What's Shaping

Hello, my dear friends! When Beaufille first came to the scene, I swooned over its extreme flares but I wasn't sure if I could justify that type of expenses for occasional wear. Fast-forward a few seasons, I ran across their FW18 collection and was surprised again, but this time, the collection has morphed into a career girl's dream closet, with silhouettes & designs that are a lot more manageable for everyday OL while still uber chic. Even if you don't have any pieces by Beaufille, the shape and the way garments are paired and layered can be great styling references. Here are a few ideas I will be "borrowing" from the Beaufille FW18 presentation:

<Disclaimer: all images are from Vogue.com courtesy of Beaufille>

Cowboy Ankle Boots Is The New Block Heel

These boots are more gender-neutural and comfortable than stilettos, even block heels. They provide a sense of toughness, carefree and authority even when one is wearing a very feminine dress.

Victorian Top With A-Line Midi Skirt

Victorian-style (high neck, ruched yolk, puffy sleeves) tops are prominent among SS18 collections. Romantic yet less-approacheable, they are perfect alternative to a traditional button-down for office looks. When the top has quite a bit going on, keep the bottom streamlined with an A-line midi skirt.

Many petite girls shy away from midi skirts thinking they could make their legs looks shorter. It is not necessary the case. Midi skirt with a high waist line that goes right pass one's calf is as elongating as mini skirts. Keep the waist, hip more fitted is the key, hence A-line is better than a full skirt in this case.

Oversized Knit With Cropped Bottom

This is one of my favorite silhouette at the moment. The oversized knit is more carefree and the cropped slim pants with a gentle flare is sleek but not too sharp. Overall, the look is very modern.

Long on Long, Big on Big

The new IT pants shape is pleated and loose-fit, some are straight-legged, some are tapers. In either case, it is liberating for women who have been hold hostage by skinny pants. More freedom mean more power. Many have been seen on the street during NYFW, paired with big shoulder blazer or oversized coats no less. But if you don't care too much about the baggy look, go with a top with fitted waist and puffier shoulder. Either way, you will be the boss girl that no one wish to mess with.

Midi Coat With Midi Skirt

The conventional wisdom is to keep skirt hemline away from that of a coat, many inches away, so it is very refreshing to see they come very close to each other in midi length. Streamlined design can keep the overall look being too clumsy. As I've mentioned in my last runway analysis, plaid and vinyl are hot,  midi-length coats in those two fabrics will put you right in the middle of fashion roadmap.