Curvy Girl – Wardrobe Update
Curvy Girl – Wardrobe Update
Flatter Your Figure – Large Bust
The goal in dressing when you have a large bust is to elongate your torso and neck. To do this you will want to draw attention vertically. Wearing simple v-neck or open neck tops and dresses can do this, also items such as a wrap dress or top (totally on trend), or clothing items that have prints that are visually vertical (flannel button up- unbuttoned from the bust up). You will want to avoid any top or dresses that have a lot of extra material around the bust line that will add unnecessary volume to the area. In terms of fabric, make sure your fabrics are soft and curve hugging; avoid clothing constructed from stiff fabrics. Crew neck and turtleneck tops should be avoided as well as items that are excessively baggy.
Also important are undergarments. Take the time to find and invest into some well-fitted bras that offer great support and are virtually unidentifiable under your tops.
Isn’t it fun to dress for your figure? What are some tricks you use to flatter your physique?
Flatter Your Figure – Small Bust
The goal when you have a small bust is really to show off the curves you do have. To do this you should avoid loose or boxy tops, if you want to wear a top that is a bit loose, make sure you belt the waist to accentuate your curves. Avoid anything very low cut that will highlight your small bust. Your goal is to find items that are fitted and body hugging and/or have draping or detailing at the bust line (the sweetheart neck line is amazing on someone with a small bust). One trick I always use is to throw a scarf over a simple fitted tee to add volume to the bust area.
Like women with a large bust, undergarments can make a big difference in the way you look. Seek out well-fitted bras and if you are self-conscious about your small bust, invest in some push up bras or bras that have extra padding to visually increase bust size.
Below are some tips and examples of the types of tops that will flatter your small bust line.
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.