With the International day of the women here, I thought to myself what better way to celebrate women than by appreciating what makes women what they are. And what else? Curves, duh!
Yes, curves. And not the silky hair, or voluminous lashes, or the most perfect mani – pedis. It’s all about the curves. They define the very essence of womanhood. Gone are the days when glossy mags and tv ads seemed biased against the curvy woman. Ironically women who wear sizes 12 to 20 (UK size ) form the majority of the world’s female population. If curvy women outnumber the rest of the female population, then whichever designers decided to snob them, if not sick upstairs, is really terrible at math or business. Considering the fact that they are a large market to target… Anywhoo, like I said, gone are those days. More ‘realistic’ and ‘everyday’ women are being used on more and more brand campaigns and magazine spreads. Clothing brands like Rue114, Monif C and Asos Curve are making curvy ladies more than happy.
But some ladies have got a whole of curves that overwhelm them when it comes to styling up those curve to their advantage.
If you’re curvy or have got a curvy friend, sister, cousin, baby mama or any females at all, just share this post with them.
They might not be doing bad in the style department still they could learn a thing or two.
So without leaving out my size 0 sisters, hence in the same spirit, let’s give it up for women all over the world!
Tip #1. Keep it Cinched.
A cinch is a curvy girl’s best bet to give the perfectly balanced out silhouette in an outfit. A belt or wrap strategically placed just on the abdomen (just below the boob area) will have that hour glass effect. A cinch in achieves that instant trim that makes other features stand out. Notice that almost every girl on this post will be wearing an outfit with a cinch at the waist. A belt helps bring out features and create shape in an otherwise block dress. That is the first rule to looking good in your curves: Cinch it in!
Tip #2. It’s A Wrap.
Curvy girls, wrap dresses are your thing! So how does this work in your favour? Well, wrap dresses, work around your figure and are fitting without being ‘too clingy.’ Which means you can show off your best assets without feeling insecure about how tight or ill-fitting the dress feels. Wrap dresses do need a good support system though, so remember to pair them with the right bra and under garments. And what’s more, the wrap dress has an in-built cinch at the waist so it gives you that perfect silhouette!
Tip #3. Ditch That Old Time Religion.
Curvy girls shouldn’t wear mini skirts. Curvy girls should only wear black. Curvy girls can’t rock strapless dresses. Curvy girls can’t wear colour. Curvy girls can’t…Who says? If you’re curvy you’ve probably heard similar or even more ridiculous things. Well, what I think is, if you’re ever going to feel good in your own skin you’ll have to ditch all these old stereotypes. The truth is anybody can wear anything, as long they are wearing it the right way for their body types. For example, curvy girls shouldn’t wear bodycon mini skirts because it does nothing for them. What they should wear is a mini pleated skirt which would do amazing things to their frame.
Because black is slimming, doesn’t mean curvy girls should only wear black. Plus size girls can colour-block without looking atrocious. The secret is to know which clothes and shapes work best for a curvier frame. For example, even though slipping on a t-shirt over a pair of jeans is always the easy way out, I can assure you it does absolutely nothing for a curvy frame. Ironically, with curvy women, more is less. Which means, say no to turtlenecks and tops with a round neck which will only make your shoulders appear broader. Blouses with a deep V plunge neck or halter tops work best for a curvy frame. This is because the create a trim illusion and detract from the shoulder area.
Tip #4. Max it Out.
Maxi dresses and skirts are great for a curvy frame. They can be dressy or casual and can be styled anyway you want.
Tip #5. Out With The Wide
When it comes to trousers, curvy girls please stay away from wide-legged trousers. Wide legged trousers will only add to a wider frame and make you appear shorter that you actually are. Instead stick to slim trousers or high-waisted trousers that will add length to your body frame and show off some nice pair of heels.
Jumpsuits are a curvy girl’s best friend. Notice how the jumpsuits below have a tie wrap attached to them. This is designed to enhance a curvy figure.
Tip #6. Keep it Classy.
Above everything, plus sized women should keep it classy yet fresh. Women with curves will almost always be mistaken to be much older than they actually are. Because of this, it is vital that they stay away from clothes that age them even more. Stay away from frumpy t-shirts, elephant-legged trousers, boring mumus and blouses that look like they were made from your nan’s curtains. You want your fun personality shine through your style.
And who says you can’t wear a bodycon dress? Check her out!
That’s it guys Did you find this helpful? Express it in the comments section below. happy women’s day to y’all. And as for all my curvy goddesses, keep those heads turning!
Peace n Love.
kiaraMarch 8, 2012
thanks for this
this post is really helpful for my research on styling curvy ladies
now i can go ahead and make her try on some pieces
she may just feature on the next “style diary”
Fonsa MercyMarch 9, 2012
M’a beaucoup inspiré. Merci de faire ce que tu fais. Bisous!
MsAidylMarch 14, 2012
sharelApril 11, 2012
omg! thank you so much i’ve been trying to look for a prom dress to suite me. xxx
tikimimiApril 16, 2012
I love some of the outfits on here. Great post luv! Now to pray I get a curvy lady on ur Style Diaries…
IsiahApril 10, 2013
Hi, just wanted to say, I enjoyed this post. It was funny.
Keep on posting! Isiah
MsAidylApril 10, 2013
Mobu85January 9, 2014
I really like the jumpsuit that the model had on. do you know where I can find that at.
MsAidylJanuary 9, 2014
The jumpsuit is from from Monif C http://monifc.com/
They might not have the same style in stock though as this from 2 years ago:( But they sure do have hotter similar looks 🙂