The eye of the stylist

I found this Spring 2014 article and picked some of the pictures to show you what is flattering and what is not so flattering for what body type.

http://www.gorgeautiful.com/plus-size-spring-summer-2014-fashion-trend-by-plus-size-bloggers/

DISCLAIMER:

These beautiful curvy Babes are fashion bloggers. They are confident, they love themselves exactly as they are and give a shit about the “rules” I mention. And that is absolutely fabulous! 

I criticise their style purely for the purpose to show girls who are not quite there, in “unconditionally-loving-myself-heaven”, how to optimise the Spring 2014 trends for any body type.

As you can see in these examples, balance of upper and lower body is key. Don’t add bulk where you are bulky and don’t slim down parts that are already slim when you have a bigger part to balance out. V-neck is always more flattering and figure hugging is always better than excess fabric.

Try to see yourself as an hourglass. Your waist is the middle part and then you just have to balance upper and lower body. That way you can always look your best and rock any style.

So, enough waffling, here we go:

 
She looks like a doll. Sex in the City style. But the excess frills make her look bigger.

She looks like a doll. Sex in the City style. But the excess frills make her look bigger.

Absolutely gorgeous, perfect style. If there was one thing to change, it would be the fabric, something more muted. But as a going-out dress it’s perfect.

Absolutely gorgeous, perfect style. If there was one thing to change, it would be the fabric, something more muted. But as a going-out dress it’s perfect.

Lovely, but the stripes on the side emphasize the hips instead of slimming them down. Plus, it’s a bit too wide on the top.

The stripes on the side emphasize the hips instead of slimming them down. Plus, it’s a bit too wide on the top.

Because this girl carries most of her weight on top, this is not the perfect dress for her. She could carry a much wider, frilly skirt. Something that gives her the illusion of a waist and balances her upper body.

Because this girl carries most of her weight on top, this is not the perfect dress for her. She could carry a much wider, frilly skirt. Something that gives her a more accentuated waist and balances her upper body.

Lovely! But there is too much rushing around the waist. A little less fabric and this could be perfect.

Lovely! But there is too much rushing around the waist. A little less fabric and this could be perfect.

Killer legs! But because this outfit is streamlined on the bottom where she is small anyway, the top half looks even bigger. She could actually do with some more width around her bum and thighs and a v-neck could elongate her neckline.

Because this outfit is streamlined on the bottom where she is small anyway, the top half looks even bigger. She could actually do with some more width around her bum and thighs and a v-neck could elongate her neckline.

I love this but again, too much ruching and fabric. The cardi is a bit too boxy too, otherwise super cute.

I love this but again, too much ruching and fabric. The cardi is a bit too boxy too, otherwise super cute.

The bulky jacket doesn’t fit in colour or style. It covers the waist and looks just boxy. A waisted cardi would fit better with this style of dress.

The bulky jacket doesn’t harmonise. It covers the waist and looks boxy. A figure hugging cardi would fit better with this style of dress.

Horizontal stripes around the tummy, where this girls carries some weight. The tucked in wide top makes her look shapeless and squarish. A more fitted top that goes over the tummy stripes would be better.

The tucked in wide top makes her look shapeless and squarish. A more fitted top that covers the horizontal tummy stripes would be better.

This  looks actually very nice. Except the necklace is too dominant and makes her look short-necked. Perfect skirt for the figure.

The necklace is too dominant and makes her look short-necked. Perfect skirt for the top heavy figure.

This outfit is too bulky. The shirt is too boxy and would benefit from longer arms. The trouser has too much excess fabric around the tummy.

This is perfect. It cuts off under the boobs, hides a little tummy and because the legs are long and slim, this girl looks very well shaped

This is perfect. It cuts off under the boobs, hides some bulgy bits and because her legs are long and slim, this girl looks very well shaped

The top cuts at an unflattering place. I suggest a longer v-neck top, a waist (or under bust) belt.

The top cuts at an unflattering place. I suggest a longer v-neck top and maybe an under-bust belt.

This is really nice. Long and figure hugging, it makes nice boobs and a  nice waist. Perfect proportions.

This is really nice. Long and figure hugging, it creates great boobs and nice waist. Perfect proportions.

I would change against a v-neck top without arms and an a-line skirt, to balance the heavy top half. Also I would avoid the big pattern, which draws too much attention to the bigger upper body.

I suggest a v-neck top without arms and an a-line skirt, to balance the heavy top half. The big pattern draws too much attention to the upper body.

This is very cute. The vertical stripes are elongating and the sleek fabric hugs the body beautifully. Nice waist belt.

This is very cute. The vertical stripes are elongating and the sleek fabric hugs the body beautifully.

The stripes and tight fabric across the boobs make them look “unrealistic”.

The stripes and tight fabric across the boobs make them look “unrealistic”.

This is cute as it is, but a v-neck and slightly more structured shoulders would create more balance, so would a slightly longer wider leg.

V-neck and slightly more structured shoulders would benefit the too round shoulders and neckline. A slightly longer, wider leg would create more balance.

There is too much excess around the thighs and hips and it is too pointy on the bottom leg. I would balance out the wider hips with broad shoulders and again, v-neck is more flattering.

There is too much excess fabric around thighs and hips and it is too pointy on the bottom leg. I would balance wider hips with broad shoulders and again, v-neck is more flattering.

Nice concept, I love peplum for fuller figures. But this is just too much. I would again, suggest a v-neck and balance wide hips with a top that accentuates shoulders or upper arms.

I love peplum for fuller figures. But this is just too much fabric. Again, I suggest a v-neck and balance wide hips with a top that accentuates shoulders or upper arms.

  How about you, do you care about if clothes make you look bigger?

Hourglass magic

You heard about the hourglass shape I guess? It’s apparently the most sexy of them all, no matter what size you are. It gives you visual sex appeal and means your boobies, waist and bum are in perfect proportion. This is the shape we're aiming for. I simplified the rules, because why not: 1. If you carry most of your glory above your waist, add some attention and bulk to the bottom part. 2. If your body starts curving below your waist downwards, add attention and bulk to the top part. 3. If you have no waist, cheat and create one underneath your bust, that’s most flattering. Now apply 1. or 2. 4. If your chocolate obsession shows up equally above and below your waist, I'm so jealous! As an hourglass-girl, don't add bulk to anything, just a belt to everything. There are many websites that explain in detail how to define your body shape and how to get the perfect hourglass-illusion. More posts on style cheats for certain body types will follow soon. <3   hourglass2   hourglass   hourglass3 Pictures skater dress and jump suit from New Look UK, plus size range Inspire Spring 2014 collection.      

So HOT so NOT

Here are some "dressings" from New Look in comparison. The first one will make you look like a goddess. The second one will make you look like a goddess too, but will visually add a few pounds of goodness. These tips are especially for pear (smaller on top, bigger on bottom ), hourglass (voluptuous but with a nice defined waist) or "all in all round" girls. For you apple shaped (top heavy) girls, it makes sense to add bulk to the bottom half of the body. Especially if you have skinny legs and small bums. But I will get to that in another post. Bear with me gorgeous juicy apples! <3 Here we go, for the curvacious rest of the bunch:   hn1 The first one is streamlined, has a nice waist and accentuates the boobies with a nice v-neck holder style top part. The pattern is still small enough to not make you look like an overstuffed sofa pillow. The second one is absolutely shapeless and has too much bulky fabric. It covers any signs of waistage and cuts the body in two crazy disproportional parts.   hn2 The first one is structured, has a nice elongating v-neck, a slim, streamlined peplum that will fall like silk around your party-hips and it's one royal colour. Sexyness! The second one has a too big pattern (sofa pillow potential), a suffocating, double chin enhancing round neck and a massive peplum with lots of fabric that almost hangs in pleats and makes your hips look massive. Great if you have none. If you do, not so much.   hn3 The first one is longer (duh!), with an almost vertical pattern. Can't you see? Up and down. Really (nearly)!. Not much excess fabric, looks light and airy. Summer, here we come! The second one has too much pleating around the waist and I bet it's enough fabric to cover a whole sofa (speaking of its pillows all the time). Yes, you may hide a massive bum and tummy under all that fabric but if your legs are chunky, you will look trunky. Plus, the pattern appears horizontal. Not quite a winner. Nice belt though! :) And here you can find all that niceness: www.newlook.com/shop/inspire-plus-sizes/view-all-inspire_2030089