Whenever we say fashion or fashion show, all we can imagine is skinny models walking elegantly on the ramp. But fashion is not just for skinny girls, right? These days, there are plenty of curvy beauties who are making a mark in the fashion industry.
If you are a plus sized female or have been one at any stage of your life, I am sure you must have tried hard to hide your body under layers of clothes. But you don’t really need to. Here are a few tips that can make your everyday dressing struggle a bit easy so that you can flaunt those curves with utmost confidence!
First and the most important thing to remember is that no matter what size or shape you are, you are beautiful. Size cannot determine beauty. And after all, size is just a number, isn’t it? So love yourself for your curves and start flaunting them instead of hiding them.
Wearing a size bigger to cover that unduly flab or going for a smaller size in a hope to look slimmer, does it sound any familiar? Well, if it does, you have not just been unkind to your body, but have drawn attention to your problem areas or looked heavier than what you actually are.
It is always better to go for a fit that flatter your figure (even if it means you need to start wearing plus size clothing). Your clothes must skim your body correctly. So forget about the size tags and hover around the racks for that flawless fit. In addition to this, you can always go for tailor-made clothes as nothing fits better than they do.
Yes, that’s right. Lingerie is the base of your outfit. An outfit without properly fitting undergarments would look just like makeup without foundation – runny and U G L Y! Nothing is worse than wearing red carpet-worthy attire but not having the correct base to pull it off. You may also consider investing in tank tops, spaghetti tops and tights that can double up to your lingerie and you can play around them smartly.
Old rule – Hide thy belly.
New rule – Embrace your curves.
You may not be as skinny as other girls around you, so what? Your curves can make you look beautiful if you flaunt them right. Often shapewear makes you look baggy and creates lumps at unnatural places. Instead, try on clothes which sit perfectly on your belly and hips. You can go for peplum tops, flared skirts, boat neck or Bardot tops. V-necks makes your torso look slimmer and helps in drawing attention away from your unduly folds. Also, try to create a defined waistline by tying a belt on the narrowest part of your waist to create an illusion of longer legs.
Knowing which fabrics will look good on you matters a lot. You should stick to natural fabrics like Silk, Cotton, Linen and Worsted. All these breathable fabrics look classy, are easy to sew, doesn’t need much maintenance and fit like skin. If you want to try synthetic materials, you can go with nylon, rayon, jersey, spandex, etc. as they look crisp and can instantly jazz up your attire. You can also ask your tailor for more suggestions. Or you can simply mix and match.
These tips will help you while shopping next time. Always go for darker shades of colours. They tend to conceal fat. Always wear the dark and light combination. If you want to hide your bottom half, wear dark coloured pants and light top and vice-versa.
Big, clumsy patterns or chunky accessories will make you look bigger, so consider avoiding it. Keep it small and simple. Stay away from heavy designs and detailing at places where you do not wish to draw attention, but you can use this mantra in your favour too. If you have a toned upper half but a bulkier lower body, then consider adding some detailing through embroidery, intricate prints or studs only to the top.
Avoid horizontal stripes as they create the illusion of width, which you definitely do not wish for!
And finally, always, and I mean ALWAYS wear what makes you feel comfortable because fashion is all about being comfortable. So don’t think about ‘what people will think’ and just be carefree. Happy Shopping!