If you're a size 12 or larger (like many American women), you don't need to hide your body in boring, shapeless black. Here's how to work those curves:
1. Show a little skin.
Being totally covered can make you look larger than you are. A sheer hemline or sleeves suggest bareness without revealing too much.
2. Embrace color.
3. Try on some patterns.
An all over print keeps the eyes moving, which distracts from shape issues. Another tip: Dark backgrounds have slenderizing superpowers.