The world of fashion is finally more inclusive: plus-size fashion is gaining recognition, and we are grateful.
Plus-size fashion, however, still struggles to get some things right. Everyone’s body shape and type are different. Therefore, it is essential to get the cuts and proportions right to make sure an outfit looks the way it is supposed to. If you are a plus-size beauty struggling to get her outfits to look the way you want them to, worry not, we are here to help.
The following is a list of ten comprehensive styling tips to help your rock every outfit like a queen.
1. Understand your proportions
Every body type is different. There are seven common plus-size body types: triangle or pear, inverted triangle, diamond, rectangle or banana, oval or apple, hourglass, and figure 8.
It is critical to identify your body type and then learn what clothing styles would work on you. It is an empowering experience, to say the least. Once you know what flatters your physique best, you can dress to impress.
2. Do not shy away from color
Black is every curvy girl’s favorite color simply because black does an excellent job making you look more toned. Black, although supremely chic and timeless, can get a little boring.
Add color to your life because it makes you look and feel good. Research suggests that colors help generate a positive mood and energy. Moreover, colors make your entire outfit all the more interesting.
If you are not used to colors, give them a try. See what colors work for you and which ones do not. Start small, accustom yourself to the change, and work your way to the top. We promise you; you will never want to look back.
3. Prints and patterns are your friends
Like colors, you should not be wary of bold prints, patterns, and statement pieces. They carry a unique aura that is hard to match.
If you are feeling intimidated, start simple. Pair a printed piece with a plain one to set the right balance. Make sure to wear the bold piece on the part of your body that you wish to flaunt, not the one you want to divert attention away from.
4. Invest in good underwear
When it comes to slaying your outfits, be sure to pay attention to your undergarments as well. Wear underwear that complements your outfit choices.
Your bra, in particular, can make or break your entire ensemble. Most women amongst us wear the wrong size. Therefore, for starters, get your size checked and then buy the right fitting underwear for yourself. Curvy women generally carry a lot of weight in the chest area, which is why it is crucial to invest in good supportive bras to help back and shoulder support.
5. Shapewear is your friend
Shapewear is not just designed for curvy, plus-size women. If Kim K can do it, so can you. Shapewear gathers a lot of hate for not helping body positivity, but shapewear essentially only helps keep everything tight and secure. It works wonders with fitted garments by smoothing out bumps and lumps to give a seamless and sexy fit.
Make sure your shapewear is good quality, durable, and the right size (not too big, so it does not suck in enough, and not too small that you struggle to breathe and your circulation is cut off).
6. Strut with confidence
There is nothing more attractive than a confident woman who is comfortable in her own skin and clothes. It is easy to fall victim to negativity. Our advice is to shun the haters away without thinking twice.
Wear clothes that make you feel good and confident. It could be your plus size leather jacket or your favorite little black dress; we all have favorites that we know we always look good in. When you look good, you feel good. So, strut with confidence.
7. Wear a belt
Many curvy girls steer clear of belts thinking they will not look good on them. In fact, a belt looks good on just about everyone as it accentuates the waist; what matters is its placement.
A belt can be worn in three different places, namely below your bust to accentuate your bust, on your waist to define your waistline, and on your hips to draw attention to your hips as opposed to your stomach. Place your belt according to your preference and what body parts you wish to highlight.
You can wear a belt over pretty much anything from a dress to a cardigan. Add structure to your ensemble by playing with belts of different widths, colors, and details.
8. Accessorize your heart out
Accessories are the ultimate way to elevate any outfit. Whether it is jewelry, a handbag, or perhaps a chic scarf, accessories help create a cohesive ensemble. Oh, do not forget the shoes! Comfortable, practical, and versatile footwear is necessary for every curvy fashionista’s wardrobe.
The general rule of thumb for accessorizing is to aim for balance. If you are sporting a pair of chunky jewelry, keep everything else minimal.
Similarly, if your outfit is bold and larger than life, tone it down with your accessories. Mix and match your neutrals with your statement pieces to create a striking look. Experiment with different pairings to see what works for you and what makes you feel like your best self.
9. Make a statement with your hair and makeup
Your hair is your most outstanding and most noticeable accessory. If you put in effort into it, people will notice it. If you do not, people will still notice. So, why don’t you just opt for the former pick?
Get a haircut and hairstyle that complements your face cut and face shape. The same rule applies to your eyebrows. Eyebrows frame your face and stand out in pictures, so make sure you do not neglect them. Coming to makeup, makeup is not a veil or mask that you must hide behind. In fact, makeup is supposed to enhance your beauty and help you feel more confident and beautiful.
Some of us love a full beat face of makeup, whereas others like to keep it minimal and simple. Regardless of your inclination, know that your lips and eyes are your most standout features, so be sure to accentuate them.
So, even if you do not like slaving over your makeup for hours, just throw on some eyeliner and mascara to open up the eyes and complete the look with a pout of your choice. Also, maybe throw on a little blush to breathe life and warmth into your face. Perfect!
10. Good-fitting pants make all the difference
Pants are essential (obviously), but they must fit well. Most plus-size queens struggle to find a pair that fits them perfectly. Find a pair that hugs your curves because they flatter curvy girls the most. Sure, baggy mom jeans are super fashionable right now, but nothing compares to a standard skinny or straight cut pair of pants.
If your pants do not fit you perfectly, get them tailored to your size. A good pair of pants can be your best friend because they are durable, dependable, and versatile. Keep your close friends near.
When creating a fashionable look, it is best not to rush it. Take your time and plan your outfits ahead of time. Be sure to create an outfit that is balanced and cohesive. Do not shy away from experimenting or stepping out of your comfort zone.
We all struggle with our bodies in some area or the other. That does not mean that you have to compromise on style. As they say, if you have it, flaunt it, queen!