Let’s face it, plus size women catch a bad rap when it comes to fashion. Now we all know that the skinny chicks have it easier when it comes to shopping, but that’s only because it’s easier to make items that require less fabric. Often times plus size ladies settle for the cheap route instead of researching and purchasing items of quality that are timeless. Let’s get away from the mass-produced/ horrible quality items that can be purchased at Rainbow, Simply Fashion, etc. Everyone can’t wear a shirt that reads “No Boyfriend No Problem” (which in all actuality should read desperately seeking male attention).
Here are a few tips on how to look well put together and “upstage these skinny chickens”:
1. Shop places that are solely dedicated to the plus size woman: Ashley Stewart is a great store that sells quality pieces that vary between both trendy and timeless. If you’re on a budget don’t worry, they have a 30-day lay-a-way program and offer their own line of credit cards.
2. Stay away from items that toggle both sides of the fence. If they made it in a size zero and a size 20, chances are the size 20 will look horrible. If you happen to go into any store that sells all sizes and you initially see something cute in the junior section, and find it in the ‘Women’s’ section, it’s not going to look the same, at all! Find unique pieces that only a plus size woman can rock and leave the skinny girl trends to them.
3. Know your body!!!- This probably should have been first but I’m going to leave it at number three. Ladies know your what flatters your shape. If you are “knock-kneed” but love skinny jeans find the right ones for you! Yes ladies there are different styles of skinny jeans. Found out if you’re a boot-cut, straight-leg, or one of the few that can rock tapered leg jeans. And make sure you pay for the quality!!! Let’s get real, some of that thigh to thigh action will mess a cute (but cheap) pair of jeans up in a minute. And ladies, TIGHTS CANNOT BE A FULL-TIME SUBSTITUTE FOR A NICE PAIR OF JEANS!!!! As far as tops go, please be tasteful with the amount of cleavage you show!!! No one (except your man in private) wants to see the stretch marks that reach down to your nipples while you’re at work or in a social setting. I’m not saying be ashamed of your marks/scars, there is just a place and time for that type of attire. Find tops that flatter you, I’m not saying go out and buy 100 bat-wing shirts to cover your arms just choose pieces that are of quality and can possibly translate to different settings.
4. Last but definitely not least-SHOES!!!! – Yes Rainbow has some cute shoes but your closet shouldn’t consist of their whole summer line. Invest in a cute pair of black pumps (timeless and universal) and other colors that flatter your taste. Embrace heels, they are your friend! Don’t always go for flats, variety is a must in your wardrobe.
Well that’s just a generic overview of plus size fashion. Leave your comments and suggestion that could benefit others.