A Plus-Size Blogger Models What to Wear if You’re Curvy All Over

In our Dress Your Shape series, we showcase chic women who live by my number one style rule—without fit you don't have style—and give you the shape-specific tips to get it right, every time. This week we’re highlighting Marie Denee, the mind behind TheCurvyFashionista.com, a website dedicated to finding great shopping options for plus-size women. “I’d call myself a fuller hourglass—I’ve got curves but a bit of a belly,” she says. These are the style tricks that work for plus size blogger Marie Denee’s fuller figure (and click on the images to go to her blog for more information).

Plus Size Fashion Tip Think Vertical

Think Vertical

One way to offset a horizontal line is with a vertical one: Think a solid-color column dress or midi skirt, vertical stripes, or a deep V-neck. “I love a fitted midi skirt, it gives me a sexy silhouette without being revealing,” says Denee. A maxi dress is another good solution, as long as it doesn’t add too much volume around your legs.

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Plus Size Fashion Tip Cinch it In

Cinch it In

Create an hourglass even if you don’t have one with a strong waistline and dresses with volume at the bust and hips. “I don’t have much in the way of hips, so anything too light or flowy just falls straight down. I have to really wear a belt to cinch in my waist,” says Denee. A ruched sweetheart neckline and full skirt are ultra-feminine. “I love looking ladylike.” One note: keep your belt high. The smallest part of your body is actually 2 or 3 inches above your belly button.

Plus Size Fashion Tip Float Away

Float Away

If you have a tummy, you want fabric to float away from it, not cling—that’s why empire-seamed tops are so popular! A peplum top or cropped blouse paired with skinny jeans (“I love skinny jeans!”) or a swing dress both have the same effect: They call attention to your shoulders and bust, then float away from your waistline.

Plus Size Fashion Tip Wear a Jacket

Add a Jacket

A great jacket is key when it comes to disguising a tummy. Whether it’s a classic blazer or a tough leather motorcycle jacket, that strong shoulder balances out a wider midsection. When you leave it open, you create a vertical line moving the eye up and down, which is slimming. And seaming and darting in the jacket can create the illusion of a waistline, too.

Plus Size Fashion Tip Bold Pattern

Play with Proportion

Teeny florals and ditzy dots are fine for petites, but if you’re a larger woman, you can handle a bigger, bolder print. Plus, pattern is a fun way to show your personality with a classic garment. “I love a good wrap dress, that works for my shape for a variety of occasions,” says Denee.


Coyote urine. It’s the reason my hydrangeas actually bloomed this year. (Deer repellent.) And after her thorough sweep of the gardens for chipmunks, it’s what Mary smells like right now. #bathtime Happy Saturday!

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