(REAL TALK) Should Plus Size Women Always Dress For Their Body Type? Do We Always Have To Show Off Our Curves?

Hey curvy girls all over the world,

Today, I happened to be catching up on some of my favorite blogs and I came across this post on the Bomb Life discussing “Should you always dress for your body type?” (Read Here) and I was inspired  by it because I often thought the same thing.

When it comes to being a fashion loving girl who happens to be plus size, people always have a set of rules for what you can and can’t wear. I feel like plus size women themselves like to stay within a box when it comes to fashion and personal style. Since I started Stylish Curves, I have always preached and advocated for plus size women to break the rules and wear the very things people say that they shouldn’t or they think they can’t wear.

Remember our breaking all the rules series. People went crazy when i said plus size girls should rock crop tops.


The reason I never subscribed to certain fashion rules is that I never ever wanted to be put in a box and limited. Especially not with fashion. Fashion is supposed to be fun and experimental. It’s one of the reasons we love seeing celebrities walk the red carpet, it’s one of the reasons we love seeing what designers come up with each year. I am an apple shape (I carry most of my weight in the middle) but if I am down a few pounds and inches, I can easily lean toward an hourglass figure. For the most part, I dress for my apple shape.

When it comes to having a little extra in the middle, I lean more towards wrap dresses, empire waists, and I belt things a lot.



However, sometimes those are not the only things I want to wear. Sometimes I like to tuck things in.

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Sometimes I like a fitted body con ( with Spanx of course) and I love horizontal stripes

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and sometimes I like to try a trend, like a pair of overalls even though I have a tummy. Oh boy, when I wore the overalls it got shared over 100 times. Some of the comments were nice and positive and others were very critical.  Which is fine with me because I’m putting myself out there. However, when I kept seeing comments like , it doesn’t show off her curves. It got me to thinking. Do plus size women always have to show off their curves or shape? Does everything have to be a body con? Do we always have to belt?

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My answer to that is no. We should be able to wear a range of styles.

My point is that when it comes to fashion you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment and break the rules. What I do believe is looking put together whether your style is edgy, classic, sexy, or laid back.

What do you think? Should Plus Size Women Always Dress For Their Body Type?


  1. Summer
    August 19, 2014 / 2:16 pm

    I think they don’t have to. I think its all about the overall look. If it fits well then it looks good.

  2. Shelly
    August 19, 2014 / 2:28 pm

    Yes, they should. I think when you dress for your shape you’re giving your best looks.

  3. juliette
    August 20, 2014 / 4:10 pm

    Women should dress in what makes them feel good and attractive and not try to conform to what other people think. Even “body type” is a matter of opinion. Don’t let other people try and dictate what you should wear!

    • Alissa
      August 28, 2014 / 9:03 am

      Completely Agree Juliette

  4. August 20, 2014 / 9:30 pm

    In my experience, following guidelines associated with dressing for my shape has helped me avoid some fashion faux paus – and finally shed light on why I was always having trouble fitting into certain things that I loved on the hangers, but didn’t feel quite right. (Even though I love a shift dress, it don’t love me and my pear shape!) However, I definitely believe the fashion “rules” for plus-size women (don’t wear horizontal stripes, don’t show your arms, etc., etc.) should be tossed out the window. Ultimately, no matter what, people ought to wear what makes them FEEL good…whether something LOOKS good is subjective. But how you feel? That is all up to you, Boo! Great post!

    • Alissa
      August 28, 2014 / 9:03 am

      Thanks Curvy CEO!

  5. Shirley Buffington
    September 9, 2014 / 1:33 am

    I really don’t think so. Fashion is a thing for everyone and plus size fashion just requires a perfect fit, flattering shape and a accomplished use of colors, patterns and textures.

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