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Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - STYLE FILE -

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).

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