Trends from Australian Fashion Week
22 May 2023

Drop waist styles and how to wear them

After five days of fabulous Australian designed fashion one of the trends was for the drop waist style.

We saw the drop waist styles on the runway inspired by the silhouettes of the 20’s, 30’s and 80’s

how to wear the drop waist style

Wearing the drop waist style can pose a few challenges.

Fortunately, designers are drawing their inspiration from the 20’s, 30’s and the 80’s.

This means there is a drop waist style silhouette for every body shape.

Here are our tips for selecting a drop waist look.

Flapper girls are back!

The Cue runway at Australian Fashion Week featured a mini and maxi version of the flapper dress.

First seen in the 20’s the flapper dress style is ideal if you have narrow hips and a smaller bust.

If you are petite opt for the mini version. If you have your heart set on a maxi, choose one that reaches your ankles and wear it with a strappy mid-size heel.

If you are taller a mini will add breadth to your torso while emphasising your legs.

In the 30’s The look got fitted!

In the 30’s dresses got more fitted. In the drop waist style the focus is on the hips and adding definition to your waist.

Designers at Australian Fashion Week played with this silhouette using soft fabrics to create movement and effortless style as well as wearability.

This style is perfect if you have an hourglass shape. Look for styles cut on the bias or where the fabric is gathered at the hip.

If you are petite look for mini’s and if taller a maxi will be perfect.

The 80’s is still inspiring designers

Having explored the 80’s shoulder pad and boxy style jacket, designers are now turning to the drop waist style.

If you are looking to try the 80’s inspired drop waist style there are a few options to consider.

The 80’s look loves a curve.

If you are curvy try styles that are tight over the waist and hips with a gathered maxi skirt

Another option is for sheering being used to shape the bust waist and hips with a straight or slightly gathered skirt.

A longer vest or fitted top that finishes below the hip were frills start is a good option is you are petite.

Asymmetrical skirts starting below the hip work with most curves.

Embrace the new silhouette you can achieve with your curves.

Read more about what was on the runways at Australian Fashion Week here and here.

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