Men never understand why women have a hard time shopping for clothes. What they don’t get is that clothes need to be a perfect fit, in addition be reasonably priced, fashionable and bespeaks our personalities. If “normal” women have a hard time finding the perfect LBD (little black dress), what more the women who belong to the special sizes’ category – petites and plus sized? I belong to the plus-sized category and I am grateful that plus size fashion has grown leaps and bounds the past few years. Before I would cry in frustration how plus-sized clothes seem to cater to the elderly women and not women who have a career and wish to be still trendy!
Shopping online has also saved from countless tears – things are so easily bought online, I just need to make sure I know your current size or check their size chart. Different manufacturers may cut their garments a little differently, so your size may not be the same in all lines of clothing that you look at. Plus I order way before I actually plan to use it to make time for shipping and/or returns.
I have realized a secret though: One secret to women looking so nice, even when a larger size, are the undergarments. Body shapers and shapewear can hide the troubled areas and accent the curves. Women today are in love with their bodyshapers. INVEST ON ONE.
For online stores, check out Fashion by Elvi (http://www.elvi.co.uk/). They currently offer 20% off selected Spring and Summer Collections. I personally like their Nautical Range. (They have the Tuscany, Nautical and Monochrome collection in their Spring-Summer lines)
I am rooting for these:
The tops are very “classic” nautical clothes. I love the blue piping and the fabric falls softly in the body, draping instead of hunching.
These accessories rock too:
Size doesn’t matter. And in this day and age where commercialism has focused and forced the thinking of being thin as beautiful, being big and on the heavy side is considered a disadvantage. Thankfully, there are women like Oprah and Queen Latifah who has embodied and empowered plus-sized women and have declared, "Big is Beautiful."
Fashion and the clothing industry has been kinder to us too – ever since Jennifer Lopez revealed the size of her hips and Kate Winslet posed for Leonardo Di Caprio as Rose in the movie “Titanic”. There have been a lot of choices among plus size fashion stores.
Since our options are now endless, one should also remember that prices will be a bit higher since fabric-wise, we will be using a lot more coverage. A wrap dress is a basic need for plus-sized women.
Here are some budget shopping tips for you:
1. Know what works for you first.
2. Try it on, what looks nice on the rack might not look good on you. And sometimes, since fabrics of plus-sized clothes are drapelike, they have no form when on the rack.
3. Base your choices off of a core color palette. But be creative with color!
Here are some inspiration from the Elvi Store (for size 16 and up!):
As you can see, most clothes are shape fitting. You do not need to wear loose clothes if you are big. The key here is highlight one area and camouflage the rest. Say you can cinch your waist, show off shoulders, have a V-neck top. Remember that being in turtlenecks all the time will make you look fatter because you cannot elongate your neck (chances are, your double-chin will show more and it will emphasize the plumpness of your cheeks).
When all is said and done, remember:
"There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness." – Lady Blessington