Flatter Your Figure – The basics – Curvy Figure
Knowing how to flatter your body type is more important then having a wardrobe full of designer duds. We are all built differently and having the ability to choose clothing that will accentuate your body will make a huge difference in both how you look and feel. In the week to come I will highlight different types of physique characteristics that are important to take into consideration when shopping for clothing. I will walk you through some of the tips and tricks for flattering a curvy figure, small or large bust, a long torso, and short stature. The tips and tricks will not be all-inclusive but it is a starting point to help you begin to understand what sort of clothing items you should look for while shopping. In addition, I highly recommend taking advantage of a personal stylist (in stores such as Nordstrom) who will be able to show you in store what sort of items to seek out.
To start off this series we will take a look at the clothing items that flatter a curvy figure. The goal with this type of build is to define your waist while elongating your figure. If you are blessed with a curvy figure you will want to find items that fall smoothly over your curves and avoid items that are too tight and overemphasize your curves or are too baggy and cover your curves. Also important is the fabric used to construct the clothing item, thin fabrics tend to show everything so seek out medium to heavy weight fabrics when looking for tops. Make sure to avoid bulky fabrics when it comes to cardigans or jackets, the fabric should not add bulk but smoothly hug your body. Make sure that tops and jackets do not end at the fullest part of your hips.
If you are curvy with a larger mid-section you will want to refocus attention to your face or legs, do not be afraid to show a little skin on the top or bottom to balance out your silhouette (think about styles such as v-neck tops and knee length skirts). You can use jewelry such as a statement necklace or earrings to draw the eye up as well. Make sure tops and jackets are longer so you do not visually cut your body into sections; use clothing instead to create a long vertical line.