A Review: The Art of Dressing Curves

This is a book that hit my radar through Facebook. Not an advertising page, but specifically through the group Curvy Sewing Collective Community. Being all curves myself, I LOVE this group of completely supportive sewing enthusiasts. One of the ladies in the group said that The Art of Dressing Curves by stylist Susan Moses was one of her go to style guides. So of course I had to have it.

May I say, this book was worth the price of admission. Just the chapter on shape wear made the book worth every penny. Now, I had always resisted shape wear, mostly because I prefer draped and flowing garments. After reading her chapter on the topic, I’m pretty convinced that even a Grecian Tunic can be enhanced with the right shape wear.

NOT a Grecian Tunic, but I feel fabulous in this semi-fitted 1930’s style shift dress…thanks to shape wear.

NOT a Grecian Tunic, but I feel fabulous in this semi-fitted 1930’s style shift dress…thanks to shape wear.

Among the many bon mot Susan Moses drops are “Size does not matter, fit does.” She wisely points out that shopping in a hurry leads to clothes that sit in the back of your closet indefinitely until you decide to donate them, leading to wasted money. If you don’t love it, don’t buy it!

The book is filled with gorgeous photographs of curvy, luscious women looking completely fabulous and is filled with style options one should look for when shopping. Susan includes a list of bloggers who rock the curved and fantastic look and are worth a read if you have time. Susan’s ultimate goal was to share her love for fashion, and her absolute faith that you don’t have to be a Hollywood size 2 (or 0!) to look and feel amazing everyday.

Throughout the book, even while making recommendations for what different shapes might try as a fashion look, Susan holds true to her maxim: Dress for YOU! You know yourself, you know what you are comfortable in. Don’t dress to follow what the crowd is doing: You will only get lost in the herd. Dress in a way that makes you feel incredible, and you immediately become a stand out voice, someone to be seen and recognized.

Susan closes the book with “The simple truth is that there is no size limit when it comes to style. I hope this book helps you express yours.”

I hope so too.