Dressing With Style: 20 Useful Tips for Plus Sizes

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

--Guest Post By Simon

Fear not women of ample figure you are fabulous already. You can look even better with these handy tips. If you are the fashion savvy girlfriend already you can still find some useful tips here, which will make you, rethink your shopping habits.

1. Leggings
Generally, plus-sized women are told to stay away from leggings, but you can still wear them and look good. Simply pair them with a dress, skirt, or long shirt that covers your rear for a flattering and comfortable look.

2. Draping
Draping is a great way to hide any flaws in your figure. Use draping clothing pieces to detract away from anything that you don’t want people staring at. Draping shirts, sweaters, vests and scarves are all great pieces to detract from your problem areas. Pair the draping pieces with tighter-fitting pieces underneath to avoid looking frumpy.

NY Collection Plus Size Short-Sleeve Drape-Neck Sweater

→ Buy the NY Collection Plus Size Short-Sleeve Drape-Neck Sweater, $30.99 (was $48.00), at macys.com.

3. Choose flattering colors
Choose colors that are flattering to your skin tone. Wear these colors near your face to draw attention to your eyes and mouth. Flattering colors will make your face pop, while unflattering colors will make your face look dull.

4. Try attention-grabbing pieces
Experiment with attention-grabbing pieces, such as a large pair of earrings, an interesting belt, a large hair clip, or sassy shoes. These pieces will help boost your confidence and stand out in a good way.

Rockport Janae Platform Pumps

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5. Adjust your undergarments
The right undergarments can mean the difference between a good looking outfit and a frumpy one. Choose a well-supporting bra that is the right size. Most women wear a bra that is too large in the band size and too small in the cup size.

6. Try tailoring
A tailor can be your best friend. When shopping, choose clothing that fits the largest part of you. Then take the pieces to a tailor to adjust the fit of the garment everywhere else. You will be amazed at the difference this makes in your appearance.

7. Choose flattering silhouettes
Not every style looks good on larger figures. Many styles sold in the plus size department are actually unflattering on larger figures. Avoid baby doll styles and anything cut at the widest part of your body. Choose a shape that nips in at the waist to showcase your amazing curves.

8. Ignore the rules
Just because someone says that a look is not flattering on a fuller figure does not mean you cannot wear the trend. Try whatever you want on and decide for yourself what does or doesn’t look good on you.

9. Layer
Layering can be helpful in creating a pleasing look. Wear a fitted outfit on the bottom, then add more volume or weight on top. Blazers, sweaters, and vests are perfect pieces for smoothing out larger figures and drawing attention to your best features.

Style&co. Plus Size Ponte One-Button Blazer

→ Buy the Style&co. Plus Size Ponte One-Button Blazer, $52.99 (was $79.00), was macys.com.

10. Embrace stripes
Long ago, someone decided that plus-sized women cannot wear stripes, but this is not the case. Many styles of stripes, particularly thin stripes, are very flattering on the plus-sized body.

11. Wear the right size
Some women wear a larger size than they actually need. Next time you go shopping, try a size or two smaller than your regular size. You may be surprised at how much better you look.

12. Showcase your best asset
Whatever your favorite part of your body is, you should show it off as often as possible. Choose pieces that display your favorite asset in a flattering light.

13. Vary footwear
Footwear is a great way to bring life into any outfit. Purchase a variety of shoe styles and colors to mix up your wardrobe.

14. Choose the right bag
A purse can bring your look from drab to fab. Always use a fun and functional bag to brighten up your look.

Furla Candy Bauletto Satchel

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15. Accessories are your friend
Accessories can make the difference between a boring and exciting outfit. Experiment with belts, earrings, rings, necklaces, and hair pieces.

16. Belt it
Don’t be afraid to wear a belt as a plus-sized woman. Belts can draw attention to the narrowest part of you, making you look thinner.

17. Monochrome
Monochrome looks automatically make you look sleek and smaller. Add a few monochrome looks to stay chic.

Lauren Ralph Lauren Plus Three-Quarter-Sleeve Ruched Jersey Dress

→ Buy the Lauren Ralph Lauren Plus Three-Quarter-Sleeve Ruched Jersey Dress, $90.00 (was $150.00), at macys.com.

18. Find flattering hair
Look for a hairstyle that suits your face shape. Too much hair around your face can make you look heavier than you actually are.

19. Don’t squeeze
If you gain a few pounds, don’t try to squeeze into your old size. Choose pieces that flatter your new figure. You don’t want to look like a stuffed sausage.

20. Show your legs
Plus-sized women often have beautiful legs. Don’t be afraid to show off your legs in skirts and dresses. Wear tights if you dislike how your legs look bare.

Trying just a few of these tips will help you shop better and stay elegant and stylish no matter your size. Keep these tips in mind during your next shopping trip and see if you don’t’ feel and look amazing.

Simon is a Blog owner and regular contributor for various financial Blogs from Europe but likes to write in various other topics and fields and prides himself in being a versatile professional writer. This post was written by Simon from higherclick.com on behalf of their client Macys.com.