Fabulous Fashion Tips for Any Plus Size Lady
Summer is here, and that means all new trends, colors, patterns, and styles. I want you to be confident in what you wear, and I want you to look fabulous dressed in a style that works for you. If you're a plus size lady, you know this can be a challenge to find the perfect clothes that suit both your style and your body shape. I am going to give you several tips and tricks to maximize your wardrobe this season, and leave you feeling fantastic doing it!
1. Emphasize Your Assets
Do you have a favorite part of your body that you can't wait to show off this summer? Flaunt your shoulders, show off your legs, and if you get a dose of courage, bare your midsection! Pinpoint which part of your body you're ready and willing to show off and design an outfit around it. Short shorts, skirts, tank tops, and sheer blouses are an excellent way to flaunt your favorite assets!
2. Learn and Know Your Unique Body Shape
This is one of the most important things for anyone to remember. You want your wardrobe to enhance your body shape. If you have an hourglass figure, you want to wear form fitting clothing and show your figure off! If your body is more pear shaped, you will want to stick to clothes that balance out your body shape like separate tops and bottom sets. If you find you have a rectangular body shape, you want to add things like belts and clothes that will give shape to your body.
3. Add Personality with a Pop of Color to Your Wardrobe
If you're stuck constantly wearing black because it's slimming, I'm here to tell you to add a pop of color to spice up your wardrobe. Not only can adding color lift your mood, but it can also draw attention to any part of your body you want to highlight. If you're not ready to add a bold color or fun print, try a statement necklace or earrings. I've added waist belts and colorful tops to my wardrobe to accent and show off my waistline.
4. Splurge on Your Favorite Accessories
If you are having trouble mixing and matching clothing, or simply don't have the budget to add a whole new wardrobe, splurge on fun accessories. Not only can you buy them in bold and bright colors or patterns, but you can also mix and match them with your existing wardrobe to refresh your look. You can instantly update your basic clothing trend by adding a fun necklace, shoes, bags, or jewelry. Tiptoplifestyle.com suggests using your accessories to create statement pieces or contrast with your outfit. A bright accessory is an excellent way to show your personality!
5. Don't Skimp on Your Undergarments
You have to have a solid foundation to build your perfect wardrobe around. I suggest you pay a little more and get fitted for and buy the correct size bras and undergarments. If you do this, your clothing will sit on your frame correctly, and you'll feel more comfortable and confident because you know you look great! You should also consider replacing any worn out undergarments as this can instantly boost your confidence, even if you're the only one who sees it. You should look nice for yourself first, and anyone else second.
6. Don't Be Afraid to Show off Your Curves
You have curves, flaunt them! If you hide behind baggy clothing, you will lose your gorgeous silhouette. I adore form fitting pieces! I suggest that you take a leap of faith and buy a few of them to enhance your wardrobe. It doesn't matter if you're just stepping out or going to a club, wear an outfit that hugs each of your curves. If you're not entirely comfortable with this idea, wear a form fitting top and toss a light, bright jacket over the top. This will still draw people's attention to the area you want them to look, but you won't feel so exposed.
7. Go On an Online Shopping Adventure
If you know your measurements and are having trouble finding plus size clothing in the stores in your area, try online shopping. There are more and more online stores that are currently catering to plus size ladies. One prominent online store that has a wide variety of 'curve' clothing is ASOS. You will have greater access to beautiful accessories, bold prints, dresses, outerwear, tops, and pants. The best part is, it's all a click away! You can sort the items by brand, color, price, and size as well.
8. Use Colorful, Bold Shoe Choices to Enhance Your Outfit
Have you ever put on a new pair of shoes and instantly felt amazing?! I know I have! A bold shoe choice is also a way to add an instant fashion statement to any outfit. A new pair of shoes with bright colors, glitter, or a gorgeous heel can make an immediate statement. Not only will you get a confidence boost, but you will also be able to stand out in a crowd easily.
9. Flatter Yourself with Smaller Patterns and Prints
Do you have a favorite patterned or print outfit? I have one that I like to wear when I'm feeling a little down. The bright color and contrasting print never fail to make me feel better about life in general! You may be tempted to reach for a bigger pattern, but this can make you appear bigger than you are. A smaller print will draw the eye line along your curves, and away from any stray bumps that might appear. According to thechicfashionista.com, you should also look for vertically lined prints, as these will make your eyes travel up and down your silhouette.
10. Make a Statement with Your Makeup
As you know, your clothing choices are only one part of your overall look. I like to experiment with new makeup looks, like adding a bright lip color or eye shadow. You can also add a slick look to your nails with a dark red or a metallic polish. You can apply mascara and eye shadow to bring out your eye color. A metallic eye shadow can also add a pop of color and shine that will draw people's eyes to yours. Sheknows.com says if you don't have a lot of time in the morning, just frame your face. You should fill in your brow line, add lipstick or gloss, and add blush to your cheeks. You're ready for the day in record time!
11. The Right Fabrics Can Make a World of Difference
I like to incorporate a lot of silk and high-quality cotton into my wardrobe. I've discovered over the years that if I buy these types of fabric, they hold their shape and last a lot longer than cheap materials. They stand up to multiple washes and don't lose their structure. If you own a lot of cheap fabrics like polyester, they tend to stretch out and cling to your body in all of the wrong places.
12. Don't Be Afraid to Break the Fashion Rules!
If you're like me, you've heard many so-called fashion rules over the years. Things like don't wear high-waisted pants or avoid horizontal stripes and bold patterns. However, everyone is different, and what doesn't work for someone may just be fabulous on you. Don't be afraid to experiment and find your unique style. Break the rules, and you may just be in for a pleasant surprise.
Each of these tips I have listed for you are designed to give you the confidence boost you get from knowing you look good in your clothes. If you feel good about yourself, your mood will improve, and you will have a brighter outlook. Clothing is an instant boost for your self-esteem, and it is versatile so you can mix it up and breathe new life into your favorite outfit quickly and easily.