When you have curves, they are noticed. For some of us, our curves are so noticeable that even a potato sack cannot hide them. The curvy woman must toe a fine line when it comes to dressing for the office. The wrong choice of top, skirt, pant, or even bra, can make your attempt at a polished look turn to slightly inappropriate. Here are some tips to help you make better office wardrobe choices for your curves.
Choose Your Bra Wisely
Push-up, padded, and cleavage baring bras are advertised the most in stores. They are pretty and make you look great in tops. However, for the woman looking to climb the corporate ladder, the push-up could push down your ascent. Choose a full-coverage bra that provides support but does not overly enhance or add to your breast size. At times, a minimizing bra may be your best option. This is especially true for button-down dress shirts. You want to avoid any gaping between buttons.
Wear an Appropriate Top
This tip works hand-in-hand with choosing the right bra. Cleavage-baring tops are a no-no. Unfortunately, the average scoop neck and v-neck top can show ample cleavage if your bust is large.
Try to find tops with a neckline that falls no lower than your armpit. Armpit level just misses the apex where cleavage typically begins to show. Unless you plan to wear a minimizing bra, you may need to purchase button-down shirts a size larger or find one that has enough ease built in to accommodate your large bust.
Save Skinny and Slim-fit for After Hours
If you have Kim Kardashian curves or Rubenesque curves, skinny pants and slim-fitting bottoms (pants or skirts) will highlight them. These styles of pants and skirts are great for the weekend, a date, or girl’s night out. You will definitely be noticed in these fits.
For the office, they may draw the wrong type of attention. Yes, people should behave in a professional manner so that what you wear is not issue. However, think of it this way: If someone came to a meeting in pants that hugged every curve, would you view them as being professional?
Choose Appropriate Footwear
Footwear may seem like an odd thing to consider when dressing for your curves. Heels change our body alignment and posture in a way that accentuates your natural curves. High heels also affect the way you walk causing your weight to fall harder on the back foot, which in turn make the hip sway out more.
Heels automatically cause your hips to sway. The faster you walk, the more pronounced the sway of your hips is. This could cause your walk to be distracting at the office. While it not fair, it is a very real situation and can be a bit unnerving when all eyes are on your hips as you rush to catch the elevator.
These curvy figure tips for the office will help you choose your work wardrobe wisely. You can still look both fashionable and professional. Your curves will not be hidden either, you just do not need to call extra attention to them. Besides, the less people focus on your figure, the more they can focus on your work. Our skills are what will help us climb that corporate ladder so they should be what people remember about us.
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