The Curvy Girl’s Guide To Stocking Up On Basics

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Basic has become an insult in recent years (blame Kate Moss), but when it comes to clothes you should definitely be on board. Invest in a core wardrobe of a few well-chosen, classic pieces that flatter your figure and make you feel confident, and the rest of your wardrobe will just fall into place. We promise…

1. The White Shirt



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Don’t be scared of white! A snow-shaded bodycon number might not be the most flattering of things, but pick the right piece of white clothing and you’re on to a winner. A classic white blouse goes with EVERYTHING. Wear it everywhere, from teaming it with a tailored blazer for your Monday meeting to chucking it on loose over your fave denims at the weekend.

There are two words to bear in mind when looking for the perfect curve-friendly white shirt – stretch and sturdy. You need a fabric thick enough to give you a little bit of hold, but stretchy enough to smooth out lumps and bumps and not show every detail of your bra underneath. 

2. The Leather Jacket



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Get the right one and it can last you forever. Leather jackets are great for curves as the fabric is structured enough to hold you in but soft enough to give – especially when it’s been worn in, so a second-hand or vintage buy is perfect. The classic biker jacket works really well on curves, particularly if it features details like asymmetric zips, which are brilliant for creating waists. Choose one you can cinch in further with buckle details for a double hit.

3. The Tailored Blazer

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Tailoring can seem a bit scary if you’re used to wearing looser shapes, but it’s a curvy girl’s best friend as it structures your curves and always makes you look slimmer. The best place to start is with a versatile blazer, but be aware you may find yourself going up a size or two in very tailored items (who cares, you’re not wearing your clothes inside out) so be prepared for this. When looking for your perfect blazer remember lining is important, as it means the jacket will lie on your body better.

4. The Pencil Skirt



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Pencil skirts were made for curvy figures so if you haven’t got one yet – what are you waiting for? Way more flattering than A-line shapes, they hug your curves and make the most of a luscious Kardashian-esque bottom while simultaneously tapering the hips and thighs. To make the most of the streamlining effect you’ll need to add heels, so save your skirt for a day when you’re not running around too much. 

5. The Nude Courts



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Kate Middleton might be a size 8 but her favourite nude courts work for everyone. Leg lengthening and classic, they go with absolutely anything – wear them for weddings, work and everything in between. Avoid spindly stilettos – a super-skinny heel is not only impractical for doing any actual walking but can also be majorly unflattering. 
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6. The Little Black Dress



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Pick an LBD that has something a bit special about it. Don’t go for fads like ’80s-revival shoulder pads or colour-of-the-season collars as these will quickly date; instead think an accent of beautiful embroidery, a subtle sprinkle of sparkle or a statement neckline.

It’s best to also avoid trends such as maxi, one shoulder or midi for this classic buy and instead choose a fit and flare or wrap dress. These are curvy girl classics for a reason – they work.

7. The T-Shirt



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Curvy girl T-shirt shopping is all about the necklines. High round necks can be horribly unflattering on anyone. Tummy conscious? A V-neck draws the eye away. Booby and don’t fancy going low? Boat neck or wide crew will work, and chucking a statement necklace over the top is also slimming. 

8. The Jeans



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The golden rule for the perfect pair of jeans is that dark washes are more flattering. Make sure you choose a fabric with a slight stretch – this will hold you in and hold its shape longer. Although be careful, too much stretch and they’ll bag after a few washes and cling to lumps and bumps.

For this classic buy choose your pair depending on fit and how they look on your body, not trends. If you fancy experimenting with embroidery, fading or a new fashion shape, then buy cheaper pairs seasonally for this. 

9. The Wide-Leg Trousers



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Wider-leg trousers are super flattering and will create a nice long line from your hips down, giving the impression of longer, slimmer legs. Team with a pair of box-fresh white trainers for a youthful, modern take on the trend. 

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