Hip squares

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - FASHION WITH KARLYA SMITH -

Square neck­lines klines may date back to the Re­nais­sance, ce, but they’ve had plenty nty of no­table come­backs acks in more mod­ern eras. ras. The 1920s were a high gh point and they were in hot de­mand again in the 1990s.

Tie-back hal­ters were the top of the e tops for 90s It Girls like Jen­nie Garth, Kate Moss oss and Jen­nifer Anis­ton, but square-neck dresses resses were a close se­cond.

I saw most of this sea­son’s trends com­ing om­ing – the short pants, high waists, the cel­e­bra­tion bra­tion of orange and na­ture-based prints – but square neck­lines caught me un­awares. es. Once you start notic­ing them though, h, you’ll see them in many lo­cal de­signer ranges. ges.

A square neck­line is par­tic­u­larly flat­ter­ing on most peo­ple, as long as it’s not too high in the neck. Any style that hat sits around clav­i­cle depth and lower tends ds to flat­ter. Of the sleeve­less ver­sions, the e thick-strapped pieces could work on any­one. Spaghetti-strapped ver­sions are lim­ited ted by bra op­tions, but work beau­ti­fully over a top or shirt. .

Straight cut dresses with stretch will fit un­bal­anced body shapes well, and are a fan­tas­tic no-fuss op­tion for un­der an over­sized or un­struc­tured blazer. Fit and flair shaped dresses will suit any­one with a de­fined waist.

The crop tops might look dar­ing, but they’re a good lay­er­ing piece for sun­ning your­self in the e heat of sum­mer, un­der a bil­lowy sheer dress or with a 1950s-style full skirt.

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