How to Work with Your Curves
Photo: Robert Trachtenberg
Dress for the size you are—not what you want to be or once were! Work with what you have! Own it.
Dress from the inside out. A well-fitting bra and shapewear will camouflage all lumps and bumps.
Clothes should skim your body, not cling to it like sausage casing! Think high-waist, wide trousers, and A-line or flared skirts.
Don't cover your curves! Big clothes on big bodies only make you look bigger.
Skirts should end just before or under the kneecap. Your legs will look longer.
Shorter, fitted jackets will also flatter your legs—and waist.
Avoid elasticized waistbands. They might be comfortable, but they add bulk to your midsection.
Keep necklines open. A deep V- or scoop neck lengthens your neck.
A dress with a belt will cinch you in, focusing attention on your smaller waist.
Wide feet need to be counterbalanced with wide heels. A thinner heel only draws attention to your wider foot.