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1. Accentuate the smallest part of your waist. Do your best to dress yourself in garments that accentuate your curvy shape instead of just covering it. A perfect example of this is a sheath dress vs. a bubble dress. As a curvy woman, I feel sexiest (and classy too) when my curves are complimented instead of covered. A well-fitting piece of clothing does not have to be uncomfortable, either. I have found that when I feel like a million bucks mentally, that translates to feeling comfortable physically more times that not.
a. If you’re wearing a garment that lacks shape, add a belt or sash. Draw the attention of your admirers to the smallest part of your waist and the rest of your curves will appear more voluptuous as well. Try and choose garments that do have the right shape. I love fit-and-flare or skater dresses. They have a fitted bodice coupled with a flowy skirt that is usually knee length or slightly shorter. that combination really slims your waist. High-waisted pencil skirts also do the same trick.
b. No matter what accessories you might add, not all garment shapes work for all body shapes. For me, bubble dresses and tops just don’t work. No matter what I do, they make it appear as if I have a huge belly. If you’re curvy, try wearing garments that do have a natural waist indentation. Sometimes, I also like wearing A-like or empire waist shapes, which accentuate the waist while offer a little bit of tummy cover. Or if you’re not worrying about tummy camouflage, a wiggle dress or simple fitted top works great too.
2. Play to your strengths. Do you have nice legs, or a divine derriere, or a buxom bodice? My motto is “if you have it, flaunt it, but flaunt it well” – that means you can show off your assets without getting sent home from work for dressing inappropriately.
a. Long Legged Ladies – If you have long legs, or even if you want to show off your (not necessarily) long legs, why not wear a skirt that hits right above the knee to really play off those gorgeous gams? if you’re uncomfortable having bare legs, pair your skirt or dress with a pair of dark, patterend or slightly sheer tights.
b. If you have a curvy behind, wear smooth, pencil-shaped skirts, pants, or dresses that emphasize your curve. A pleated skirt or dress might add bulk and could make you feel uncomfortable instead of confident. Skinny or straight leg pants/jeans would also have the same effect paired with a complimentary top and heels.
c. If you’re busty, try a v-neck top or dress to elongate your neckline. If you feel uncomfortable showing too much skin at work, try a lace cami underneath to provide extra coverage. A sweetheart neckline is one of my favorite ways to compliment my body shape while also adding a vintage flare.
3. Camouflage your “problem” areas, if that makes you comfortable. For me, my arms are my least favorite part of my body. I feel as though proportionally, they are too large for the rest of my torso. Showing them off does make me uncomfortable. So, I do my best to “hide” them as best as I can by wearing cardigans, blazers, long sleeved shirts, or cap sleeve clothing. Sometimes my arms will end up showing anyway, and that means I will usually wear a statement piece that will take the focus away from my arms and onto something else.
4. Shapewear is your friend. I still love and cherish my shapewear and even though I have lost some weight in the last year, I still wear shapewear. Thigh smoothers and smoothing camisoles help – you guessed it – smooth underwear lines, bra lines, and any bulges. Plus, if you have big thighs like me, a leg shaper helps to keep your legs from rubbing together, smooths lines, and accentuates your waist. It’s 3 awesome effects in one. I would recommend investing in 1 or 2 good quality shapewear pieces. From my experience, you get what you pay for with shapewear.
5. Get a GOOD bra fitting from a professional! So many of us women, regardless of whether curvy or not and regardless of bra size, have been wearing the WRONG bra size for years. I cannot stress enough the importance of a good bra fitting. Personally, I had a great experience at Nordstrom, where I found out I was wearing a totally wrong size. In the right size bra, my bust appears perkier and larger, my straps are not longer digging in my shoulders, and clothes look better on. A bra is something you wear every single day, and I recommend investing in at least 2 good bras if your budget allows.
6. The right shoe can really pull your whole outfit together. You might not think about a shoe as an accessory that accentuates your curves but I really do. If you want to pull the whole outfit together and create a curvy but classic silhouette, pick a good pair of shoes to match. I personally prefer heels because I am curvy but I’m also short and stout and have stubby legs. I like the idea of heels elongating my legs and making me appear slightly taller. Try nude/beige patent pumps to really draw the eye down and create the illusion of long legs. This neutral color will also match with virtually any color outfit. Wear the heel height that’s comfortable to you, don’t feel the need to start right off in 6″ stilettos. Try a 2″ heel first. When it comes to complementary shoes, whether pumps, slingbacks, peep-toe, covered toe, wedges, t-strap, and more, you really do have a lot of options.
Well, those were my tips on how to dress your curvy body, but I’d like to hear some of yours…please add your tips in the comment section.
I know this is a long post, thanks so much for reading!