How to Dress a Curvy Body

how to dress for a curvy body

Hello! So since I started blogging, I’ve been getting so many questions, from friends, readers & people on Twitter about dressing curves. Women come in so many shapes and sizes – and most of us have all kinds of curves, in different places and in different ways. Ultimately – you should love your body regardless – and you should dress your curves like you mean it!

So I’m going to do a quick post about my take on dressing fashionably for ladies with curves. There is a lot of information out there about how to dress – and many experts say that women with curves should stay away from bold colors, prints, loose clothing, layering and skinny jeans. Well I laugh in the face of those “experts.” You don’t have to be a size 2 to rock the current trends in NYC and Paris – which happen to be all the “no-no’s” of the boring, middle-of-the-road stylists.

I don’t consider myself an expert stylist – but here is my personal views and opinions on dressing those curves:

1. Show off Your Legs! 

Many girls are scared to show some skin because they’ve got more than bones on the lower half – well don’t! The great thing about curves is the sexy shape it gives to your legs. Depending on what makes you feel good – wear skirts & dresses, leggings, skinny jeans and tights (all colors!). I personally don’t like lace-patterned tights or fishnets – they look tacky on most people and I don’t find them flattering. I love wearing a completely oversized top/dress that falls mid-thigh (short) and black tights with heels – showing off the curves of your legs but hiding any imperfections in your tum-tum area is always a comfy but stylish outfit.

how to dress curvy body lemon dress

2. That Sexy Cut…

Flattering your body has so much to do where things are cut and where they fall on your body – what they are accentuating/hiding. One sure-fire way to flatter your curves (if you have more of an hourglass shape) is to sport a blazer that cinches in a bit at the waist, that stops right above your hips – showing the small part of your waist and the curves of your hips.

how to dress for curves hips and jacket

how to dress curvy waist hips

3. High Waisted Bottoms are Your FRIEND

The number one issue I see with girls who have curves is squeezing into clothes that don’t fit them. Honey – if any of your curvy-ness is bulging out – it’s NOT flattering! You aren’t proving anything to anyone just because you managed to squeeze into a size smaller jeans. When you try on bottoms – skirts, pants, jeans, leggings, tights – you should be able to pull the waist of the bottoms up over your tummy area (especially if that’s an area you want to hide). If the waist hits you & hugs you mid-waist (AKA mid bulge) then put it back & move on! This way, when you throw on your top, your curves will be smooth & sexy – not chopped up and sticking out in all kinds of ways.

how to dress for curves high waist is your friend

4. A Good Bra

A good bra will lift your ladies and smooth your back. If you have a smooth back – and then you throw on your top over a bra and it’s bulging – that means your bra is too tight or too thin. Spend money on a nice bra – this will completely transform your outfit! Also – the double-boob effect – you know what I’m talking about – that’s not cute. Get with it ladies!

sheer top good bra dressing for curves

5. Confidence

I may be blunt in some of my suggestions – but no matter what advice of mine you choose to take – the thing you MUST have is confidence! You could put on the cutest, most flattering outfit in the world, but if you don’t walk straight, keep you head high and emit confidence – it won’t matter. Don’t let anyone tell you that a girl with curves can only rock a certain set of looks – everyone can try the trends, you just have to make it your own!

how to dress curves confidence

I’m always available to answer questions to anyone who needs help dressing for their body type – whether that be curvy, skinny or anywhere in between! You can email me at or leave a comment below. Share your tips on dressing for your body type below as well!

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  1. Tashia G. says:

    All excellent tips for curvy and non-curvy ladies alike! One should never underestimate the power of a good bra.

  2. Celeste says:

    I use this tips everyday for my clothes.
    Sometimes the people tell me “you are a little bit skin than before” and i just tell “it’s the way i use my clothes” =)

    I’m also a curvy fashion blogger so I invite you and your followers to visit my blog, a space wich combines fashion+photography+music.



  3. Vivi says:

    I apply these tips on a daily basis. I love showing off my legs! Also, since I’m very busting, a u-neck or v-neck is my best friend. I’m also partial to the sweetheart neckline. I have an apple-shaped body. Due to this, I lean toward high-waisted pants…A LOT.

    And let me tell ya, a good bra goes a LONG WAY. It lifts up those bad boys and reveal a better shape. Seriously.

    My confidence is slowly coming around. Baby steps.

  4. I love love love that lemon print dress. SO adorable!

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  5. Stacy says:

    Great post! I am trying to experiment more myself and trying to hide less and celebrate more. Check out my URL because I think you’d be a great ambassador to my accessories company 😉

  6. Ines says:

    This is first time I have found some hands-on advice for dressing a curvy body. Personally, I’ve always had issues with finding shirts that fit me; I have a big bust and ‘regular’ shirs are either too short or too bulgy when I put them on. Any tips on how to deal with that?

  7. Mags says:

    Wow this is great advice!
    I am constantly worrying about my legs being “too curvy” to show but I see your pics and you look fabulous!
    Yupp, I’ll take my sexy curves and rock them, thank you very much!

  8. Love to see articles like this one that help women embrace their curves! Accepting your curves is the first rule of style, the worst thing you can do if you have a curvy shape is to wear clothes that hide your curves – this will make you look a lot bigger. It’s crucial that all the clothes you choose show off your waist and emphasise this positive part of your body. Remember ladies, it’s not only the style but also the fit of your clothes is important.

    Harriet –