Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Curvy

April 26th, 2005

Elongate your figure while featuring your waist.
Showcase your curves.


Look for…

 

  • Garments that drape nicely over your curves.
  • Jackets & Coats
  • Styles with simple lines.
  • Semi-fitted styles that just cover your derrière.
  • Belted styles.
  • Single breasted jackets.
  • Closure (button or otherwise) just below the bustline.
  • Vertical lines through seams and/or lapels.
  • Snug fit jean jackets.
  • Snug fit, high collared biker jacket.
  • Bomber jacket worn open.
  • Single breasted boxy styles.

  • Tops
    • Semifitted styles that end below the belt and can be tucked in.
    • Styles with bust darts.
    • Drapey fabrics.
    • Tops with fitted waists.
    • Shoulder-baring tops.
    • Collarbone-baring tops.
    • Tops that subtly reveal cleavage.
    • Wrap tops.
    • Deep V-necks.
    • Small collars.
    • Narrow lapels.
    • Pants & Jeans
    • Classic flat-front straight-leg pants that rest at your natural waistline.
    • Side or back zip pants (invisible zipper) reduce bulk and can be more flattering.
    • Subtle flare at ankle is flattering on taller women.
    • Wide pants can be tapered slightly at calf-height on heavy women.
    • Stretch jeans are perfect for showcasing curves.
    • For a look that’s less form-fitting, try straight-leg jeans one size up.
    • Skirts & Dresses
    • Slitted skirts and dresses that showcase your legs.
    • Bottoms that narrow at your knees.
    • A-line skirts.
    • Tapered skirts.
    • Flat front styles with side or back zipper.
    • For a thin waistline, show your waist with a belt or prominent waistline.
    • For a thicker waistline, look for dropped-waist styles.
    • Wrap dresses.
    • Semifitted styles.
    • Shift dresses.
    • A-line dresses.
    • Shirtdresses.
    • Medium-weight knits and drapey fabrics are flattering.
    • Shawl collars.
    • Keyhole necklines.
    • Strapless necklines.
    • Asymmetrical necklines.
    • Suits
    • Fluid fabrics.
    • Fitted jackets and skirts.
    • Swimsuits
    • Wrapped styles.
    • All-over patterns.
    • Side shirring.
    • Dark side insets.
    • Underwire bra-tops.
    • Halter necklines.
    • High-cut legholes.

    Run From…

    • Oversized clothes.
    • Overly tight clothing.
    • Clothes that are cut straight up and down, without regards to curves.
    • Horizontal lines at the fullest part of your hips.
    • Jackets & Coats
    • Jackets without waist definition (e.g. those that are loosely buttoned at the waistline).
    • Styles that end at the fullest part of your hips.
    • Rolled lapels.
    • Cropped styles.
    • High necklines.
    • Jean jacket with pocket detailing.
    • Tops
    • Styles that end at the fullest part of your hips.
    • Cropped styles.
    • Overembellishment.
    • Extremely thin fabrics.
    • Oversized tops.
    • Anything too tight.
    • Pants & Jeans
    • Cuffed pants.
    • Very tapered styles.
    • Skirts & Dresses
    • Boxy styles.
    • Stiff fabrics.
    • Extremely full skirts.
    • Pleats.
    • Bulky pockets.
    • Horizontal detailing.
    • High necklines.
    • Suits
    • Tight styles.
    • Swimsuits
    • Suits without enough support.
    • Improper fit.

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