Trends that should End – Bottom-banded tops

(This is the start of a series on Trends that are taking over plus fashion, especially those that are generally unattractive or unflattering.  I know that there are people who will LOVE each of these trends, and on whom they will look terrific.  But they will end up in this column when there are few other options or the trend is nearly impossible to avoid.)

One of the trends for the past few seasons has been tops that have a band around the bottom, usually that hits at the hip and brings the top in tight.  This needs to end.  The look doesn’t flatter most women’s figures, and more often detracts from her great curves.  Here’s an example.
MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus - Plus Size Mission Tie Dye Crinkle Peasant Top (Vine) - ApparelThis Michael Kors top from Zappos is quite lovely, but take a close look at what it is doing for the model’s figure.  She has lost her waist, has almost no chest (despite the site saying she is a 38D and looks kind of like a blob.  In contrast, here she is in a top without the bottom band puffing out her shirt:

MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus - Plus Size Abstract Camo Cap Sleeve Top (Rich Olive) - ApparelNow she has a waist, smaller hips and more curves.  The overall result is more flattering.

This difference is made worse on those of us who don’t have model figures and stylists to make sure everything is laying correctly.

For those of us with a pear shape, the band hits at our widest part and the blouse-y middle covers up our best features.  For those who are apples, this type of shirt can allow some breathing room around the middle but can also make you look even rounder.

I have tried these types of tops on, and the only ones that made it out of the store had an actual elastic band at the bottom that I could remove.  Otherwise they have NEVER looked attractive.  Designers should move on from this trend sooner rather than later.

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Author: Rebecca

I am a 40-something professional at a university, who likes to look good, be comfortable AND have time for other things as well. I have an MBA and a PhD in Education Policy, work primarily doing statistical and data analysis on all areas of interest to running a university, and am currently focusing on issues around finance. I am married, with no kids, but two dogs and two cats who cost nearly as much. When I am not working, I enjoy Bikram Yoga, riding my bike (to and from work when the temperature is under 100 degrees), doing cross stitch (the more sarcastic or snarky, the better) and watching way too much TV.

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