10 ways to clothe your curves

I was really excited to present my ‘top tips for dressing for your shape’ at the City Chic plus size store launch at Sandton City recently.  It was so inspirational to see women feeling fabulous in funky, fashionable clothes especially designed for the plus size figure.

Finally, plus size women are being offered a greater variety of beautiful plus size clothes that make them feel fabulous!  It’s about time!  The fashion industry has ignored the needs of plus size women for too long.  Every woman has the right to feel fabulous and beautiful clothing that fits goes a long way to achieving this.

If you missed the event, don’t worry, you won’t miss out on my tips.  Here are my top 10 tips to curvy women feeling fabulous!

1. Embrace your curves, there is nothing more sexy, than a confident woman.

2. Fitted styles that give you shape are always better than baggy clothing.  Baggy styles can make you look bigger than you are.

3. Emphasise or belt your waist.  Your waist or just above is usually a woman’s narrowest point.  It shows natural balance between your hips and shoulders/bust and makes your legs look like longer, creating a taller, slimmer look.

4. Use detail to emphasis the parts you love.  This helps to draw attention to the parts you love and away from the parts you don’t.

5. Print works well to disguise.  Print does wonders to disguise the less loved bits.  You won’t know what’s fabric and what’s flesh.

6. Clever use of colour can do wonders to slim your look.  Many women get caught in the ‘black trap’ thinking it makes them look slimmer.  Wearing colour in styles that suit you can enhance your complexion and draw attention to the parts you love.

7. If you are well blessed in the bust area, avoid wearing high cut necklines.  Wearing V-neck and scoop necklines give your face space and cuts your bust in half!

8. ¾ lengths make your hips look wider and legs look shorter.  Rather wear your lengths above on or just below the knee. 

9.  Avoid wearing your tops, blouses and jackets too long.  Women often wear tops, blouses and jackets that are too long in an attempt to cover their bums, tums and hips.  Rather wear shapely blouses in shorter lengths (either above or just below your widest point). 

10. If you are bottom heavy, wear bootleg or wide-leg trousers and jeans for balance.  Very skinny styles will make your widest point look wider. 

Tracy Gold and Women24 Mini Makeover workshops

Join Tracy Gold, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, ghd and SalonCare for a mini makeover workshop and learn to create a new and improved you.

Personal stylist, women24 fashion writer and expert, Tracy Gold, will run this informative and interactive workshop. It will give you great practical tips on how to create a look that best suits your body shape, lifestyle, personality, life stage and budget.

The workshop will start with a short introduction from the makeover professionals on how to:
•    Lose 5kg just by getting dressed in the morning by Tracy Gold.
•    Simplify your skin care routine by selecting the correct products for your skin type by SalonCare.
•    Enhance your natural beauty with make-up tips by a Bobbi Brown make-up artist.
•    Style your hair with ease for a natural every day look by a ghd hairstylist.

One-on-one advice: Ladies will rotate with the various experts to receive individual styling tips from each professional. Products from Tracy Gold and SalonCare  will be available for sale. The professionals will assist you in making the correct purchases to suit your individual needs.

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