Curves. Love them or hate them, if you got them, you may as well flaunt them! Whether you’re naturally curvy or finding yourself a little curvier after the festive season, there’s no reason you can’t dress to show off and accentuate your figure. Just look to supermodel Ashley Graham and superstar Rebel Wilson for inspiration.
With a few style tips and tricks in your arsenal, you learn how to focus attention on the right parts of your body. If you have a pear-shaped or hourglass figure, highlight your waist. In the case of an apple figure, focus on accentuating your bust and legs.
Whatever your body shape, there are on-trend styles just waiting to be added to your cart.
The Dos and Don’ts of Dressing a Curvy Figure
DO Avoid overly tight clothes
Ideally, choose clothes that are neither too tight nor too loose. Too tight and they’ll accentuate the parts you don’t want; too loose and you’ll get lost in them. You’ll want some tailoring to give your body definition and shape.
DON’T be afraid of bright colours and patterns
Especially where you want to highlight your best features, for instance your bust or waist. Accessories are also great for drawing the eye to certain features. Belts are ideal to accentuate the waist. Patterns can also be used for their slimming effects, such as vertical stripes, which elongate the body.
DO wear dark bottoms
Darker colours like navy, charcoal and black help slim the figure and are great for wearing on the bottom half.
DO choose high-rise
When it comes to trousers and particularly denim, high-rise is best. A high-raise waist will accentuate your middle, giving your figure more definition as everything gets tucked away.
DO balance out your hips with wide-legged trousers
Wide-legged pants and fuller skirts will help balance out hips and shoulders and create a poised silhouette.
DON’T forget the heels
High heels are a great way to give your body proportion and the overall illusion of length. For more curvaceous women, block heels, wedges and ankle straps are ideal.
DON’T skimp on shape underwear
Paying attention to your underwear is critical. From the right bra to figure-hugging pants without a VPL, the correct undergarments will ensure everything stays in the right place while offering comfort throughout the day.
5 Plus-size Looks For Every Occasion
LOOK 1: FOR THE OFFICE
Wide leg trousers look fab with a classy pussy-bow shirt, textured blazer and espadrille wedges.
Iconic Blooming Meadows wide leg pants – Use code RMZM for upto 10% off
Anatoh embellished tie-neck top
Loeffler Randall Charley espadrille wedges
Iro Makilo cropped cotton-blend jacket – Use code GULF for upto 10% off
LOOK 2: FOR A MEETING
Impress in the boardroom in a belted dress and I-mean-business pumps
H&M dress with a belt – Use code MM205 or HM605 for upto 25% off
Hogl chunky-heel pumps
Boohoo Check duffle day bag – Use code BRP for upto 20% off
LOOK 3: FOR LUNCH WITH FRIENDS
Give your casual weekend look a spin with an animal print shirt and sneakers.
Boohoo Plus Fabienne high rise mom jeans – Use code BRP for upto 20% off
Superdry winter shirt
Only Salone ankle sneaker
Asos Design string shopper
LOOK 4: FOR EVENING DRINKS
Wow the crowd with a tie-waist midi, on-trend white booties and on-point accessories.
Traffic People Adelita printed maxi dress
Truffle Collection stitch detail pointed boots – Use code RMZM for upto 10% off
Uncommon Matters Billow gold-tone acrylic earrings – Use code GULF for upto 10% off
LOOK 5: FOR A NIGHT OUT
Get the party started in a don’t-mess-with-me leather skirt and boots, metallic knit and statement clutch.
Zara faux leather pencil skirt
Zara slouchy high-heel leather boots
Alexis metallic knitted top
Gucci Microguccissima broadway clutch