Loving your curves can be hard sometimes, but dressing for your beautiful shape, and accentuating your assets will not only ensure you look stylish, but will help to make you feel happy and confident. And that’s what really matters!
ACCEPT YOUR BODY
Accepting your body and what you’ve got is the most important factor for your personal style and confidence. Everyone, no matter what size or shape they have body hang-ups and it’s ok for you to have bad days – but accepting your body, for all your perceived flaws and all your wonderful assets will allow you to make better style decisions.
DON’T JUST COVER UP
Wearing baggy t shirts and shapeless clothing might cover your lumps and bumps but it also makes you look like you’ve got the body of a sack. Dress for your shape and yes, round is a shape! So wear fitting clothes that flatter you – don’t hide beneath oversized fabrics.
KNOW YOUR FABRICS
A polyester tank top that clings to you and causes static shocks will not be as flattering a cotton-elastane mix, which is a stretchy well-fitting material. Understanding the composition of fabrics will help you choose better fitting clothes when shopping online – and in store. Our fabric guide has got all the answers.
KNOW YOUR SILHOUETTE
There are no set rules when it comes to fashion and style, but the science behind why certain shaped clothes flatter different body silhouettes is great to refer to when in doubt.
The power of good accessories is not to be sniffed at. Whether that’s a statement belt, necklace or mega earrings – you can jazz up a basic t-shirt and jeans combo with accessories to create a wow factor.
TAILORING IS YOUR FRIEND
Never underestimate the power of good tailoring. The problem with some plus size clothes is that they can sometimes be a bit shapeless, but at a low cost you can have dresses nipped in all the right places and to suit your exact body. The result is beautiful fitting clothes that you can feel happy and confident in.
AVOID FLIMSY FABRICS
Knowing your fabrics is important, avoiding the bad ones even more so. Cheap fabrics often fade and are flimsy to wear – it’s also bad for the environment to have too many items considered ‘throwaway fashion’.
Prints are a vibrant way of making a style statement and classics like leopard print and polka dots are always coming back in fashion. Wearing larger patterns and prints is said to be more flattering for plus size ladies – but we say, wear what you want!
USE COLOUR TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
The colours you wear can speak your mood! And as style and dressing is all part of self-expression, think about what you’re portraying with your outfit. Now, remember the colour wheel from school, with the complimentary opposites? These are the colour combinations that work best in style too.
KNOW YOUR MEASUREMENTS
Sometimes, online shopping can be stressful when you’re unsure of which size to buy. That’s why knowing your measurements can be very helpful, as it allows you to shop for fit rather than by size and will result in less returns and a happier you when your clothes arrive!
GET YOUR HAIR DONE
Your hair really helps to frame your face and adds an extra statement to your look. If you’re feeling low in confidence or have an event coming up, get a blow wave or style your hair in glamorous curls. Making that extra bit of effort with your hair will lift your mood and as we keep saying, confidence is the best accessory!
SAY IT WITH SHOES
The great thing about shoes is that your feet can never have a ‘bloated day’ – so shoes always look and feel great when you wear them! They’re also a great way of adding some personality and flare to your outfit, without going all out. We love textures such as snake print boots with a plain black dress – instant glam.
MAKE YOUR OWN RULES
When it comes to your personal style, the only rules to follow are the ones that you curate and know work for you. You don’t have to follow trends if you don’t like them. Allow your style to be a reflection of your personality and most importantly, feel confident and comfortable in what you’re wearing.