Emerging as a high-end trend towards the end of 2011, oriental-inspired fashion has blossomed into this year and looks set to spark a signature style for summer 2012. This year the look is all about softness and subtlety; heading out in full on geisha get-up is not advised! Plus size fashion brand Curvissa bring you this guide to the oriental trend and how to work it into your everyday wardrobe. From sensuous Mandarin silk to Japanese-style kimonos, this is one summer trend full of eastern promise.
At the office
Fashion from the Far East has always fascinated the West, but the styles of China and Japan are often viewed in their extremes. Traditional outfits would either be seen as very minimal and Zen, or exaggerated kimonos and brocades. But now, with the west turning its head to clothes from North East Asia, a balance has been struck between these two looks, enabling us to interpret the style in a way that makes it wearable every day, and even at the office. For oriental business chic, team a smart shift dress with a block colour kimono-style wrap cardigan and add a touch more of the trend with a silk orchid flower broach.
Out for the day
Blending the oriental trend into your daytime wardrobe is simple thanks to the gorgeous prints at the heart of the style. The oriental flower motif is key when it comes to getting the look right, and will look great when worn on a casual wrap dress, but be careful not to overdo it; use the pattern sparingly and avoid clashing prints or incompatible colours. Alternatively, opt for a contemporary dress and team it with an elegant obi-inspired belt for a figure flattering look with just a touch of the Asian influence.
On a night out
Traditional Chinese dresses, known as cheongsam, are perfect for getting dressed up and hitting the town. Particularly flattering for hourglass figures, these dresses cinch at the waist, accentuating your coveted curves or creating them for other body shapes. When it comes to oriental fashion, belts are your best friend no matter how you’re working the trend. Whether it’s with a cheongsam, floral palazzo pants or a feminine kimono top, team them with a modern waist belt to create shape and counter the loose, billowing style of Far East fashion.