Waterfall jackets and cardigans are perennially popular and are a great item to have in your wardrobe. The ‘waterfall’ is caused by the cut of the garment and creates a softness, making the garment a more casual option than a tailored jacket.
When choosing your style there are a few points to look for, though, as the waterfall effect can also create slight to medium fullness .
It’s important to note where the fullness in the garment is, and use that to your advantage.
The fullness is this style is at the bust – a perfect choice for triangles (pear-shaped), but avoid if you are large busted.
One of the basic rules of styling is not to add bulk to where there already is bulk – so larger busted women need the waterfall to be below and not on the bust.
The problem then can be that fullness is being added to the tummy area, so longer line jackets and cardigans are a better option. Look for asymmetric hemlines and long lapels.
The long lapels and asymmetric hemline make this a perfect choice for inverted triangles and those ladies with a larger bust. Avoid if you have large hips.
Ensure that the jacket or cardigan sits close at the bust to create a slimming vertical column. If the jacket falls open wide at the bust it will widen and enlarge.
This cardigan sits close at the bust, creating a long, lengthening and slimming vertical line down the centre of the body.
A jacket or cardigan sitting wide over the bust also both widen and enlarge the bust.
Finally, a lot of waterfall cardigans and jackets have points on them, and points point to things and draw the eye. Be aware of this and use this knowledge to your advantage.
Here the lapels point outwards, right on the bust line. This will visually broaden the wearer, which is a good option for triangle shaped ladies, but should be avoided by those with a larger bust.
Here’s my quick guide to waterfall garments for the larger busted:
Fullness at the hips, not the bust.
Look for waist definition.
Look for asymmetric hemlines.
Avoid outward pointing lapels. If you would like to know more, follow me on Facebook or contact me via my website.I am available for workshops, public speaking, wardrobe audits and personal shopping styling sessions, based in Perth, Western Australia.