Curvy women come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Women that self-identify as curvy may be plus size, “straight size,” or even a combination of the two, with a different sized top and bottom. Whether you are curvy up top, around the middle or down below there are a number of styling tips that will help you look your best.
I think the most important place to start is with the fit of your clothing. A well-fitting outfit will put you way ahead of most people. Good fitting clothing is not skin tight or baggy like a sack. Clothing that just skims over your curves will be the most flattering. The fit should be comfortable, neither to tight or loose with enough ease to move around effortlessly. Well-fitting clothes can emphasize your best features while helping to minimize the less flattering ones.
Once you have your fit perfected, let’s move on to another tip. It may well be a tie with the first tip. Wear the right undergarments. Set up an appointment to get a professional bra fitting. Studies show that most women wear the wrong size bra. Life changes such as losing weight, gaining weight, building muscle, changes in health or having a baby can drastically change your body and especially bra size. Once you have the correct bra size, make sure you take measurements to ensure you get the right size undergarments. Depending on the style of panties you prefer, you may need to take your waist, low waist, high hip and full hip measurements. After you are armed with your measurements you will be better prepared to find the best fitting undergarments for your current shape. The same universal fit tips that go foryour outerwear go for your underwear. Underwear should not be too tight or too loose, bras should be supportive and comfortable, and shapewear should never cut off your circulation.
Curvy women should learn to use vertical style lines strategically. Style lines are design details that the designer put into a garment. A style line may be the cut of the garment, the seams, zippers and other designer details. A vertical style line will make you look taller and slimmer. A horizontal style line will make you look wider. Then of course there are diagonal lines that are a mix of the two. Use a garment’s built in lines to flatter your curves. Areas you want to de-emphasize will be better served with vertical lines, think princess seams, vertical stripes, vertical pin tucks or pleats or even a vertical zipper. To emphasize an area look for horizontal details like horizontal, strong color blocking, hem lengths, and curved elements that are horizontal in orientation, like a scoop neck. This means that you can use designer details to bring balance to your body shape.
Look for balance when dressing your curves as this will give you the best look. This is not to say that you shouldn’t play up your favorite feature. The trick is bringing your body into visual balance so that you can bring strategic awareness to the features you want to highlight.