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5 Fashion Tips for Curvy Ladies

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Developing your own personal style and finding what works well with your body is a hard task in general.

However, it's even more difficult for ladies with a little more to love.

As a curvy girl myself, I've struggled for years to find my style and find clothes that flatter me. Now that I've learned a thing or two, I thought I'd share some of those tips with you all.

1. Know your body shape.

Although you may be curvy, you still have your own personal body shape that you need to consider when choosing what to wear. Are you pear shaped, full figured, or have an hourglass figure? I found a great website  that gives tips specific to your own body shape. Check it out and determine what body shape you have!

2. Invest in flattering undergarments.

In my opinion, when you want to make the outside look good, you have to start with what's underneath. That means investing in quality, supportive bras and underwear (and Spanx, which can be your best friend and worst enemy). When you're wearing bras that don't fit and create lumps and bumps on your sides, it doesn't even matter how flattering your top is. I purchase bras and underwear from Lane Bryant  and Frederick's of Hollywood . I've found that these two shops have a broad range of undergarments to choose from and I haven't had any bad luck with either of these stores. And I'm sure you're wary of Lane Bryant, especially if you're looking for cute bras. Trust me, they're there.

3. Dark wash jeans are your friend.

Whether you wear skinny jeans, boot cut, or straight leg pants, dark washes are the way to go. Be wary of any light washes on the jeans because light wash draws the eye to the area and makes it look larger. So if you're not comfortable with your thighs, don't buy jeans that have a streak of lightness across the thigh area. Sticking with an overall dark wash denim is the way to go! I love buying jeans from Old Navy personally. It's one of few stores that's inexepensive and popular with thin girls that actually has jeans that fit larger people. The sizes in stores go up to 20, while the sizes online go up a few larger than that (not sure which size specifically). Also, if you like skinny jeans, check out their RockStar skinnies! I have three pair, if that tells you anything.

4. Wear what makes YOU feel good.

If you want to wear the biggest trends right now, go for it. If you don't care about trends and would rather rock your old-school digs, that's cool too. I think one of the biggest problems with plus-size fashion is that a lot of us tend to think that because of our body type, we can't wear what we want. We have to watch what we wear to make everyone else feel comfortable. While I'm all for wearing what flatters your body type, I think there's definitely a way to comprimise wearing what flatters you and wearing what makes you feel good. Sometimes those two are the same, sometimes they're not. If you have "big" arms but love tank tops, wear the tank tops anyway. You're not going to offend anyone. People will take more notice of your "flaws" if you actually act insecure about them. If you act comfortable in your own skin, people will notice! It's a process, but I promise you, you'll be happier in the long run.

5. Invest in a ton of inexpensive jewelry.

I personally stick to wearing a lot of black on a regular basis. I don't do that because it's more flattering, I do it because I just like wearing black! However, the right accessories can make any outfit look fabulous. Sometimes I'll throw on a pair of jeans and a simple black top, but then pair it with a cute pair of shoes and some great rings and necklaces. Cato usually has some great jewelry on sale every time I go. I also really love Versona because they always have a ton of discount jewelry for no more than $3 or $4. Stock up!

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  1. Brilliant tips! I wear so much grey and black and so have lots of cheap jewellery and bright lipsticks to brighten a look up. It is all about wearing what you want to wear and feeling comfortable. If you don't feel comfortable you just won't look your best!

    Rachael at

    1. Thank you! I totally agree, I'm a sucker for black outfits so I like to spice it up with red lips or fun jewelry sometimes. True that! Thanks for reading!

  2. although i'm not plus size but i agree with what you wrote! great post

    1. Thank you! Honestly, these can be applicable for anyone! Thanks for reading!

  3. Brilliant tips, I'd say I'm a little bit on the curvy side myself at the moment and I always struggle to pick out what's best for me, so this is a huge help! x

    1. Thank you so much, I'm glad it helps! :)