5 Style Tips for Dressing Your Curves

As a curvy woman, you generally know what looks best on you. Maybe you have that one favorite wrap dress that makes you feel like you’re strutting down a catwalk, or maybe you typically favor tunics and shift dresses. But sometimes, you can get stuck in a fashion rut. It can really benefit you to get out of your comfort zone and find a new outfit that makes you feel gorgeous and fashionable! Here I’ve compiled my top 5 style tips for dressing your curves to help you find a look you can totally rock.

1. Figure out your body shape :

One of the best tips to start off with is figuring out your body shape. This allows you to find pieces that suit your curves perfectly, as well as gives you a good roadmap for which assets you should be highlighting.

Hourglass :

If you have a larger bust and hips than your waist, this is you! Emphasize your curves with cinched waists and the high waisted bottoms that are so in right now. If you’re feeling especially daring, try pairing some high waisted pants with a crop top – this look is endlessly flattering for your shape!

Apple :

If you have slimmer legs than your midsection, then you have an apple body shape. Your goal is to highlight your shoulders and oh-so-gorgeous legs, while choosing clothing that doesn’t add extra material or volume to your midsection. Shift dresses are a perfect match for your body type – make sure yours is the perfect fit to flatter both your legs and your midsection.

Banana :

If your body is more straight up-and-down, then your shape is considered to be a banana. Highlighting the smallest part of your waist is the best way for you to make your bust and hips look proportional and fabulous! Peplum tops and jackets are your best friend. They cinch you in at the waist and flare out, highlighting your best assets.

Pear :

If you have a smaller bust and a booty that just won’t quit, then your shape would be considered a pear body type. Accentuate your upper body while highlighting those gorgeous curves for a super cute look. A-line skirts and embellished tops should be a part of your line-up, because these pieces will have you feeling trendy and runway-ready.

2. Invest in good basics :

Once you’ve got your body shape in mind, then your next goal is to invest in some good basics. This means intimates that fit you perfectly, tanks and tees that hug your curves just right, and leggings that don’t turn see-through the second you bend over! If you don’t have the proper foundation, building the perfect wardrobe is going to be difficult. Once you have the basics you need, you’ll have a much easier time branching out and finding fun and fashionable looks that fit your curves just right.

3. Pick a statement piece :

While accessories are super fun and a good way to add an extra “wow” factor to your wardrobe, they aren’t always necessary! Especially considering there are so many great options out there for you to choose from – gone are the days when all that’s left in curvy sizes are boring jeans and t-shirts. Find a funky print that you love and build a season’s look around that. A bold printed jacket, a skirt with a big geometric print, or a super cute top with embellishments and flair!

4. Find a good tailor :

For clothes that you already have in your wardrobe that don’t fit just right, or for new clothing that could fit a little better, a reputable tailor is going to be your new best friend. They can take an outfit from looking “blah” and boring to fabulous and flattering! Find one in your area and shop your wardrobe.

5. When in doubt, choose fit and flare :

Fit and flare dresses look good on every body type, so you should always have at least one in your closet! They hug all the right places and fit so flatteringly over your best assets. I have at least 5 in my wardrobe rotation at all times; I just love them so much!

There’s been a huge renaissance in curvy fashion, and let’s face it – curves are in! There’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to rock your curves in a wide variety of looks, and now you’re armed with some great tips to help you refresh your wardrobe! Now go on, get out of your fashion rut, and stun us with your gorgeous fashion creations.

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Author Bio: Casey is a freelance writer and content strategist. Casey has worked with a number of brands, including Red Tulip Boutique, revitalizing their online social and shopping channels.