We spend a lot of time talking and thinking about which styles will flatter a curvier silhouette but today we want to look a little closer at fabrics. A poor fabric choice can ruin an otherwise excellent outfit choice and a great fabric can elevate a good outfit to amazing! We’ve all been there, that dress or top that looks perfect in the shop or online only for you to pull it on at home for it to reveal every single lump and bump. Check out our ultimate fabric guide below to discover the winners and losers when it comes to skinny fabrics!
Nots so Skinny Fabrics
Linen – Linen has a tendency to wrinkle around any and every problem area. This has the effect of disrupting the line of your outfit and making you look larger than you are. Can’t give up your summer linen? Go for a structured and lined jacket and confine it to the top half of your body.
Chiffon – It may feel like the dreamy lines of floaty fabrics can hide any body sins but the truth is that a lack of structure can actually make you look larger than you are. It is possible to make chiffon work by using it to balance body areas. So team a floaty skirt with an oversized belt and slim fit top to create a classic hourglass silhouette.
Nylon – Wearing a largely nylon top or dress equals a clingy nightmare of an outfit. There is nowhere to hide in Nylon and we think that anyone over the age of 21 with any sort of curves should avoid at all costs!
Denim – Denim holds shape, structure and can be blended with other fabrics to stretch generously. A go to pair of dark midrise jeans will always make you feel trim and gorgeous.
Rayon – Rayon is a manufactured fabric but it is created from naturally occurring materials. It is used in a range of materials to create the effect of wool or linen but it maintains much better control and shape which makes it a great slimming choice. Look for easy to wear tailoring in this versatile fabric.
Jersey – Thick Jersey can actually create a really flattering look. It has stretch which makes it easy to wear but is way more structural than regular cotton. Beware very thin jersey though as it can have a tendency to become see through. Look for off duty jackets and comfortable pencil skirts in this fabric.
Quick Fabric Choice Tips
- The way a fabric moves can have a huge effect on how it will look. So walk around the changing room, twirl and generally get a feel for how it looks on the move.
- Spending a little more on quality fabrics can have a huge impact on their shape, structure and slimming effect. Very cheaply made garments may not look great after a few washes.
- Consider pattern, colour and finish. Of course this almost goes without saying but the best fabric in the world can be brought down by the wrong colour choice or a lurid pattern, so ensure you consider the whole package of a garment.