Friday, September 7, 2007

Love your curves!

~Highlight your waist..

If you've got a waist, make the most of it: it gives hourglass figures balance and makes you the envy of all those women with no shape!

If you have no waist, go for a large jacket with a belt to give the illusion of one - it's very flattering.

High Heels~ "For every centimetre of heel you lose a kilo in weight," according to Marina Rinaldi. Heels make you taller, longer and leaner, but they can tire you out quickly, so go for boots during the day and save your stilettos for the evening if you struggle with footache. Monica's advice: High heels and a suit with a belted jacket can make anyone look instantly slimmer.

If you're slim and straight-up you can look good in a pair of jeans and a T-shirt. One of the drawbacks of a fuller figure is that it's much harder to pull some casual looks off, which is why if you're above a size 14 you need to adapt your style to your shape.

~Highlighting your best assets~Follow your curves

Jennifer Lopez has a classic curvaceous figure and knows how to work it, but remember: no two curvy girls are the same.
If you have a toned, peachy derrière like Jen, go for a dress that will cling in all the right places to show them off.
If you have real authentic 1950s curves, nip your waist in to show them off.
If you're tall, put your legs on display in shorts. The golden rule is never to hide your curves but to dress them up subtly.

Flaunt them!

All the stick insects within a 3-mile radius are jealous of your jugs and men just can't help but stare. So make the most of your assets without going OTT - you wouldn't want to make anyone else feel inadequate, naturally... Go for dresses with plunging necklines, open blouses, trench-style coats and jackets to show off your décolleté.


Just because you're not stick insect doesn't mean you can't wear shorts, which is good news because there are some gorgeous pairs around at the minute for both smart and casual. Balance your look out well and you can look fab in shorts - just wear them with a bit of confidence! If you haven't got matchstick legs and knock knees, all the more reason to show off a pair of sexy pins. Go for styles that cover the tops of your thighs and match with a slightly décolleté top that goes down to your waist, for a subtle, sensual look.

We're so used to seeing sickly-looking stick insects on the catwalk and in magazines that it's no real surprise we have a slighly warped view of what the average is.

The average size in the UK is a 16, not a 6! 40% of French women and 45% of German women are also a size 16+. However, times are changing for the better, partly thanks to a host of curvy celebs who are out to show us all you don't need to starve yourself to be sexy...quite the contrary.

In demandCurvy girls have never been so sought-after: just look at classic English rose Kate Winslet, beautiful Liv Tyler, Latin lovely Shakira and bootylicious Beyoncé.

Ask any man who his ultimate fantasy would be and it'll be a toss-up between Scarlett Johansson and Salma Hayek rather than skinny minnies such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston or Nicole Kidman. Scarlett has repeatedly been voted the most beautiful woman in the world and sexiest woman in the world.

She's one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood, yet she won female hearts worldwide too for baring her cellulite in Lost In Translation and still looking impossibly sexy. It's very true that it's only women who dream of having a figure like Victoria Beckham, whereas men prefer us with a bit of meat on our bones.Love your body.

For want of a better word, men see women as a complete 'package': looks, body, style and personality all rolled into one. They don't pick out every little fault and weak point like women do: they're not going to notice what you think is a flabby stomach or thunderthighs, so there's really no point getting hung up over what he doesn't even notcie! What's more, self-confidence is a big factor in sex appeal, so if you're confident with your body men will find it all the more sexy.

Accept your body and your shape, accept the fact that you're never going to be a size 0 and accept that you wouldn't want to be! It's also important to accept that you're allowed the occasional pig-out and that as long as you're sensible and get enough exercise you'll be happy and healthy, which is all more than can be said for some size 0s - when was the last time anyone saw Victoria Beckham smile?!

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