I am a curvy woman – a size 18 on top to a size 20 on the bottom. I am about to start a new job in an office where a lot of the female staff are very chic. Can you give me some tips for some essential pieces I should buy that will suit my size but still look modern and stylish too? In my experience, quality, sophisticated options for curvy women who work in an office/ corporate environment have been rather limited to date. That is certainly changing and fortunately so. I would look for sculptural and tailored brands that speak of sophistication and style with a bit of personality thrown in.
Some essential tips:
l Invest your money in great pieces that fit you perfectly and form the base of your workwear, including a smart jacket, a comfortable skirt, a fabulous dress to impress, and a great fitting pair of pants. l Have a classic white blouse/ shirt to mix and match. l Stick to solid, darker colours on your bottom half and wear colours, graphics, prints and accessories on your top half to draw attention upwards. l Size up if you are between sizes and then have it tailored to fit you perfectly (it’s worth the extra cost).