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This blog is all about dressing your curvy body and embracing the fact that you, unlike others in the female population, actually have the curves to fill out the clothes people make.
Have you ever heard someone say, “I would kill for bigger boobs!” or “I wish my butt was bigger!” I bet you thought to yourself, “You wouldn’t want them if you had them.” That was my reaction to anyone who said something about wishing they had my boobs. Because these suckers are hard to dress. And don’t even get me started on bra shopping! Apparently a 36 DD doesn’t exist in the natural, need support, those flimsy straps are going to leave major indentions, world. And in the stores that honor us blessed individuals, apparently we’re all over 80 and want them down to our knees. No thank you! So when I heard others talk about how lucky I was, I had to laugh. That is until I realized that a little larger of a chest actually looks the best in clothing. Go figure.
Believe it or not, the majority of clothing made for women is made for a curvy, hourglass shape. Not saying all curvy women are hourglass, but the majority are. We have a little boob and we have a little butt and we have a little middle. I’ve realized this through my extensive knowledge and research, okay, I work in a women’s clothing store. But taken from someone who dresses women for a living, I will say that dressing an hourglass shape is the easiest and most aesthetically pleasing. So the next time you look at clothes and think, I’ll never be able to pull that off, remember that it was more than likely made for your shape.
Here are some quick and easy rules I’ve gathered about dressing a curvy body:
1. Shop in the women’s section! I cannot stress this enough! I don’t care if you are 13 or 103, if you have the curves of a woman you should be wearing women’s clothing. And yes, I understand that some of the clothes may not be your “style” but I can assure you a clean classic look will always look better than whatever the trend is. Think stores like Express, J. Crew, Banana Republic, New York and Company. All these clothes are tailored to fit a woman’s body, but still offer cute pieces.
2. Low rise jeans are your enemy! Have you ever seen a girl who looked like she had two sets of hips because one was in her jeans and the other above the waist line? This is what wearing low rise pants on a curvy body does. My suggestion is a mid rise. It will hit right at the hips creating a clean line. It won’t be uncomfortable and it won’t look like mom jeans. But it will accentuate your hips and make your legs look super long! I also recommend a dark wash on the bottom.
3. Make sure your clothes fit! I’m not talking about tight and I’m not talking about loose, but fitted. You don’t want the dreaded muffin top, but you also don’t want to look like a slouch. You should have your clothes, “tight enough to show your curves, but loose enough to show you’re a lady.” You can thank Marilyn for that wonderful advice.
4. Don’t ever take anything at face value! You never know what something will look like until you get it on. It can be hideous on the rack but look excellent on you. Make sure to look for the potential in clothes. Also, don’t be afraid to alter them to the way you want them to fit. Add a belt, cinch the waist (a technique that will always make the curves look excellent), pin it, tuck it, do whatever it takes to get the fit that you want and need.
5. Most importantly, nothing you wear outside will look good if you aren’t wearing the proper garments underneath. Make sure to get regular bra fittings. Especially if you’ve lost weight or have noticed, ahem, an increase in the assets! This will make sure all clothes are fitting properly. I also recommend getting fitted in a few different places. Different stores carry different brands. Just because you’re a D-cup in one store, it doesn’t mean you are in all of them.
I hope these help. I hate seeing a beautiful curvy woman wearing clothes that do nothing for her body. Being confident in clothes is all about seeing how good you can look in them. Try different styles and see which you like best.