Curves are celebrated and idealized in our culture but in corporate environments, a shapely frame can pose a dilemma. Curvy women like myself may feel their corporate chic attire becomes inadvertently sexy due to large hips or breasts. Here are a few ways to ensure that you feel comfortable in professional settings no matter your shape:

1. Make Sure Your Clothes Fit

Fit is key when dressing in the workplace so don’t shy away from tailoring or custom-made pieces that will flatter your unique frame.

2. Dress Well Inside

Invest in a well-fitted bra. A good bra and shapewear should be your wardrobe staple as it will ensure a smooth finish underneath your dresses.

3. Know What Your Clothes Say About You

You should always be conscious of your curves and dress accordingly. For example, if you have large breasts, look for camisoles and necklaces that raise the neckline. If you have curvy hips, look for pencil skirts and sheath dresses that skim your curves but don’t cling. Plunging necklines or skin-tight dresses are not merely distracting, but they can make you seem unprofessional regardless of your true work ethic and character.

What are your tips for dressing professionally with a voluptuous figure? What works and what doesn’t? Is it necessary to hide your shape at work?

-Krystal Franklin

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  • Lady Hairroin

    The one thing I’ve learned is not to wear RED it scream b!%@#…. Undergarment lines are a definite no no. Tight and clingy is not classy in the workplace. Also, black is classy and slimming.
    Great article and a must read..

    • Red screams bitch? Since when? It’s a beautiful color when worn the right way.

  • Tonisha G Rope Johnson

    I am a full figured woman, and what helps me other than the right undergarments is a nice pencil skirt (yes they have them in our size), a fitted blouse, that is longer in length”preferably to the hips”, with a nice belt,around the upper torso area to show off that small waist, and some nice heels, and if you want a blazer. This what doesn’t work for me horizontal stripes it makes me look wider. lol

  • Red screams bitch? Wonders will never cease. SMH!