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6 Tips to help you learn to love your curves

Marcy Guevara is one of our SheKnows Experts. She's a plus-size style guru and host who uses her charming personality to help women of all sizes feel amazing in their skin. She was the host of “Big Girl in a Skinny World,” a YouTube seri...

Everyone else loves your curves, and you should, too

Stop fighting against your curves and learn to love the way you look. Seriously, you only get one body and you only get one chance to live and enjoy it. Here's how to make it happen.

1. Wear clothes that fit

One of the biggest mistakes that many curvy women make is to try to hide their curves under oversized, baggy pieces or squishing themselves into way-too-tight jeans. Wrong! This is pretty much a guaranteed method for remaining uncomfortable all day long and creating awkward lumps and bumps. Showing off your natural feminine shape in clothes that fit just right is a much better solution.

Try jeans with some stretch, like Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™ Simply Stretch Denim, offered in curvy fits that hug and lift your curves in all the right places for a super flattering fit. Plus, they actually keep their shape all day long, which is not easy to find in a pair of stretch jeans.

2. Try out a tailor

Shopping off the rack is tough — sometimes downright impossible if there's a certain look you're going for. But getting things altered can be annoying — believe me, I know. Still, it is seriously so worth it. Tailoring can make a sleek blazer out of something that was once boxy or give you that perfect hemline that makes your whole outfit. A good tailor can make just about anything look like it was made just for you, and that's exactly what you want.

3. Learn your shape

One of the best things about being a bodacious babe is the curves! Still, not all curves are the same (or in the same place).

An important part of loving your body is learning exactly what shape that body is in. Now, you don’t have to call yourself an apple or a pear, but knowing what silhouettes look best on you and shopping strategically for them can be very helpful.

4. Have some balance

The No. 1 way to show your silhouette some love is to balance your proportions. If you go flowy on top, wear something more fitted on the bottom, and vice versa. For those of you who always drape yourself in tons of fabric, get out of your comfort zone and into something a bit more body-hugging to show your figure. Wrap yourself in clothes that love you back and watch yourself take shape.

5. Flaunt your favorite parts

Figure out your best feature and show it off. Were you blessed with a great set of legs? Show those gams off, girlfriend! Do you have a rear end to die for? Pour it into a pair of stretchy jeans or a great skirt. Is your chest a work of art? Nothing wrong with showing a little bit of cleavage.

The point here is to stop focusing on what you don't like about yourself, and work on complementing the parts that you do.

6. Bank on basics

We've talked fit, and we've talked form, now it's time to talk fashion. Trends are fun, but they're always changing, so it's hard to keep up. One tip I’ve learned is to embrace three trends you can’t get enough of per season, but to invest in staples that will keep you clothed all year long.

For me, my staples are an awesome array of plain white T-shirts, a great leather jacket, a blazer I can dress up or down, a fabulous LBD and a great pair of jeans. Since these items are going to serve as the base for your wardrobe and will likely stay on as staples for some time, you can invest in some items you truly love. Go ahead and buy that expensive blazer and a few pairs of those jeans you love — you're worth it.

This post was brought to you by Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™.

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