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How to Dress for a Full-Figured Body Type

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How to Dress for a Full-Figured Body Type
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How to Dress for a Full-Figured Body Type

When it comes to being full-figured, a curvalicious body is part of the package, but for fashion-forward real divas everywhere, voluptuous curves present a host of challenges in the dressing room. Flaunt all the right curves by wearing clothing styles that work with -- not against -- your body. A handful of fashion tips and tricks is all it takes to rock your sexy shape and dress confidently, regardless of whether you're headed to the office, relaxing for the weekend or going out for a night on the town. Caution: smokin' hot curves ahead!

1. Slip on lingerie that supports and sets off your curves. For basic, everyday wear at work or home, look for a full-figure bra -- a brassiere style that sports larger cups and gives your ladies plenty of extra support. As many as 85 percent of women wear bras that don't fit properly, says Jene Luciani, author of "The Bra Book," so take the time to buy your intimates at a store with amazing customer service and professional fitting assistance.

2. how some sexy collarbones. Draw attention to your slender, feminine neck with blouses and shirts that sport V-necks and other similarly shaped necklines. These skin-baring styles serve to elongate your neck, add height to your silhouette and draw attention away from more ample parts of your bod that you might be self-conscious about. Watch out for loose, baggy or extremely clingy tops, all of which can make your body appear top heavy.

3. Shun short jackets and suit coats, which tend to accentuate the slightly fuller tummy and hips that usually go hand-in-hand with a more voluptuous figure. Instead, select fitted jackets that are slightly longer, aiming for ones that fall just below your waist and hips, suggests Shari Braendel, author of the book "Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad."

4. Say hello to wide-leg trousers. Unlike tapered-leg jeans and dress pants that make your ankles look slender and your midsection huge, wide-leg trousers balance out your feet and legs with the upper portion of your body, creating an attractive, visually appealing silhouette. Minimize unnecessary bulk in the front by opting for dress pants that don't have pleats. Stick with A-line skirts for the same reason; the slight flair at the bottom of the skirt offsets your fuller torso and gives your waist a more curved, feminine appearance.

5. Balance your hotness with fashion accessories sized to flatter. Steer clear of both tiny and huge purses, as well as itty-bitty and oversized, chunky jewelry -- all of which can make your body appear larger than it actually is. Go with a medium-sized purse in a versatile color, like black or brown, and pair it with a touch of jewelry in the form of mid-sized earrings, necklaces or bracelets.

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Jul 19, 2011 / By Regan Hennessy
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