Summer is almost here, and with it come all the fun warm-weather fashion trends. That is, if you can pull them off.

Fashion designer Bradley Bayou — who has dressed the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé Knowles, and Debra Messing and has a new ready-to-wear collection that hits QVC on May 20 at 9 a.m. EST — tells Marie Claire how to do just that, no matter your body type. Check out his top tips for three of summer's biggest looks.

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"Although hot pants and boy shorts were big on the runway, they are certainly not for everyone," Bayou says. Still, a great pair of shorts — he adds that there is a style out there for everyone! — paired with a blazer and a button-down is a good way to spice up your summer work gear.

  • For pear-shaped or inverted-triangle bodies, choose a short with pleats and fuller legs.
  • For petite figures, try short shorts to make your legs appear longer.
  • For tall figures or those with long waists, choose a longer, flowing short — the added length will balance your frame.
  • For curvier figures, choose shorts that give you coverage and stop at a narrow point in your leg, such as at your lower thigh.

Floral Prints

"This is a great way to add a feminine touch to your outfit, and this trend will work on every body shape, regardless of weight and height," he says of the trend. "Just pick a floral print that matches the scale of your frame. For example, if you're petite, choose a small, delicate floral pattern in lieu of a large print, and vice versa." Another tip? "Be sure to use it to your advantage. A print is a focal point of an outfit and will draw attention to wherever you place it, so let it show off your best assets!"

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  • For pear-shaped bodies, place the print on your upper body to balance your hips and draw attention to your face.
  • For inverted-triangle bodies (large bust and narrow hips), place the print on your lower body to balance your broader shoulders.
  • For rectangle bodies, create the illusion of a defined waist by pairing the print with a piece that is cut to bring out your hips or shoulders.
  • For hourglass bodies, pair a printed dress — the pattern should be balanced on top and bottom — with a belt to accentuate your waist.


The military look isn't going anywhere just yet. "It will carry over from spring to summer and can be used in a variety of ways to update pieces you already have in your wardrobe," the designer says.

  • For inverted-triangle bodies, avoid military jackets with structured shoulders or heavy detailing on the shoulders that will draw the eye outward and make you appear top-heavy. Instead, choose one that has pockets at the hips or opt for military cargo pants because the bulky hip pockets will balance your broad shoulders.
  • For pear-shaped bodies, choose a military jacket with epaulets or structured shoulders to balance your hips.
  • For rectangle bodies and hourglass bodies, pick a jacket that pulls in to give you a defined waist, and if you choose pants with bulky pockets, balance your frame by adding a top with a structured shoulder.

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