The way we think about dressing curves is changing. In fact, you could almost go as far as to say that there are no rules anymore. It can be hard to accept that some of the concepts that are almost “dyed in the wool” – we have carried them around with us for so long – are now open to question.

Stripes

Let’s start with a big one. Bigger girls should never wear horizontal stripes. Yes, we’ve all heard that one! The reasoning seems simple enough. Stripes will pull us outwards and make us look wider than we really are. But does it really mean we have to forfeit the lovely punch and panache of a stripy top or dress forever? No, we don’t!

Wearing thin stripes on a dark background won’t highlight problem areas like thick ones can. A fantastic example is this season’s new, cosy, fleece-lined stripe zip-through jacket.

Prints

red cords

Large prints make you look bigger…how many times have we all heard that one? Whilst it can be true that a large print can be a bit overwhelming on a shorter stature, there is one quick way to sort that out, a pair of heels. Go for a print with an abstract style to keep the eye moving so it doesn’t draw attention to one spot.

Skinny Jeans

Skinny jeans are for skinny girls. Not if you try ones in heavy denim with a lot of stretch, they smooth you out and hold you in! A flowy top keeps your look in proportion. Bonmarche’s tummy control jeans are a wonder. Team with ladies tunic tops that are loose and floaty for an overall flattering look.

Black is always slimming

Black lets you hide but that’s not always good. A bright piece with a slimming fit like the new season stretch red cords will draw the right kind of attention, especially with some smart ankle boots. If you are going for a pop of colour from the waist down, keep your top neutral to balance out with a pretty ladies tunic top and perhaps a gilet to keep snug. The new faux fur ones are irresistible. At the end of the day, you can make your own rules and always remember the old adage: It’s not what you wear; it’s the way that you wear it!

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