All women like to look nice in their clothing no matter what size they are. The fashion industry tends to have thin models with perfectly proportioned figures, but the real world is not composed of these perfect specimens. Some clothing, whether classically stylish or simply a passing fad, is just not designed with plus-sized women in mind. Clothes made for the larger woman tend to be frumpy and give them a matronly appearance. However, the big-boned or large woman can look dazzling and dress in style by following a few simple techniques.
Purchase the correct size. Always try on clothing in a dressing room and look at the outfit from all angles. If you prefer to buy your clothing online, have someone assist you with a tape measure, jot down the measurements and buy clothes accordingly. Don’t buy an outfit that is too small because you know you are going to lose weight soon. Be realistic; that day may never come. And if it does, chances are that particular piece of clothing will no longer be in style or your tastes will have changed. Tight clothing makes everyone appear larger and shows the bumps and bulges on any figure.
Wear monochromatic clothing. Purchase complete outfits with your figure in mind. If you are larger in the hip and leg area, wear a dark shade of blue on the bottom and a lighter shade of the same blue on top. This will fool the eye and make you appear slimmer.
Wear the same color on the top and bottom. Navy blue, brown, and black are all great colors for matching pantsuits and dress suit combinations. This same color on top and bottom gives you a nice illusion of height and doesn’t cut your body in half visually, which can give the appearance of more weight. You can purchase many different types of blouses and accessories to go with these suits to make your wardrobe appear more diverse.
Purchase large accessories. Big women can carry off this bold style. Large- to medium-sized purses complement your body, whereas small purses make you appear bigger, according to the beautytipsonline.com website. Chunky jewelry and fashion accessories such as watches, bracelets and earrings help you balance your ensemble. Avoid tight, bulky necklaces. Choose long chains with a large amulet or charm on them to avoid looking as if a tiny necklace is choking you.
Avoid horizontal lines; these tend to make even smaller women look bigger. If you must wear stripes, wear them in a vertical pattern. Pinstriped pantsuits are very slimming. Diagonal lines also fool the eye and make you appear smaller.
Buy bold prints, and avoid small patterns. Tiny designs on a fabric tend to make plus-sized women appear larger.
Purchase longer tops and blazers. Tops that end at the waist cut your body in half visually. Longer tops are more comfortable and hide flaws.
Use undergarments designed with the larger woman in mind. Wearing correctly sized underwear and bras will make you appear smaller.
Avoid clingy fabrics or materials with spandex in them. They hug your figure flaws and make them more noticeable.
Emphasize your best features. Some large women still have small waists, so if this is you, emphasize this fact with loose belts over long tunics. If your legs are shapely, wear lots of dresses and skirts or skinny, cigarette-shaped jeans and pants.
Add style to your clothing by purchasing the latest fads, but limit these to accessories such as scarves, purses, jewelry, hats and shoes if the clothing is not designed with a larger woman in mind.