The Curvy Girl’s Guide To Flattering Office Blouses And Shirts

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When you’re a girl with curves, office-appropriate clothing can be a bit of a nightmare. Shirts and blouses in particular can make or break a smart-yet-comfortable daytime look.
 
Problems can range from gapes in all the wrong places or it fits your chest but the rest of the shirt billows like a sail. Simply put, buying the right top for work can be tricky. Unless you have access to sneaky shopping tips and styling secrets.
 
Luckily we do, and we’re willing to share them…

1. Neck And Neck



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As tempting as it might be to succumb to the allure of a buttoned-up look, think twice if you’re a busty girl. A shirt will pull and gape unless you buy a larger, oversized style. The problem then comes with length. An oversized buttoned-up shirt might look better across the chestƒ but will be bunched up when tucked into your waistband? Not great.
 
Leave a couple of buttons open on a masculine shirt for just a flash of décolletage. Even better, try a loose pussy-bow blouse. Nothing too flouncy as that would add bulk. A slim, long necktie looped loosely with trailing ends will actually slim the torso.

2. Prints Charming



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The most flattering style of print for a fabulous, fuller figure is one with small designs on a plain background. Be it tiny florals, randomly placed mini swirls or teeny spots. Leave huge graphics and cartoonish designs to petites. Slipping a luxe shirt with delicate prints under a plain suit? Dreamy office wear. That said, vertical stripes or sharp geometric prints can add colour and fun. Tone anything too wild down with a plain blazer.

3. It’s a Wrap!



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Arguably the curvy girl’s BFF, wraparound shapes celebrate curves and flatter fuller figures. Forget dresses (for now) and try applying the rule to a top! A wraparound blouse will enhance the waist while subtly showing off your décolletage. One with a longer hem will also skim over a naughty muffin top. So it's an all-round winner for curves. If you’re worried about showing too much cleavage, wear with a plain vest underneath.

4. Give ’Em the Cold Shoulder

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There is a way to do button-up without looking trussed up. A looser shirt with cheeky cold shoulders is a surprisingly flattering fit. Flashing some flesh makes the overall look feel less shirty and more stylish. Even on an oversized shirt! The trick is to draw the eye away from the tummy and hips, where there will be a mass of fabric, by showing the shoulders. Simple, eh?
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5. Textures



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Whatever you do, avoid wearing anything made with cheap fabrics! Your curves deserve better than (accidentally) see-through, clingy, sweaty man-made materials. A shirt or blouse with high-cotton content will feel comfortable throughout even the longest meeting.
 
A real silk blouse is gorgeous, but if you can’t bear (or afford) to regularly hit the dry cleaners, try satin instead. That way the slinky fabric will flow over your figure, complimenting and flattering. It’s also a great way to inject some glamour into your everyday office look. Avoid a too-tight satin blouse or shirt. This texture should only be worn loose. Jump up a size or two then tuck in and cinch at the waist.

6. Wear It With…



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Anything high waisted is a voluptuous figure’s friend. Choose a trouser or skirt suit with a sleek, tailored high waist to streamline your hips. A knee-length pencil skirt looks fab worn with a luxe blouse. Tuck your top half in then slightly untuck to give your look a looser shape. This also creates the illusion of a slimmer waist.
 
Going oversized? Avoid anything too clingy below. Leggings in the office are a no-no. Instead try adding a pair of ankle-length tapered trousers. Another way to make your new blouse or shirt feel fresh is to step out of your comfort zone and wear it with something different. Swap a navy suit for a bight colour or a pastel number. Or ditch your boring trousers for a pair of sassy culottes.

7. Underwear Choices



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Choosing the right undies is a fundamental must, especially if you’re the proud owner of a fuller figure. A poorly-fitted bra will ruin even the most perfect shirt.
 
Look for a smooth bra with thinly moulded cups to ensure a bump-free finish. Worried about revealing too much cleavage? Try a camisole or plain vest layered between your bra and blouse. This is perfect for a boho-style or low wrap top.

8. It's All About That Hem



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There’s a lot to be said for a hemline. Shirts that are waist length in the front and dipped lower at the back are perfect for tucking into trousers. Thanks to less fabric, your trouser front never will look bunched up, even with your shirt tucked in. Leave the rear free to skim over the butt.
 
Curved hems are excellent hip diffusers. A straight hemline makes the eye travel across the hips, resulting in a wider feel. A curved hem does exactly the opposite. 

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