A Guide to Dressing Stylishly for Women With Curvy Bodies

Sometimes one wishes they had dressed differently for their curvy figure. Not everything succeeds. Even when you want something to work out, it doesn’t always work out. 

My maturity came gradually to me. My body began to mature in my late teens, and as a result, my shape changed dramatically. The sizes of the clothes I used to love were no longer appropriate for me. The clothing eras and styles with which I had previously identified did not work well with my current physique. 

I made an effort to conceal my body at first, fearful of the radical change it was undergoing. My newly discovered curves deserved to be celebrated, and the most flattering clothes were those that accentuated them properly. I discovered this by wearing formless clothing, which led me to realize that my newly discovered curves deserved to be celebrated. 

When I finally accepted this, I discovered a whole new world of clothing that I had never been able to wear before, and I’d be happy to share some of the tips I’ve learned along the way. 

How to Appear Elegant Even if You Have a Curvy Body

Appreciate Gathering 

For some reason, I was always drawn to clothing with gatherings. The management of fullness in clothing is accomplished through the use of gathering, a sewing technique that adds a ripple effect to the garment by creating tight folds of fabric. 

When garments gather on the seams, the material is encouraged to gather around the curves, drawing attention to those curves while also adding a layer of texture that helps smooth over the body’s silhouette. This eliminates the stress of exposure that is typically associated with wearing too-tight clothing. 

The following are two dresses that I own and adore, both of which feature flattering tight gathering: 

1. bringing the seams together 

This black dress with gathering at the seams can help you achieve a close-fitting and seductive appearance. The lightweight material and elasticized gathering, both of which contribute to comfort, make it extremely comfortable to wear. 

When I’m full or bloated, the last thing I want to be wearing is clothes that are too tight, so I make it a point to avoid wearing them when I go out to eat. I always feel bloated and uncomfortable during my period, which makes me much more self-conscious about wearing clothing that is too tight. 

The gathering in this dress makes me feel as if I can show off my curves and be sexy while also knowing that any “imperfections” I may have are comfortably concealed. 

It is critical to note the cut of this dress. To keep things simple, I only highlight one specific body part at a time in my “sexy” section of my closet. The deep V-neckline on this dress, which is one of my favorite details, draws attention to my breasts. Because I have large breasts, they are a prominent feature, which is why I prefer to wear long hemlines to hide my breasts.

2. Converging in the middle of the chest 

This lilac dress is another example of a figure-flattering style with tight gathering. 

My chest has a vertical seam down the center, which is where the gathering is. The gathering guides the fabric underneath the curve of my chest and boobs, resulting in a beautiful, curved shape at my waist. 

The focus of the viewer’s attention is drawn to my waist, which is one of the smallest parts of my body and is celebrated by this garment. 

This outfit is ideal for a relaxed day at the market, but it can also be dressed up for party season with stiletto heels and an updo, or dressed down with chunky sneakers and a jacket. 

Experiment With Lengths 

This ensemble demonstrates how garments of varying lengths and constructed from a variety of materials can coexist peacefully. This is one of my favorite outfits because it has a bit of sass but is also versatile, comfortable, casual, and cool. It’s something I can wear almost anywhere. 

When worn separately, all of these items have a very flattering effect. I’ll go over each component before explaining why everything works so well together. 

The top is loose but structured, making it flattering on most body types. Even if it does not sit particularly close to the body, a waistline that is longer on the outside and shorter in the middle creates the illusion of a more defined waistline. 

The mini-length pleather skirt has a high waistband. Although I adore the look of leather, I rarely wear it because I find it difficult to move around in it during the day due to how hot and constricting it can be. I bought this skirt in a size larger than usual so that I could cinch it at the waist while still having plenty of room to move around. 

The suede boots have a stretchy upper and reach just above the knee. The dark burgundy color is figure-flattering, and when combined with my height, it makes my legs appear longer and leaner than they are. This style of boot is my go-to for keeping my legs warm because I’ve never had much luck finding stockings that fit me properly. 

A word of caution: boots that end just below the knee can make your legs appear shorter and less flattering. Boots that go over the knee or ankle boots will make your legs appear longer. 

I put this set together because the pieces complement each other and work well together. 

It is recommended that you almost always wear a form-fitting bottom with a flowy top, and vice versa. I like to mix traditionally “masculine” and traditionally “feminine” materials, which is why I think this top goes well with the pleather skirt. 

Because I believe in wearing coordinating colors whenever possible, wearing this top and boots together was an absolute must for me. 

It’s impossible to go wrong with knee-high boots, but I wanted these boots to take center stage with this look, so I went with a shorter skirt. 

I’ve even experimented with the lengths of my accessories and the way I wear my hair. I chose a high ponytail and simple drop earrings to visually lengthen the length of my neck. 

When wearing dangling earrings that reach your jawline or lower, your hair should always be pulled back. This will give the earring the attention it deserves while also visually lengthening your neck. 

This look is incredibly easy to achieve by wearing any top that is too loose, pants that are too tight, a floor-length skirt, or even a dress that is too tight on the inside. 

It’s not necessary to match the colors, but it’s always a nice touch. It is understated and comfortable, yet thoughtful and stylish; it is the perfect outfit for any situation, professional or social. 

See if You Can Make Some Pencil Skirts 

A pencil skirt is always a safe bet if you’re not sure what to wear 

If, like me, you carry the majority of your weight in your lower abdomen, high-waisted pants are the way to go. For the most universally appealing look, choose a hemline that falls just above the knee. This length emphasizes your curves while also providing harmony and proportion to your body. 

Pairing a high-waisted pencil skirt with a crop top makes sense because it draws attention to the waist, which is the thinnest part of the body. Because there is no need to tuck or tie anything in, the silhouette is as smooth as possible. 

A skirt with contrasting print combinations was sponsored by clashing prints

I love mixing prints, and I believe that everyone should experiment with color, paying special attention to choosing hues that complement their skin tone. 

You could experiment with clashing prints or different block colors on the top and bottom, then find a shade within those to match your lipstick or earrings. 

I decided to wear an orange lip color because my skirt has an orange pattern. 

A helpful tip for successfully clashing prints is to choose either warm or cool colors and stick to them. If you go out there, things might get a little out of hand. 

Jean skirt 

I’ve never been a big fan of denim because I can never seem to find the right pair, but a denim high-waisted pencil skirt is one of my favorite things to wear. 

I wore a dark chocolate leotard with a high neckline and a denim skirt. 

It can be difficult to find leotards that fit you properly, but once you do, you’ll discover that they’re extremely versatile and can be worn with almost anything. Mine is from the well-known brand SKIMS, which was founded by Kim K. It not only keeps everything in place, but it also eliminates the need for tying or tucking.

I accessorized this outfit with chunky sneakers and gaudy hoops to complete the look of a Kardashian lounging around. 

For Size, Try on Power Suits and Twin Sets

Making a mistake while wearing a power suit or a matching twin set is impossible. They will make you feel like a badass boss, they are fun and flattering, and they allow you to do things outside of your comfort zone. 

Despite the fact that I’ve had this yellow twin set for many years, I’ve never grown tired of looking at it. The high waisted pants are fitted through the buttocks and can be worn with a variety of tops, including cropped, loose, and leotard styles. Because of the splits that run down the sides of the kaftan-style shirt, my torso appears more defined, and my legs appear longer. 

Again, the lengths play an important role in what makes this outfit flattering; rather than hiding my body shape, it emphasizes it by emphasizing its various contours. This is one of my favorite looks to wear with a fun pair of wedges or heels. This outfit not only makes me feel excited, but it also makes me feel like I can take on the world. 

Consider matching twin sets and power suits. 

Power suits are available in a wide range of styles, lengths, and colors. Despite the fact that I own a few, the crushed-velvet suit in hot pink that I’m currently wearing is really pulling everything together for me. It is formal while remaining informal and comfortable. 

You can wear this to any occasion and it will look great regardless of what you pair it with. I paired it with a plain white t-shirt, a simple chain necklace, and chunky sneakers to achieve a stylishly athletic look. 

For a more formal occasion, pair it with a crop top or a pretty bra and heels

 Alternatively, pair it with a turtleneck and heeled boots for a sophisticated look suitable for the office or working from home. 

Tailored suits look great on women with curvier figures because they are designed to highlight our assets. Despite the fact that it isn’t overly tailored, it nips in at the waist, highlights my shoulders and neckline, and cups me nicely around the boobs. I’m currently wearing it. 

We hope that the following styling advice for dressing a curvy body shape will be useful to you in the future when you are looking for new ideas. Don’t forget to have fun with it, to experiment with colors and tailoring you might not normally consider, and to focus on highlighting the aspects of your appearance that you find most appealing.