I get lots of emails of ladies asking for fashion & styling advice, so I’ve decided to start answering them publicly on the blog in case others have similar questions! If you have a fashion or style question you want answered here on The Chic Curve, email Natasha at email@example.com
Curvy College Girl in Indonesia Writes:
Hello Natasha! Glad I found your blog. I need some fashion advice.
[I'm curvy and] I live in the tropical country Indonesia where it is always sunny. I have difficulties on choosing what I should wear to college. My campus regulation requires me to wear collared shirt (like a blouse or some polo shirt) everyday. T-shirts are not allowed.
I really like the fashion featured on your blog, but since the city I live in is extremely hot (on the hottest day it could reach 40 degree Celsius), it would be uncomfortable for me to wear layered clothes (like putting blazer or jackets).
I’m quite boring with my normal style. I usually wears jeans and a blouse or polo shirts with flat shoes. Sometimes I wear a maxi skirt with my polo shirts. I know, I have a very lame style. Oh, and I have quite dark skin-pretty much tanned. This makes me unconfident to experiment with colors. I usually wears black, brown or white shirts. And since it’s hot, I usually pulled my hair to a bun or making ponytail out of it. My friend once told me that chubby faces are better off with short hair. I dunno whether it is true or not. Still, I keep my hair length at under my shoulder .
Could you please help me by giving advice on what I should wear to college?
-Curvy College Girl in Indonesia
Dear Curvy College Girl in Indonesia,
Thank you for writing in.
First of all – your dark skin should definitely not deter you from wearing bright colors. In fact, certain bright colors actually look better on girls with darker skin. I often wish I could have a nice tan…but the rainy climate of Seattle doesn’t really allow for that naturally
If you can wear blouses and collared shirts, there is so many options! Depending on the shape of your body, a good way to accentuate your curves without being overheated is to wear an airy long maxi skirt with a looser blouse, tucked in, and then topped off with a thicker dark color belt. This will define your waist and keep you cool, while also sticking to your school’s dress code.
I actually was recently traveling in Morocco, which is very hot, and my go-to outfit was leggings or cropped pants with oversized, sheer tops. Also, mid to long sleeve dresses that cinch at the waist and flair out over the torso and hips are both flattering & airy. With any outfit, you’ll want to play up the accessories – it will allow you to create your own style. Personally, I prefer layering long simple necklaces, or having one shorter chunky necklace in a bright color. Pair these with a pair of comfy wedges and you’ve got a fashionable yet heat-friendly outfit.
Also – with your gorgeous tan skin, try out a bright fuchsia lip color
for a pop of color with any simpler outfit. And your hair will be beautiful both short and long, however with your face shape make sure to have layers that frame your face. You can also try rocking the Top Knot
on really hot days to keep the hair out of your face!
No matter what you wear, you’ve got to remember that confidence is the best thing you can bring with you everyday to class. I’ve put together some sample outfits below, to help you beat the heat in style!