People in the fashion industry are all too happy to tell you what is proper, and what you should be wearing. This extends to those who specialize in clothes for larger women. Many of these tips are useful, but others are what the computer industry refer to as fear, uncertainty, and doubt. We will attempt to separate fact from fiction.
The fashion tip that plus size women should not “show skin” is not at all acceptable. Why should plus size women cover as much of themselves as possible and hide in “fat clothes”? Zero in on your own favorite feature and go ahead and highlight it. For example if you have shapely legs, wear a short skirt or wear a V-neck to show off some sexy cleavage!
The myth that plus girls should never bare their arms is wrong. It is widely held that plus size girls should never wear sleeveless shirts but the truth is that a little bit of skin showing can be quite attractive. However, if you are conscious about baring your upper arms, you can cover them with a shrug, wear a shirt with lace or chiffon sleeves that give the see-through effect or just drape a sheer shawl over your shoulders.
Women of larger stature should steer away from clothing with horizontal stripes. Not true! Worn correctly, stripes can be becoming. However, a few rules apply; Women with larger hips should limit stripes to the upper body area, near the neck, or the lower body area around the legs. Stripes worn around the hip area will only accentuate the problem.
Plus girls should stay away from bold prints. Pay no attention to this myth! The effect of the print upon a plus-sized silhouette is determined by the spacing of the print. Look for prints with overlapping edges, not those whose major elements are widely spaced. Remember that bold and large-sized fabric designs will flatter you!
Plus size girls should not wear clothes that are form fitting. If you want to send out the message that you are hiding your body from the world, this is the myth to follow. However, it is bunk. Plus size girls should not be sentenced to a life of big, baggy clothes. Clothes that are body conscious, hinting at your curves can be very flattering. The “tight-loose” method of fashion works well here. A fitted cami under a jacket that is unstructured or relaxed is an example. You don’t want clingy fabrics that hug the wrong places, but don’t be shy about letting your clothes hug and accentuate the right curves!
Plus girls can’t wear white. True, dark colors such as black, charcoal and navy are slimming, fit is more important than color. Color can be used to your advantage. If you are bigger on the bottom, wear a simple, darker color there and a lighter color on the top. You may even choose a bolder print on top. The point is that plus girls are not confined to the dark colors, by all means, lighten up! Wear red, blue, pastels, you name it, and, of course, wear white!