Fashion tips for plus size women

Even in these, what can I say more modern times, many people in the fashion world have still apparently yet to realise that not all women have a Barbie like, slim figure. Well, I always preferred Cindy anyway! Well that’s their problem, but I know that beautiful ladies come in all shapes and sizes and I have been lucky enough to have some of them as my clients.

So if your a lady with a larger than life personality and killer curves here are my top tips on what to wear and how to stay style confident at any occasion.

1. The wrap dress
Probably one of my favourites and so flattering it had to be my number one. The wrap dress can be worn with any figure, but traditionally it works well for girls with bigger hips. The wrap dress can create a fantastic hourglass shape by focussing attention on the waist. It’s also pretty good for hiding any extra lumps and bumps too! Remember show of your waist!

2. Avoid tight fitting clothes
There’s a big difference between tight fitting and well fitted clothing. Most women can’t pull off really tight fitting clothing and if you have curves, tight fitting clothing will not always accentuate your best bits.

3. Avoid chunky shoes
The best shoes for a plus size lady are sleek & feminine styles, and ideally a high heeled shoe. Chunky shoes will emphasise wider hips & bottoms, plus a good pair of heels makes everyone feel fab. Hey in Cinderella’s case it bagged her a prince! Flat shoes can make you look and feel a bit frumpy and no one wants to feel like that, make the most of your sexy curves and wiggle on your heels. Heels of at least two inches will give the appearance of longer legs and a sleeker appearance. Another top tip is wearing ankle boots in the same colour as your tights, try and avoid knee high boots or boots that cling to your calves. Nude shoes on bare legs are another sure fire way to keep your legs looking fab, its the best way of making your legs looks longer and leaner.

4. Choose darker coloured jeans
Try and avoid lighter colour jeans, especially the washed look jeans where the lighter shade of denim is usually found around the upper leg, this will draw the eye to the hip area. Instead choose darker denim which will have a more slimming effect. Jeans that are faded on the lower leg will also look great. Bootleg and Kick flare jeans may not be bang on trend but they are a great way of balancing out your bodyshape and creating the illusion of curves.

5. Lighter on the top, darker on the bottom
Another slimming technique that draws the eye to your top is to wear dark colours on the bottom and chose the lighter colours for your tops.

6. Don’t cover up with baggy clothing
Whatever a girls shape, oversized, baggy tops will make them look bigger. Most clients I see are in clothes that are 1 – 2 sizes too big for them. This is purely a confidence issue, the more oversized your clothes the bigger you will look plus it will affect your state of mind. There is no need to hide your figure so choose semi-fitted or fitted clothes that will flatter your figure.

7. A line dress
They worked for Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly and they will work for you! A-line dresses are perfect for ladies with curves because they clinch at the waist and then open towards the bottom, giving you a pretty little figure. Halter dresses also work well, especially if you are a bit bigger on top.

8. Avoid horizontal stripes
You should avoid wearing anything, on the top half or on the bottom half, that has horizontal stripes in the pattern. Stripes will make your hips look a lot larger than they really are. Remember the Michelin man?

9. Avoid jackets that end at the hip
To avoid highlighting the difference in the width of your waist and your hips, tops and jackets are best worn three quarter length so that they fall just below the hip line. Jackets are also best worn fitted, but not too tight.

Currently the fashion industry and model agencies such as Milk Model Management are going from strength to strength and taking the industry by storm. Plus size models are the most popular by demand and exposure, they are not only some of the hottest women, but also the most successful and ambitious. These healthy, full-sized hotties are riding the wave of public backlash against the walking coat hangers plying the runways.

Lets keep it real ladies, its all about confidence so rock it and own it no matter what your size.

If you would like some help with style or shopping for your bodyshape then I would love to hear from you. Please visit my website on www.appearanceandattitude.com or drop me an email on natasha@appandatt.com