Big is beautiful: 8 must-know fashion tips for curvy girls
Got curves? Lucky you! Being curvaceous and full-figured is a thing to be celebrated, but it can also be a tricky thing to get right when it comes to fashion. The key is to enhance and flatter your sexy shape without veering down those slippery slopes of looking frumpy or tarty. Follow these key tips to getting the balance right.
1. It’s all about the fit
While it may be tempting to ‘disguise’ your figure in large, loose clothing, you are doing yourself a disservice. Clothes that are too big can actually make you look larger and sloppy. On the other hand, squeezing into clothes that are too small can not only feel uncomfortable but can also draw attention to any lumps and bumps and add visual kilos. Make sure you’re dressing to your true size and find a great tailor who can make adjustments to your clothes to ensure they fit you perfectly. The aim is to show off your feminine shape and gorgeous curves, so look for clothes that enhance your waist and skim over other parts of the body.
2. Don’t be a slave to fashion
While it’s wonderful to be current and in style, remember that not every trend is made for every body. One woman’s flowing kaftan is another’s sack of potatoes. Make sure the clothes you choose compliment your curves and accentuate the positives. Classic garments are classic for good reason and when you find what suits you, stick to it as much as possible and look to accessories to update and modernise your look.
3. It’s what’s underneath that counts
We’re talking underwear here. Don’t underestimate the importance of your undies. A high-quality, supportive bra that smooths and lifts can instantly drop kilos and make your assets shine. Shapewear is also a curvy girl’s best friend. Don’t be tempted to squeeze into shapewear that’s so tight you can barely breathe – not only is it incredibly uncomfortable and hazardous to your health, all that squeezed-in flesh will pop out elsewhere! Look for a firm control that will smooth and slim your silhouette without leaving any lines.
4. Show a bit of front (but not too much!)
High necklines will make your chest appear larger and give you a matronly look – no offence to matrons, but that’s not the vibe you’re after! A V-neck or scooped neckline will elongate your silhouette and draw the eye down. What you don’t want, however, is the eye drawn down – and unable to look away from – a cleavage that’s big enough to park a bike in. What can look sexy on a smaller-busted woman can, unfortunately, look tarty on us busty beauties. Leave them admiring your shape and the suggestion of what lies beneath, rather than smacking them in the face with it. So to speak.
5. Skirting around your knees
When choosing a hemline length for skirts and dresses, look for something that hits the spot where your legs start becoming slimmer, which generally is just above or just under your knees as this will make your legs appear slimmer and longer!
6. Dressing for success
Dresses love curvy girls as they celebrate their feminine body shapes. When dress shopping, always remember these rules and you can never go wrong: nip your waist, hug your hips and skim over your lower body. Wrap dresses are your friend, as are shifts, A-lines and belted shirt dresses.
7. Keep it simple
Whether you’re shopping for a top, pants, dress or skirt, simplicity is always going to be more flattering. Ruffles, frills, pleats, pockets, bows and other details - they’re all just adding bulk and detracting from that gorgeous shapely silhouette.
8. Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise!
Accessories make an outfit, so don’t hold back. Curvy girls should opt for bold statement jewellery, bright, colourful scarves worn long to elongate the silhouette, oversized handbags and killer shoes. While it’s tempting to always go for black, a pop of colour in your outfit will lift your spirits and make you stand out. Accessories are a great way to do this. And the most important accessory? Your head! It’s the first thing a person notices, so find a fantastic hairstyle that compliments you and make sure you’re wearing flattering make-up. Stick on your best smile, ooze confidence and they won’t know what hit them!
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This article was written by Zoe Meunier for Kidspot.com.au and has been adapted for Kidspot.co.nz