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How to dress when you’re a little chubby?

Self-acceptance allows you to turn your curves into an asset

It’s a question that many women ask themselves: how to dress when you think you’re a little chubby? The good news is that there are many options for looking stylish when our bodies get chunky.

For example, you can opt for clothes that give you stature and make you feel more confident.

In this article, we will distill some tips on how to dress when you gain weight. The Ecostylia team tells you everything.

Choose well-cut pieces and appropriate patterns

When it comes to choosing pieces, select items with clean cuts, such as fitted jackets or coats, straight pants, blouses and shirts with minimal details. Contrary to popular belief, avoid at all costs loose fitting clothes that will make you look fatter.

Avoid large patterns, large checks and horizontal stripes like a sailor’s jacket: use vertical stripes instead. Ditto for too many patterns that weigh down the silhouette.

These choices will give your body shape and structure, which will help you look slimmer.

Enhance your body shape with our tips

To enhance your look, choose clothes that will help you draw attention away from the parts of your body that you don’t want to emphasize.

For example, if you have a small belly, opt for pieces with long vertical lines to elongate the body and make it look slimmer.

It is beneficial to cinch the waist especially when you have a figure 8 and X shape.

Moreover, prefer fluid materials! They have the great advantage of gracefully following the movements of your body that they perfectly fit by hiding the curves. Also, avoid bulky materials like velvet and down jackets.

Other tips to enhance your body shape:

  • Wide hips and strong calves: forget the slim pants and other cigarette pants, to be avoided like tobacco.
  • Round thighs: never wear leggings.
  • Thick legs and ankles: no clear tights.
  • Strong chest: no bustiers that crush it.
  • Thick neck: wear only thin earrings and V-necklines.
  • Big arms: long live the flared sleeves!

You can also attract attention elsewhere with the following tips:

  • Wear a nice hat.
  • Take care of your hairstyle: ask a visagist for advice.
  • Make up as well as possible in the respect of your colorimetry; adopt a stronger make-up especially if you wear glasses.
  • Enhance your neckline by adorning it with original jewelry, for example.
  • Don’t neglect your hands: a manicure, even a discreet one, is advisable.
Happy with her curves

Play with colors to flatter your figure

Work with your figure , not against it.

Cool, matte, dark winter colors – navy or dark blue, purple, burgundy, bottle green, charcoal gray, chocolate brown – are also a great option for looking slimmer because they reflect less light.

However, don’t overdo the black, which can give you a gloomy and unsocial image, especially in total look. Prefer it in small touches: accessories, tops or pants that will go with everything.

Also, avoid bright colors like poppy red, lemon yellow and other oranges that make anyone look fat.

Nevertheless, wear only colors in your color palette near your face: you will look much better.

Finally, never wear more than three different colors.

A woman proud of her curves

Choose stretchy materials

Spandex jeans and clothes made of stretch materials are a good investment because they perfectly fit the new curves that they also flatter. You won’t have to constantly renew your wardrobe.

These inexpensive materials are attractive in terms of quality, and they go with everything.

Choose accessories that are not too thin

Enhance your figure with the appropriate accessories and avoid, for example:

  • Belts too thin.
  • Tiny bags.
  • Meaningless shoes without style and high heels.
  • Jewelry too fine and too delicate.

You have to play on the balance and choose remarkable accessories such as necklaces and bracelets that have character, belts, tote bags and wedges with round toes and always stylish.


These tips will help you, we hope, to be always glamorous and trendy like Kim Kardashian, Ashley Graham, Nicki Minaj or Amber Rose…

We offer you this guide to find the pieces that will make you look your best. Dressing well will now require much less time and thought. Feel free to share our tips and discover others on Ecostylia.