Trumpet styles rocked the 2012 Spring/Summer runways in New York and Paris, but that doesn't mean that you should run out and buy a trumpet-shaped dress just yet. This ultra-feminine style is sultry and seductive with the power to drive the boys wild, but it's not a perfect fit for every body type. It's tricky form and specific curves mean that it will only flatter a fraction of those who attempt to wear it, so make sure the trumpet dress agrees with you before you join the fashion bandwagon.
What is a Trumpet Dress?
Similar to the equally-tricky mermaid style dress, a trumpet dress cinches in at the waist, creating a tightly-fitted outline of the entire midsection and backside, then flares around the thighs. It might have a few layers of skirt or dress between the upper thighs and the knees or it may consist of one layer of dress with super-flirty flares at the bottom. The main idea is that the bottom hemline is full of waves, curves and flares that flounce while you walk, creating a fabulously girly bounce to your step that's both sweetly innocent and extremely seductive.
Green Light for Hourglasses
If you have an hourglass shape, this is your chance to rock your type with precision and class. The trumpet dress is so perfectly suited to your body, you may never go back to another type of outfit again. The tight midsection will highlight your tiny tummy, while the fitted backside will show off your awesome hips and bottom. The flares just above your knees will put emphasis on your slender calves, while the outward direction around your thighs can balance out your top-heavy tendencies. This is literally one of your best bets when getting dressed.
Go For It, Petites
The petite figure is another body type who can amazingly pull off the trumpet dress. A small, slender petite woman is often overwhelmed by a large ballgown or maxi dress, but the trumpet is here to pull you out of all that fabric. The A-line of the skirt under your backside will create an illusion of curves, giving you a more shapely, womanly figure, while the flare of the bottom will add fantastic va-va-voom to your sometimes scrawny legs. The tight waistline will make your tiny waist appear even smaller, while the fitted top keeps the flared bottom in check.
Red Light: Apples and Pears
All of you fruit-figured women, beware: the trumpet can be hard to pull off for your body type. Apples have a larger top half, with generously full chests and broad shoulders and tend to gain weight in their stomach. The tightly fitted bodice of the trumpet dress will highlight all that you want to minimize, making your top half seem even larger than it is. Additionally, the flare of the skirt will add bulk where you don't have any; as opposed to showing off your awesome legs, this will cover them up. Pears stand a chance with this style because their small top halves will look wonderful, but the tightness around the bottom can portray wider hips and backside than you actually have: wear at your own risk.