7 Clever Curvy Options To Take You From Desk To Dancefloor

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Nobody has time to go home from work and change into a new outfit every night of the party season, so chances are you’re going to have to get creative with your work clothes. Forget lugging in a suitcase full of top-to-toe looks, instead learn how to transform your office wardrobe into evening-appropriate outfits with minimum effort. 

1. Pencil Skirt



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Desk: Pencil skirts are made for curves, so pick one that hits just above the knee and is made of a fabric with a little structure to smooth over any lumps and bumps. Wear it by day with opaque tights, patent court shoes and a printed shirt – remember large prints are more flattering than tiny ones.

Dancefloor: Whip off the opaques and replace with a quick coating of instant fake tan. To cleverly slim legs with make-up, draw a line down the front of each of your legs with highlighting make-up and blend well. Replace the shirt with an off-the-shoulder top (you’ll have to pack a strapless bra, too) and replace the court shoes with a pair of metallic strappy heels, avoiding any straps round the ankles.

2. Wrap Dress



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Desk: A wrap dress can take you anywhere, so choose one with draping or ruching at the bust if you’re boob conscious or with extra definition around the middle if you’re after more of a waist. For work wear a cami or vest top under your wrap, keep jewellery delicate and team with a flat pair of knee-high boots.

Dancefloor: Take off that cami! Replace with a pretty, lace-trimmed version if you still want the extra coverage, or flash a bit of cleavage if you’re feeling confident. Now is the time to reach for the statement accessories – chunky jewels make you look smaller, so a pair of chandelier earrings is a perfect choice and they won’t take up much room in your bag.

3. Peplum Top



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Desk: Peplum tops cover a multitude of sins – they skate over hips, flare over bottoms and help whittle waists. Team yours for work with slimline black trousers and ankle boots.

Dancefloor: Swap the black trousers for a pair of skinny jeans – darker washes with a small amount of stretch are best for plus sizes. If you’re conscious of your thighs or bottom, choose a slightly longer peplum tunic-style length. Stash the ankle boots under your desk and replace with a pair of sparkly wedges: All the leg-lengthening benefits of killer heels with none of the pain. 
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4. Suit



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Desk: A white shirt under a smart tailored suit can be a little masculine, so if you prefer your outfits more girly, swap from cotton to something a bit more silky. But you will need to invest in a seam-free bra to stop any booby bumps. If you’re tummy conscious, choose something with a long detail like a pussy bow that you can tie mid-torso.

Dancefloor: Bring out the sparkle! If you’re keeping your suit jacket on it’ll instantly slim your sides, so you can play a little braver with your choice of top. Try a metallic tank or a sequinned tee, then all you need are your favourite heels – pointy are the most flattering but also the most painful, so have a trial run first. 

5. Cigarette Pants



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Desk: Cigarette pants work well for curvy girls with great pins as they show off the ankle, which is usually the slimmest part of the leg. Worn with a simple tunic top they make an easy but chic everyday work uniform.

Dancefloor: Who says fuller-figured girls can’t wear crop tops? If your trousers are high-waisted, you can totally get away with the 'mini crop'. Show a few centimetres of your upper tummy, just below your bust; this is the narrowest part of the torso for lots of people and surprisingly flattering. 

6. Fit And Flare Dress



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Desk: An essential for every curvy girl’s wardrobe is the fit and flare dress. This easy-to-wear piece is the perfect thing for those mornings when you can’t decide what to wear to the office. Worn with opaques and ballet flats, it’s as comfortable as it is chic.

Dancefloor: Totally transform the look of your dress (and your waist) by adding a wide statement belt over the top. Then take advantage of the leg-lengthening shape of the frock and kick off your flats for a pair of chunky heeled ankle boots – you’ll be comfortably smug when everyone else is in agony in their stilettos.

7. Two-Piece Co-Ord



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Desk: Two-piece co-ord sets are everywhere right now. Just wear one piece to work and team it with something plain from your usual work-week wardrobe. A patterned pencil skirt with a plain black scoop neck, for example.

Dancefloor: Bring out the other half of your co-ord for maximum impact and transform your hair with a blast of tousle spray and a quick scrunch under the hairdryer in the loos. To keep the look young and cool, ditch the heels in favour of a pair of chic trainers.

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