Clothes and Tips for the Full-Figured Woman

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Boot cut jeans: This universally flattering cut will look sensational on you. If you like the skinny trend, opt for the slim-fit style which does not taper off as much.
Layer your outfits: Layering works great for full-figured women. Layering t-shirts, sweaters, vests, jackets, tops and blouses makes for great visual interest and creates contrast.
Choose good fabrics: Soft, fluid and thin materials like cotton, silk, jersey and linen work best for full figured women. Avoid overly textured or heavy fabrics because they add unnecessary bulk.
Wear sleek shoes: Thin heels and pointy-toed pumps will work very well for you, as will high-heeled sandals and clogs.
Accessorize carefully: A well designed handbag (tote/clutch/satchel), statement jewellery like a chunky ring or necklace, a good wrist watch and a silk scarf help you look trendy and sophisticated.

Clothes and Tips for the Full-Figured Woman

Thanks to Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayek, Kate Winslet, Kim Kardashian and Monica Bellucci, ‘curvy’ is now sexy like never before. If you're full figured, take pride in those killer curves and play with numerous styles, cuts and colours to find what works for you.

The following tips for curvy women might come in handy.

  • Wear clothes that fit you: Concealing those curves in loose fitting clothes will make you look big and clumsy. Your best bets are flared skirts (knee length), high-waist trousers, V-neck and cowl-neck tops and wrap or sheath dresses.
  • Pay attention to innerwear: Curvy women need extra support inside! Invest in well fitting bras and shape-wear. These help you appear shapely and control bulges.
  • Highlight your waist and neck: Draw attention to your waist by wearing striking belts and tops with detailed (but not elastic) waists. Play with neckline styles. Wide/open necklines (scoop, cowl etc.) will accentuate your shoulders and upper torso. Stay away from halter-necks.
  • Wear monochrome and co-ordinate separates: Stick to darker colours on the bottom and lighter hues on top. This achieves a more streamlined look, as do small prints and monochromatic patterns (e.g., different shades of black and gray).
  • Incorporate vertical stripes: Be it a dress, top or pinstriped trousers, vertical stripes have an elongating visual effect and help you look sleek.


Styles to avoid for full-figured women

  • Horizontal stripes
  • Big pockets
  • Clothes that are too tight or too loose
  • Stretchy/clingy fabrics
  • Large prints
  • Low-rise trousers/jeans
  • Shiny or sequinned clothes
  • Wedge platform sandals or shoes with ankle straps
  • Extra-wide belts and choker necklaces
  • Ruffles, rouching and gigantic bows or buttons.

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