Runway Trends: Spring ’11 Silhouettes

Spring fashion is shaping up in terms of key fashion silhouettes across a variety of women’s wear categories. For daytime dresses, shifts continue to take center stage. Cuts are boxier than in the past few seasons, with mod influences in woven fabrics, however hemlines have gotten a bit more modest this year than the minis that were dominating the runways of late.
In terms of tops, loose fitting blouses in flowing materials like silk georgette are in style on the high end, often paired with a fitted skirt. There are dresses that mirror the trend that make coordinating head-to-toe a snap.
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The sky’s the limit when it comes to shape in terms of eveningwear silhouettes. Whether it is structured shoulders or a striking, still trend-right one-shoulder dress, eye-catching shapes are definitely gaining notice. Long gowns with sheer panels are also a hit. Rihanna rocked the red carpet at this year’s Grammys in a Jean Paul Gaultier gown made of white frills contrasted with sheer stripes of fabric that attracted a lot of notice. For a similar but less scandalous take on this look, try this dress in white.
Long and lean gowns are still center stage with Pilates and yoga-loving celebrities that decide to flaunt their size 0 figures. While those in the single-figure sizes, especially with some height, may like this look, other stars known for their curves including Beyonce, Scarlett Johansson, Katy Perry, and Sophia Vergara are also choosing plunging necklines that flaunt their cleavage, and fit-and-flare dress silhouettes that help balance out their hourglass shapes.
When looking at the key silhouette trends for 2011, keep in mind to pick looks that work for your body type. An A-line silhouette flatters almost every figure type, especially a pear-shaped figure that is smaller on top than on the bottom. Those with a straight-up-and-down silhouette can go for sheaths that play up their slimness, or go for a ballgown or belted silhouette to help add some curves—for instance, with ruffles up top along the bustline. 
Top-heavy types may choose a top with sleeves with a straight skirt with a deep slit or a miniskirt to bring attention to those great legs. And hourglass types should steer clear of ruffles or anything that adds bulk, sticking to simple, figure-skimming cuts that flatter their curves.