Being a curvy girl doesn’t mean you can’t look fabulous! All it takes is a little know-how and a healthy dose of confidence. Looking good is not about the number on your clothing tags, but about dressing yourself in a way that makes you feel comfortable and shows off your features. It’s time to use fashion to make the most of your curves.
BEFORE YOU GO SHOPPING GET INTO THE RIGHT FRAME OF MIND!
Get into the right frame of mind. A few small mental shifts can make all the difference in how you look, and (best of all) they’re absolutely free. Cultivate your confidence in these areas:
Stop paying attention to sizing tags. Especially in the US & Canada , clothing sizes can be extremely arbitrary and not standard from designer to designer. Don’t focus on maintaining a certain size, and then find yourself heartbroken when the garment that fits you is bigger than that. Instead, focus on finding clothes that fit. If it helps, cut the sizing tags off all your clothing.Spend time taking care of yourself. You are worthy of attention, and you deserve to feel your best. Schedule time each day for grooming, and don’t break the appointment. Telling yourself it’s OK to look sloppy because you’re already overweight is the worst thing you can do. Pay attention to your skin, hair, fingernails and toenails, body hair (optional) and makeup (optional).
Accept your body as it is for today. You might have long-term goals for changing your body, but chances are they won’t happen overnight. Instead of obsessing over what your physique is not, appreciate what it is for just this day. Remember, you only get one body – be nice to it!
Wear clothing with confidence. Whatever you put on, make sure you’re wearing the garments, and not vice versa. If you struggle with confidence, try these things:
Don’t buy “tent” clothing. Clothes that are too big might seem like they’re doing you a favor by hiding your body, but they’re actually communicating a lack of confidence. Instead, buy what fits and rely on colors, patterns and embellishments to draw the eye away from your flaws
Know the basics of how to accentuate or hide certain areas of your body. The colors, cut and patterns you wear can draw people’s eyes toward or away from your figure. Here are some basics:
Dark colors hide, while light colors highlight. So if you like your waist, wear a light belt over a dark shirt. If you want to hide your bottom half, wear dark pants and a lighter top.
Big patterns will make you look bigger, while small patterns can make you look smaller.
Don’t put ruffles on anything you want to look smaller; do put them on areas you want to emphasize. This means that anyone looking at you will be attracted to the area of emphasis
Wear ruched or gathered fabric on areas you want to make look smaller. For instance, you might see a one-piece swimsuit with ruched panels over the belly
Know what colors look good on you. A flattering color can make your skin tone glow, while the wrong one can make you look sallow and washed-out.
Wear something that is baggy like a blouse and this ensures that it’s both stylish and dressed well.
Wear well-fitting undergarments. It’s true that your underclothes are the foundation of your look – it’s hard to look good when you’re wearing flimsy underwear that doesn’t support you sufficiently.
Buy a bra that fits (women). Not only will a good bra help lift your figure and make you look younger, it’ll help you avoid backaches. If you’re not sure what your size is, visit a department store such as Bay or Sears for a fitting. Do not go to Victoria’s Secret – chances are you’ll need an uncommon size, and they carry a narrow range of sizes.
To lose a bit of girth around your hips and thighs, wear low-legged, high-waisted underwear in a firm, supportive cotton.
Make sure you have sufficient coverage. Underwear that’s too small is not underwear you should buy. If you can’t find the right size at your mall or local stores, look online.
Find fits and textiles that will flatter your bottom half. If you tend to carry your weight in your hips and legs (that is, you’re “pear-shaped”), pay extra attention to these tips:
Seek out tailored skirts and trousers. Avoid flared pants and wide-leg trousers.
Avoid shapeless garments, like broomstick skirts and “one-size” dresses. Instead, find something with a nipped waist.If you’re looking for a skirt, you can’t go wrong with an A-line cut. Avoid pencil skirts as this shapes and outlines your hips and waist. However, skirts such as skater skirts would really bring out the beauty in every individual .Buy at least one pair of well-fitting jeans. Skinny or straight-leg jeans in a dark wash look great.
Be very careful with leggings. For some women, a long shirt or dress with leggings is a slimming and fashionable look. However, if you have larger hips, thighs, or bottom, it can look awful.
Accessorize and match! Beautiful and unusual accessories not only make your wardrobe more versatile, but are blind to weight gains or losses.
Larger women can pull off large, bold jewelry that would overwhelm smaller-framed women. Teeny earrings and pendants may get lost on you, however.A big handbag bag can help make you look smaller, as it does not look tiny next to you.Two or three chunky bangles will make a plump wrist appear slender. Wearing long dangly earrings elongates the neck.
Good boots, such as “equestrian-style” boots can cause the illusion of a slender calf. A good pair of boots makes wearing a skirts or pants a positive joy.If you have heavy legs and ankles, avoid delicate or flimsy footwear; it will make it look as if you are about to fall over, or sink into the floor. A wedge heel, on the other hand, looks marvelous, however stout your legs are.
Last but not the least, be confident in how you look- you are you for a reason and no one can take that away from you. I am sure you look beautiful anyway but try some of the tips above to go all out