15 Fashion Myths Every Curvy Girl Should Forget

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Steer clear of stripes, stick to black and avoid bodycon are just a few fashion myths that curvy girls are tired of hearing. But not any more. 

We asked plus-size fashion blogger Rosie from A Rose Like This to rip up the rulebook and prove that women of all shapes and sizes can wear what they want.

"Being a curvy woman myself I’ve spent many years being told what I can and can't wear", she says. "But it's time to put those myths to bed and wear what we love"....

1. Step Away From Those Stripes



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Possibly the biggest plus-size fashion myth of all. In theory horizontal stripes supposedly make you look wider, but worn in the right way they can actually enhance your curves.

Throw on a pair of killer heels and some tough accessories and you’ll be ready to take on the world.

2. Run From Bodycon



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Some plus-size women avoid it at all costs but the right bodycon dress can look great worn right.

Look for thicker fabrics that show off your figure but also hold you in a little.

If you’re still feeling conscious simply slip on some clever shapewear.  A waist-cinching pair of support knickers or a smoothing full slip will give an instant confidence boost.

3. You Can Only Wear Black



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When did this become a rule that we all live by? Yes black might be slimming (and every girl needs an LBD), but colour is perfect for showing off the bits you love.

Make your wardrobe more exciting by adding a pair of coloured jeans or opting for bright accessories with all black outfits. 

4. Patterns And Prints Are Not Your Friend



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Forget avoiding prints and patterns because you think that they make you look bigger.

Having more junk in the trunk is a joy, and it would be rude not to show it to the world. 

The summer catwalks were filled with floral bombers, gingham dresses and striped trousers, so shake off those inhibitions and step out in this season's hottest prints.

5. If You’re Plus Size You Can’t Wear High Heels



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Let's dispel this ridiculous myth once and for all. Whether you're petite or plus-size, high heels elongate your legs to make them seem like they go on for days. 

Slip on a wedge slider or block heel sandal this summer and you'll be good to go.

6. Maxi Dresses Will Make You Look Wider



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You've been told maxi dresses will make you look shorter and all that extra fabric will add more bulk. Totally not true.

Easy to wear, comfortable and stylish too, a maxi will become easily the most versatile piece in your wardrobe.

Just search for styles that work for you. If you're short, opt for one that isn't too long – you can always get it altered. If you're tall, look for dresses that sit at the ankle. And play with colour and print too.
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7. Peplums Add Pounds

Have you ever seen how amazing your waist looks when you wear a peplum top with jeans? It highlights the smallest part of your body – what's not to love? 

Waist-whittling pleated skirts and cinching skater dresses look just as stunning, accentuating your figure. Give them a go.
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8. You Can't Wear the Latest Trends



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So you’ve fallen for a pair of embroidered jeans or a slip dress. Try them on!

You won’t really know how the piece really looks until you're wearing it, so be brave and go for it.

Always remind yourself that clothes look far better on a curvy silhouette than a hanger.

9. You Can't Wear White



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It's not just curvy girls that avoid white because they think it's unforgiving.

The trick here is to stick to classic styles like a shift dress, or palazzo pant and take the tone down a level by pairing with understated accessories. Give it a try.

10. Bikinis Are a No-Go



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Society seems to dictate that only women with toned tummies and perfectly glowing skin should be allowed to be seen in a two piece.  

In reality, there is nothing more empowering than throwing on a snazzy bikini and hitting the beach.

You must break fashion 'rules' like this as often as you can. It’ll not only feel good, but you’ll also look like a superstar in that bikini!

11. You Should Cover Up



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This is one myth that all plus-size women need to completely ignore. Oversized, ill-fitting clothes are unflattering and often make you look much bigger than you are.

Be proud of your body by accentuating your favourite parts with stylish and flattering fashion finds and cleverly dressing the rest. Don't hide your curves, flaunt them!

12. Denim Adds Bulk



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Yes, a bad fit can add inches but good quality denim will glide over any lumps and bumps while pulling you in.

Look for jeans with added support. A high-waist style is good for a big tummy, while skinny styles are slimming and flared jeans will make your legs look longer. 

13. Statement Accessories Emphasise Your Size



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This could not be further from the truth. A statement accessory – like an oversized handbag – actually takes the attention away from the body by drawing the eye towards it.

Stand-out jewellery shows off your personality too. So add an eye-catching necklace or stack up your favourite rings.

14. You Can't Wear Shorts



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Says who? Yes, getting your legs out can be scary if you're more of a jeans girl, but summer is the perfect time to show off those pins.

Look for tailored shorts that will flatter rather than rise-up or dig in.  And don't be afraid to experiment with different patterns and prints.

15. Fashion Editors Say I Shouldn't...



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Quit listening to other people's opinions on what you can and can't wear, and dress your body your way.

Try a new trend, step out in shorts or add that eye-catching accessory, fashion is all about having fun.
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