Curves Ahead: Monif C

Curves Ahead: Monif C
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 03, 2008

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Actress Kym Whitley serves high style on the red carpet in a Nelli dress from designer Monif C. Monif launched her ready-to-wear line for curvy women in 2005 and offers form-fitting options for the modern woman.

“These are not clothes that you wear when you want to shy away in the corner,” says Monif of her designs.

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Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson shows off her envious curves in a flattering Monif C. design for the pages of ESSENCE. Monif encourages all women to embrace color.

“People who limit themselves to wearing black, brown and tan make me sad because fashion is about expressing yourself,” says Monif.

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Child actress turned entertainment mogul Raven-Symoné proves she’s all grown up in this sultry animal-print design from Monif C.

Originally from Barbados, designer Monif C. has flare for color and inspires to create luxurious feminine clothes.

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Designer Monif C. dished, “It took me many years to appreciate my curves and recognize them as a plus and NOT a minus.” Her desiger line promotes curves and we can’t get enough of her creations.

Accessories are a great way to add a pop of color to your holiday looks. We love this combo. “Marilyn” Convertible Dress for $195 at

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American Idol vet Frenchie Davis keeps it classy and chic in an Nelli dress from Monif C. Dresses in jersey fabrications are versatile, perfect for travel and ideal for any woman on the go.

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Monif encourages curvy women to forget about mantras of only slim ladies wearing prints. Try getting bold with the “Dazzling” Limited Edition Silk Maxi Gown for $415.00 at

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A funky belt is an excellent way to add personality to your look while cinching your waist for an hourglass silhouette. Shown here: The “Marilyn” Convertible Dress for $195 at

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Knowing your measurements for your bust, waist and hips is a key curvy style rule when you are shopping. Buying clothes that look tailor made not only enhance your features, but everything you wear works just for your body and size. Keep your measurements on a little card in your wallet so whenever you feel the need to shop you’ll have them with you. Go disco glam in this “Olivia” Sequin Party Dress for $198 at

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Feel sultry and sexy in this “Paris” Silk Tie Neck Dress in midnight blue ($179, Monif C.). We think all sistas need to embrace their bodies and this starts by looking and feeling good from the inside and out. Don’t hide your ample shape in garments that are oversized, pick pieces that are structured and have a great fit.

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You don’t have to have an hourglass shape to work it in this “Nelli” dusty purple number ($299, Monif.C), because it creates and enhances an hourglass for you! We adore the long earrings the model sports in this look. Wearing tiny accessories or small jeweled pieces can actually make you look larger than really are. Pay attention to proportion to get that complete look from head to toe.

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A style rule for the wise: Avoid buying anything that clings to the problem areas of your body. Every woman has at least one feature that should be played up, such as your waist, bust, legs and/or booty. Know how to accentuate and highlight your best features. This beautiful trapeze style dress dubbed “Malinda” glides off the body without making you look like you are wearing a tent ($185, Monif C.).

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Want to find that one garment that does it all? Well, look no further than the “Marilyn” Convertible Dress ($150, Monif C.). It transforms into 22 different looks. From a halter dress to dress with sleeves to a skirt to a baby doll top, this dress does just about everything.

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This variation of the “Marilyn” Convertible Dress is to die for. You can never go wrong in a basic black dress. Black does have a slimming effect, but head-to-toe black is boring. We adore these ruby red slippers that give this gorgeous fit the perfect splash of “Oz.”

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Anansa Sims, daughter of beauty icon Beverly Johnson, rocks a feminine scarf print dress from Monif C in the October 2008 issue of ESSENCE. Monif C. offers a fresh and unique perspective on fashion for plus-size women.

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Feel bold and brave in this “Nelli” Ruched Dress($268, Monif C.) and turn heads wherever you go.

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