What does curvy style and fashion mean to you? What thoughts come to your mind when you hear these words.
You’ve probably heard of the term plus size, right?! Well, it’s pretty much the same thing. I personally love to use Curvy Size in my vocabulary, instead of Plus Size.
Let’s start off with a definition of plus/curvy size in the US. In the US, plus size is considered size 12 and above. Yes, size 12 and above. Did you know that 40% of women in the United States are sizes 14 and up?
I remember the first time that I realized that I was a “plus” size and had to shop in the plus size section, or look for plus size clothing online. I was devastated, embarrassed, ashamed, and all of those negative feelings that can come to mind when realizing you don’t fit into clothing that you want to wear, because you have some curves. As I started to look for clothing that fit me, I started to realize that there wasn’t any cute and stylish clothing in my size. I mean, yes, there were basics like t-shirts, wide pants and pajamas. But it was a hard task finding cute and stylish clothing in plus sizes.
I’ve always wanted to do this, share a blog, share my cute finds and help people feel empowered in their own body. But not until recently, did I feel the confidence in myself to do this.
Do you know how many times in my lifetime I’ve heard “If you were skinny you would be so much prettier”. I heard that a lot in my past. I’ve heard this from both men and skinny women. I don’t think people realize the power words have. In the past, my young and insecure self would take those comments to heart. I mean, wouldn’t you? I know that people of all shapes and sizes experience the same feelings. I’m a strong believer that confidence is beauty. Confidence will always outshine whatever body size society has labeled you.
I’m blessed to be surrounded by so many friends and family members that come in all shapes and sizes. I don’t think my curvy friends realize how much inspiration and confidence they bring into my life. Maybe because I’ve never mentioned this to them, but they have inspired so much confidence in myself. They are definitely my informal mentors. Last year, one of my best friends was talking to me about a guy she was dating and how he made a smart comment about working out. He said something along the lines of “don’t lose too much weight or you’re going to be too hot”. My friends response was “I’m already hot!”. In my brain I thought “Holy crap, she is right. And what courage it takes to say that and feel that way”. That scenario plays in my brain often and brings so much inspiration into my life. I want to have that level of confidence in my life, always. So since then, I decided that I was going to have that mindset. I am hot and I am beautiful just the way I am now.
I don’t want to dive too deep into the feelings behind being a curvy sized woman, I’ll save that for another post. Instead, I want to answer your questions and share my finds with you.
My favorite shops and brands can be found on my LiketoKnow.it page. You can shop my looks by Clicking Here
Here are a few to name:
For dresses: ASOS, Shein, Boohoo, and a lot of Amazon finds!
For intimates/loungewear: Felina Intimates (by the way, you can use my code STEFANY20 to get some $ off of your purchase)
For work wear: Target, Walmart and Old Navy
I received a question about curvy fashion and different height. This is an excellent question. I’m on the taller side (I’m 5’7). Here are some tips that I notice help me as a taller curvy sized woman:
-I always buy high waisted pants with a slimmer leg fit.
-I stay away from clothing items that are baggy (unless I’m at home trying to be comfortable)
-I wear pointed toe shoes as much as I can. I noticed that makes me look even taller
As promised on Instagram, I did pick my fiance’s brain about his curvy fashion advice and he gave me some great suggestions for curvy shapes that are on the shorter side:
-ALWAYS get your jeans and pants tailored. His best advice: when your pants are getting tailed, ask for a tapered tailor. What he’s found is that curvy size pants tend run on the wider side and you want more of a fitted look on the bottom of your pants.
-Not only should you get your pants tailored, but if your tops, jackets, or blazers are too baggy, get those tailored too!
-Avoid baggy clothes and long shirts that fall lower than your pockets. Baggy clothing not only makes you look wider, but also shorter.
And here is some advice for every curvy person, no matter what height you are:
*Wear a belt as often as you can. It can be worn to fit your waist or hips. It gives you a polished look.
This is only my intro and sneak peak to what I want to share with you about my Curvy Fashion and Style. Stay tuned for more details, feelings, thoughts and planning when it comes to my curvy fashion and style!