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Style and fashion advice for plus size women

Dress To Flatter Your Body Shape

LOOKING GOOD ISN’T ALL ABOUT  SIZE!

You don’t have to be slim to look stylish and well dressed, you just need to know what suits your shape, and how to make the most of your curves!

Creating a stylish look is all about balance and proportions. Very few women are lucky enough to have perfectly propotioned bodies. Those lucky ones tend to look great whatever they wear. As for the rest of us, we cheat!

By using different cuts, styles, fabrics, colours, and patterns, you can enhance your best bits, detract attention away from those bits you’d rather hide, and give your body balance, so you look stylish and fashionable whatever size you are.

Take a look at our different body shapes, and styling tips for each to find out what styles are best for you, and start wearing your clothes and your curves with confidence!


STYLING TIPS FOR TOP HEAVY LADIES.

Top heavy ladies are those who have a large but, but slimmer waist, hips and legs.

AIM- use volume, colours and pattern to take the eye to the lower half of the body and create balance through the body. avoid volume and detail at the bust, keep tops simple, but don’t hide the waist line, show it off.

Styles to go for.

  • A well fitting supportive bra is essential.
  • V-necked tops are most flattering. (this doesn’t have to be a deep V)
  • Tops in plain colours, or with small subtle prints or patterns.
  • Keep detail simple, on tops, running down the centre, or around the bottom.
  • Jackets and cardigans that button below the bust line.
  • Jackets and blouses that are fitted at the waist line.
  • Smocks and tunics cut below the bust line.
  • Skirts that are A-line, fluted or tulip shaped.
  • Skirts with prints, patterns or ruffles.
  • Bootcut, flared, or wide leg trousers.
  • Trousers and jeans with detail, stripes, patterns, and try a colour other the black.

Styles to avoid

  • Ill fitting and soft cup bras.
  • High neck lines, especially round.
  • Big, bold all over patterned or printed tops.
  • Eye catching or large details around the bust.
  • Jackets or cardigans with one button above the bust.
  • Boxy, straight jackets and blouses.
  • Smocks and tunics flowing from above the bust.
  • Straight and pencil skirts.
  • Straight, narrow leg trousers.

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STYLING TIPS FOR BOTTOM HEAVY LADIES.

Bottom heavy ladies are those with larger hips, bottoms and thighs, and a smaller bust.

AIM- to give a balance throughout the body, by drawing attention to the top half of the body, with volume and detail, keep bottoms simple, and well cut.

Styles to go for

  • Tops with scoop, square or boat neck.
  • Tops with detail at the neck line, or at the bust.(eg ruffles, beading)
  • Patterned, printed, and multi-coloured tops.
  • Jackets, blouses and cardigans with large lapels or collars.Plain or narrow striped bottoms.
  • Flat fronted trousers.
  • Wide leg or flared trousers.
  • A-line skirts.

Styles to avoid

  • Plain, dark coloured tops.
  • Collarless jackets.
  • Tapered trousers.
  • Trousers with side pockets, or tie front detail.
  • Bottoms with large prints or patterns.
  • Ruffle, tulip, and pencil skirts.

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STYLING TIPS FOR ALL OVER CURVY FIGURES.

Ladies with this type of figure tend to have larger busts, hips and bottoms, and a smaller waist.

AIM- to draw attention to your waist line to really make the most of your curves, make sure everything has a fitted waist line.

Styles to go for

  • Different colours on top and bottom halves.
  • V and scoop neck lines
  • Jackets on cardigans that fasten below the bust.
  • Jackets an blouses with a fitted waist.
  • Tops with detail running down the centre
  • Belted or trench style coats and cardigans
  • Pencil or bottom pleated skirts
  • Straight leg or bootcut trousers

Styles to avoid

  • Wearing one colour all over.
  • All over pattern.
  • High round necks.
  • Jackets and cardigans that button above the bust.
  • Straight boxy blouses and jackets.
  • Allover pleated skirts
  • Tight fitting, wide leg trousers.
  • Straight coats or long cardigans.

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STYLING TIPS FOR STRAIGHT FIGURES

Ladies with this type of figure tend to have a larger waist line, and smaller bust.

AIM- to create curves and give a waist line. wear well cut styles, always fitted at the waist.

Styles to go for

  • Underwired, or lightly padded bras.
  • Seperate colours on top and bottom halves.
  • Round or square neck tops.
  • Collared blouses with a fitted waist.
  • Wrap over, or fitted waist tops.
  • Pleats or gathers at the waist or under bust.
  • Diagonal stripes on tops and blouses.
  • Bootcut, flare, or wide leg trousers.
  • A-line, or bottom pleated skirts.

Styles to avoid

  • Soft cup, unsupportive bras.
  • One colour, or pattern all over.
  • Deep v-necks.
  • High buttoning, masculine style shirts.
  • Straight, unfitted smocks and tunics.
  • Vertical stripes, or pin stripes.
  • Straight leg trousers.
  • Pencil skirts.

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COMING SOON…

EXAMPLES OF ALL THE STYLES TO SUIT YOU, FROM POPULAR ONLINE FASHION RETAILERS.