Plus-size Clothing Tips
Contrary to seemingly popular belief, women with bodies larger than a size 12 deserve to enjoy their bodies and their clothes. Just because I wear plus-sized clothing does not mean I have no sense of style, am not interested in fashion or do not want to look good.
Shopping as a plus-sized woman can be intimidating, overwhelming and disheartening. It seems that many department stores do feel that plus-size women don’t care about style. One way to get around this is to shop online. There are many online stores that cater to plus-sized women. They tend to have more variety and more stylish options available. Shopping online also allows you the luxury of trying on clothing in the privacy of your own home.
When you buy clothing online, two things are very important. First, carefully examine the store’s return policy. Be sure that you can easily return something that doesn’t work for you. Second, don’t go by sizes. (This is true no matter where you shop.) Clothing sizes vary from designer to designer. Don’t assume that because you’re an 18 in one clothing line, you’re an 18 in all clothing lines. Rather, take measurements of your body. Most online stores/catalogues give the measurements of their clothing, allowing you to choose a fit that is just right.
Often, plus-sized women think that showing less of our bodies is better, hiding them under layers of black, baggy clothing. Think again!! Black may be slimming, but all-over black can be drab and wash out your skin tone. You can add a splash of colour, or even go with a monochromatic suit in a bright colour.
Fit is more important than colour in making you look slimmer. If your clothes fit you well, you will look better, no matter the colour. Properly fitted clothes can accentuate your feminine shape, making you look better and feel more confident. If you’re uncomfortable wearing a completely fitted outfit, try fitted pants with a tunic on top, or a fitted top with a flowing skirt.
It’s also a good idea to pick one of your favourite body parts and find a way to accentuate it. Do you have great legs? How about a long skirt with a slight slit in it? Nice arms? Go sleeveless (if you don’t want to go completely sleeveless, drape a shawl or sweater over a sleeveless shirt so that just a bit of your arms peek out). Or show a little cleavage. Work with what you’ve got!
And finally, accessorize. One of the many great things about accessories is that they don’t come in sizes! A great necklace, bracelet or earrings can really set off an outfit.
Get clothes that fit, don’t be afraid of colour, work with what you’ve got, and don’t forget to accessorize. You’ll be sure to make a splash!
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