• Style Inspiration: What to Wear to Work (Curvy Chick Edition)

    Faith writes, “I perused over the complete what to wear work wardrobe section before decided to send this Message.I work in Retail Fashion as a Regional Manager. I am having problems creating a work wardrobe that is professional but fashion forward. I have all work wardrobe basics but I always look too conservative. Question: updating a work Wardrobe for a Retail Manager.My company is a High Street Fashion Retailer.”

    Hey, Faith! I noticed that in a follow up e-mail you stated that you’re big busted and curvy. Naturally, you want to dress to accomodate your figure. Unsure? Claire gave some fantastic tips here.

    Considering the fact that these looks are for work, you want to make sure you’re not out there looking scandalous. First, I think it is important to stress being fitted for a bra. This will make all the difference. Trust me. Also, you want to be mindful of the cut of your top. Stay away from anything with a low cut.

    For this first look I chose, a vibrant Michael Kors sheath dress.

    A couple of things to note from this dress is the neckline and the cinched in waist. When you wear shapeless garments, they can make you appear to be larger than you are. I also included a pair of leopard print pumps. These uplift the dress, while adding a bit of fun. I specifically chose these earrings because I felt it was a nice way to incorporate some edge.

    Next up, I dabbled in darker hues (black is always slimming).

    The simplicity of this black 3/4 sleeve dress makes it a classic beauty, complete with a flirty frill hem. A pair of olive green peep toe pumps like these Alexander Queens complement the green studded sequin satchel. To prevent this look from being too dark, wear go for a soft lip.

    For look 3 I went for a yellow peplum top and black and white paisley trousers.

    Note that yet again it is important to nip in your waist. A round toe platform shoe will set this off, while paired with matching black accessories. For makeup, I would go for a neutral lip, and go for purple color on the eyes (nothing too heavy or dark for work.)

    There you go!