Play With Vol­ume

Fash­ion­istas shine a light on the big on top, sleek on bot­tom trend. We tell you why this, why now

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Bal­ance over­size tops with sleek, sexy bot­toms.

The Celebrity Stylist Says

“It started with mem­bers of the Kar­dashian clan pair­ing over­size T-shirts with thigh-high boots, but savvy style stars have usurped the flair of the lamp­shade-like sil­hou­ette by adding dresses, coats and sweaters to the mix, putting a chic spin on the un­even look,” says stylist Dawn Del Russo, who has dressed celebs like Lucy Hale and Rachel Bil­son. “And with big shoul­ders and over­size tops be­ing on trend right now, pair­ing them with leg-en­hanc­ing boots cre­ates a su­per-slim­ming bal­ance.” Del Russo notes that as long as the boot is fit­ted and hits mid-thigh or higher, the sky’s the limit as to what top will slay. “An over­size trench like Hai­ley’s adds an air of so­phis­ti­ca­tion while a ribbed turtle­neck like Chrissy’s screams MILF!”

The De­signer Says

“Over­size tops would skew too ca­sual with flats and wear­ing them with pumps or booties would ex­pose too much leg,” says shoe de­signer Monika Chi­ang of the epony­mous brand, a fa­vorite of Kylie Jen­ner and Jen­nifer Lopez. “So it’s no sur­prise that stars are don­ning their big tops with over-the-knee boots — it’s ir­rev­er­ent, sexy and strong with­out bar­ing all!”

The Psy­chol­o­gist Says

“By pair­ing large tops with fit­ted boots, celebri­ties are mak­ing much more than a style state­ment since the shape of the un­bal­anced look speaks vol­umes about their per­son­al­i­ties,” says Dawnn Karen, founder of the Fash­ion Psy­chol­ogy In­sti­tute. “A lamp­shade con­trols the ‘power’ or light in a room, so by mim­ick­ing one, these women are say­ing they want to make an im­pact on, and have com­plete con­trol over, their sur­round­ings.”

FERGIE The slightly flared hem of the “You Al­ready Know” singer’s Saint Lau­rent dress cre­ates the il­lu­sion of curves to her catty home decor– in­spired style.

KERRY WASH­ING­TON scan­dalous! The mod look of an over­size plaid Faith Con­nex­ion top paired with fire-en­gine red boots? Sexy, chic and

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