Let's face it, sometimes we all need a little fashion inspiration. But while we're used to seeing celebs looking ultra-glam on the red carpet, it's their day-to-day looks that are the most useful in terms of curvy wardrobe inspiration. Take a lead from these curvalicious A-listers who know exactly how to dress in fierce, flattering styles that'll make a real impact at work.
1. Bodycon Dress
If there's one thing Kim Kardashian does well, it's showing off her shape. A true pioneer of the bodycon dress, Kim has built a career around her curvy figure and, in turn, boosted the confidence of curvy women across the globe. While those of us with womanly shapes may have once felt like fitted dresses were too 'sexy' for the office, we now embrace them – and for that, Kim, we thank you.
2. Statement Accessories
Who didn't want to be Ugly Betty? Despite working in an office full of preened, polished fashion editors, she stuck to her eclectic dress sense, and even kicked off a few trends of her own along the way. The main thing we learned from admiring America Ferrara's/Betty's look? Statement accessories really can make or break an outfit.
3. Waist-Cinching Gown
Whether she's working the ’60s trends as Joan Holloway in Mad Men, or standing out on the red carpet thanks to her envy-inducing curves, Christina Hendricks is the reigning queen of shape confidence. Follow her lead and embrace the waist-cinching gown, in either a stand-out hue or no-messin' black. It's all you need to rule the boardroom.
4. Denim Shorts
Instagram star Iskra Lawrence is one of the world's most high-profile curvy models, thanks to a social media feed chocka with inspiring snaps. Sure, you're most likely to see her showing off her enviable shape in a flattering bikini, but she also works nude hues, denim shorts and pencil skirts perfectly. Proof that wide-leg fits needn't be your only option.
5. Day Dresses
Mindy Kaling's fun wardrobe on The Mindy Project (when she's out of her doctor's uniform, of course) has encouraged us to embrace brighter, bolder day dresses in the office. And while fash mags have been telling us that clashing prints are de rigueur for years, we never really believed it until we saw Kaling rocking the style.
6. Evening Dress
You might know her best for her hilarious acting roles, but Melissa McCarthy is a fashion force to be reckoned with. The Bridesmaids movie actress used to dream of being a designer, and now has her own fashion line: Seven7. She's often seen wearing her own designs for public appearances, and we think she's the queen of rocking a gorgeous, well-fitted evening dress with sleeves.
7. Tailored Suits
Actress and comedian Amy Schumer often chooses simple, structured styles for the red carpet – but we're taking inspiration from her tailored suits for work. Her confidence in her own look always shines through, and if there's anything that's really worth copying, it's a belief in yourself.
8. Classic Blazer
Beyoncé knows how to slay in any situation, and while she rocks her sparkly leotards and high heels onstage, she looks just as fierce when she's in a business meeting. Follow her lead and make the most of your assets – in this case, your waist – with a bodycon dress that cinches in all the right places. Then show you mean business with a classic blazer.
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