Over more than twenty years in the business, Susan Moses has styled A-listers, from Britney Spears to Queen Latifah. And over the two decades she spent styling women, she’s learned quite a lot of things, enough to release a book of her own titled The Art of Dressing Curves. She released her debut title in 2016.
Three years after the release of her book, Glamour spoke with Moses on everything she wanted to tell curvy women, especially about dressing up.
Here are her top eight styling tips:
Stylist Susan Moses on How to Dress Curves
1. Know the difference between fitted and too tight.
“There’s a difference between being squeezed up in a dress and a dress fitting your body nicely,” Moses says. “You shouldn’t see lines of any undergarments through the dress—that’s when you know it’s too tight!”
2. Never wear leggings as pants. Instead, get a pair of skinny jeggings.
“There is way too much personal information on the streets of many cities because of this trend. Leggings are not pants. They are meant to be worn underneath clothing. That’s why they are sold with hosiery and accessories in department stores.”
3. Remember that shoes are very important. Your ensemble isn’t complete without the correct line of shoes.
“Pay attention to the line of your shoes,” she says Moses. “Avoid straps around the ankles—they can make legs look shorter. A classic pump in a neutral will give you the cleanest line and make your legs look longest.”
4. You should have a body briefer.
“This is universal!” says Susan Moses. “Every woman needs a little bit of cinching, smoothing, and support sometimes. Generally, smoothing in the tummy and hips can make us look more refined and polished in our clothes. The number one piece that women should have is a body briefer.”
5. If you are not sure what to wear, go for a pencil skirt.
“To-the-knee is the most flattering hemline on everyone,” she says. “It elongates your curves and gives your body good balance.”
6. Shop through your weight changes.
“Do go shopping and invest in the essential pieces, even if you gain [or lose] a few pounds. The most important thing is to wear clothes that fit and to feel you look your very best at every size.”
7. Always carry a bag that is of the right size.
“You should have a bag that is proportioned to your body. Too small is not good! For day I like a medium-size structured tote. At night, if you can’t see the bag behind your hand, that bag is too small.”
8. Tailor your clothing.
“A good tailor is every woman’s secret weapon. There’s no substitute! Most department stores and boutiques offer tailoring services too. Wearing clothes that fit and hang properly on your body can make the difference between terrible and terrific.”