To Curvy Women Who Want a Great Clothing Style Guide

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Clothing style guide for women's curvy body type
Choosing clothes to flatter a curvaceous woman's body optimally. Photo via Pixabay (CC0).

If you’ve got curves, you may struggle to fit fashion trends that don’t suit your body type. With different body proportions than stick-thin models that wear those designs on runways, that makes sense. And one body is not better than the other. Hey curvy women, embrace your curves and find styles that suit your amazing body! When you follow clothing tips suitable to your proportions, you’ll walk more confidently than before as you look stylish and draw positive attention.

Tip #1. Pick Suitable Prints

Clothes with prints flatter curvy women’s body type only when the correct patterns are chosen. So let’s make it easy by breaking down exactly what kind of prints will look terrific on you!

Here’s what to look for:

  • Larger prints over smaller ones
  • Vertical prints rather than horizontal patterns

Did you know that vertical patterns lengthen your body to create a lean-looking figure?

And while we’re on the topic, let’s chat about colors for curvy women’s clothing. While black is traditionally seen as slimming, women with curves don’t have to avoid color. When worn with flattering styles, color adds interest and style to accentuate the body’s shape in flattering ways. Embrace who you are!

2. Wear Well-Fit Clothing

Bulky clothing may make curvy women appear larger than they are in reality. Well-fit clothing, meanwhile, accentuates your curves to play up your features in a positive light rather than trying to hide the shapely bodies. Clothes that have a curvy shape themselves also suit this body type. For example, flared pants add balance to the hips.

Flared jeans are a popular fashion trend for curvy women. These high-waist, flared pants sweep close to the floor to elongate the legs. A slight flare, rather than a larger bell-bottom shape, is best so that it doesn’t overly emphasize heavy hips. Pair the pants with a form-fitting shirt rather than a loose one to create a balanced outfit.

Curvy women are best to avoid styles that add fabric to the hips too, such as bulky pockets and zippered side pockets. That’s because the features draw attention to the hips in unflattering ways. Flat-fronted trousers look great on females with a curvaceous body type.

As for the length of dresses, hems that fall at knee level or slightly below the knee are preferable for curvaceous women. Legs look longer at these hemlines and hides heavier thighs. Accentuate those great-looking calves, ladies!

3. Wear Flattering Styles

For curvy women, choose skirts and dresses that flow out naturally from the waistline. Smaller darts minimize any bulking of fabric around the waist that makes the area appear larger than it actually is. Heavier fabrics rather than lighter ones are also preferable as they provide structure and a streamlined look.

For bottom-heavy women, open necklines of dresses and shirts are better to help balance out your figure. For example, V-necks are flattering shapes for the bosom as they add lines of interest without revealing too much cleavage.

4. Best Accessories for Curvy Women

When it comes to accessories, you can don over-sized purses in fun shades of orange or purple to add style as well as anchoring the outfits. Chunky jewelry flatters the neckline and diverts attention from the hips too. When you’re one of the growing number of curvy women who embrace their curves, you can stand confident and stunning in the middle of any room!

23 COMMENTS

  1. Having own style, to show our advantages and hide some of disadvantages it is definitely a key to feel pretty and more confident. Very helpful post! 😊

  2. Christy, I’m not what would be called a ‘curvy’ woman, however, I do find that close fitting clothes can certainly slim down rather than bulk up… I also love the flared pants: I can remember wearing them in the 60s – they were all the rage.. 🙂

  3. Nice tips! xD
    I have a weird pear-shaped body. I see curvy women with the bosoms to balance out the proportions, then me. An awkward pear. Once a bridal dress person called me, so confused over my measurements, like she never heard of a pear-shaped body before. But whatever. I’m much more accepting of my body shape now. It does make dressing cute a bit harder, especially in comparison to thinner girls for whom the clothes were made in the first place, but I appreciate the different body types, including mine!

  4. Good tips, Christy! While I am not quite as curvy as I used to be, I can appreciate some of these tips. At 5′ 2″ I have my own challenges. Heels help! A fun and practical post for all women who want to enhance the body they have.

  5. As a designer, I agree with all of your ideas here.
    I’ve been dressing all types of bodies for many years. Skinny is great for some styles, but skinny does not always look great.
    On my Art Gowns blog, I use a size 8 Judy. 8 is not skinny. 0 -2 is skinny if you are 5’6″.
    Proportion is another thought. Shorter torso/w longer legs, thick middle/w skinny legs, heavy bosom w/proportionate waist & thick legs. I could go on forever.
    My point is WE ARE ALL GORGEOUS! There are so many choices for all of us.
    Size is not the only issue. Age is another factor that keeps women down in our predominately sexist world.
    Bottom line is whatever rules there may be, there are no rules if you feel pretty/gorgeous/handsome/professional/vibrant/elegant/etc.
    Okay… men put on a suit…don’t get me going, as yes, I am a bit bitter/angry/etc. on the sexist front.

  6. Great tips, Christy, and perfect timing. I’ve been thinking about spring clothes, and events I need to dress up for, in the coming months. I’ll keep this info in mind when I go shopping!

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