Some women are narrow and others have curves. Narrow figures grace the covers of most fashion magazines and catwalks, but curvy figures are becoming more accepted and admired by the fashion industry thanks to curvy models such as Giselle and Tyra and celebrities
like Jennifer Lopez
and Mariah Carey
. Whether you have just a few curves or enough curves to rival Beyonce
, play them up Ė and there are finally the right kinds of clothes available to make this possible.
Check the Fit
When youíve got curves, many fashion lines, at least in pants, are simply not the best option for you. Skinny leg jeans and anything else that tapers at the ankle are best suited for girls who have, well, skinny legs. Many brands are starting to release curvy fit jeans. This doesnít mean they are plus size, it means the jeans are cut with extra room in the seat and hips to accommodate curves.
Anyone whoís had to hike her jeans up constantly because the waist is too big but the hips fit just right can appreciate that bit of extra room. If thatís you, by the way, youíve most likely been buying a size too big because all the pants are cut too narrow to fit hips. Now you can probably find curvy pants in your real size that actually fit!
If you canít find pants or skirts that have enough room in the seat without leaving a gaping waistband, fit the widest part of your first (your hips or butt) and then get the waist taken in. This will help them stay in place a bit better, and who doesnít want pants tailored especially to their body? A quick fit like that should cost less than $10 Ė not much for a pair of pants that fits perfectly (finally!)
If youíre curvy on top, you need to do the same thing. Find shirts that fit the curvy parts first, and then have any extra material taken in. This is especially true of anything with buttons. There is nothing more attention grabbing (in a bad way, mind you) than buttons straining and pulling over a girlís chest. If your buttons are about to pop, get a larger size. Then just spend $5 to fix the fit everywhere else.
Skim donít Squash
Or better yet, invest in the latest styles of shirts that float away from the tummy. Empire waists and bunched material are very flattering on curvy figures, especially if you have a curve or two around your middle. There is certainly no need to wear skintight shirts unless youíre swimming or doing some gymnastics.
Even non-curvy girls look less than their best when every clasp on their bra shows through the back of their shirt. Find shirts that fit comfortably. You can tell if a shirt is too big or small by the sleeves. If the seam attaching the sleeve is anywhere but right on top of your shoulder joint, the shirt is not the right size (or is poorly made.)
It is important to skim your body with styles, not squash in your more generous areas. Even models look weird when clothing cuts into the body and creates rolls (albeit very small ones on models.) If a style gives a toothpick model rolls, you certainly donít need to be wearing it Ė and neither does she, but she was paid at least. Donít wear your pants too tight just to make them stay on. Instead find pants that are comfortable and get the waist adjusted. This will help keep the tummy looking trim and fabulous, not oddly shaped or squished.
Finally, remember that 95% of your appearance is about attitude and confidence. Wear something you feel good in and then strut your stuff. Donít force yourself into something you hate simply because it meets a set of ďrulesĒ even the ones I just got done telling you. But do think carefully about your choices and invest in a full length mirror. That way youíll know when you look your best and you can head off into the world to let everyone else know, too.