Style Inspiration for Curvy Ladies – Curvspo!
If like me, you struggle with your size and shape, I have put together a list of things I know help me feel good in my own body. I have had enough male attention to know I’m not unattractive but that is not what I see when I compare myself to the mass media, where the message is skinny is beautiful no ifs, no buts. I am a UK size 14 so US 10 and 5’7″ so although I am not especially large, I am hardly what you would call slender either.
Luckily some great movements have sprung up online that celebrate a bit of body diversity and there is one for everyone. Whether your super tall, or petite, curvy or any other body type at all, there is a Pinterest board or Tumblr for you. I like these boards as they show me other women looking amazing and being happy. I love the style inspiration ideas, about how to adapt runway fashion for normal people’s bodies.
I’m not encouraging people to be overweight as I have lost weight when my health required it, but I also think there is a lot to be said for less body negativity. Here are my top tips for gaining some pride in your figure and carrying yourself with confidence.
1) Sign up to some curvy blogs, Pinterest boards or Tumblrs.
Use your social media to keep a stream of images of more realistic women in your timeline. If your Blogglovin feed, Facebook time line and Pinterest boards are full of women who look nothing like you, then change that. See the end of the post of ideas.
2) Find Celebs and Models whose body shape is similar and whose look you admire.
I use these women as benchmarks of beauty instead of those who have NOTHING in common with me. Again see below for my favourites.
3) Know your strengths
Everyone has things that are good about their body, it could be long legs, a petite derrière, shapely calves, big bouncy hair, cute feet, long strong nails, small waist, a flat stomach or a great bust. Whatever it may be, celebrate the good, mask the bad.
4) Spend some time pampering
If you had the figure of a model you would take the time to exfoliate and moisture your skin, paint your toe nails and wear pretty underwear. The further away from the accepted notion of beauty you are, the more important grooming becomes IMHO.
5) Learn what works for you
Find pictures of girls with your figure and see what they look good in, then shamelessly copy. Don’t do this with your friends looks though as they are liable to get pissed off, but with perfect strangers, pay homage.
Heres some inspiration to start you off if you need a bit of body positivity.
Curve Appeal – This tumblr is great as you can search my size or measurements to get images of people like you.
|Right to Left – Lou Hay Hay – Style Me Curvy – Girl with Curves|
Lou Hay Hay – probably a size 12 maybe 14 if she is tall, and she looks amazing, UK based.
Style Me Curvy – a size 16 UK based blogger and model, great looks
Girl with Curves – Tanesha is one of the big guns in this field, from Silicon Valley with a degree from Berkley this is a lady with brains, style and beauty.
- Khloe Kardashian – 5’11” – 12st fluctuates between a UK 12 and 14
- Christina Hendricks – 5’7″ – 12st US 14 so UK 18
- Sara Ramirez – 5’8″ US size 12 so UK 16
- Nigella – 5’7″ UK size 12-16
- Bree Waren – 5’11” UK size 14
- Gina Swire – 5’9″ UK size 16