Africa is blessed with beautiful women with different shapes and sizes. While every figure and body type is a blessing from God and should not be looked down on, the society in general seems to view women on the plus size range in a different light. Plus size women do not have to assume that because of their body structure, they can not be fashionable.
Here are a few fashion tips for plus size women.
4. Dress to flatter your top half. Depending on your body type, this could be the difficult or easy part. If you tend to carry your weight around your stomach and shoulders (or you’re “apple-shaped”), these tips can help:
- Choose shaped T-shirts and dresses over “straight T” shirts and un-tailored dresses. They should be fitted closely to your natural waist and shoulders
- Skip spaghetti-strap or halter tops. You’ll want your shirt to cover your bra straps, and they might be wide.
- Wear full-length cardigans and jackets – don’t opt for cropped lengths.
- If you’re wearing skinny jeans or leggings, try a tunic-style top that’s a bit flowing. Wearing a top that’s not fitting is fine as long as your bottom half looks tailored and well-fitted.
- If you like your forearms, wear a three-quarters sleeve. If you dislike your arms, wear full sleeves or short sleeves – breaking up your arms in the middle with a sleeve will look even more unflattering.
- Button-down shirts must fit properly across the bust and stomach. That means there’s no pulling of the fabric at the button. If it does, the shirt does not fit.
5. Accessorize and match! Beautiful and unusual accessories not only make your wardrobe more versatile, but are blind to weight gains or losses.
- Larger women can pull off large, bold jewelry that would overwhelm smaller-framed women. Teeny earrings and pendants may get lost on you, however a big handbag bag can help make you look smaller, as it does not look tiny next to you.
- Good boots, such as “equestrian-style” boots can cause the illusion of a slender calf. A good pair of boots makes wearing a skirts or pants a positive joy
- Two or three chunky bangles will make a plump wrist appear slender. Wearing long dangly earrings elongates the neck.
- If you have heavy legs and ankles, avoid delicate or flimsy footwear; it will make it look as if you are about to fall over, or sink into the floor. A wedge heel, on the other hand, looks marvelous, however stout your legs are.
6. Wear clothing with confidence. Whatever you put on, make sure you’re wearing the garments, and not vice versa. Don’t buy “tent” clothing. Clothes that are too big might seem like they’re doing you a favor by hiding your body, but they’re actually communicating a lack of confidence. Instead, buy what fits and rely on colors, patterns and embellishments to draw the eye away from your flaws.
to be continued…