Full and fabulous

Some of you may have been plus size your whole life. Others may be experiencing body changes after 40 that make it very common to put on some extra kilos. Whatever the case, whether you are trying to get that weight off or not, it’s important to dress for the size you are now. You need to look and feel fabulous in your clothes no matter how much extra weight you may be carrying.

Tip # 1-Not Too Tight

Nothing is worse than trying to fit into clothes that are too small. You may think a smaller size is going to make you look thinner, but in reality, it makes you look bigger. Small, tight clothing on a big body exaggerates your weight. Get clothing that fits and forget about the size tag.

Tip # 2 – Not Too Baggy

On the flip side, clothing that is too loose doesn’t work either. When it comes to fashion tips for overweight women, this is one you really need to pay attention to. It’s very common to see a heavy woman walking around in a tent. What I mean here is a top or dress that is big, sloppy and has no fit. True, some styles of plus size women’s fashion clothing have been designed this way, but most often this problem has to do with buying the wrong size. Many larger women choose oversize clothing to try and hide their body, when the truth is they are only drawing more attention to it. Clothes need to skim your body, no matter what your shape or size. I don’t mean they should be tight, but they need to flow gently over your curves. It doesn’t matter whether you prefer trendy plus size women’s clothing or more sophisticated plus size women’s clothing, fit is as important as style when it comes to looking fabulous.

Tip # 3 – Wear Dark Colors on the Heavy Bits Color is a wonderful way to camouflage weight . If you wear dark colors on your heavy parts, those parts will look smaller. Big thighs? Then wear dark navy, brown, black, gray, burgundy pants and a lighter/brighter top. Huge bust and tiny hips? Then you’d want to wear the darker color up top and the lighter color on the bottom.

Tip # 4- Avoid Detail where you carry the Weight

Buttons, pockets, pleats, embellishment they all draw attention, so don’t have them where you don’t want people to look. If you have a generous rear end that you are trying to downplay, don’t buy jeans with studs, embroidery or anything else jazzing up the back pockets.

Tip # 5 – Keep Your Accessories in Scale

If you are a big woman you need to have heavier accessories. Scale is also important when it comes to other things such as the thickness of your heels. For example, if you have heavy legs and calves a thin spiky heel is a no-no. A thicker heavier heel would be better for you. Imagine a very heavy set woman with a tiny purse. It just makes her look bigger, right? Basically, I recommend you to base your “plus size fashion mantra” on 3 basic golden strategies:

  • Ensure proper fit. I know how tempting it is to hide your body in layers and oversized clothes, but they;ll only make you look bigger! Your bra is especially important – it has to fit to keep your bust up and eliminate unevenness in your silhouette.
  • Get the body scale right. Scaling prints and accessories with your size makes sure you won’t look bigger in comparison.
  • Strategically work with prints, shapes and details to make the eye go up and down. Vertical details are your best friends.
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