Do 2 piece outfits terrify you? 5 secret ways to make them work!
Do you have a love-hate relationship with 2 piece outfits? Have you tried every option and still been unhappy with how they look on you?
I have a confession to make… I used to HATE co ordinates outfits! I’d look at them and think there was no way I could pull them off. I’d see them in magazines and think they looked amazing – on anyone but me. Also, I was terrified of the thought of a crop top and skirt combo. Me getting my stomach out… NO WAY!
That was until a friend made me see things differently. She let me in on 5 must-know secrets which really changed how I felt about co ordinates clothing. And, I’m delighted that I can share them with you!
5 secret ways to make 2 piece outfits work for you
Secret #1: Shop for your body shape!
You can 100% definitely make a coordinated look work for you. The problem is, you just haven’t found the right one yet. What I mean by this, is that when it comes to 2 piece clothing, finding the correct outfit for your body shape is essential. Once you do this, you’ll exude confidence, safe in the reassurance that what you are wearing is perfect for your silhouette. So where do you start? It’s easy!
Pear shapes gals: If your hips are the widest part of your body, choose an A-line skirt or dress co ordinates outfit. The A-line silhouette has the power to accentuate the smallest part of your waist, skimming the hips and narrowing the width of your bottom half.
Apple shapes: It’s all about the short, flouncy skirt! Choose a co ordinates outfit with a skirt and fitted top combo. The waistband will cinch the smallest part of your waist and flare over your stomach.
Hourglass: The figure of dreams, hourglass gals are all about bodycon skirts and dresses, which have the power to highlight your curves and smooth out your thighs.
Petite ladies: Avoid being swamped in material! The key here is to choose fitted clothing, and don’t be afraid to go short with the length. A shorts and jacket duo will look fab on you.
Secret #2: You CAN absolutely rock the crop top
I’ve 100% had my phobia of crop tops cured. Once I realised that my stomach isn’t actually on show, my confidence increased dramatically. The fact is, crop tops are actually super flattering – on EVERYONE! Plus, you don’t even have to show a fraction of your stomach to pull them off. These crafty little numbers work magic by highlighting your waist, making your legs look longer in the process. That’s the kind of science we like!
When it comes to matchy matchy style, pair your crop top with a high waisted skirt or layer it over a longer top if you’d prefer to be a little more covered up.
Secret #3: There’s more than just skirt and top co ordinates outfits
In all my fluster to find the perfect combo, I completely overlooked the trouser and jacket or top duo. This is a match made in heaven! For those days when you need to look a little more professional, and keep your style on point (obviously) the co ordinating trousers and jacket set is key, and super flattering on everyone. Or, for a night on the town, a wide legged trouser and top combo is an alternative look that can do no wrong.
Secret #4: Draw attention to what you love
If there’s a part of your body that you absolutely LOVE, flaunt in baby! Thanks to the endless options when it comes to 2 piece outfits, you can highlight your favourite features, because they’re totally worth it! If you’ve got killer abs, show them off in a crop top and skirt combo; if you’ve got legs for days, a fitted trouser and jacket duo is your calling; or if your perky bum gets you noticed, shorts are your new BFF!
Secret #5: Hide what you don’t like
As women, there’s always going to be something about our bodies that we’d rather hide (silly, I know!). The trick here is to get clever with prints. Wear your chosen print on the smallest area to draw attention to it, cleverly balancing you out in the process.
So there you have it! The 5 secret ways to make 2 piece outfits work for you. Now that I’ve shared them with you, it’s time to try them out for yourself, and help out a friend in need too. Remember to keep shapes, lengths and necklines in line with what suits you to 100% nail this look and feel confident in your choice.