f all the trends to emerge in the recent months, the one that came as a surprise package is the boxy silhouette. It stands out among all the ruffles, the bodycons, the fitted and flared styles, with its clean lines and a distinct, almost squarish shape.
While one might expect the celebs to always be seen in curve hugging dresses, fashion forward ladies Sonam Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin, Emma Stone and Lady Gaga, of course, are setting trends in boxy pieces.
A boxy top or a dress is usually a bit stiff and falls away from the body, therefore being not the most flattering piece to wear. But what you lose in shape, you more than make up in style. After all, not many can carry off a tricky silhouette, but with the right styling and loads of attitude, you can nail it.
It is easy for lean and tall girls to pull off a boxy piece, but even if you have a little bit of flab here and there, it neatly gets concealed under a boxy top or dress. For stout or plus sized girls this trend is best avoided, unless you have a great deal of confidence.
The most obvious way to wear this silhouette would be to create a contrast with something fitted. A pair of skinny jeans with a boxy tee or a snug mini with a boxy jacket, or a skin fit turtleneck under a boxy shift, are easy ways to wear this trend. But if you want to push the envelope, combine boxy with slouchy. Make sure you show some skin and don’t drown in the volume of your clothes. Wear a boxy crop top with drop crotch pants and gladiator heels for that laidback yet sexy look. If ‘unfeminine’ and ‘unsexy’ are words you associate with this silhouette, you need to think again!
Expert Speak: According to designer Michelle Salins, “Boxy silhouettes are worn by most body types, but they usually look best in small and medium built women and on those with long torsos. The look is best suited with fitted pants or skirts. Usually worm in summer, the boxy silhouette is best suited in solid colors or small prints. Draping a long slender necklace best accents a boxy top silhouette. Do not wear short neck pieces with this style as it could stump your body length.”