It's Wednesday! That means that we're focusing on CURVES. Today, we're featuring a curvy gal with a wicked sense of style. Read on to hear her tips and faves for rocking out those dangerous curves.
Job: Non-Profit Contract Manager
City: Washington DC
I generally put a ton of thought into my outfits to avoid looking TOO chunky and too short. I am short and bottom heavy, so I know that certain things that look cute on other people will look frightening on me (those adorable flouncy mini skirts are impossible for me to wear for instance). My general rule is to try to have a slimming effect from top to bottom and to play up my smaller waist to my hip difference.
Flip the switch to read more from Melissa, see her outfits and read about the items that she would never wear.
I use a lot of waist cinching belts with my casual outfits and have a staple of pencil skirts and corsets for my more dressy outfits.
I also have to be careful that those looks don't end up looking trampy. It helps to be able to sew and to own your own machine because most store-bought items WILL require adjustments and it is a huge money saver to be able to do these yourself. All of my jeans are taken in at the waist to avoid that back pucker that a belt would cause when the waist is too big and to also avoid the inevitable butt-crack exposure. I avoid dolman tops at all costs because they make me even shorter and rounder than I would like to look, and flouncy tops are broken up with a belt.
This summer my look has really consisted of a lot of tank style maxi dresses that really play up the curve factor. For fall, I have really gotten into patterned leggings, and recently got a bunch off OnlyLeggings.com. Leggings with a cute sheer top and blazer with knee or thigh high boots are my planned go-to for this fall.
For my boots either choose boots with an elastic back or have them adjusted by a cobbler in order to accommodate my bigger calves and thighs.
In the winter I am a big fan of tulip pea coats that still show curves even when you are all covered up.
I also love the blogger Girl with Curves (https://www.facebook.com/
GirlWithCurves), she has AWESOME style for that midi-plus-size type (not quite plus plus size, but bigger than the average girl).
Do you have a tip for dressing for curvier figures? We'd love to hear from you!
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