Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Girl Talk: My Confidence Story

Curves and Confidence was created five years ago because as a blog reader myself I didn’t see many style blogs that represented “in between” women.  Not plus-sized and not your standard straight size.  I have always been pear-shaped but I haven’t always embraced it.  At one point I hated having full hips and a round butt.  I wanted to be able to just grab a pair of jeans off the rack and have them fit perfectly without having to size up or deal with waist gapping. The obnoxious stares and propositions that I started receiving at the age of fourteen didn’t make me feel any better about myself. If anything it made me feel even more self-conscious about my body.  However, over time I finally accepted who I was but not without bumps along the way.  Once I let go of how I “should” look it became easier to just be myself.  

I enjoy sharing my personal style with you guys because I know how frustrating it is trying to discover your personal identity. For the longest time I was trying to be what I thought would make other people happy.  Curves and Confidence help me discover its cool to stop stressing over other peoples standards.  To some people clothes are meaningless and they could care less about how amazing you feel about that new pair of leopard pumps you found or why you are so hype over a skirt you’ve been eyeing that finally went on sale. For me a great outfit can make or break my day.  I am always team overdressed and I love it, its who I am.

I never started my blog as a declaration of anything except that I am a young business professional that loves clothes and shopping.  I don’t even consider myself any type of fashionista, I just love to look good when I get dressed. I am stylish but I am not a stylist.  I am a woman that wants to inspire other women to look great no matter what.  For new and old readers, Curves and Confidence is the style journey of a professional woman that was once at her lowest point five years ago but worked hard to become the woman I am today.  This is my confidence story.  


Monday, February 23, 2015

Weekend Wear: Wearing Leggings as Pants

leggings and belted tunic, how curvy girls dress

curvy girl wearing leggings, curves and confidence

natural hair updo, curves and confidence, leggings as pants

leggings and knee hight boots for curvy girls
 | Jacket - Oldnavy | Tunic - HM | Leggings - Express | Purse - TJ Maxx | Boots - Macys |

I am not the biggest fan of wearing leggings as pants.  I think if not worn correctly leggings can show off way more then you want if your not careful.  However, sometimes its cool to wear something super comfortable and cute. Here are my do's and don'ts:

1.  Make sure the leggings are not sheer! Thicker fabrics have better hold and conceal 

2.  Wear appropriate undergarments.  Black leggings paired with hot pink panties is not a
     good look.

3.  Keep the goods covered.  Wearing a long tunic that hits mid thigh is a must for me. I am 
     not comfortable showing off my full backside or my lady bits.

4.  Leggings are great on the weekends and not much else, unless your office environment
     is super casual.

5. No flesh colored leggings.  No explanation needed right? 

Monday, February 16, 2015

High Waist Midi Skirt + Cropped Sweater

midi skirt and cropped sweater
high waist skirt and cropped sweater
high waist midi skirt and cropped sweater
trendy work outfit, how curvy girls dress for work
| Skirt - HM (gray version) | Sweater - F21 (cute alternative) | Purse - Just Fab
| Shoes - Call It Spring |

Wearing any type of crop top at work is absolutely inappropriate.  Of course there are always exceptions to the rule, right? In this case,  the exception is a high waist midi skirt. No exposed skin makes this completely okay for the office.  This option is also a great alternative if you are not comfortable exposing your stomach.  However, if you are cool with a little skin peeking through check out these previous outfits here, here and here

I've worn this skirt on four other occasions but this time was my absolute favorite. There is nothing super special about this look but once again everything just came together perfectly from head to toe. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Black Quilted Midi Skirt

| Blazer - HM | Skirt - F21 | Purse - The Limited | Shoes - Betsey Johnson |

Remember this gray skirt seen here and here? Well of course I needed the black one. Okay, I didn't really need it but I REALLY wanted it.  At one point you wouldn't have caught me wearing midi skirt.  I didn't think they would look good on my frame.  I seriously went from having a couple of midi skirts to now owning at least ten.  Not only are they easy to find and affordable they look good with everything...blazers, cardigans and t-shirts. 

I have had a few misses trying my hand with this trend, remember this skirt.  Kudos to me for trying something different but I just wasn't happy with the out come of that outfit.  I definitely need a redo sometime soon.  

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Winterized Wrap Dress

| Dress - Oldnavy (similar) | Boots - Macys | Purse - Rebecca Minkoff |

It rarely gets cold here in Miami and cold by our standards means the temperature dips below 70 degrees.  I bought these boots last year October and I have pulled them out at every cold weather opportunity.  My co-workers always tease me but nothing is cuter than knee-high boots and boot socks.  

I can admit that I am pretty bad at remixing my clothes, really bad, I would much rather buy something new.  I have too many great pieces to just have them sit in my closet, this dress being one of them.  I originally wore it in this post, why did I wait so long to wear this dress again? 

A quick change from sandals to boots and I have a winterized wrap dress.