Tuesday 17 April 2012

How to dress your curves

Hello loviesssss,

There are loads of myths that surround what curvy/pear shaped girls should or shouldn't wear. Don't wear clingy stuff - high waist - mini's - flares - skinny jeans etc. The secret is knowing how to wear them and accentuating the right parts. Today we'll take lessons on how to dress our curves from some of my favorite curvy girls.



Lesson 1: clinched Waist- If anyone has mastered the art of dressing a voluptuous figure its Kim K. You'll hardly see her without a clinched waist. Take a tip and try adding a sleek belt to a dress or loose blouse to give you a polished look.

Lesson 2: High Waist Skirt- Beyonce loves to play up her enviable curves with high waist skirts, skinny jeans. Here she's wearing a Marc Jacobs polka-dot dress to give a visual break at her natural waist.

Lesson 3: Mini's/Earth tones - Whether it's short shorts or a mini-skirt, JLo likes to wear styles at her natural waist. This sparkling mini-skirt, for example, shows off her long (platform-enhanced) legs while keeping the focal point on her signature assets. P.s - stay away from this look if your knees aren't slim. 

Lesson 4: Optical Illusion inspired pieces - is one of the latest trend in body flattering. The paneling and smart style lines help hide some curves. Here kate winslet's dress featuring black side panels and a bright white bust makes our eyes drawn to all the right places and Kate proudly showed off her killer hourglass figure.

Lesson 5: Fit & Flare - The forever flattering fit-and-flare silhouette never fails, like Salma Hayek's peach dress with a full-circle skirt and fitted bodice. She accentuated the cut with a wide patent leather belt at her natural waist and matching platform pumps to lengthen her look.

Lesson 6: Scarlet Johansson is truly a modern day bombshell. The beautiful blonde showed off her sleek style in a black corset, cropped blazer and hip-hugging slacks. You hardly go wrong with a black ensemble if your curvy :-)

Lesson 7: Classic Skinny Jeans - Try classic jeans with a blousy tucked-in button-down for this effortlessly fashionable look. Add length to your figure with a pair of classic pumps

Lesson 8: Mermaid Silhouettes - Alright, we know that there isn't often an occasion to wear a red carpet-worthy gown, but if you have one,  Sofia Vergera should be every curvy girls inspiration. 

Lesson 9: The 50's Silhouette - Adele's apparel follows in cadence as she loves to wear the universally flattering '50s silhouette. Try this retro look with the season's popular Peter Pan collar and lacy accents.

Lesson 10: The Maxi Dress - Often fuller-figured girls fear the maxi-dress. As Halle Berry shows us, however, it is an easy style to pull off in the right print and cut. Try a deep-plunging halter design with a cinched empire or natural waist. If you're on the shorter side, wear the look with platform sandals for an elongated silhouette.

Lesson 11: Loose fitting frock - Eva Mendes tosses on this gorgeous loose fitting tunic. Pair this look with flat sandals or platforms for a relaxed summer look. 

 Lesson 12: Work the color block/ High waist cigarette pants - love that this look is fashion-forward but easy to replicate.

Lesson 13: Large leather belt - Here America Ferrera wears a black cocktail dress with a centered floral rose print panel accentuating her hourglass. A large leather belt cinched the starlet's waist to give extra drama to her curves.

Lesson 14: Vibrant Hues - Chritina hendricks doesn't shy away from vibrant hues, and neither should you! You'll be right on trend (and look unbelievable) in a hot hue on a simple silhouette like this belted aqua sheath dress.

Lesson 15: Bandage Dress - The bandage dress is the curvy girls BFF, here Jennifer Love Hewitt shows off her curves in tight Herve Leger minis. Take a cue from Jennifer and fearlessly flaunt your figure!


  1. wow..some major good tips here..thanks for sharing.xxx

  2. Hi Uduak.... my pleasure thanks for stopping by. xoxo

    1. i don't agree with every1 u used here as curvy but i get the point behind em tho. thanks a mil stylefash 4 the tips, more than helpful.

  3. I'm loving these tips stylefash especially the beyonce's visual break and kate's optical illusion lessons. thank you.

    P.s Do you think our local print (ankara) would work for the visual break considering how busy the fabrics are?

  4. Olive says

    Love Adele's 50's silhouette. Clearly she's big around the tummy area but where the cut of the waist starts from helps hide it.

  5. Hi Tami yes you can use our local prints for the visual break. Just make sure the fabric and color used on one half isn't as busy as the one used on the other half of the dress. Hope this has been helpful. cheers. xoxo