As a society, we are growing larger – not in the sense that there are more people being born now, than ever before, but in the sense that our bodies are getting bigger. Obesity is a big problem (no pun intended!), and many of us need to lose a little weight; indeed, recent news have reported on studies saying that by the year 2012, 1 in 3 of the UK’s population will be overweight. However, coupled with these trends, we also have to mention the general social pressures to be slim; these pressures are generated by the media, and are extremely powerful. This means that many people are unhappy with their weight, and women, in particular, have a hard time in believing that they can, and do, look great in the clothes they wear.
Many women believe that if they need to wear plus size women’s clothing, they are not attractive, but this is simply untrue. The fact that people feel unattractive before they even begin dressing in the morning means that they seldom make the effort, but it is by making the effort that most people who look good, manage to achieve their look. Here, we will discuss some of the ways that you can ensure you look great, regardless of your size or body shape.
Identify your Body Shape
In order to look good, you need to wear the correct style of clothing for your body shape, and in turn, you will need to know which body shape you actually have. To do this, stand in front of the mirror and note the following:
If you are in proportion, with wide hips and a wide bust, you have an hourglass figure. If you are in proportion, with busts and hips that are straight down, then you have a boy figure. If you are wide on top, with narrow hips, you have an ‘inverted triangle’ or apple shape figure. Finally, if you are narrow on top, with wide hips, you have the ‘pear’ shape figure.
Depending on your figure, you will need to wear different styles of plus size women’s clothing, to flatter your figure. The rule of thumb is to highlight your assets, while down playing the less positive features of your figure. For example, if you have an hourglass figure, you will want to highlight your natural curvaceous – do this by wearing tailored tops and trousers.
Colour and Material
In order to wear flattering clothes when we are overweight, we need to choose the right material and colours.
Generally, you will need to select materials that are lightweight; a heavier material will add bulk to your frame and make you appear larger. Avoid fabrics that cling, as they tend to do so in all the wrong places, and this is true even when worn on the smallest of figures.
Darker clothes have the most slimming effect. When putting together an outfit, choose colours that are complementary, rather than contrasting, as the contrast effect breaks up the line of your body from top to bottom, and the longer the line, the taller you appear, the taller you appear, the slimmer you look.