28 Oct

That’s right, the girls who find the best fashion buys for you month after month in your favourite magazine have kindly agreed to give some fabulous style advice to the readers of Florals and Cupcakes!

What I love about Cosmopolitan is that it has been going for over 30 years- meaning that the 70s playsuit you “borrowed” from your mum’s wardrobe was probably bought on the advice of the fashion editors of Cosmopolitan at the time!

The girls write the ‘Personal Stylists’ pages in Cosmo which details key looks and trends for every figure. Clare is a petite size eight and Natasha is a fabulous fourteen so they know exactly what works for each and every body shape. They’ve also recently launched a blog about the behind the scenes of their lives as fashionistas.

Here, Natasha and Clare give you all the style and fashion advice you could need for this Autumn/Winter and beyond and give an insight into their own personal style.

Natasha, a size fourteen, dishes out tips and tricks for those of us with a fuller figure:

How do girls with a curvier figure manage winter layering without looking too bulky?In the run up to the Xmas party season, what are the key looks for girls with curves?

Layering does not necessarily mean piling on whatever you can find. For a curvier figure I’d go for a long-sleeved top under a pretty v-neck dress then a chunky knit over the top. To create a slinky waist, always add a waist belt over a cardigan to give the illusion of an hourglass shape.

In the run up to the Christmas party season, what are the key party looks for curvy females?

Sequins, sequins, sequins! Don’t be afraid of adding colour or sparkle to your outfit. If an all over sequined number isn’t for you then add great accessories. A sequined clutch or sequined jacket over a classy LBD works a treat every time. In terms of dress shape go for a v- neck to show off your fab cleavage, also go for an empire line shape that stops just above the knee. I always go for a pencil skirt shaped bottom half that not only shows off my curves but is damn sexy too!

What are the wardrobe essentials for girls with a pear shape figure? What items help make the most of that particular shape?

Shoulder pads are massive for this season and are great for pear shapes as it balances out your proportions. I’d suggest a fitted or tulip shape skirt which you can balance out with a more voluminous top. Boyfriend style blazers are also great for pear shapes as they are long enough to cover your bum and always create the illusion of a smaller figure. As we are coming up to Xmas all the high street stores are packed with embellished and sequins boyfriend blazers! Again a waist belt is every girl’s best friend to cinch in that waist and create some gorgeous curves. And then there’s the age-old tick of Spanx! They really do work and hold in all your unwanted wobbles and make you feel more confident in your clothes. If in doubt ADD HEELS! Heels give instant sex appeal to any outfit and added confidence (they also make your legs look longer and slimmer- hurrah!)

Which S/S ‘10 trends do you think will work best for girls with a curvy, pear shape or apple figure?

Girly is a HUGE trend for S/S10 which is good news for us curvy girls as floral, floaty v- neck dresses are always a winner for us! Shoulder details and shoulder pads are back which is good news for pear shapes as they balance out your portions. Any body shape can pull off any trend, it’s just about choosing the right shaped pieces for your figure. If you like a trend, then wear it! Just stick to the right leg length for skirts, v- necked tops, 3/4 length sleeves on dresses… Remember if you aren’t brave enough to wear the complete trend then just pick out accessories, for example, fringing is back again so grab yourself some fab fringed boots and work that look!

Describe your own personal style.

I hate to match, I love the whole ‘throw on anything and make it work’ look a la Kate Moss therefore I normally go for printed tees and body con skirts with a big cardi and massive ankle boots. I’m loving the whole rock chick leather/ buckle /fringing thing that’s hot at the moment so I kind of throw it all together at once!Clare, a size eight, provides smaller and more petite girls with some essential fashion knowledge:


What advice would you give to girls wanting to add more shape or curves to their boyish frame this winter?

Well layering is HUGE this winter and the perfect way for creating curves and more sexy definition to a petite frame. Any layering (e.g. frills, fringing, and pleats) around the bust is a great way to add a bit of oomph in that department.

What are the key party looks for smaller girls this Xmas party season?It doesn’t matter what your size sequins are a total MUST have! I’m loving sequin mini skirts. I always think the smaller the skirt the longer my legs are and the taller I appear but this might be an illusion! If you’re going to invest then opt for a black sequin jacket, they’re all over the high street and will look great on everyone- hurrah!

What are the three wardrobe essentials that will help smaller girls make the most of their figure?

Mini skirts, mini dresses, mini shorts… even tops as dresses. I’m a sucker for anything short and the hem is the limit! The shorter the skirt, the longer the legs look. I always try to nip in my waist to add those coveted sexy curves a la Marilyn Monroe. I do this either by tucking tops into skirts or simply adding a skinny belt to dresses- it’s oh so simple and yet mighty effective. Lastly- heels! They’re a girl’s best friend when you have short legs like me; they make you feel sexy and sky high!

Out of all the trends seen at the S/S ’10 shows, which looks would you say work best for girls with a petite figure?

Well it’s all round girlie chic for spring/summer 2010 which is great for petite girls as it is cutesy smock dresses all the way! Also leggings are still a major hit for the new season; they’re great for keeping your modesty in those tiny minis.

Describe your own personal style.

I love fashion but don’t like to take it too seriously! I feel best in a comfy boyfriend tee and sexy leather mini with some mega ankle boots. I’m a total magpie to anything that is studded and fringed this season and would love to see myself as a mini rock chick at heart!

So there you have it! I bet you’ll all be trying out some of the hints and tricks this weekend, I know I will! A massive thank you once more to Natasha and Clare who took time out of their super busy schedule to do this.

You can check out the girls’ blog, Fashion Insider’s Style, at:

Tash & clare clothes



  1. Coco November 3, 2009 at 8:42 am #

    Congrats on the interview. Good stuff!

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