How to dress your curves

A feminine shape is back in fashion, so throw out the baggy jumpers and cover-all clothing and restock with these key pieces for dressing your surves, says Katie Byrne

1 Cropped blazers

Look for short jackets that nip in at the waist. Long jackets, that disguise big bottoms, just shorten the legs.

2 High-waisterd shorts

If your hips are on the wide side, opt for a high-waisted version. Pair with a cropped blazer or fitted vest top.

3 '50s tailoring

The 'Lara' dress (€210 @ Reiss), as worn by Jameela Jamil, ticks all the boxes: capped sleeves, seamed bust, panelled waistband and flared skirt. Flirty and perfect for summer parties.

4 Cincher belts

It's all about the waist when you have fuller breasts and wider hips. These essential accessories look good wrapped around dresses or adorning blazers and cardies.

5 Peep-toe shoes

The perfect finishing touch to the hourglass outfit, thanks to the curvy profile and sky-high heels.

6 Pencil skirts

Put a wiggle in your walk with a high-waisted version that grazes the bottom of the knees. Dress up with heels or down with ballet flats.

7 Structured tops

The wonderfully named 'Voluptuous Shaping Blouse' by Simply Be (only in sizes 14-32) is designed for the more generously endowed.

8 Form-fitting dresses

Assuming you've no major lumps or bumps to hide, the best way to dress an hourglass figure is tightly.

9 Treggings

Treggings have the comfort of leggings, but the structure of trousers, making them flattering for the fuller figured.