During her two-decade-plus career, Susan Moses dressed everyone from Britney Spears to Queen Latifah— and she’s learned a few things in the process. Okay, more like things are worth a script. What’s fitting (forgive the pun): Moses released her debut title, The Art of Dressing Curves in 2016. Glamor spoke to Moses about the style advice women needing to know about getting dressed with curves— plus size or not.
Read on for her top eight style tips for curvy women:
1. Don’t wear pants like leggings.
“Because of this phenomenon, there’s far too much personal information on the streets of many cities. Leggings are not trousers. They’re meant to be worn under garments. That’s why they’re sold in department stores with hosiery and accessories.” (Hint: buy a few skinny jeggings instead!)
2. If in doubt, aim for a pencil skirt.
She says, “The all-knee is everybody’s most attractive hemline.” “This spreads out the curves and provides good support for your body.”
3. Carry the correct bag size.
“You should have a bag that’s proportionate to your body,” she says. “Too small is not good! I like a medium-sized structured tote for the day. That bag is too small at night if you can’t see the bag behind your hand.”
4. All should have an arsenal of shapewear.
Moses says, “It’s universal!”. Every woman some times needs a little bit of smoothing and support. Generally, smoothing in the stomach and hips can make us look more refined and polished in our clothes.
5. Make the right equilibrium between fit and tight.
“There is a difference between being dressed up and being dressed that’s good for your body,” she said. “You shouldn’t see any lines of underwear through the dress — that’s when you know it’s too tight!”
6. Without the right shoes, no outfit is comprehensive.
“Watch out for your feet,” Moses said. A classic neutral pump will give you the cleanest length and make your legs look the shorter. “Anchor the neutral legs may look shorter.
7. Customize your clothes.
“A good tailor is the secret weapon of every girl. There’s no alternative! Many department stores and boutiques do provide tailoring services. Wearing clothes that fit and hang well on your body will make the difference between terrible and amazing.”