When I first released my blog in July, I had no idea the kind of support or feedback I would receive. One of the most common comments that I received was that women never had someone to tell them or show them how to style their plus-sized bodies or what to wear in general. I understand and can sympathize, trust me! My body changes and has changed over the past few years, I had to learn to dress my body and know what’s right for me. So, I wanted to share my growing knowledge with you guys. Now I usually gear my posts toward plus-sized women, but this can go for any size woman or even men.
- Know your measurements and your body shape. Do not be ashamed to ask a professional to measure your body, it’s okay, and that is their job. Plus, when you order something online, you want to be sure that it is going to fit. Knowing your body shape is also extremely important. Certain things do not look great on individual bodies.
- Google what you are looking for, you can always find new items when you search the internet. Instagram is also an option for unique pieces. I will say that you should be very aware of scam sites, always check the followers and their comments to see how legit they really are. When you are ordering something from a website that you have never ordered from before, do a small order first just to make sure of the sizes. Some places may offer your size, but the items may be cut smaller or lack stretch. Always read the reviews! Look for like-sized people and see how it fits their bodies. ASOS has a great video feature that allows you to see how the item flows or swings on a model.
- Don’t listen to the plus-sized fashion myths. Wearing horizontal stripes is for every sized body! I always heard that the plusher you are, the less you should wear horizontal stripes. I happen to disagree. The only thing that I would suggest is getting a stripe that is a little wider. Thinner stripes tend to create a widening effect, especially around your tummy (if you have one). Patterns are also a great way to show personality, and you should never shy away from them. Wearing patterns is for everyone, but if you feel patterns aren’t your thing, then try a subtle pattern like brushstrokes.
- Leggings are probably the most comfortable item of clothing for ANY woman. When I wear leggings, I always have a shirt to cover my hindquarters, that’s what I like personally. If you are going to wear leggings with a short top, make sure that your leggings are of good quality. Some leggings look really opaque, but as soon as you put them on your body, they reveal their true selves.
- Invest in some B O M B underwear. Guys, I cannot tell you how vital underwear can be, ESPECIALLY a good bra. If you are top-heavier, having a good bra is IMPERATIVE. Back pain isn’t fun to experience, and if you can prevent that by having a structured bra that fits you properly, then why would you wear anything else. Panties are just as important. Also, if you are a shapewear type of person, buying a more expensive brand might give you the results that you want. I am currently in the market for shapewear, I might just do a try-on haul for you guys!
- Wear fitted clothing. I love oversized clothing as much as the next girl, but don’t shy away from wearing fitted clothing. Clothes can be much more flattering if they are more form-fitting. Also, don’t be afraid of the tummy. We are always told to do everything we can to hide our tummies, sometimes you just can’t and shouldn’t force it.
- When in doubt, add a belt or subtle accessories. Belts can accentuate your waist and give your body more dimension. It can also provide an outfit a little extra trendiness! I’m not big on accessories but statement jewelry can also add to any outfit and draw attention to your fabulousness.
- Do not be afraid to show your curves. Society will tell us that we aren’t beautiful or that we need to lose weight to be more attractive, or we’ll never get a man or whatever. I’m not now, nor will I ever, knock anyone’s drive to live a healthier lifestyle but do that for you. Don’t shame other people for being comfortable with who they are. Don’t be afraid to be unapologetically you! I say this all the time, wear what you want and be confident in what you wear. Wear what makes you feel great!