The key to dressing well is simple: find the fashion that flatters your body. This is especially true for plus size women — the right styles can make you look slimmer and more shapely, which might make you feel more confident! Here are some tips for dressing a curvy figure.
5 style tips for dressing your curves
Know Your Body Type
Everybody has a unique shape, from hourglass figures to athletic, rectangular frames. As a result there’s no fashion rule that suits everybody. This is why it’s so important to understand your body type when you’re shopping for a new look.
Take your body measurements — or, if you’re up for it, ask a stylist — to discover your body type. Once you’ve figured it out, study up (there are plenty of resources available online) to learn the tricks for dressing your shape.
Use Prints Properly
At least once in your life, you’ve probably heard someone say “prints will make you look bigger.” First, that is a bold-faced lie. Second, while small prints can get lost on a larger frame, prints can look great on a curvy woman. The trick is to wear a print that’s proportional in scale to the body; watercolor prints, for example, can look quite slimming.
Mind Your Hemlines
Often times, women dress with only their “problem areas” in mind. But dressing properly for your body means looking at the big picture. Examine how every element of your outfit looks on your figure, from the neckline to the hemline.
For example, most (again, not all) plus size women look better when they avoid clothing that hits the mid-calf. This tends to draw the eye to the widest part of the calf, making your legs appear both bigger and shorter.
Make The Details Work For You
If you’re a plus size woman, shopping for a fashionable blouse can be a real struggle. So many designers create tops with ruffles, ruching, buttons, the whole kit and caboodle — and these little details aren’t always flattering for your figure.
However, this does not mean that you should give up on frills and flair entirely. Instead, try to find frills that make you look good: princess seams tend to be extremely flattering, and frilled sleeves or hems can add elegance to your look.
Confidence is Key
Everybody is different, and different styles will suit every woman. However, there is one fashion rule that always applies: if you feel good, you’ll look good! Whether you’re wearing a printed dress, a ruffled top, or any other style, your confident air will take your look from ordinary to extraordinary.
Of course, confidence may come naturally as you learn how to dress your figure. So get out there and experiment with fashion: try different colors, cuts and prints. With our tips, you’ll be able to find the style that suits your body — and when you find the perfect fit, you can’t help but be confident!