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Beautifully dress a buxom body

V-neck top flatters by lengthening neck and torso

A few simple tips on fashion and understanding the way clothes hang on a woman’s curvaceous body are all that is needed to flatter a full figure--from head to toe.

Let’s start with the hair. Unless you have a perfectly symmetrical, flawless face, a side part will elevate your level of natural beauty, whether you have a few blemishes or many. In fact, individual flaws give an individual her uniqueness.

Unless your preference leans toward a Gothic look or you’re severely depressed, refrain from an all-black assemblage. It’ll certainly give you a lean look but definitely a mean one, too.

Full-figured women do well by avoiding candy colors, like neon green and hot pink, on top. These colors tend to emphasize the parts you’d rather have de-emphasized, like a big tummy or love handles.

On top, choose V-necks. V-necks lengthen the neck and, therefore, elongate the body, giving your body a lean look. Choose material like quality spandex, rayon or cotton that hug your body. If you must wear stripes, make sure they travel vertically—horizontal stripes trick the eye into seeing a wider figure.

Pencil skirts and bootcut jeans are ideal for full-figured women. When it comes to jeans, choose a classy darker wash and avoid, by all means, jeans with flamboyantly-decorated back pockets. You want to draw attention to the leaner parts of your body.

When it comes to shoes, nude heels are perfect. They don’t cut off at your ankle, shortening your leg. Of course if your outfit demands color, go crazy with any color!—just find a shoe style that will elongate your legs.Good fashion sense aims to show off a long and lean appearance.

Below are Chicago boutiques and department stores that cater to the full-figured woman. They offer brilliant designs, fantastic colors and sultry fits:

Carson Pirie Scott

120 South Riverside Plaza

Chicago, IL 60606


Not Your Daughter's Jeans® Plus Size Marilyn Straight Leg Jeans $114.00

Silver Jeans Co. Plus Size Dark Indigo Suki Straight Leg Jeans $95.00


600 North Wabash Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611


Love Ady Plus Cap Sleeve High/Low Hem Top $58.00

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Plus Sheela Crewneck Shell $75.00

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Plus Jamir Long Sleeve Button Front Shirt $95.00

Crescendo Apparel

2150 South Canalport Avenue

Chicago, IL 60608

(888) 215-0270

Boho Maxi Dress $138

The Gramercy Jacket $99.00

vive la femme

2048 North Damen Avenue

Chicago, IL 60647

(773) 772-7429

Marina Rinaldi

The 900 Shops

900 North Michigan Avenue

(312) 867-8700


1704 North Wells Street

Chicago, IL 60614

(312) 943-0065


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