Words by Katie’s Curvy Closet
Did you know that most women don’t know what shape they are?!
There are so many different body shapes – and the greatest fashion faux pas in my opinion is not dressing to suit yours…
Online there are shape calculators – you type in your bust, waist and hip measurements and it reveals what shape you are. Easy peasy.
So here are some of my top tips for dressing for YOUR body shape.
Katie’s Top Tips To Dressing For YOUR Shape
1. There are NO rules…
Rule number one – well, there are no rules!
Far too many people dread getting dressed because they don’t feel comfortable in their clothing. You should never be afraid to try new things. Especially curvy women I find are too taken up by what they shouldn’t wear then what they can wear.
2. Start from the start
Always start with the correct under garments!!
70% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. I find Debenhams bra fitting service great. It’s quick and painless and they will specifically select a range of booby carriers for you (bras) ?. The correct style and sized bra can change you’re whole body shape for the better.
3. Shape it up
Shape wear is a god send.
I swear by them but like anything else – choose the correct style for you and always go by your ACTUAL size. Ladies I cannot stress that enough.
4. Figure it out
Figure out what shape you are. Make sure you understand what styles and cuts suit your particular shape.
5. Try it ON!
Try everything on! Just because it doesn’t look great on the hanger it could be amazing on – and vice versa (with it looking great on the hanger but terrible in real-life…)
6. Be age appropriate…
Dress for your age! Mutton dressed as lamb or a young woman dressed up in a frumpy number (aka looking older than her years) is not the aim of the game.
7. Belt it up
Belts are a great tool for creating shape (something which I am well known for!) and can really add to an outfit.
Tailoring your outfits is also a fantastic tool to fit your shape .
8. Nude heels
A nude heel lengthens the leg – it works every time! ???
9. Choose your shoes wisely…
Choose your ankle strap on a shoe correctly. Chunky can cut off the leg. You want to accentuate your assets – not chop them off.
10. Forget everything you’ve been told
Last but not least, contrary to popular belief all sizes and shapes can wear prints and stripes. It’s all about choosing a pattern with the right placement to shape your silhouette.
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