Plus-size fashion can be such a pain. I cannot even tell you how many times I’ve been in malls and stores trying to shop and I see the UGLIEST clothes in the plus-size section. It’s like, if you aren’t less than a size 14, you get stuck with the rejects. Tacky prints, unrealistic sizing, and even more hideous material.
And don’t even get me started on the prices. It’s not enough to give us the worst options – but on top of that, we also have to pay a small fortune for them? Yeah, no thanks. I shouldn’t have to take out title loans on my car for ugly clothes.
But, plus size fashion, as we know it, is changing. Body positivity has steadily risen and retailers are taking notice. With our options finally growing, it’s time we learn about our plus size fashion.
These Tips Are the Backbones of a Good Outfit
Gone are the days where we are stuck shopping in the rejection pile. Retailers are giving us a lot more options to choose from – and we MUST be prepared. Should we be wearing white? Are stripes for us? Do we wear fitted clothing? With so many questions, these tips will make sure our plus size fashion looks amazing.
- Know your measurements and body shape
The most important tip we all need to know – before getting to the actual clothes – is knowing our measurements and body shape. Just because we are plus size, does not mean we all have the same shape. There’s rectangle, apple, pear, hourglass, and many more body shapes. Once you know your shape and measurements, the actual clothes part is easy. This chart really is great to help you figure out your body shape and how to take your own measurements.
- Focus more on fit than anything else
Yes, I am talking about fit again. This is really one of the most important tips. If your clothes don’t fit just right, there is no way to salvage your outfit. Instead of heading for fabric that is flimsy, go for something with more structure and support. You can still wear clothes that hug your body and show off your curves, just make sure it isn’t too tight. Stylists say if you can see the outline of your underwear over your clothes, then they aren’t the right size for you.
- Choose the right shapewear
In case you didn’t know, shapewear can be an important part of any successful look. I’m not talking about trying to squeeze into something completely uncomfortable and barely breathing for fashion. I am talking about bodysuits, high-waisted tights, or a corset. Make sure to get shapewear that fits comfortably. You don’t want to be stuck wearing uncomfortable shapewear under your clothes for your entire day or evening.
- The right underwear is key
Now, the right underwear can change the game for an outfit. For instance, I hate when my bra doesn’t make me look my best. Good underwear gives you the proper lift you need and keeps everything in its proper place. We all know how miserable it is when we are wearing the wrong underwear. It bunches up or squeezes into your skin. Or when your bra straps will not adjust and keeps drooping. It is the worst feeling. A good pair of underwear is essential to look and feel good.
Now, For the Plus Size Fashion People Actually See
Finally, we get to the actual clothes. This part isn’t as complicated now as it used to be for us. We have so many options – both brand name and not – that make us look and feel great. Putting together an outfit will be a breeze once you go over these tips.
So, let’s say you have an oval-shaped body. For this body type, above all, it is important to draw attention away from your wider stomach and draw the eye to the thinnest part of your body – right under your bust. Empire waist dresses are the perfect choice. For the hourglass figure, a nice fit and flare look amazing. This dress is fun for all body types really – but for hourglass figures, it really accentuates your body and gives you a small waist.
For pear-shaped bodies – where your hips are wider than your shoulders – getting tops with puffy sleeves can create a good balance and less heavy toward the bottom. You could also go for ruffled blouses that come in at the end of your breast bone. For women with a bigger bust area, wider backs, and bigger arms, the V-neck or U-neck shirts are your new BFF’s. For example, the V or U-neck will raise your bust. Wrap tops with a V-neck are also a great way to slim both your arms and your back and make your bust look appropriately proportionate.
Now, with women with apple bodies – where you are wide in the midsection and both your upper and lower body are the same size – wide-legged pants work wonders. You see, the trick is you want to even out your body and these wide pant legs do that. However, for women with a rectangular shape – plus size in need of curve definition – skinny jeans are your go-to. These jeans show off your legs and give you the little shape your lower body wants. Find a pair that cinches at the waist and you’ve got the hourglass illusion!
So, for the ones with the carrot shape – wider upper body with a tendency to only gain weight in your midsection and up – A-line skirts are the best. The flare of the A-line will give your slender hips the fullness they need to even out your curves. You can also do pencil skirts that do not come in at the knee. You can even look for skirts that have got extra detail around the hips like ruffles or pleating – anything to give your hips some fullness. And length is not a problem for you; play around with it and see what you like. Basically, you’ve got great legs and you need to show them off!
- Don’t be afraid of color and pattern
Now, I know what you must be thinking. “Doesn’t crazy color and pattern just bring attention to the parts I want hidden?” And the answer is a resounding no! We bigger girls can pull off patterns and colors just as good as anyone else. The trick is to choose colors that compliment your complexion. And if the thought of dawning colors that call too much attention, start off small with colorful accessories for a pop of color. Patterns are also something to not steer away from. Just choose your pattern based on your size. For example, bigger midsections should stay away from small print and thick stripes can make you look slimmer.