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The Curvy Girl’s Guide For Feeling And Looking Great

Your curves are something to be proud of, but this doesn’t make it any easier to put together the perfect outfit when you have a curvy figure.

Of course, everyone wants to look and feel their best as much as possible, so here are some curvy girl tips to help you do exactly that…

Identify Your Body Shape

This isn’t an excuse to get critical about your body. Instead, you need to look at the shape of your body objectively and decide which body shape you most closely resemble.

Why do you need to do this?

Because knowing your body shape will make it so much easier to put together flattering outfits.

Here are a few of the body shape categories that feature curves:

  • Hourglass – your waist will be well-defined, while your bust and hips will be a similar measurement
  • Pear – your hips are quite full and your shoulders are narrow
  • Apple – your upper body is curvier than your lower body, and your shoulders are wider than your hips 
Illustration of three different body shapes

Now that you know what your body shape is, you can do a little more research on this. It will make such a difference when it comes to the clothing that you wear.

For example, deep V-necks and A-line cuts work well for apple-shaped bodies, while wide-legged pants work beautifully with pear-shaped bodies.

Choose the Right Size

This tip is much easier said than done…

Why?

Because a size four from one brand could be a size eight at another brand. This is why it is so important to try clothing on before you make a purchase, so that you can ensure that you have chosen the right size.

While this does apply to everyone, it is even more so the case for curvy girls…

You need your clothes to fit you perfectly. Anything baggy or oversized will definitely not be flattering, while clothes that are too small can look unsightly.

The good thing is, once you have a few go-to brands that you love, you will be able to shop there much more easily since you will already know how your sizing matches up to theirs.

Focus on Your Favorite Features 

It can be easy to dwell on the negatives, especially when it comes to body image. However, this isn’t something that you want to focus on when styling yourself.

Instead, keep your attention glued to your favorite features…

Love your legs? Or the curves of your hips? Or perhaps your eyes are your top asset.

Whichever it may be, pick a few of your favorite features and then put together outfits that accentuate these.

Invest in Quality Undergarments

Undergarments are the foundation of any outfit. They will make a huge difference to how your clothes fit your body, as well as to how comfortable and confident you feel in an outfit.

How do you go about choosing quality undergarments?

Once again, your body shape comes into play:

  • Apple body shape – go for high-waisted, high-leg briefs, or even a high-waisted thong
  • Pear body shape – hipsters or boy shorts that are a size larger than your usual dress size should provide good coverage around your rear. However, make sure that the legs are high cut in order to flatter your figure. For your bra, look for a bandeau style, as this will add more proportion to your body shape
  • Hourglassmany styles will work well for you, but if you want to get creative, opt for a trendy retro-inspired high-waisted thong

Choose the Right Fabrics

Many people don’t realize just how much the fabric of their clothing influences how their final outfit looks.

You want your clothes to skim over your curves, highlighting them without accentuating any lumps or bulges.

Which fabrics do this best?

Here are a few of the top fabrics for curvy girls to wear:

  • Cotton – this natural, breathable fabric is ideal year-round, and is an easy one to go for when shopping for clothes
  • Linen – with double the strength of cotton and a high durability, linen can be very flattering. However, keep in mind that this fabric does tend to crease easily
  • Silk – this will drape beautifully around your curves and has such a luxurious feel to it
  • Ramie – this lightweight natural fabric is a little stronger than cotton, but just as light and breathable
  • Denim – this classic suits pretty much every body shape and type

A quick glance at the label in clothing while shopping should tell you everything you need to know about the fabrics used to make that garment.

Use Color Blocking to Your Advantage

Ever gone for a color blocked outfit before?

This can be extremely flattering for curvy girls.

Wondering what color blocking is?

It basically refers to using two or three main colors in your outfit, wearing these in a strategic way to accentuate your figure. More than three colors is a no when it comes to color blocking, as this can only end up looking over-the-top.

How do you know which colors to choose?

You can use a color wheel for this.

Color wheel

The most popular and effective way to choose your colors is by going with the rule of two-thirds. You basically want to create an equilateral triangle on the color wheel. Begin by picking your favorite color, and then trace a triangle outwards from here until you have reached the two other colors that the points of the triangle touch.

Whichever color you begin with, going with this technique will mean that your three colors will always end up working together so well.

When it comes to actually using these colors in an outfit…

Wear them in a way so that the bright colors are not placed across any parts of your body that you want to minimize. The colors will only highlight the areas of your body that they lie against, so you will need to be quite strategic when putting your outfit together.

Pay Attention to Hemlines

The hemline of your clothing can really make or break your outfit.

How?

Because a hemline that falls at the perfect place will help to elongate your body, making you appear taller and slimmer. On the other hand, a hemline that falls either too long or too short will emphasize all the wrong parts of your body.

Where should your hemline fall?

This depends on the item of clothing that you’re wearing…

For jeans, the hemline should not be any shorter than your ankles. Ideally, they should be an inch or two longer. With a knee-length skirt, you want the hemline to fall just below your knee, or to hit your knee. Make sure that the hemline does not reach down to the widest part of your calves, as this will be so unflattering.

The best way to ensure that you are able to find the perfect hem length is by shopping at stores that offer a variety of hem length options.

Still can’t find the perfect hem length?

This is where the next tip comes in…

Find a Good Tailor

Many curvy girls have quite an individual body shape, which can sometimes make it hard to find clothes that fit perfectly right off the rail.

This is why it is so important to have a good tailor.

Don’t have a tailor yet?

Here are some tips to help you find one that you can rely on:

  • Research – while Yelp is always useful, word-of-mouth recommendations tend to be better. Ask your stylish friends where they get their clothes tailored
  • Store visits – once you have narrowed down your options, it is time to visit the tailors’ stores. If you come across any that are dirty or messy, then this isn’t a good tailor for you
  • A test drive – you don’t want to hand over your favorite and most expensive item of clothign to a tailor that you have never used before. The best way to get around this is with a test drive. Give your new tailor a garment that doesn’t mean too much to you. This way, if it does end up ruined or damaged, it won’t matter as much
  • Build a relationship – once you have found a tailor you like, try to build up a strong relationship with them. This will ensure that your tailor remembers all of your preferences, as well as your personal style, enabling them to tailor your clothes even better

Wear the Right Shoes

No matter what you may be wearing or where you may be going, it is so important that you pair your outfit with the right shoes.

When it comes to shoes that flatter a curvy frame, you want to go for styles that will elongate and lengthen your body.

Heels, whether they may be high or low, are always a good call, as are shoes that have pointy toes.

If your legs are quite short, try to opt for shoes with a high vamp.

What does that mean?

The vamp basically refers to where the top of the shoe meets your foot. For example, ballet flats would be considered low vamp, whereas loafers would be considered high vamp.

When it comes to shoes that have straps around the ankles…

You need to be careful with these styles. While they may be quite trendy, they can sometimes make the legs appear shorter, especially on a curvy girl.

Accessorize Smartly

Accessorizing can be tricky no matter your body shape or type, but this can sometimes be even more challenging for those with a curvier frame.

Just like when it comes to your clothing, you want your accessories to elongate your figure, drawing the eye up and down rather than side to side.

Here are a few examples of accessories that work really well for curvy girls:

  • Statement jewelry, rather than small pieces
  • Cuff bracelets and stacked bangles
  • Long necklaces (you can buy a lengthener to extend a short necklace)
  • Long, dangling earrings (so long as your neck is long, rather than short)

If you do decide to go for a statement piece of jewelry…

Remember to keep the rest of your accessories relatively minimal. You want the statement piece to stand out, rather than be drowned out by the rest of your outfit.

One more thing to keep in mind…

Your jewelry can be used to draw attention to your favorite features. For example, if you want to tone down a large bust, don’t wear a necklace that falls to your décolletage. Focus on your arms instead, going for stacked bracelets, bangles, or even just some interesting rings.

Belt Up

Fashionable woman with checkered dress and white belt

A belt is another accessory that can truly transform your look.

Even though you may not have that coveted hourglass shape, a belt is something that can help you to achieve this silhouette. If you are lucky enough to have an hourglass figure, use a belt to accentuate this.

The area of your body where you place the belt is so important…

Your belt should be placed at the smallest point of your body. For many curvy girls, this will be just below the bust line. For others, it could be the natural waist. Try not to place your belt around your hips, as this will only result in a boxier silhouette.

While thin belts can sometimes work for curvy girls, you will likely have more success with a wider belt. Make sure that it is long enough too. You may need to shop at a specialty belt store, or online, to find one that works well for you.

It can sometimes be difficult to put together an outfit that truly flatters your curves, but with a little know-how, this will soon become so much easier. Your curves are something that many women wish that they had, so don’t be afraid or embarrassed to show off your gorgeous curvy figure.

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