Curvy Girl Style

I apologize in advance if you do not like the term “Curvy”, I have no such negative connotations to the word, it always brings up images of Mae West, Marilyn Monroe and the Varga girls to me. That’s how I would like to see my self – and let’s face it, when I’m thinner I still am curvy, broad shoulders and breeding hips will do that to a girl – add a little boob and butt into the action and you’ve got a curvy girl without a lot of work. Again I apologize for the term if you are offended, it’s who I am and I’m all about trying to embrace that this year.

I’ve been hesitant about writing this post, my first in a beauty/style direction. I realized that part of the issue was coming to terms with my size in photos; it’s hard to deny you’re overweight when you’re staring right at the proof. But additionally it was coming to terms with the fact that I have a say and voice in what I wear as an overweight woman and one that spends her days in the workforce. I have to dress nicely to work, I’m not talking fashion magazine nice, or even stuffy suit nice, but somewhere a step or two below that, not quite business casual but something close. It’s enough that you have to put some care and thought into your outfit choices, I own a drying rack for sweaters and bras, and I tend to hang most of my tops instead of throwing them on tumble dry. My mother bought me a Rowenta iron for christmas and it sent me over the moon with excitement from the steam function, that’s probably just me though not a requirement of curvy girl style. Needless to say, I’m not slapping on a pair of jeans and an old t-shirt to come into the office.

So what does a curvy girl wear? What do I look for when I’m trying on clothes? – do I really try them all on? And honestly does anyone really wear those giant print shirts that are popular in all the “Big Lady” clothing stores? I don’t know all of the answers but, at least here’s a start.

I love this top, it’s such a simple silhouette and it has a shell underneath that is really opaque

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The pants and top are from Dress Barn, boots from Old Navy

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I have a really long torso, so when I’m looking for tops I’m always plagued with trying to find something long enough that doesn’t make me look like I’m wearing something I shrank in the dryer. This top is just pushing the “short” boundary for me and with other pants I don’t like how it looks. With these because of the wide straight leg and the chunky boots I think the top cuts me in a good place.

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I have to say I felt a little silly going out with my friend to take the pictures today – A very BIG THANK YOU! to Eric Lundelius, a dear friend and great photographer that always makes me feel “pretty” when he’s taking my pictures. Maybe after a few of these they’ll look more relaxed, he’s promised to keep doing this for me for a little while.

Again I’m not a stylist nor do I hold any special title – I’m just a curvy girl trying to make her way though life surrounded by unflattering styles and girls that need a hamburger.

Until Tomorrow

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