Sunday, July 10, 2011

Curved Up

This curvacious post is for an old friend and dedicated reader of this blog. Firstly with the help of Nigella Lawson and Adele I want these images to inspire fuller figured ladies into injecting some sexiness into their style.

Both Adele and Nigella dress in classic timeless pieces that create hourglass silhouettes, neither of them shying away from their curves but instead accentuating them for an ultra sexy all-woman look.

A feminine hourglass figure has shoulders and hips that are roughly the same width with a narrower waist.

Many women have hips or shoulders that aren't in proportion to each other - so the key is to balance your hips and shoulders creating the illusion that they are the same width - obviously if they already are the same width then happy days you simply need to create or define your waist.

Broader hips than shoulders??
To restore balance add volume to the upper body with the help of cap or puffed sleeves, boat necklines, wide set straps. Select medium to dark colour fabrics for the lower body. Draw attention away from the lower body by choosing eye catching accessories for the upper body.

Broader shoulders than hips??
Avoid details around the shoulder area that would create a strong focal point or anything that will add more volumn. Wear plain fabrics on your top half, if you want to wear prints do so on your lower half. Never wear clothes that hang down from your shoulders as it make your waist and tummy appear larger than it is.

Shopping tips for the curvy lady:

>  If selecting stripes, stick with vertical or horizontal patterns

>  Deep v-necklines will slim your bust. Add a low neckline cami underneath a plunging neckline if you are uncomfortable with displaying too much cleavage.

>  Avoid clothes that will add bulk to your shape, choose simple styles in fabrics that fit well and drape around your curves.

>  Don't hide behind the safety of dark n dull, play with colour, it will make you visibly younger by brightening your complexion and mood.

>  Long cardigans and jackets elongate your figure making you look taller and slimmer

>  Footwear with height again has a slimming effect but also ensures you walk with a glamorous confident swagger.

>  If you have items in your wardrobe that you know you look fabulous in, then while wearing them, take a long look in the mirror and decide what it is about these pieces that work for you. Learn from the times you got it wrong and from the times you got it bang on.

>  Always buy your correct size; squeezing into a size too small or hiding in a size too big will add unwanted pounds to your figure.

SO Fabulous mock wrap occasion dress €59
Belted Street Scene Dress €21 Penneys
SO Fabulous waterfall knit cardi €42

Rocha John Rocha pale grey floral summer dress €63

Principles by Ben De Lisi orange knot front sleeveless top €30

Principles by Ben De Lisi orange square print skirt €60

SO Fabulous print maxi dress €49

SO Fabulous print tie dress €54

Rocha John Rocha long cardigan €90

SO Fabulous tribal embellished vest top €37

Some shops worth checking out for plus size fashion are:

Tempted  -  from size 16-28. They have a store in Raheny Dublin 5, Key West Wexford Town and Carlow Shopping Centre Carlow Town and are available online

Littlewoods Ireland  -  their SO Fabulous range goes up to a size 30 and they also offer wide fitting shoes

Debenhams  -  up to sizes 22-24. Their Designer ranges (e.g. Butterfly by Matthew Williamson, J by Jasper Conran) to up to size 18. Rocha John Rocha  and Star by Julien McDonald ranges go up to size 22. Betty Jackson Black and Principles by Ben De Lisis go up to size 20. And Debenhams own brand from size 6-22.

Penneys  -  up to size 20 across their range in all stores

Many stores stock sizes up to an 18:

Monsoon  -  up to size 18 in all stores and online

Coast  -  up to size 18 in all stores and online

Heatons  -  up to size 18 in all stores and online

Hope this was helpful. As always myself and Shauna are open to suggestions for future posts so don't be shy, email us details of what you'd like see here to or

Elaine xx

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