Candice Huffine’s 5 Unexpected Rules for Dressing a Curvy Body by Chioma Nnadi

“Some of the rules for dressing a curvier shape are so archaic, I really think it’s time for a shake-up,” laments model Candice Huffine. “If you think of your wardrobe as a hiding place, how can it be any fun?” The 29-year-old bombshell first shot to fame when she was photographed by Steven Meisel for the cover of Italian Vogue, back in 2011, but her adventures in fashion have been a lifelong pursuit. Growing up in the suburbs of Maryland she wasn’t afraid to sneak statement pieces from her mother’s wardrobe (think knee-high leopard-print platform boots). “At the end of the day, fashion is really important and I love my body and have for years, but if I can’t dress it then it’s really sad,” she says. “The good news is there are lots more options for curvier women than there ever have been.” With that in mind, Vogue asked Huffine to outline what it means to dress for a curvier figure right now—with five game-changing steps.
 
1. The first rule is there are no rules.
“There’s nothing worse than dreading the idea of getting dressed. You should wake up and feel excited about what you’re going to wear and have fun with it. Often I think that people get too bogged down in what a curvy woman can and cannot wear and playing by the rules all the time will box you in. You should never be afraid to try new things.”
 
2. Start with the right foundation.
“I like to wear seamless lingerie and nudes; it’s not the sexiest thing but it really helps the silhouette of the clothes. You will avoid unsightly lines that way. A lot of women love to wear shapers but I prefer very smooth T-shirt bras. Maidenform does amazing seamless bras. Beautiful lingerie is great when you’re going for that seductive moment, but you can see it underneath a T-shirt or blouse. I like to keep it superclean and simple underneath so I’m not tugging at things. You start with a good foundation and go from there.”
 
3. The belt is not your only slimming tool. 
“I think the cinched belt has been an easy fashion fix for far too long. Often it can complicate a look, for example I find that wearing a belt over a T-shirt can easily read over the top. It’s worth thinking about other body parts that you can accentuate. For example I love my legs, and a simple classic pump can be a great leg-lengthener. I’d avoid anything with a heavy strap around the ankle, as it cuts the line of the leg when I’m wearing a dress. But a simple mid-heel sandal that buckles just below the ankle is great with jeans, for example. For other women it might be showing off their décolleté. I think the key is to play up your favorite parts.”
 
4. Contrary to popular belief, you can wear prints.
“There is this idea that curvy women should only wear black, but a great print can be very flattering. It’s all about choosing the right silhouette first, and looking out for a pattern that has a flattering placement. If you’re going to do a full matching printed suit, for example, a slimmer pant and tailored jacket works really well. I have a slim-cut DVF suit that has a print on the front and black leather on the back that looks good on my shape. You don’t want to be lost in a sea of print, so a voluminous printed caftan won’t do you any favors. If the idea of head-to-toe prints is still daunting, then why not try a fun tailored jacket and keep your basic blacks underneath?”
 
5. Change Everything with the right proportions and good tailoring.
“Not everything has to contain spandex for it to be a good fit. I find a good blazer is my secret weapon, and pulls everything together. I think it’s important to remember the power of good alterations, because often that’s all it takes to take something from boxy to flattering. Raising the hemline on a dress or a pant can make all the difference in the world, too.”

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On celebrity style: “I really admire Olivia Palermo, Alexa Chung and Leandra Medine. Everything they wear may not work for my body type, but I take a lot of inspiration from their looks. They inspire me to dig deep into my closet and put things together in a way I would have never planned… and it keeps me out of a rut.”

On the movie title that best describes her life: “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Indeed it is, Candice. Keep up with our fave of the moment model on Instagram @CandiceHuffine.

—Amanda Wheeler

(Source: blogs.nordstrom.com)

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Check out Spring’s Best Plus-Size Looks as modeled by Candice

On her spring inspiration: “I’m totally embracing print on print. Sometimes I wear the same print together and sometimes I mix and match—it’s surprisingly flattering. I wore a wild blue, black and creamDVF pantsuit to an event recently and was completely sold on it. I’m also excited to wear crop tops this spring. Paired with a high-waisted pant, you get just the right peekaboo of skin.”

On her three desert island beauty products: “Weleda Skin Food moisturizer, an eyelash curler and Chloé perfume.”

On her favorite item purchased from Nordy’s: “I love my new Stella McCartney ‘Falabella’ chain link tote. I call it my ‘big girl bag’ because I decided to treat myself. I’m also obsessed with a Leith tee I got last summer—I had never heard of the brand until Nordstrom, and now I immediately search for their stuff when I shop online. And I snagged the hashtag/ampersand loafers by Chatelles during the French Fling Pop-In shop, and I adore them. Wait, was I only supposed to pick one thing?”

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On set with Nordstrom

Self-proclaimed Nordstrom fan and plus-size model Candice Huffine has cultivated a unique sense of fashion that comes with working 15 years in the business. The New York model’s recent work includes the ‘Flowers for Ferdinando’ editorial for CR Fashion book, photographed by Tom Ford and styled by Carine Roitfeld, along with a portrait and interview in the April 2014 issue of Vogue magazine. She’s also graced the pages of and Vogue Italia, and she’s shot campaigns for Marina Rinaldi, Lane Bryant, Maidenform, Marks & Spencer and Addition Elle, just to name a few. We got the chance to pick her brain about her favorite trends, celebrity wardrobe envy and taking the size out of style.

On her wardrobe strategy: “It’s all about having fun. I love breaking the rules, being loud and playing with different trends—anything from grunge to preppy. My fashion mantra: just commit.”

On the blessing and curse of the color black: “I don’t like to cover myself in a sea of black because it seems like such a 1999 mentality for curvy women. But I’d be lying if I said the color didn’t show up in some of my key pieces… it’s a chic color… and I live in NYC. ‘Nuff said.”

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(Source: blogs.nordstrom.com)

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Candice by Tom Ford for CRFashion Book, Issue 4

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Inspired by @forever21 to crop thy top!!! So, when’s the next music fest??? #forever21 #rockit #ownit #cropit #musemodelsnyc “

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lilycummings:

Candice Huffine by Lily Cummings

whitneymallon:

FLOWERS FOR FERNANDO

A fairy tale written and photographed by Tom Ford

Photography Tom Ford
Director of Photography Simon Perry
Makeup Kay Montano
Hair Sam McKnight
Manicure Anatole Rainey
Set Design Robbie Doig for Dragonfly Scenery

Featuring: Candice Huffine and Daphne Groenveld 

(via CR Fashion BOOk) 

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leslie-van:

On Vogue Daily - Candice Huffine, the first curvy “shot to fame” model gives women some tips to look good with their curves.

5 simple things I could sum up as follow:

1) Forget some rules! Get out of the “classification mindset” to rather focus on your fun.
2) Select the proper underwear to sculpt your body.
3) Name your favorite body parts and highlight them.
4) Prints are allowed!
5) Tailoring - tailoring - tailoring!

Through my brand I myself often praise tailor-made clothes. The base being your morphology rather than a trend, you’ll get a garment that perfectly suits you, in which you’ll feel good, comfy, beautiful AND unique. Even with my ready-to-wear lines I offer the possibility to customize some items. The advantage of being a designer brand is to be closer to the customer, by answering to special requests. For more info: contact@leslievan.com

Find the original and detailed interview on this link: http://www.vogue.com/vogue-daily/article/candice-huffine-counterintuitive-rules-dressing-curvy-body/#1

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lilycummings:

My Mannequin

Candice Huffine by Lily Cummings