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Curvaceous Bodies and Sizing

In a previous article, we discussed dressing our curves. We noted that while doing so, one should look for items that fit great, but not so tightly that breathing is impeded, but not so big as to be baggy. However, what we did not discuss was sizing. Attempting to narrow down one's size can be frustrating, to say the least, and for ethnic beauties, this can be especially true. Often it seems that our curvaceous bodies defy conventional sizing. Therefore, I'd like to offer a few tried and true tips. These may help eliminate the feeling of being a slave to sizing.

1. Sizing is not absolute. For each manufacturer, clothing sizes differ slightly. Therefore, if you happen to look best in a size 14, when wearing pieces from manufacturer/designer A, just remember, it may not be so for manufacturer B. If that size doesn't fit, move up one, until you look and feel good.

2. Make the dressing room your friend. When purchasing clothing, women need to try them on. Sure, it seems like a hassle. So gear yourself up for it. Wear something easy to slip in and out of. Then go for it, because what appears svelte on a hanger or on display may not appear so on a curvaceous body. It may wind up clinging in all the wrong places, and not accentuating any of the right places.

3. Seek Fit. Stacey London, one of the hosts of TLC's hit style show, 'What Not To Wear' gives great advice. She advises women to find something that fits the largest, curviest part of them. Remember, if you have to squeeze your assets into a garment, it does not fit, and just may cause you to appear...bubblicious.

4. Tailoring is often necessary. Style Guru Stacey also suggests taking the item found in tip #3 to a good tailor. Often something purchased off the rack simply will not fit a curvaceous body as it should, or as one would like it to. Therefore, while standing in the tailor's mirror, an ethnic beauty can say just how she'd like her garment to fit.

5. Figure in the cost of a tailor. When seeking to purchase good clothing a tailor will likely be necessary. Yes, you may shell out slightly more than you would have otherwise, but remember, good pieces are an investment. Also note, everything bought does not have to be super-expensive. However, in building a lasting wardrobe, a curvaceous ethnic beauty should look for pieces that will serve her well, items that she will turn to again and again.

6. If you can live without it, leave it. When buying clothing, think of it as an investment. Do not purchase anything that does not scream out for you. Purchasing items that you love and that you will wear time and again may sometimes cost more. Those times you may have to wait and save. If so, that is okay. You will not find yourself tossing the garment aside because it was an impulse buy and not worthy of you. And you will not have wasted your money.

Most of these tips can also be used for clothing that you already own. If you have garments that you love, but they don't fit like you'd like, have them altered. Men do so with suits, and their bodies are not nearly as curvy as ours. Taking one or all of the aforementioned tips into account should also combat the frustrated feeling associated with shopping for, or dressing, a curvaceous body. You do not have to feel like a fashion victim. Sizing does not have to intimidate. Sizes are simply numbers, numbers that are most often hidden, on the tags inside your clothing. So go girl, with your curvaceous self! Exude confidence and style, because you are now no longer a slave to sizing.

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