Nikki’s Inbox: Pulling Off Fancy and Trendy When You’re Tall and Curvy

Hey Nikki! I just discovered your blog after shopping on YesStyle for a while, and most of your topics are extremely helpful! I’m from the US, and I’m very, very tall, with a curvy build — 5’10″/177.8cm with 41-inch hips (104.14cm around) and a 37-inch bust — but it seems that most of these AMAZING and ADORABLE Asian styles don’t suit me!

But they’re the styles that appeal to me most! I love colors and being fancy and trendy, but I just feel like skirts and oversized shirts aren’t my thing. It bums me out for sure — but I feel like you’d know the advice to give me?

Thanks for being a helpful blogger!

Kellie, 15/USA

It’s always great to hear from a YesStyle customer, Kellie, and thanks for your kind words. I know it seems like Asian fashion isn’t for the curvy or tall, or even just average-sized people. But take it from someone who’s likely to have even more curves than you do — there’s great stuff on YesStyle for the likes of us. All it takes is a lot of patience and attention to detail.

Asian fashion is quite different. On YesStyle, it’s better to pay attention to the garment’s specified dimensions, and then compare them to your own. This is why I always tell readers to get body measurements thoroughly to avoid guesswork! The way the model wears the clothes should be taken as a styling suggestion, and not a command. Aside from the fact that the models are most likely to have very different body dimensions from yours and mine, there are also styling and other visual strategies employed to make the clothes look nice. Discern and be a smarter shopper!

Structure & Shape

If you read through most of my previous posts, you’ll know I’m not a fan of oversized clothes. And if you’re curvy, oversized outfits are the last thing you want to wear. Structured silhouettes are more suitable for curvy people like us, Kellie. A garment that has a defined shape — like darts on the bodice for blouses and shirts, or A-lines for skirts and dresses — leans a more streamlined and proportional look, even without the help of fabrics like Spandex or Lycra.

You didn’t mention your waistline but if it’s significantly narrower than your bust or hips, why not try a peplum top? A peplum top is usually nipped at the waist and has this cute, flirty hem that flares out. It looks great with something as basic as skinny jeans, or a nice pair of shorts. You’ll also find peplum tops in all manner of styles — from simple blouses to elegant, lacy ones perfect for a date or party. Just make sure it hits you at the waist where it counts.

Florals and Flare

Don’t be surprised to find flowers just about everywhere. Spring is the season for flowers but you don’t always have to go for the garden variety. Heavy ruffles, high necklines and bib collars are popular right now, but if you’re heavier on top, all those frills may visually bulk you up further. Instead of those Edwardian-style high necklines, choose a collarless version, with tamer ruffles at the sleeves or lace on the placket, instead of around the neck or right on the chest.

Off-shoulder styles are still going strong, but you can add a twist to it by opting for one-shoulder tops instead. Tops with uneven hemlines also draw the eye. Since you said you’re not the skirt type, how about flared jeans instead? The cropped version makes it even better as it often has cutout or slit cuffs, and the flared cuffs complement the roomy hips — perfect for curvies!

Fancy Pants

Jumpsuits and playsuits can show off your legs and height easily. Since jumpsuits have long, fluid silhouettes, they delightfully skim your curves. Just choose a waist-defining version with alluring details on top, such as shoulder cutouts or off-shoulder designs. The same goes for playsuits, and the bonus here is that you can opt for prints such as florals, botanicals or even geometrics to up the visual interest.

These are only suggestions, Kellie. I know that whatever you end up choosing, it will be fabulous on you! Fashion is fleeting but style is forever. Style is more than just about outfits — it’s your attitude, confidence, and respect for yourself and for others. Good luck!

P.S. If you’re sending a question, please don’t forget to include any helpful information about your body type or shape, your tastes or personality. You can include a selfie (link only please) or a photo of your clothes (which I will never publish without pre-approval). Thank you!

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