Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Slimming Silhouettes

So often, as Cur-V-Girls, we avoid buying new clothing like the plague! The idea of trying on outfit after outfit, only to become frustrated and disappointed with clothes that don't fit or flatter, makes many of us give up before even heading out the door. But, if you arm your self with information about what silhouettes are most flattering for full-figured women, you can create a more satisfying and rewarding shopping experience.

Each woman has her own unique shape, and its important to be able to recognize yours when choosing clothing. Every woman wants to whittle away her waistline, but there are other things to consider. If you have shorter legs, you may want to look for waist bands that are high rise, sitting 3 inches above your natural waistline. This creates a lengthening effect on your lower body. Choose a waistband that is wider to give you tummy control and keep the band from folding over when sitting. Look for an A-Line skirt for a hip minimizing silhouette. This skirt will float away from the body instead of hugging your curves. It gives the illusion of slimmer hips. Look at this skirt from It has all these elements.

If you're a long-legged beauty (I envy you!) you will likely do best with a dropped waist skirt or pants. This type of silhouette sits just atop your hipbones and will elongate your torso, creating the look of a narrower waist. This pair of Bermuda shorts can be found at

Finally, if you're an average height Cur-V-Girl, you can wear any of these styles, plus you can add a natural waistline skirt or bottoms to your wardrobe. These usually have narrow waistbands that sit right at your natural waist where you are likely to be thinnest. This gives you the optimum in slimming silhouettes!

Knowing your body shape, and the silhouettes that will flatter it, will help you narrow down your choices when you go shopping. That way, you can focus on the things that really matter, like finding the perfect accessories to match your new clothes!

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