'Tis The Season To Be Curvy

'Tis The Season To Be Curvy
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 16, 2008

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Go for regal glam like Queen Latifah this holiday season. This body-slimming silhouette pinches her waist, creating an hourglass effect. With the New Year approaching opt for a timeless style that will set you a part in a crowded room.

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Get Queen Latifah’s stunning look for less in this Old Navy Women’s Plus Notch-Front Dress ($15, oldnavy.com). This is the perfect party dress! The notched neckline works well for women with ample breasts, because you can still look sexy while leaving something to the imagination. The dress was crafted with a hint of stretch material making it even easier for you to get down on the dance floor.

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Holiday fashions would not be fun without hints of gorgeous green. Stop the “mayhem & foolishness” and embrace your voluptuous body like Style Network “Clean House” host Niecy Nash. The comedian sparkles like a emerald jewel at Comedy Central’s Emmy Awards party at STK restaurant in Los Angeles.

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Follow in Niecy Nash’s style steps and get her glowing green red carpet gown. A total head turner, this IGIGI Verdant Green Magdalena Asymmetrical Jeweled Gown ($180, originally $258, igigi.com) is chic and cheap. The asymmetrical neckline exposes one shoulder for a sensual alluring appeal. Take note to the ruched bodice that will draw attention away from any midsection problem areas.

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Angie Stone rules in red at the 18th Annual Divas Simply Singing! Charity Benefit Concert at the Wilshire Theater in Los Angeles. Looking like a “Black Diamond,” the singer sizzles in this fiery surplice neck dress. We love the waist-tie around the dress because it flatters her tummy area. And the perfect touch of cleavage gives Angie a sophisticated, sassy-chic look.

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Make a move for a hot holiday party dress. This Embellished Chiffon Overlay Dress is the perfect complement to Angie Stone’s look and you can find it at Lane Bryant for only $89.50. Complete with a satin tie and empire waist, the fabric flows and moves to enhance the body, not cling to it. The vertical lines in the overlay will make you look taller and slimmer.

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This festive time of year, connect with color like Jordin Sparks, who shines beautifully at the 2008 American Music Awards held at Los Angeles’s Nokia Theatre. Whoever said curves were not made for strapless dresses were wrong. Full-figured women need only to find the right dress that comes with a built-in boning for support. Remember to find a strapless bra that not only fits but provides you with the most support.

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Color is the perfect way to add panache to your holiday looks. Yellow hues like Jordin’s always complement brown complexions. And remember that an empire waist is ultra-flattering for those of us with a thicker middle. Snag this fab frock from Ruby Rox, $79, macys.com.

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Songtress Chrisette Michele looks classy and chic is this violet strapless number at this year’s BET Awards in Los Angeles. The Def Jam protégé completes this red-carpet winner with silver accessories and a sleek short do.

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Purple is undoubtedly the color to rock this season. Be inspired by Chrisette in this Nelli dress courtesy of Monif C, $229, monifc.com. The jersey fabrication is quite forgiving and the ruching will actually accentuate your curves. Pin your hair up and grab a sparkly clutch before you debut this attention-grabbing dress at the New Year’s Eve jam with your girls.

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Philly powerhouse Jazmine Sullivan strikes a pose in this LBD with a sexy plunging neckline at the recent Grammy Nominations Concert in Los Angeles. Her wide belt cinches her waistline to accentuate an hourglass figure. The opaque tights complete the look.

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Snag Jazmine’s look in this sophisticated black number from Casual Plus, $24.99, casual-plus.com. However, just because black is slimming doesn’t mean you can’t still play with a touch of color. Don’t be afraid to wear this dress with a statement-making belt to make your ensemble less predictable.

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This top model proves that voluptuous women can have fun with knits too. The sleeves on this body-hugging frock give Toccara’s ensemble a flirty touch. A simple black belt helps to bring the monochromatic look together.

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Let your classic black pieces take you from day to night this season. Wear this dress from INC International Concepts, $89.99, macys.com, to the office with knee-high boots and minimal jewelry as the model does here; then pair it with strappy high-heel sandals and chandelier earrings for your company holiday soiree in the evening.

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