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There are so many clothing choices today that finding the right looks can be a little overwhelming. However, for those with a curvier figure, finding clothes that fit well and build confidence can also be difficult. Especially when the waist is always too large when trying to fit curvy hips. It is also a keynote that you should not go too much off of the size you think you wear.
Depending on the brand and fabric all sizes will fit differently. In some brands and fits you may be a US size 8 and in others you may be a US size 10. Go more off of what you think will fit and don’t care to much into the number on the size tag.
It can be tempting to stick to the same old styles and safe options, however learning to accentuate what you have can be empowering. Wearing an outfit that suits your body shape can instantly make you feel much more confident, happy, and more comfortable in your own skin.
Here are some top tips for choosing looks that help to accentuate your curves rather than hide them or distract from them:
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1. Choosing the right jeans
Firstly, you will want to decide between low-rise, mid-rise, and high-rise styles. If you have a shorter leg length, opt for the high-rise as they will give you the appearance of longer legs while accentuating your waist.
Low-rise jeans are ideal for petite women and help balance your upper and lower body. Tucking your shirt into these jeans will help to define your torso and show off your figure. Mid-rise jeans are great all-rounders, they provide coverage of your midsection without swapping your figure.
Next, you will want to find your fit, there is no one right option. You just need to know what tops and shows to style them with to accentuate your favorite features.
For example, for a casual look the stacked jeans aesthetic is a great option. Stacked jeans have a ripple effect that replaces the need to cuff or roll your jeans. With the jeans being tight at the top, they accentuate the curves while not looking like your average skinny jeans. This option tends to look great with a basic t-shirt and pair of sneakers.
Bootcut jeans provide volume and can be really flattering, to keep things balanced you can wear these with structured layers and tailored shirts or blouses. Similarly, flared jeans are great attention-grabbers, they go well with light weight blouses for a laid back 70s vibe.
If you are a fan of skinny jeans, you will know that these are a very versatile look. For a sleek silhouette, pair these with structured tops and fine knit sweaters.
2. Don’t wear oversized styles
Oversized shirts and pants are a modern look, but just because they are a trend, it doesn’t mean they suit everyone. Oversized clothes can swamp your figure and make you appear larger than you actually are. This fact is especially important if you have a large bust. A baggy material will not tuck back in on the waist and therefore will make you look much larger rather than it achieving any form of contouring.
Rather than going for baggy items, try to find pieces that skim your curves without being uncomfortably clingy. The same rule applies for outwear coats and jackets, bulky items can make you feel shapeless and hidden, instead look for longline, fitted styles such as a trench coat.
3. Dress to impress
There are plenty of dress styles that can help to really accentuate a curvy figure. Wrap dresses are a popular option, you can find wrap dresses suitable for work as well as less formal styles suitable for normal daytime activities. This may be a daunting concept if you are not used to wearing dresses and usually hide your curves rather than celebrating them.
I hope you find these next examples incitive and useful to feel and look your best.
A. A-Line-Belted Skirts
A line skirts with a belted waist are also ideal for curvy body types, this is especially true if you have a larger bust and want to balance your upper and lower proportions. You will find a lot of powerful women dress in this attire, and it is with great reason. You’ll find that you will feel empowered depending on what you wear.
B. Dresses with Side Cut-outs
Dresses with small side cutouts are also wonderful for curves, they point inwards and draw all the attention to your waist. If you have a pear-shaped body, wide straps or busy prints can help to bring the focus to the upper half of your body and create balance. Not to mention this style of dress also allows you to move comfortably as the skirt is less restrictive than a pencil skirt dress.
C. V-neck Dresses
For those with an hourglass shape, V neck dresses can be really flattering, particularly in form fitting styles. Pencil skirts and miniskirts are also ideally for showing off your shape, however you may want to avoid inflexible fabrics and rigid lines as these can take away from the softness of your figure.
Overall, it is most important that whatever you wear makes you feel comfortable and confident. These tips should help you to find some key wardrobe pieces that accentuate your curves and help you to enjoy finding new looks. It is important to remember not to compare yourself too much to people you see online, especially influencers. You will find that it is due to editing, filters, or unnatural cosmetic procedures and less likely due to natural genetics.
The best thing to do, is learnt to love your body how it is. Learning how to love your curves and learning what best suits them will ensure you look and feel good overall. This is due to a release of dopamine and a feeling of self-confidence, which is what we should all aspire to achieve as there Is nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable in want you are wearing as it does highly impact your mood and confidence.