5 Fashion Rules Every Curvy Woman Should Break

We may be living in 2019 but some people – especially those who dictate how curvy girls should dress – seem to be living in the 1800s. No one – I repeat, no one – should tell you what you can and cannot wear! If you’re sick of unwanted fashion advice, you’ve come to the right place. Here are five medieval fashion rules that need to be broken!

1. Horizontal Stripes Are A Big No-No

It’s something we’ve always heard: horizontal stripes make you look bigger! But don’t be afraid to break this rule. Wear your stripes, vertical or horizontal, loud and proud. A pin-stripe blazer or skirt is chic and makes you feel like a force to be reckoned with!

2. Peplum Tops Are Not For You

Not just peplum, but anything that gathers around the waist is thought to be a no-go zone for curvy girls. But who cares what people have to say? Peplum actually highlights your body shape, and is a great choice for any girl who’d like to accentuate her curves. The next time anyone judges you for wearing a peplum top – ignore it!

3. Never Go For Printed Bottoms

Confidence is all you need to rock any outfit, including prints! And with all the chic, printed separates in the market today, you can’t pass on this trend. Pair printed bottoms with a solid colour tee for a très chic look. After all, it’s not what you wear, but how you wear it!

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TO ALL PAKISTANI FASHION HOUSES AND DESIGNERS A message: Honestly this is my most repeated outfit ever. So thanks @splashfashions aka Dubai aka a more or less non discriminatory shopping destination. The amount of variety and ample sizes available makes my heart happy. Every time I step out to shop here in the homeland, I have to mentally prepare myself for the fact that my body type will be marginalized and people will without a doubt not feel bad about it at all. Even though people have the same struggle in other parts of the world due to their sizes, it’s ten folds worse here because the only option you have left is to get your own clothes made or go abroad to buy a new wardrobe. There’s mental feelings involved when you walk into a shop here. When you pick out an outfit and prepare to stand in front of that mirror knowing damn well that the largest size there won’t fit you and even when by some miracle, it does, it’s still like 1/1000 items on display catered only for a particular type of ideal woman or man. It takes a part of you each time. I promise you it’s not like that everywhere abroad at least. I hope more brands and fashion houses catered to ALL WOMEN AND MEN. Not just a single type. And sadly, those around you who don’t go through what you have to on a daily basis will not understand how hard it is to remind yourself to love yourself and simultaneously refuse to shop somewhere that never made a place for you to begin with. We shouldn’t have to change our bodies to conform to your ideals. You should cater to us. We’re paying you after all to make us look good and if you can’t, honestly that says more about your line of work than it does about our choice and agency to be comfortable the way we are. - Rant done - Also candids taken by @imaanae

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5. Maxi Dresses Make You Look Bigger

Maxi dresses look chic and comfortable in every season. And they’re a must in Pakistan’s heat – they’re breezy, comfy and you can dress them up or down! Shut the naysayers up by donning a solid colour maxi dress – a summery white would be our personal favourite pick. Cinch the waist with a belt to show off those curves, and complete the look with a pair of sneakers and statement earrings.

For more tips Hareem Farooq follows, watch the video below:

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