Curvy Girl Style: Guide To Forgiving Fashion

Whether your weight is going up or down, here are a few tips from the ESSENCE editors to keep your appearance in tip-top shape.

ESSENCE.COM Apr, 16, 2014

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"Unlike pants and skirts, which could be frustrating to get a perfect fit when in between sizes, dresses that have less construction like fit-and-flare and caftan styles allow you to just go with the flow until you get it right." —Reneise Francis, Market Editor

Swing dress, Jibri, $210,

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"If you're floating in-between sizes and you plan to gain or lose weight, hit up your tried-and-true retailers like Old Navy, Zara and H&M for $20 skinny jeans or a cute tee. You won't lose any sleep when you have to pass them along to a girlfriend." —Charli Penn, Relationships Editor

"Bubble Girl" T-shirt, Jibri, $50,

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"Certain pieces just work, no matter your body type. So even if you're tired of hearing about peplums and colorblocking, get used to it. Peplums give you a waistline like Beyonce while covering the bulge, and colorblocking strategically allows you to play up or play down certain body parts. What's not to love?" –– Celia Smith, Fashion Editor

Peplum top, Jibri, $110,

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"Amp up your accessories. When all else fails, a simple shirt, a strong necklace, earrings or a bold belt will be your savior." —Reneise Francis, Market Editor

"Rae" blouse, Jibri, $120,

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"It's important to invest in your wardrobe, specifically your work attire. Find a blazer or pair of black power pants that are well-constructed and you'll have no qualms about taking it to the tailor to pay a little extra and adjust according to your size." —Celia L. Smith, Fashion Editor

Pencil fit sleeveless maxi dress, Jibri, $170,

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"Stretch jersey and cotton hug your curves no matter what, so even if you change a size or two you're clothes won't say a thing." —Celia L. Smith, Fashion Editor

High-waist pencil skirt, Jibri, $110,