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Dressing for summer if you're curvy can sometimes be a struggle, often the retailers only cater to one body type- tall and slim. But there are brands and styles out there that suit a curvy figure, the trick is knowing what suits you and most importantly feeling comfortable. 

It's all about accentuating the waist and showing off those curves. Go for outfits that nip the waist in but fall loosely over the thighs and calves. Pair a form fitting top with wide-leg trousers for a flattering summer look. 

Shop the edit below for our top curvy picks...

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Tess Holliday, a Plus Size model and founder of 'EffYourBeautyStandards' is an avid advocate for reclaiming the word 'fat'. All this sounds positive, right? Body positivity and protesting about mainstream beauty standards is an important and worthy cause. However, at size 26, is this a damaging message to promote?


Size 0 and the connotations of promoting that as a body ideal has been widely regarded as harmful and not an accurate reflection of the average woman for many years, but is promoting obesity any better? Obviously there are less models of this size in the industry, so their inclusion is a step in the right direction towards more diversity, however it still isn't addressing the biggest problem- that the models we see are not an accurate reflection of the majority of the population. 

The average woman in America is a size 12-14, whereas most models in the US are a 0 or 00. Models, like Tess Holliday, are giving plus sized women someone to relate to which is great, yet this feeds into the industry's problem of promoting extremities. You can be healthy and be a size 0 or a size 26, for example, but the reality is that these sizes are often not healthy and come with a plethora of health issues. 

So what's the solution? Arguably models like Ashley Graham, Barbie Ferreria, Iskra Lawrence and Nadia Aboulhoson answer this dilemma. Their rise is a step in the right direction, because on average they are a size 14, making them more relatable to the majority of women. The biggest change that needs to happen in the industry is ditching the label of 'plus sized' when referring to women who, are in fact, average size. Plus size is a good term to use for models like Tess Holliday, and maybe a new term needs to develop for the models who are a size 0, so that these models like Graham can become the new 'norm' in the industry. 

Lena Dunham has weighed in on the debate, referring to Amy Schumer's criticism of US Glamour Magazine including her on the cover 'Chic at Any Size' without telling her first. Dunham stated "I think what Amy was really saying was just like let's remove labels and she was just saying like why do you have to categorise our bodies. Women-people should be able to recognise themselves in the media that they watch".

Amy had a point, she argued that "I think there's nothing wrong with being plus size. Beautiful healthy women. Plus size is considered size 16 in America. I go between a size 6 and an 8. @glamourmag put me in their plus size only issue without asking or letting me know and it doesn't feel right to me. Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size? What are your thoughts? Mine are not cool glamour not glamorous". 

Amy may not have expressed this sentiment in the most coherent manner, but the point sticks. Models of all sizes are great because they reflect the women who are that size, but calling someone who is an average size 'plus' is harmful, particularly for young girls. It promotes the idea that being a healthy, normal weight is not the norm, and that it's by default abnormal. Looking at the runway - although there is slightly more diversity now-a-days - tall, slim women are still the majority. Just because a model doesn't fit 'runway norms' doesn't mean they should be automatically categorised as 'plus size'. The dictionary definition of 'plus size' is "of larger size than normal", yet a look at models who are deemed 'plus' or 'curve' in the industry shows that they are rarely larger than the average woman. 

One size doesn't fit all, size 0 doesn't fit all, plus size doesn't fit all- but having more models between the sizes 8-14 in mainstream media would be fitting a lot more women than the current extremities promoted. 

Lane Bryant's campaign #I'mNoAngel is the kind of imagery we need to be seeing in the media more frequently. What are your thoughts? Let us know...

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Beauty Ashley Graham is setting hearts ablaze again, this time because of her recent lingerie shoot on the NYC subway. Ashley looks fiercely stunning, strutting around in babydolls, bras and panties, and heels. 


She's modelling for her most collaboration with Addition Elle, because this babe is a lingerie designer as well as a model. Peek through the racy shoot and get inspiration for the bedroom. It's never the wrong time to treat yourself to something sexy and flattering!

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Sonakshi Sinha, Parineeti may have succumbed to the pressure, but Sonakshi continues to celebrate her Indian Goddess-worthy curves, and inspire plus-sized women everywhere! From dancing in a lehenga to sauntering in a gown that highlights her bootylicious body, Sonakshi is unstoppable. And that's just the way we like her! 


Vidya Balan, you know when Vidya really emerged to the limelight? When she showed the fashion mafia the finger and stopped caring. Look at her now! She works that saree like nobody else and is a sex symbol in her own right! 

Mindy Kaling, fans of Kaling are probably all too familiar with her alter ego, Mindy Lahiri, the hot-as-hell on-screen OB, who dresses like the clinic is her runway. Monochrome is for rookies. She  piles on both colours and accessories like nobody’s watching, and doesn’t shy away from pencil skirts or bodycons. And you worry about that inch of flab on your waist? Shame on you, lady! 

Adele, the only things that’s almost as awesome as Adele’s voice is what the lady puts on her skin. She used to be a regular tights and dresses kinda gal. And then something awesome happened. She met Anna Wintour, and her style took a one eighty degree turn. Now, you’ll see her wear chic, billowing dresses on the red carpet, which she completes with her classic cat-eye. 

Christina Hendricks, if there’s something this lady has taught us, it’s how to own your curves on-screen and off it! She's bold, she’s sultry, she's unapologetic, and she flaunts her femininity in a way that inspires all women to embrace the goddess within!

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Instagram faced- to put it mildly- a bit of a backlash last week when they banned the word 'curvy' on their site. 


Yep, it seemed that Justin Bieber's bum is fine, Miley showing off her boobs, A-OK, but curvy people? Hell, no seemed to be their answer.

Quite rightly the social world was outraged and they promptly did a 360 reinstating the hashtag a few days later, but not before plus size models and bloggers had their say posting pics with the hashtag #curvee instead. Nicely played ladies. 

Apparently Instagram were at pains to say they weren't being sizeist, it was something to do with that hashtag being used mainly for porno images. Go figure!

However, it did spark that age old debate again, but with so many fashionistas and bloggers embracing their curves, is it time we just stopped obsessing over size? (Carrie Bradshaw kind of observation there, we think!)

We have gorgeous curvy girls in the mainstream celebrating their size- Ashley Graham has just been shot for Elle Italia and Tess Munster is stratospheric in terms of work and hits to her blog. 

So, this summer lets try something slightly new and start celebrating our curves in all their glory- little curves, bit curves and everything in between! Size is just a number girls, remember that...

Photo Credits: Elle Italia, Girl With Curves, The Plus Size Life, Ashley Graham
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Just when you thought you couldn't love Rebel Wilson anymore, she goes and gets us all excited with talk of a plus-sized fashion range.

The Pitch Perfect 2 star has been very vocal in the past about women coming in all shapes and sizes, even rocking up to host The MTV Movie Awards show with her very own pair of Angel wings, so to us this is a perfect move for the actress!

Rebel is thought to be designing the 25 piece collection with Torrid, a brand that specialises in womenswear from sizes 12 to 28. 

Oh and if you through this was just another 'celeb' collab, think again: "I've never really felt like there's a brand out there in the plus size world that is creating cool stuff, that fits well and is good quality yet affordable.

I've been loving designing the clothes for my capsule collection. I've been putting my unique style and personal loves into the clothing and literally can't wait for the collection to launch."

Due to land in November, the range will ship worldwide- good news for us Brits!

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Model Myla Dalbesio has landed a Calvin Klein underwear campaign. So far, so normal you may think, but oh no, this has sent the internet into meltdown because- wait for it- she's considered plus-size by industry standards. Join me here in a rousing, 'what the fuck?' because LOOK AT HER, she's a total babe with boobs to make us all enviable. She’s a size 10, so yes she doesn’t fit the size zero mould, but would you call her plus-size? The truth is Calvin Klein never put this campaign out as this, but a few choice quotes from Myla about her size in the industry has sparked the sizing debate once again. Cynical casting, or a giant leap in the right direction- who knows? But one thing’s for sure… if this is plus-size, we’ll have what she’s having. Photo Credit: Calvin Klein #model #plussize #MylaDalbesio #underwear #calvinklein

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