Are you a plus size woman with an intense love for fashion? Do you spend a pretty amount of money trying to find what suits your figure? Finding styling hacks when you are curvy can be hit or miss. But did you know that you can actually change an outfit with just a few tucks and twists. Here are some tips and tricks that were designed to open your eyes to new wardrobe possibilities so next time you go on a shopping spree or search through your closet, try implementing these plus size styling tips to look fabulous.
1. DRESS FOR YOUR BODY SHAPE, NOT YOUR SIZE
The way clothes fit you is the crucial factor. Look for clothing that shapes and contours your body. Emphasize your assets and hide your imperfections.
2. INVEST IN GOOD UNDERGARMENTS
Nothing is worse than having the perfect outfit but not having the right foundation to pull it off. Wearing the proper bra and panties can make all the difference. You’ll be amazed to see what happens to your body when you have on proper foundation that frames your silhouette.
3. WEAR CLOTHING THAT SKIMS YOUR BODY
Find the happy medium between baggy and tight clothing, that are well made, rather than giant pieces that do nothing for your figure. That would be added to the plus size styling tips
4. WRAP UP YOUR BUTTON DOWN AND TUCK IT IN
Here is a quick tip to rework the classic white button down. With the shirt on and unopened, wrap one end of the shirt tail to the opposite side of your waist, pin it and vice versa for the other end of the garment. Tuck into your skater skirt, pencil skirt, jeans, high-waisted shorts, or trousers. You can even tuck your shirt several different ways. The motion of the wrap top will accentuate your waist and put the focus on the smallest part of your frame.
The different ways to tuck your shirt
There is the front tuck, where you just tuck in the front into the area around the button and zipper, letting the rest of the shirt hang effortlessly. There is the half tuck, where you take half of the front of your shirt and tuck it into the top of your pants. The full tuck is a great way to elongate the legs and keep the outfit clean and put together.
5. WEAR THE SKIRT AS A DRESS
Wear your favorite maxi skirt as a midi dress with one simple accessory. Simply bring the top of the skirt up to your chest and secure it with the belt. Now blouse the rest of the fabric over the belt and make adjustments to the length.
6. CUFF YOUR JEANS
Rolling your jeans up is the best way to show off your killer heels and create some length.
7. ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES
Rather than keeping your sleeves resting on your wrists, utilize the button midway on the sleeve and roll up your sleeves to show a little more skin, help make your outfit more playful and fitted, and appear slimmer.
8. TRY ON A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT SIZES WHEN YOU’RE SHOPPING .
Size ain’t nothin’ but a number, and sizes often aren’t consistent among brands. So experiment with sizes. Don’t be afraid of trying on a 12 somewhere because, ‘THAT WOULD NEVER FIT.’ It very well might!”
9. DON’T HIDE FROM YOUR CURVES.
Wearing oversized clothes to camouflage your body can actually make you look bigger than you are. By embracing your curves, you’ll find that clothes are actually more flattering.
10. BUY MULTIPLE COLORS
Any time you find a piece of clothing that works well for your body, always buy the same style in another color. This is a great way to build your wardrobe with pieces that you can mix and match for other looks.
11. TRY SOME THIGH-HIGHS OR KNEE-HIGHS.
Knee-highs AND thigh-highs elongate the legs, make thicker legs look awesome and sexy and add a certain kind of sass.
12. DON’T BE AFRAID TO EMBRACE FASHION TRENDS
Pick out the best of the season – colors, prints and styles that flatter you and alternate the rest.
13. KNOW YOUR FABRICS.
Knowing what fabrics are flattering for your body type will make your shopping experience 10x’s better in store and online. To help with this, memorize the Guide below which breaks down the most common materials by “stretch” and “no stretch”.
Plus Size Fabric Stretch Guide
NO STRETCH : Tencel, Woven twill, Cotton, Woven poplin, Polyester, Crepe.
STRETCH : Spandex, Nylon, Jersey, Ponte, Viscose rayon.
14. WHEN IN DOUBT, CHOOSE A FIT AND FLARE DRESS .
Fit and flare dresses look good on any body type and we all have at least one in the closet.
15. DON’T WAIT TO LOSE WEIGHT TO LOOK GREAT
Having a great style has nothing to do with your size. Buy amazing items that fit you now. Clothing can always be altered to fit smaller.
16. TURN TO PLUS SIZE STYLE BLOGGERS FOR INSPIRATION.
You will find outfit ideas, discover new places to shop, give plus size styling tips, and be a part of a supportive community.
Always, always wear what makes you feel good. Life is too short to worry about lists of rules and what others will think. So no matter what your style, your greatest hack is what you bring to the look. Love your look. Love yourself. And always come through.
By: Hala AlZoubi
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