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30 Closet Staples Every Curvy Woman Needs In Their Wardrobe
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30 Closet Staples Every Curvy Woman Needs In Their Wardrobe

And 29 curvy fashionistas to show you how to work em'.

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The best thing a woman can have is options, and thanks to online shopping, curvy women now have a sense of freedom when it comes to fashion. Each day, brands are finding ways to become more inclusive to sizes beyond XL because of the advocacy of curvy fashionistas who refuse to not take up space, who demand attention, and admiration...because why the hell not?

No matter what size, every woman needs foolproof pieces that will embrace and flatter each curve on her body while being multipurpose. Shopping for the right fit can be a daunting task for any woman, let alone curvier women who do not have the option of having their sizes in store to try on. But fear not sis, we got you!

We gathered up the expertise of 29 curvy fashionistas of all different shapes and sizes to sound-off on what they thought were essential pieces that every curvy girl needs in their wardrobe. Representation matters the most, and after seeing these beautiful women work it, it's time for you to make sure you are equipped with the wardrobe that will have you feeling confident enough to overdress for one occasion and shake a 'lil something the next!

1. A fashionable sneaker.

"I love that sneaker brands are taking women seriously. The styles have come a long way. I love that sneakers are not only comfortable but stylish and functional. I love wearing sneakers with a dress or a nice pair of denim or even a suit." - Essie Golden

2. A bustier or lace bra.

"Every girl needs lingerie. Lingerie is not only for when you want to serve up sexy for bae, it is perfect for when you want to feel good about yourself by yourself. Lingerie is the beginning of a great look because it complements what you are wearing. Lingerie can also be worn as a top in some cases. A suit with a bustier or lacy bra is the perfect look and it screams bold and sexy." - Maui Bigelow

3. A bold statement top.

"A statement top that says something dramatic and shows off a great deal of personality." - Idorenyin

4. A sexy yet breathable dress.

"A sexy dress you can wear without Spanx or girdle because after 30, don't nobody want to be hooked up at every occasion (laughs)." - Kamari Richardson

5. A luxurious faux fur jacket.

"A luxurious faux fur jacket because it can really change your life if you let it."- Chardline Chanel

6. A block heel/booties.

"Block heels and/or booties if it is cold, preferably cream or black because they are way more comfortable than stiletto heels and they look good with almost any outfit. They also elevate the look. You could wear a tee and jeans throw them on and bam! Your outfit is fire."- Brenda S

7. A good pair of jeans.

"A good pair of jeans is a staple piece that when they are fitted correctly on a curvy girl and they are also comfortable. You can always switch it up on them! From a fresh pair of kicks to a stunning pair of heels!" - Shawna V

8. A dress that screams "the dress".

"'The dress' is that one that makes you feel the most beautiful or the sexiest or the most confident. It can be your go-to for a girls' night out or dinner with your love. Everyone deserves a garment that makes you appreciate yourself just a little bit more." - Yanique Holder

9. A statement coat/jacket.

"A statement coat/jacket because on days where you are feeling plain. A good statement coat/jacket will make any outfit." - Bianca Gale

10. A combat/utility boot.

"Every curvy girl needs a pair of combat/utility boots! Truly a staple in my wardrobe, I can rock them with a slip dress, jacket, and wide-brimmed hat, or ripped jeans with a white tee and moto jacket. I love a great pair of lace-up or studded combat boots."- Laudie J

11. A bodycon dress.

"Every curvy girl should own at least one bodycon dress that flatters their shape." - Alissa S. Wilson

12. A black blazer.

"A black blazer. It's essential because it is versatile. You can use it to dress up an outfit, but can also be used casually. You can wear it with a cute top, jeans, and heels for a night out on the town, or you can roll the sleeves up and wear it with a t-shirt, jeans, and a pair of Chucks (or J's)."- Sasha Renee

13. An oversized denim jacket.

"Oversized cropped denim jacket (it accentuates curves and the waist)!" - Aspen

14. A polka-dot ensemble.

"Polka dots because fashion should be fun and what's more fun than polka dots?"- Faith Lasha

15. A chic jacket.

"Moto jackets are my favorite. It adds a little edge to your outfit but still can be modest."- Chante Burkett

16. A duster jacket.

"Dusters are a big girl's best friend. They can help dress up or dress down any outfit. Extremely versatile and can be worn year-round. It's like a cardigan on steroids (laughs)!"- Courtney Arlett

17. A flowy maxi-dress.

"A flowy maxi dress: A maxi is an effortless way to create sophisticated drama with just one piece. I absolutely love them." - Thamarr

18. The perfect peplum top.

"Inherently chic, the peplum is a plus girls' best clothing item when she wants to minimize her stomach area and accentuate the hips. And they are back on trend again. Find one with an asymmetrical hem for an edgy take on this nostalgic style that is here to stay." - Nikki Free

19. A convertible dress.

"A convertible dress A dress that you can tie and wear in a variety of ways. It doesn't matter the silhouette (flowy or form-fitting) but why have curves and not show them off a bit? Confidence is the best thing when dressing up. It always elevates ANY and EVERYONE outfit." - Jen Jeanpierre

20. Thigh-high boots.

"Thigh-high boots - sorry but I think every woman should have at least one pair. Nothing turns heads quicker when strutting in with good boots." - Yasmine

21. The perfect black belt.

"The perfect black waist belt! So crucial for cinching the waist and emphasizing the hips. It's great to have in a bunch of colors but you can do so much with a simple black belt." - Nzinga Imani

22. A crop top.

"A crop top. Period. We can wear them too." - Sesali

23. A well-made trench coat.

"A well-made trench coat (I've launched two that I designed with Tamara Malas)."- Kelly Augustine

24. A classic jumpsuit.

"The perfect jumpsuits allow you to transition from season to season as a wardrobe piece. Layer up with a jacket, blazer, duster, or not at all if the weather is on your side. Jumpsuits flatter almost every shape, define the waist and hug all the right curves." - Marinda Diane

25. A midi wrap dress.

"The wrap dress is flirty and fun. It hugs your curves at the right places and can easily be layered with a turtleneck and a knee-high boot for a chic look in fall or with a sneaker and denim jacket for a cute date look in spring." - Taelor Pawnell

26. A track suit.

"A track suit - yes anyone can wear them, but they hit different on our bodies! Plus, you can dress them up or down." - Nastasiaa Guy

27. A luxe bag.

"A signature designer bag. Nothing says fashion like a luxe bag. If you're not a girl who does a monthly splurge on bags and shoes, try investing in one luxe bag. My favorite is the Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag." - Ty Alexander

28. A faux leather top.

"Let's face it, leather and curves are a sexy yet sinful mix. By combining with softer textures, you are able to pull off an elegant look, but at the same time give off the hint that you have a sexy little secret." - Zaniah Boykin

29. Dependable shapewear.

"Shapewear is important for curvy girls (and other women) because it smooths things out. Shapewear also pull things together for me. As a plus-size woman who loves her curves, I am not afraid of form-fitting pieces but I want to assure that I eliminate or smooth things out as much as possible." - Maui Bigelow"

30. A sexy bathing suit.

It's all about comfort because once you are comfortable that helps you be as confident as you need to be inorder to enjoy your time near the water. Bikini, two-piece, fat-kini, one piece, you name it. Just rock it!" - Zaniah Boykin

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