December 12, 2012

Style Tips: How To Dress If You Are Curvy

Find out how to optically elongate a petite figure and how to balance one that is too tall, how to transform an androgynous silhouette into an feminine hourglass shape, how to moderate a large bust or how to enhance a small one, with the style tips series brought to you by Fashion avec Passion.

How to dress if you are curvy

>> Avoid pieces of clothing that are too loose, but also ones that are too tight. Also, forget about the myth which states that if you’re curvy, you need to hide yourself under a ton of fabric. Choose clothes that are not too loose but not too tight either, and which hug your natural curves, highlighting your good features and gently camouflaging your problem-areas.

>> Unlike super-slim women, you can proudly show off feminine curves, so instead of trying to hide them, embrace and flaunt them. Accentuate your waistline to enhance your natural hourglass shape even more.

>> Wrap dresses, belted shirt dresses and strapless or off-the-shoulder items are extremely flattering for your body type.

>> Don’t hide your assets. If you have a fabulous bust or a pair of toned legs, show them off – it creates a slimming effect.

>> Choose clothes made out of fine fabrics, such as chiffon or silk, which gently drape over your body, hugging your curves.

>> Choose the right size! This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s extremely important that the clothes embrace your natural curves, not cling to them or shapelessly hang from your body.

>> Avoid wearing tops with graphic prints if your problem-areas are your bust or your abdomen, as they will draw attention to them. Choose dark solid colours to hide whatever part of your body you want and distract attention with a statement accessory or a clothing item with embellishments worn over the part that you want to highlight.

>> Dare to wear prints, but avoid wearing them over your problem-areas that you don’t want to draw attention to.

>> High-heeled shoes or platforms help better defining your silhouette.

>> Avoid heavy knits, such as oversize chunky sweaters, which will only add volume to your figure. Choose instead medium or lightweight knits and don’t be afraid to layer various pieces, as long as you don’t end up hiding your curves under a heap of fabric.

>> When it comes to trousers and jeans, go for a classic boot cut or a flared leg in favour of skinny styles which can make a curvy figure look disproportional.

>> A-line skirts and dresses perfectly flatter your figure.

>> Choose a structured, even boxy shape, when it comes to your bag, and go for a medium or large one. A small purse can look out of proportion with a fuller silhouette, especially if it is worn at hip level.

>> Invest in a set of professional shapewear, such as Spanks. You’ll see a big difference in the way clothes fit on your body.

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