell!

Tinley Road minidress, $69, Piperlime

8Your way:

Broad shoulders will look seriously sexy in this sleeveless color-block blouse in kelly green and cobalt blue. We love it with slim white jeans for the weekend, or try it with a black pencil skirt for work.

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Collective Concepts blouse, $64, Piperlime

9The trend: Peplum

The runway: Celine

Beautiful arms get noticed in a simple, crisp white sleeveless top with a peplum hem, while a lean trouser makes your already thin legs go on for days.

10Your way:

Strong shoulders and a tiny waist? Show them off with this sleeveless blouse and bright taffeta skirt with an asymmetrical peplum detail for a perfect party look.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs “Saatchi” blouse, $198 and “Ellensworth” skirt, $278, Nordstrom

11Your way:

Embrace your narrow lower half by slipping on a form-fitting skirt with a flirty peplum kick. This style, with its dainty rose print, is just right for a little spring fling.

Betsey Johnson skirt, $79, Macy’s

12Your way:

When you’ve got great gams, a bright mini is the way to go. The little peplum flourishes on the sides of this skirt won’t add bulk—just interest. Like you needed any more of that.

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TopShop “Bodycon” skirt, $56, TopShop