Make way for the trend of summer bringing all the drama: Voluminous silhouettes! Giant gowns full of layers, feathering hemlines, poofs, ruffles, pleats galore, and more (if that’s even possible) are meant to make a huge impact. Fashion is often used for making a statement, and a voluminous silhouette is one way to do it.
This trend speaks to the maximalists and embraces the more is more mantra. Clothing is an art, and the bigger the showpiece, the more reaction it sparks. Beyond that, voluminous silhouettes represent creating a presence and taking up space to create meaning. Tomorrow isn’t promised, so make your mark today and wear whatever you want.
High volume doesn’t stop at shirt sleeves this time around. Statement sleeves are indeed a part of voluminous silhouettes, but this trend included all elements, including fabrics, embellishments, and sewing techniques that create a voluminous result. The oversized shirt is still making headlines and it’s perfect for keeping cool. Other styles amping up the volume include balloon tops, pleated rompers, and gathered mini dresses. Don’t forget about adding peplum elements and strategic draping to achieve maximum volume.
To get volume: layer up poplin, tulle, taffeta, or try unexpected materials like wool, satin, and denim for an unexpected twist. Each fabric will give a different effect, but the results will be equally as captivating and statement worthy as their counterpart. Taking inspiration from designers, some that are known for voluminous silhouettes seem to let the fabrics do the talking while they follow the lead.
For more consumer-friendly volume, there are options like wide-leg trousers or jeans, oversized clothing, and poofy skirts that take up space without throwing out all practical at the same time. After all, clothing needs to be functional enough for us to reach for. A ball gown is stunning in all of its layers, but it isn’t all that suitable for a boss babe on the go, whether at a meeting or wrangling their littles. Voluminous silhouettes are much more wearable when paired with elements that provide balance, like a tube top and a full skirt or a strong top with softer pants.
Voluminous silhouettes will remain popular throughout the remainder of the year the sooner you add volume to your wardrobe, the better to get your money’s worth. Volume can seem a bit intimidating but taking up space like Rihanna at the MET is a major power move, so pump up the volume and force the world to make space. Someone has to.