The Fashion Trends Every Curvy Girl Is Glad Have Died

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Oh fashion, how we love and loathe you simultaneously. These days, there are more curve-friendly takes on catwalk trends than ever before, with retailers finally wising up to the fact that curvier ladies need dressing, too. But there are some trends which just don’t convert well to fuller figures. If you have any of these beauties lurking in the back of your wardrobe, it might be time for an eBay selling session…

1. Combat Trousers



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All Saints have a lot to answer for. Thanks to the ’90s girl group – who, naturally, were all slender of limb and flat of stomach – combat trousers went from something only the weird boy at school with the pet ferret would wear to mainstream fashion chart toppers.
 
The pockets accentuated chunky thighs, the optional embellishments (Chinese dragons/wallet chains/random ribbons that got caught in bus doors) added yet more bulk, and while all that storage could be useful, we’ve discovered a more flattering and versatile alternative: A nice handbag.
                                  
Instead try some stylish wide leg trousers for a flattering silhouette. 

2. Peplum Dresses



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In theory, peplum dresses are great. In reality, since they’re really designed to create an hourglass figure on ladies with more petite physiques (there’s a reason why they were Cheryl Cole’s go-to red carpet look for most of 2012), they’re hard to pull off, with the peplum itself inevitably sitting awkwardly, making the wearer look like a badly-wrapped present.
 
Instead try a skater dress to accentuate your curves. 

3. Jeggings



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Want to wear leggings? Wear leggings. Want to wear jeans? Wear jeans. No need to combine the two!
 
Instead try some comfy and versatile cotton leggings

4. Visible Thongs



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We couldn’t highlight the super low-rise jean without bringing up its partner in poor taste, the visible thong. Extra points for any bling embellishments, too. We don’t know about you, but we prefer it when it doesn’t feel like someone’s dental-flossing our bum. Big pants all the way!
 
Instead try some sexy-yet-elegant lacy French knickers
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5. Velour Tracksuits



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Velour monstrosities were the favourites of WAGs on the school run and Hollywood socialites on downtime. Of course, we love a bit of loungewear, but it doesn’t always need to be a velour tracksuit with a caption on on the back!
 
Instead try comfy activewear you can actually work out in, too.

6. Anything 'Boyfriend-Size'



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Okay, so the boyfriend-size trend hasn’t really died, but we like to pretend it has. Here’s a style that exists because someone, somewhere, really believes that women actually slink around in an oversize white shirt after a night of sweaty passion with their man. In reality, on the rare occasion that we’ve tried on our bloke’s clothes, it’s inevitably involved a button pinging across the room when our curves proved too much for his fine tailoring to bear.
 
Instead try a pretty blouse

7. Harem Pants



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It’s not that we don’t respect MC Hammer as a style icon, but we spend a lot of time trying to make our legs look longer and leaner, so why on Earth would we want the world to think our gusset is located mere millimetres from our knees?
 
Instead try a flattering pair of culottes

8. Knitted Ponchos



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The boho/hobo look which dominated the early ’00s was best illustrated by Sienna Miller. By far the most offensive item of this era was the knitted poncho. Making even slender types look shapeless, they weren’t even practical, assuming you regard having use of your arms as quite handy.
 
Instead try a pretty and floaty tunic top

9. Knee-High Gladiator Sandals



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Even owners of long, slender, tanned calves look a bit silly in these gladiator sandals, so the rest of us just look like we’re in fancy dress. If it’s warm enough for bare legs, it’s warm enough for sandals which don’t leave us with geometric tanlines.
 
Instead try some less intricate and more practical flat sandals.

10. Spaghetti Straps – Or No Straps At All



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Anyone over a size 12 who’s been wedding dress shopping understands the the disproportionate number of strapless tops – or tops with tiny, delicate straps, the enemy of a larger chest and broad shoulders.
 
Instead save your shoulders and try wearing an on-trend Bardot top.   

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