The Curvy Girl's Guide To Autumn's Hottest Colour

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Winter style doesn’t have to be all blacks, greys and earthy tones. You can always inject a bit of colour into your look and purple is the hue to choose this season. And the really good news? AW16’s hottest shade will flatter all body sizes and types.

Major fashion houses are seriously into purple. Michael Kors, Miu Miu and Roberto Cavalli all sent troops of models down the runway decked out in the rich shade. Whether it’s damson, grape, cornflower or lavender, your winter wardrobe isn’t complete without a shot of purple. It’s also a great shade to try if you’re not a fan of wearing lots of colour. Deeper, richer shades of purple can be a good upgrade for anyone with curves who loves a top-to-toe black look.

Purple is surprisingly flattering and provided you choose the right shade, it looks incredible on all skin tones. There are also lots of different ways to wear it. Here are our top recommendations for this winter.

Velvet Underground



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’Tis the season to wear velvet! Now that summer has finally bid us farewell, we’re embracing our winter textures with a vengeance. Crushed velvet looks especially great worn in rich shades, so it’s the perfect fabric for purple.

A pair of plush ankle boots in juicy purple help add a layer of luxe to a simple jeans ’n’ jumper daytime look. They’re also great for curvy calves; no need to worry about an uncomfortable knee-high fit.

Top-To-Toe



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Wearing one shade, top-to-toe, is incredibly flattering and slimming. Creating a solid column of colour invites the eye to travel down the centre and length of the body, a slimming trick used and sworn by in the A-list world. Make it more interesting and layer on the purple instead of black this autumn.

It’s All In the Undies…



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Curvy bods look incredible in a set of damson undies. There’s also something very attractive about purple lace. A little bit vampy and a whole lot fierce, a brand new purple lingerie set will give you confidence from within.

The Cover Up



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Winter can be miserable. Thanks to the ever-present grey skies and sporadic storms, it’s easy to slip into a state of sartorial boredom. A cheery cover up is a good way to boost your mood, so why not opt for a plum tailored coat instead of the standard black or camel?

A longline number with narrow, tapered lapels will create an illusion of height (so slimming). Faux fur is another way to wear purple as outerwear. A big, fluffy coat with wide shoulders and a boxy shape worn with skinny bottoms makes legs look trim and slim. 
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Pastel for Winter? Yes!



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Pastel shades aren’t just for summer! Lift the mood with dusky pastel purple. Avoid anything too sickly sweet; those shades are just for summer. A lilac cable knit jumper over a bland beige one is great on a curvy bod, especially teamed with mom jeans. Lilac helps soften tough denim and is an easy way to introduce purple into your life.

Beauty Booty



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A purple pout is the easiest way to jump on the berry-chic style bandwagon because literally anybody can do it. You just have to know which level of purple to rock. With celebrities such as Margot Robbie, Rihanna and Gigi Hadid all reaching for the shade, we think it’s time to shelve the red in favour of fig.

A good purple lipstick can complement the skin in ways only reds have been able to previously. Pale types look great with rich, Ribena purples and pinky lilacs. Medium skin tones should go vampy and try a deep purple. If you’re darker opt for a purple with masses of pigment for extra punch.

Baroque Babes



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If you’re keen on exquisite elegance this party season, autumn’s baroque trend is for you. Tapestry textures, golden prints and velvet all look stunning worn with rich purple. Try slipping on an amethyst silk blouse with a sharp velvet blazer for a look perfect for the office and the dancefloor. Choose a tailored blazer with a nipped-in waist to flaunt curves and help create an hourglass shape.

It's All About the Extras



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If you’re a bit nervous about donning head-to-tippy-toe purple, fear not. There are plenty of ways to add a little colour without drenching yourself in it. Purple lends itself well to jewels, so consider investing in a pair of statement fig-coloured earrings.

Curvaceous gals look incredible with gigantic jewels. Chandelier-style earrings on celebrities such as Christina Hendricks and model Kate Upton complement their voluptuous frames, while skinnier types would get swallowed up by the trend. The same can be said for bags. Add a pop of colour to a LBD with a lush purple supersized clutch.

Break the Rules

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The myth that black is the most slimming colour to wear needs to be debunked. Yes, darker colours slim but a solid black outfit can actually add bulk. Instead, try a deep purple look. With black, all light is soaked up, creating a flat noir mass. On a deliciously purple outfit or dress the light can bounce off curves, showing off your best bits. 

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