What to Read Next

6 Curvy Girl Fashion Myths

Marie Claire
Fashion
June 27, 2012

Who says curvy girls can't rock stripes?! Dare to wear the hottest trends with these no-fail tips from fashion diva Nicolette Mason. By Nicolette Mason

Big girls are forever being told what not to wear, that everything from stripes to pleats to booties (even ponytails!) are off-limits to us. Is it any wonder that so many full-figured women cling to their boring black separates-the "safest" things in their wardrobes?

Thankfully, my years working in fashion have taught me some invaluable lessons about how to pull off pieces traditionally thought of as no-no's for anyone beyond a size 6. Follow these foolproof tips and brace yourself for some serious style points.

MYTH Horizontal stripes enlarge a big frame.

TRUTH Break up the pattern with a blazer or colored pants. Très chic-for all figures.

30 Dates That Spice Up Your Relationship

MYTH Top-heavy women can't wear knits.

TRUTH Look for body-skimming silhouettes in metallic for a pulled-together take.

Peplum
Peplum




MYTH Peplums add volume.

TRUTH A streamlined pencil skirt with a peplum creates an hourglass shape.




MYTH Black is the most flattering color for fuller figures.

TRUTH Solid, bold hues are equally slimming.

"How amazing does Amber Riley look in this juicy tangerine number? Love the skinny belt, which creates an hourglass silhouette and offsets the volume of her skirt."

Money Rules All Women Should Live By

MYTH Full skirts make bottoms look bigger.

TRUTH Soft pleats at the waist camouflage the rear and the tummy area.

Patterned Pants
Patterned Pants

MYTH Patterned pants draw attention to a heavy bottom.

TRUTH Worn with heels and a solid top or blazer, they add pop, not pounds.

More from MarieClaire.com

The Most Iconic Movie Dresses of All Time
10 Tips To Climb To The Top of Your Career

The Top 10 Skincare Myths - Debunked!
10 Beauty Products That Will Change Your Life

Become a fan of Marie Claire on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Read This Before You Buy Medigap Plan F

Plan F is the most popular Medicare Supplement plan, but there's another Medigap option you should consider.

Insane Navy Seal Flashlight, should it be banned?

The Military has recently released technology that is now available to the public. Get yours before they run out - Limited Supply!

Trouble Understanding Your Teen?

Raising teenagers can be a challenge. Learn why teens do what they do in our teen email series.

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

How Older Men Tighten Their Skin

Men, reduce the look of wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines with this affordable and effective skin tightening treatment without leaving your home.

Do NOT pay your insurance until you try this.

If you drive less than 55 miles/day OR have no DUI's you can get auto insurance for as low as $29/ Month! See if you qualify.

Attn Home Owners Who Never Miss a Payment.

Home Owners who have not missed a payment in 3 years or more need to read this. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home there is a solution.

“It works. Officers were at my home in minutes."

Built by the leading engineers in the country with revolutionary wireless technology... Engineered to make your home feel like a fortress...

Heartburn During Pregnancy

Dealing With Pregnancy is Hard Enough. Getting Heartburn While Pregnant is a Pain. Learn What Causes Heartburn During Pregnancy.

People In Heavy Credit Card Debt May Not Know This

If you owe more than $15,000, there is a way to pay off credit card debt that few people think of first. (It's not what you think!)

Bounce Back From The Holidays & Transfer A Balance

Holiday fun means holiday spending. Don't pay interest on your purchases for up to 15 months with the top ranked balance transfer credit cards.

Tighter Looking Skin Without Cosmetic Procedures

Reduce the look of wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines with this affordable and effective skin tightening treatment without leaving your home.

Reconnect With Your High School Friends

Classmates® has the largest directory of high school class lists. Remember the good times and reconnect to create new memories.