Newsflash! The average American woman is a size 12-14, and sadly the average woman has minor body image issues. Even women who are considered petite have days when a pair of super skinny jeans are not in the plans. I’m here to tell you, that you don’t need to hide behind ill-fitting, boring clothing. Sure, black is a sliming color to wear, but that doesn’t mean you have to look like you’re going to funeral every day. Here are 5 ways to use your wardrobe to celebrate your curves.
First, patterns are still very much in style. The key to making this look work is to find a dress with an allover dark pattern. The darker the pattern the better. Patterns keep the eye moving and take attention away from shape concerns.
Next, the easiest way to define your waist is to fake it. Add a cropped jacket over a dress and voila, you’ve got a waist. The jacket will hit at your natural waistline creating the illusion of a curve right where you want it instead of where you don’t.
In this warm climate, there’s nothing wrong with showing a little skin as long as you do it tastefully. As I tell my daughters, make sure you’re always appropriate. I’m a huge fan of wearing layers, but did you know that when you wear too many layers you can end up looking larger than you actually are? It’s true. A great way to show more skin without showing more skin is to wear sheer fabrics. Blouses with sheer sleeves as well as dresses and skirts with sheer hemlines will always allow you to suggest more skin without revealing too much. And they’re much cooler during the hot summer months.
You’d be surprised to know that working your curves doesn’t only apply to what you wear, but also how you accessorize. A bold sparkling necklace or dazzling drop earrings will draw attention where you want it. The more spectacular the better.
Color is your friend. I’m not sure who started the rumor that curvy women should not wear color, but that’s a complete and total fib. Color looks amazing on curvy women especially in monochromatic tones deep blues and emerald greens, even a sapphire red. This fall, think about pairing your solid monochrome dress with a dark colored pair of tights. This combination will make your legs look amazingly slim and trim.
Here are a list of some of my favorite curvy bloggers to see how it’s done: