Image: Vogue UK
While society has had an unhealthy obsession with skinniness for far too long, the tables are turning and we’re now seeing a widespread glorification of curvy women. So how should the shapely girl be dressing?
For decades, counting calories has been a normal part of a western woman’s way of life. Lately, however, a lot of us have realised that the extra pounds don’t really matter, and we’ve slowly but surely shifted the focus from what we look like on the outside – and how many pounds we’ve gained since eating that last choccy digestive – to making sure that we’re healthy and happy on the inside, too.
Image: Evening Standard
European countries such as Italy (Vogue) and France (Elle) have put curvier models on their covers for years without any fuss, whereas in the UK it’s always felt like a bigger deal. Why? Well, firstly, there is still some stigma attached to plus size women here – who are still sometimes demonised by the media – and secondly, it is harder to style plus-size, so maybe most magazines just can’t do it (now there’s a challenge for them!).
However, earlier this year, British Vogue put Ashley Graham (left), a plus-size model, on its cover – a fashion first. And now we’ve reached a point where people are starting to parade larger bodies on the runway. There’s also a whole host of fashion brands swooping in and showing the everyday woman that her body is beautiful, even if only a different kind.
Now, Britain’s streets are full of what the fashion industry labels “plus-size women,” who are actually averagely-sized and perfectly-formed women. And, at The Shirt Company we’re providing those beautiful curvy ladies with a way to feel confident in their own skin – exactly as they should.
So, without further ado, here are some fantastic ways that you can celebrate the splendor of a curvy body by dressing right!
1. Get Your Bra Right
Let’s start with the basics… The undergarments you wear have a huuuge effect on how your clothes fit – trust us.
Even the most fabulous outfit will not work with your easiest of shirts if your bra is too large or small. Ladies, listen up: always wear the right size over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder!
When your bras fit you well, they provide you with enough coverage and prevent the those annoying unsightly bumps – and instant support equals instant confidence. Supportive and reinforced underwear is available pretty much everywhere these days, helping you to create a firmer, seamless appearance. So make the most of this supportive confidence-boost and get a good-fitting bra!
Shop the Abigail shirt in white here.
2. Wear Clothes that Make You Feel Good
A lot of curvaceous and plus-sized women follow one styling rule: COVER THE BELLY. But a lot of the time, this results in wearing horrifically unflattering outfits… Not exactly a recipe for feeling good about yourself, right?
On top of this, shape wear can often over-promise and under-deliver – your supposedly high-waisted jeans won’t actually make you look like an hourglass bombshell and instead they’ll end up creating lumps where there aren’t any. So rather than focusing on hiding your bad bits, find clothes that make you happy!
The Laura shirt lets you embrace “ooh-la-la” It-Girl style with its modern bell sleeves and an elegant V-neck. Expertly tailored, this style fits comfortably across the bust and draws in at the small of the back to create flattering silhouette. The modern bustle finishes the look with artful detail. For ultimate chic pair with a tailored skirt and minimal heels or dress it down with light denim jeans and your cutest flats.
Shop the Laura shirt in baby blue here
3. Brighten Up Your Wardrobe
Darker hues usually tone down features while brighter ones bring them out. But although black is commonly believed to be the best choice for making you look slimmer and disguising those bits you don’t love about yourself, whatever you do – don’t restrict yourself to black outfits!
At The Shirt Company we get that the most important aspects of a flattering outfit are the cut, the tailoring, and the design. Plus-sized garments don’t have to be dull, drab, or limited. Experiment with a variety of hues and brighten up your wardrobe with colours that work well with your skin tone.
Now available in red, the elegant Victoria blouse is vibrant, versatile and very chic – the ultimate feminine shirt that will see you from desk to drinks… Don’t forget a dash of red lippy and diamond earrings!
Shop the Victoria shirt in red here.
4. Find Clothes that Flatter Your Shape
Not all curvy girls are the same… Perhaps you’ve got a voluptuous hourglass figure, or you’re more of a diamond, an oval, or even an inverted triangle. We’re all different and we all need to embrace our curves – and for them to be embraced! Whatever your shape, find styles that flatter you.
For those of you with paunches on the front (yep, we’ve all been there), our best-selling Isabella is a showstopper – the perfect party top for all body shapes and sizes. With tiered ruffles at the neckline and stylish cuffs, this dressy evening shirt is undeniably feminine. French seams combined with silver and diamante buttons add the finishing touches to this lovely blouse. Offset the volume of the ruffles by pairing this shirt with a tailored pencil skirt.
Shop the Isabella shirt in white here.
5. Don’t Hide from the Humps
Wearing oversized clothes aimed at camouflaging your bulgy bits can actually make you look bigger than you are. By embracing your curves, you’ll find that clothes are actually more flattering. Enter: the Abigail wrap shirt!
Flattering on most figures and great on a bigger bust, our stylish Abigail shirt encompasses femininity with its shaped 3/4 sleeves and cross-over front. The tie nips in the waist and finishes with a generous, statement bow which draws the eye.
The clean, neutral Navy – perfect for autumn outfits and pairing with white, camels, and golds – will effortlessly update your wardrobe.
Shop the Abigail shirt in navy blue here.
6. Know Your Textiles
Knowing what fabrics you like (and which fabrics you don’t) will make buying new clothes a whooole lot easier.
You’ll know what is flattering for your body type – and what hangs right on you – and this will make your shopping experience ten times better in store and online.
The tiered ruffles of our Victoria shirt are a prime example of beautiful textile used expertly. The Italian fabric cascades elegantly down the front of the blouse, providing a soft, striking detail, while the elasticated cuffs are finished with a delicate frill.
What’s more, this beauty isn’t see through, so you’ll feel extra confident while wearing your Victoria out and about!
Shop the Victoria shirt in emerald green here.
7. Don’t Skimp on Tailoring
Good tailoring is essential when it comes to those small thnigs that have a huge impact on the way that your clothes fit. It can be the difference between an outfit looking frumpy and sloppy, or totally put together.
Inspired by a 1950’s silhouette, the Barbara shirt is a modern tailored classic with a nipped-in waist side gathering and a bow detail and a funnel collar. A feminine shirt, this timeless piece is beautiful paired with your fave jeans or a pencil skirt and pumps, while being
roomy across the bust and fastening with an invisible side zipper.
Shop the Barbara shirt in black here.
What do you ladies think of our selection for the curvacious woman? Is plus-size fashion finally beginning to get the recognition it deserves? Let us know in the comments below!