It’s time for all of us to make a resolution to not fall prey to body figure stereotyping and make it all about self-love. Not trying to hide behind frumpy clothes that do you no justice is one way to do that. Finding out and understanding your body type is something to be thankful for, however making it a stereotype is not. So all the apple body-shaped woman, pear body-shaped and also the full-sized hourglass body-shaped ladies, stop being used to the embarrassing yourself, rather start embracing yourself! With numerous brands breaking the beauty taboo with real-body campaigns and policies we celebrate every woman with perfection.
If you are curvy, it is important to dress according to your size. Say goodbye to every oversized clothes and slide into the outfits with the right fit that will hide your problem areas and highlight the right angles of your frame. Styling from top to bottom can bring a vast change in your look. Have a look at some great style tips for real girls who felt too voluptuous to wear certain items, and we’re here to blow those myths right out of the water.
LINES AND SHAPES
You need your first impression to be fab-worthy, and it is all about your lines and shapes that draw the eye. One great trick is to wear monochrome ensembles. This makes the viewer’s eye move up to down, or vice versa, forming one uninterrupted line, which makes you look tall and slim. If you’re looking to enhance those curves, then opt for a bodycon dress in the right fabric like jersey. You can also wear ensembles that have lines narrowing at the waist and spreading away at the bust and the hips. The lines can be in the form of a print, stitches, pleats, etc. A dress with a plunging V-neck and a cinched waist which then flairs out below, also gives the illusion of an hourglass figure.
THE RULE OF THE HEM
Knowing where hems or borders should be on your body can help you lengthen the frame. A knee-length skirt, for example, should sit just right under the knee, never around the biggest part of the calf. The hem of the jeans should be at the ankle, or (even better) an inch or two below. If you are not of average height, buy your clothes, specifically the bottoms from a retailer that gives you perfect length options. Well, hems can be tricky sometimes but the best thing is to not to have a clue about it and find a tailor with a good eye, trust them and learn as you go.
SAY ‘NO’ TO OVERSIZED CLOTHES
Just beanpoles look great in larger than the average dress size! Don’t add volume to your body by wearing oversized dresses. Instead, pick the clothes that are body-skimming (not too tight) and show your curvy side. Say no to a giant t-shirt, but a maxi or kaftans that skim the curves and have some belt at the waist is cool. If you want an easy profile, or if you got your favourite graphic on a tee or tunic then pair it with tighter trousers or jeans and make it to your advantage.
MIND THE SHOES
It’s always a head-to-toe thing and what you put on your feet that matters. Pointy tips and low heels can make you look slim, whether you are pairing it with a skirt or a pair of pants. Try to find a shoe with a vamp the ends at the top of your toes, other than halfway around. Shoe styles with low vamps include ballet flats and pumps. High-vamp shoes include Mary Janes and loafers.
WHAT NOW, ACCESSORIES?
Long chains, not chokers are good to go, especially if you got classic apple shape and short neck. Your focus should be on creating long, unbroken lines along your body. No mood of jewellery? Grab a long scarf helps for the same effect. Layering your jewellery is another way of drawing the eye vertically. From choker to long chains, layer with a couple of them together. Even when wearing bangles and bracelets, stack them up.
VOTE FOR LAYERS
Contrary to stereotypes, layering doesn’t necessarily add volume. Instead, it sometimes gives your body a definition. Wearing a tank top with a pretty cardigan instead of one-piece dress or T-shirt can help to underline your shape. Ensure though that you don’t layer with bulky garments.
EMBRACE YOUR HIGH WAIST
High-waisted pants are your companion. They help tuck in folds and fat and minimize muffin tops since they end at the slimmest part of the waist. Ensure they’re long, finishing at the lower leg or underneath, following the rule of the hemline.
Dress to make yourself feel good, and you will make heads turn!
Text: Akruti Khandkar