Big Girl in a Skinny World: Wardrobe Essentials

Hello Ladies,

I'm sure I don't have to tell you how important classic staples are to a girl's wardrobe, especially when you're a curvy girl. That's why I loved writing an entire column devoted to my favorite wardrobe essentials for Marie Claire's April issue. While you can't go wrong with the items I listed in that column—the perfect LBD, a crisp white button-down, an anytime-anywhere trenchcoat—there were a few favorites I couldn't include, due to space considerations.

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So for those of you itching to know what other items I simply cannot live without, here are some addendums to my list:

The cardigan. Truth is, I wear mine (I own several) to death. Whether I'm throwing it on over a t-shirt and jeans or a dress, I usually top it with a belt for an added dash of sophistication. It's an easy way to keep warm and add layers, while also giving an otherwise ho-hum outfit a bit of polish. My personal favorite is Gap's Cropped Sleeve Cardigan. Another great option, with a little more length, is the trendy boyfriend cardigan. I just picked up a Women's Lightweight Boyfriend Cardigan from Old Navy and have been wearing it non-stop.

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Black trousers. Another classic that can't be overlooked. These are perfect for a meeting or a dressier night out. When it comes to cut, look for a pair with a wider leg so that you create a long straight line from your hips down. Try the Calvin Klein Plus Size Pants, Hudson Luxe Stretch pair from Macy's.

A wrap dress. Easy to wear and always flattering. I just wore one last night to a dinner and found myself receiving non-stop compliments on my dress choice. Look for one that hits just above the knee. But nothing screams 'tacky' more than ample cleavage spilling over the v-neck of a wrap dress. So be sure to wear a cami or sew the neckline if it is too low cut. (Careful about safety pins—nothing looks sloppier if it's an obvious DIY fix.). Target's Merona Women's Wrap Dress is a great option for a curvy girl.

Do you have any favorite classics? Did I miss any? Let me know, I always love to hear from you!

-Ashley

YOUR BIG GIRL IN A SKINNY WORLD

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