WHAT TO WEAR WHEN YOUR BODY FLUCTUATES

Updated: Apr 8

Throughout life, many of us women experience changes with our bodies starting from puberty, pregnancy to menopause. Body fluctuations can be a normal result of these big changes due to hormones or other health-related factors. I myself have struggled with my body fluctuating over the last ten years due to an underactive thyroid illness that has really impacted my health. So, if you are in a similar position then I can totally resonate with you as I personally know how it can knock your confidence.


As a personal stylist, I love helping women by giving them the style tools to look and feel good in their clothes. I meet many women whose body image challenges arise from fluctuating weight gain, this has a real knock-on effect on how they feel about themselves. You may feel lost on how to dress your changing shape or you may feel like you have lost your confidence completely. Firstly, it is important to note that you must accept and embrace where you are at right now. Please don't hate your body, be kind to yourself. Nurture it with good food, exercise, and wear clothes that make you feel great. I know it is not easy, and there are no quick magic solutions, but you just have to start somewhere. When I do these things it really does make me feel great.


Self-confidence starts from within so, when you start to make the change in the way you think about yourself then I believe it will positively impact all areas of your life. I really love this quote by author Vex King from his book Good vibes and good life. This book has had such a positive effect on my mindset so, if you do love a good book then this is worth a read.


body positivity quote

In this blog, I hope that you will pick up a few nuggets of style information that will help you to start feeling better when you dress up daily. Clothes can have such a powerful effect on how we feel about ourselves. So, wearing the right styles for your fluctuating body shape is key.


Please note some of the below outfit ideas have affiliate links whereby I make a small commission. This enables me to continue to create these blogs and produce quality content for my followers. So if you want to purchase any of these items then please buy them via my links below the style boards. Here are my suggestions on what to wear when your body fluctuates.


Good underwear

Everything fits better when you are wearing good underwear and a bra. I cannot stress this enough. I meet so many women who don't invest in the correct underwear. When you fluctuate in weight then you may find your bra feels snug or if it leaves marks on your skin then that is a clear sign that you do need to go for a new bra fitting. Opt for soft comfort bras with a slight stretch as this will help to accommodate your fluctuating chest. I recommend brands Bravissimo, Rigby and Peller, Fantasie Lingerie, and John Lewis for great underwear and bra fitting services.


Tops TO CONCEAL THE TUMMY

Along with body fluctuation, you may also experience bloating tummy. I personally suffer from a bloating tummy which can make me feel conscious. Opt for peplum, longline shirts, wrap or smock style tops that skim over the tummy. Now I know these styles may not work for everyone but it's worth trying out a few different styles to see which top you feel the most comfortable in. Here are style ideas on what tops you can wear to cleverly conceal your tummy and how to style the complete look.

Spring outfit idea for women

Sheer fabrics skim beautifully over the tummy area so blouses like this will perfectly hide a bloated tummy.


Top, Hm. To buy click here

Jeans, Hm. To buy click here.

Earrings, Oriela jewellery. To buy click here

Sunglasses, Riverisland. To buy click here

Sandals, Zara. To buy click here

Bag, M&S. To buy click here

outfit idea for women

Floaty tops like this look great on and are comfortable to wear.


Tops, Riverisland. To buy click here

Cargo drawstring trousers, Riverisland. To buy click here

Earrings, Orelia. To buy click here

Sandals, To buy click here

Bag, &otherstories. To buy click here

Spring outfit idea for women

This shirred peplum top will stretch over the bust and cover the tummy area.


Top, Oasis. To buy click here

Sunglasses, Free people. To buy click here

Bag, &otherstories. To buy click here

Jeans, Hm. To buy click here.

Mules, Hm. To buy click here

outfit idea for women

All your tops don't have to have stretch. Why not opt for a relaxed-fit shirt like this stylish one from cos.


V neck loose shirt, Cos. To buy click here

Clutch, Fenwick. To buy click here

Jeans, Hm. To buy click here.

Necklace, Oriela. To buy click here

Courts, Boden. To shop click here


Elasticated waists

I recommend elasticated waistbands and stretchy fabrics all the way. This is the solution for any fluctuating body. I always opt for elasticated waists in my skirts, trousers, and even some dresses. It makes life a lot easier as I never have to worry if the item will fit me. Plus, elasticated waists are super comfortable! This also helps to alleviate the problem of buying items in two different sizes.


You can wear your skirts higher or lower depending on where it feels the most comfortable. Ideally, the skirt should sit at the smallest part of your waist.

Spring outfit idea for women

I have bought this dress. The fabric and elasticated waist are so comfortable. The ditsy print is so pretty for spring.


Jacket, M&S. To buy click here

Dress, M&S. To buy click here

Bag, Next. To buy click here

Sunglasses, Aspinal. To buy click here

Trainers, Hm. To buy click here

Spring outfit idea for women

Loose wrap knits like this will cover the tummy and the printed pleat skirt will camouflage and elongate the bottom half. Opt for jersey pleated skirts or sheer floaty styles that skim the hips.


Wrap knit, &otherstories. To buy click here

Bag, Next. To buy click here

Skirt, Oasis. To buy click here

Sunglasses, Aspinal. To buy click here

Trainers, Nike. To buy click here

Spring outfit idea for women

This stretchy smock dress is gorgeous for spring/summer and will conceal the top of the arms and the tummy.


Frill denim jacket, Riverisland. To buy click here

Dress, Hm. To buy click here

Bag, Hm. To buy click here

Trainers, Hm. To buy click here


dresses to fit and flatter

Stretch jerseys or smock-style dresses are great to wear when you want to conceal any lumps and bumps. Printed styles will help to camouflage areas that you want to hide. When wearing a smock dress you can add a thin belt at the smallest part of your waist to create some definition. Dresses with fabric belts in the same colour are also great as they cleverly highlight the waist but still create a camouflage effect over curvier frames.


Personally, I love a dress it is usually my everyday go-to item. My thyroid issues have caused a lot of weight gain over the years so, I feel most comfortable in a printed dress, boots, and a cool leather biker that gives my shape structure on top.


Spring outfit idea for women

This floaty sheer dress will cover everything. When I am not bloated on my tummy I may wear it with a thin structured belt to add more definition at the waist. Style with mules in spring/summer or style with a biker jacket and boots for cooler temperatures.


Dress, Mango. To buy click here

Sunglasses, Riverisland. To buy click here

Hoops, Monica Vinader. To buy click here

Bag, Mango. To buy click here

Mule, Next. To buy click here

Spring outfit idea for women

Everyone needs a good jersey smock dress in their wardrobe. They are super easy to through on for everyday style with trainers or styled with sandals for holiday.


Dress, Hush. To buy click here

Sandal, Abercrombie, and Fich. To buy click here

Sunglasses, Hm. To buy click here

Bag, M&S. To buy click here

Spring outfit idea for women

This lemon wrap dress is gorgeous in real life. This will mold around the body beautifully. You don't always have to go for very loose-fitting styles, embrace your curves when you are not feeling too conscious.


Blazer, Hm. To buy click here

Dress, Hm. To buy click here

Sandals, To buy click here

Sunglasses, Riverisland. To buy click here

Bag, &otherstories. To buy click here


Jersey Blazers

Knit jersey blazers or any jackets with a slight stretch will feel comfortable over your everyday outfits. Opt for a blazer with a great structured fit. When you wear this over a loose smock dress this will give more shape to your silhouette. A short stretch denim jacket will also highlight the waistline over a floaty dress.

Spring outfit idea for women

A knit jersey blazer will give you that extra room when your body fluctuates. Whistles sell these blazers in lots of different colorways. If you are looking for quality jeans then these Good American jeans are great for curvier shapes. They have a great memory in their material so investing in these will last you many years.


Blazer, Whistles. To buy click here

Cami, Hm. To buy click here

Jeans, Good American from the Outnet. To buy click here

Bag, Mango. To buy click here

Sunglasses, Riverisland. To buy click here

Mules, &otherstories. To buy click here


outfit idea for women

Jersey blazer, M&S. To buy click here

V neck top. To buy click here

Wide leg jersey pants. To buy click here

Trainers, M&S. To buy click here

Bag, Allsaints. To buy click here


Stretch pants

Stretchy pants, jeans, or leggings with a great memory are perfect for us curvy ladies. The better quality you buy the better stretch memory they will have. You can also consider trousers with a drawstring that you can adjust according to your waist. Here are a few ways to style these pieces.


Spring outfit idea for women

Jersey wide-leg trousers are a super comfortable wardrobe staple but I know some women are afraid to wear them. If you are short and curvy then wear them with a chunkier trainer to give you height and create balance.


Denim shirt, Hm. To buy click here

wide-leg jersey pants. To buy click here

Sunglasses, Hm. To buy click here

Bag, Arket. To buy click here

Veja, Arket. To buy click here

Spring outfit idea for women

Instead of a white shirt maybe opt for a longline blouse that will give you a better fit and cover everything.


Longline top, Mint Velvet. To buy click here

Stretch leggings, John Lewis. To buy click here

Bag, John Lewis. To buy click here

Sunglasses, Hm. To buy click here

Sandals, Air, and Grace. To buy click here


I hope you found this blog post useful. As always I love to hear your feedback, please do leave me a comment below. If you have any personal requests for the next blog post then please do send me an email at info@thefashionstylefile.com


If you would like more information about my personal online styling or in-person personal styling services then please do get in touch. I can help you create a bespoke capsule wardrobe of considered outfits that will work effortlessly for your busy lifestyle. Please click here for my online styling services that can be booked directly via my website. For in-person services please do get in touch here.


Thanks for reading!


Jas x




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