Showcase Your Attractive Curves with These Flattering Wardrobe Must-Haves.
Having curves might pose certain clothing challenges, but there are specific garments that simply accentuate fuller busts and ample hips. It’s time to embrace your stunning figure with the fashion picks that experts swear by for curvy women.
Table of Contents
6 Must-Have Clothing Items If You’re Curvy
Although there aren’t any strict rules about what to wear, the following items are guaranteed to highlight that enviable hourglass shape.
1. Flared Skirt
Flared skirts complement almost every body type, particularly curvy figures.
“This skirt gently flares from the waist, accentuating the waistline while elegantly skimming over the hips and thighs,” explains Susie Taaffe, founder of Skanties Anti-Shapewear. “It creates a balanced silhouette.”
For styling, Taaffe recommends teaming it with a tucked-in fitted blouse and a belt for visual harmony.
Fashion expert Joe Manktelow-Pimm suggests opting for bold solid-colored skirts paired with elevated shoes like chunky platform loafers or block-heeled booties. He notes that these skirts come in varying lengths, so experimenting with different styles is essential.
2. Waist-Defined Coats
“Winter coats are usually bulky rectangular shapes—a contrast to what suits a curvy woman,” notes Elizabeth Kosich, founder of Elizabeth Kosich Styling.
Kosich advises seeking stylish wool coats with sash belts or modern-looking puffers featuring clasp belts to emphasize the waist. “Pair them with knee-high boots in matching colors for a streamlined look, elongated silhouette, and to highlight your waist,” she suggests.
3. Belts Variety
Belts are a crucial accessory for curvy women, as they highlight the hourglass shape by defining the waist. Kosich suggests investing in statement belts in vivid colors, different widths, materials, or patterns. She highlights the allure of an eye-catching suede corset belt that can instantly elevate a simple body-hugging knit dress.
4. Fit-and-Flare Dresses
The timeless fit-and-flare dress remains eternally flattering.
“It cinches the waist before flaring out, creating an elegant, well-proportioned silhouette with a graceful, twirl-worthy appearance,” explains Kathryn Rogers, Grand Couturier at House of Klynn.
Rogers suggests choosing dresses with distinct waistlines to enhance curves and recommends accessorizing with a statement necklace for added flair.
5. High-Waisted Jeans
Regardless of style—boot-cut, flare, or skinny—experts advocate for mid- to high-rise jeans.
“High-waisted jeans are a curvy person’s best companion,” asserts Rogers. “They cinch at the smallest part of your waist, accentuating curves and creating a well-proportioned silhouette.”
According to Taaffe, they offer more support around the midsection compared to low-rise jeans, which might cut off at the hips.
Manktelow-Pimm suggests pairing high-waisted jeans with a tucked-in blouse or sweater and recommends adding a belt to accentuate the waist.
6. Wrap Dresses
Wrap dresses are universally flattering, but stylists agree they exude elegance on curvy figures.
“The V-neck elongates the neck and accentuates the bust, while the adjustable tie offers a personalized fit,” explains Manktelow-Pimm.
For styling, Rogers suggests solid colors or subtle prints and recommends adding a wide waist belt for further waist emphasis if the dress doesn’t have one. “Opt for flowy, breathable fabrics for comfort,” adds Manktelow-Pimm, while Taaffe suggests statement earrings to draw attention upwards to the neckline.