The Ultimate Shopping Guide To Plus Size Clothing
This is your Ultimate Plus Size Fashion Shopping Guide – few tips on getting the wardrobe you’ve always dreamed of.
If you think that finding clothes on the high street that actually fit and are fashionable, is impossible, you have hugely limited options and people above size 16 weren’t welcome in the fashion world, you are wrong !!
Things have definitely improved for plus-size women. Shopping on the high street is still as difficult as ever however, options for online shopping are now much better and 1,000% more stylish.
Being plus-size doesn’t mean fashion can’t work for you, you’ve just got to know what to look for.
To help you curate the wardrobe you’ve always dreamed of, we are sharing the tips we’ve picked up for you, because fashion really is for every body.
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Buy double of things you love
- Might seem excessive, but when it comes to plus-size fashion, some perfect styles only come around once.
- When you find something you really love, that fits perfectly, is in your size and makes you feel amazing, buy two of them.
Shop menswear and maternity
- Just because it has a label, doesn’t mean that only those who fit within that label can wear it.
- You can find some stylish and unique pieces looking in both menswear and maternity departments.
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Ignore sizing on labels
- Sizing differs everywhere, especially when you are plus-size, so don’t be afraid to go up, or even down a size, when finding clothes that you like.
- Don’t let sizing dictate how you feel about yourself. It’s just a number, it holds no value on you as a person.
- As long as it fits and you feel comfortable that’s all that matters.
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Do make a note of the fit of your favorite brands
- Sizing online and in-store can differ hugely.
- Good tip is to keep note of your sizing in your favorite shops.
- Being aware of this is so helpful for time saving, no one wants to spend their life in the post office doing returns.
Go get your bra fitted
- Wearing your correct size can change your posture, decrease back pain and make you feel more confident in your clothes.
- Treat yourself to some gorgeous new lingerie.
Try everything on
How something looks on a hanger can looks completely different on a body.
When you see something in-store, even if you think it might not work for your body shape, try it.
Give everything a go!
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Invest in your wardrobe staples
A timeless piece can see you through every season, regardless of trends.
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Shop vintage/charity shops
- Always worth checking them out for any hidden goodies, especially in the men’s section.
- Look out for cool slogan tees, dungarees, dresses and coats.
Experiment with color
- Color looks great on all body types.
- Experiment with what works for you and don’t be afraid to stand out.
- Wearing only a particular color, just because you think you look slimmer, is simply not true.
Ignore plus-size styling rules
- You deserve to feel good and stylish, so don’t think that you have to hide your body.
- If you look confident in something that will shine through, go get your arms and legs out in the summer!
- You can wear stripes, you can wear white, you can wear a crop top. Fashion is about expression not about rules.
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Shop As Per Your Body Type
- You have apple shaped body if majority of your weight is carried on the top half of the body—especially in the middle, around the waist—creating a round appearance.
- Look for scooped or v-necklines that will create the illusion of a longer torso and a smaller waist.
- Knee-length skirts and dresses with a subtle A-line shape will minimize lumps or bumps.
- Make boot-cut or straight-leg pants and jeans your go-to.
- Look for vertical patterns to elongate and draw the eye away from the middle.
- Avoid too tight and oversize shapes.
- A wrap dress to add definition to your figure, with a platform or wedge shoe will make an ultimate dress for you. The criss-cross V formation of the wrap will provide a flattering shape up top while the shoes make the most of great legs.
- You have pear shaped body if your weight is primarily gained and carried on the lower half of the body, resulting in full hips, heavy upper thighs, or a substantial booty.
- You need to create a proportional silhouette by playing up your top half and accentuating your waistline.
- Aim for structured jackets with slight shoulder padding, short jackets with shape at the waist, and tops with wide necklines such as ballet, boat, or square.
- You can also look for asymmetric hemlines that direct the eye upward, A-line skirts, fit-and-flare dresses, straight, full-leg, or boot-cut pants and jeans because they skim over the heaviest areas.
- Avoid slim-cut or skinny pants that will only accentuate the disproportion.
- No jackets that hit at the widest part of the butt.
- Ultimate outfit for you will be a jumpsuit belted to define the waist. An interesting collar necklace will focus attention upward.
Straight or Rectangular or Pencil shaped body
- You have straight body type if weight is distributed evenly on the top and bottom.
- Use clothing to “create” curves in the right places.
- Wrap tops, surplice tops, deep scoop-necks, and V-neck tops are all great for helping to draw the eye downward, creating angles and giving the appearance of a waistline.
- Tops with asymmetrical stripes are suggested for you, or feminine details like a ruffle on a classic cardigan to add softness.
- Other good picks for you will be fit and flare dresses, high waisted pencil dresses, high waisted pants, A-line skirts, trumpet skirts, full long skirts, boot cut pants and jeans.
- Skip anything straight-cut when it comes to jackets, skirts, and dresses.
- Ultimate Outfit: With its gentle fit-and-flare shape, a peplum insinuates a waist. Pair it with a pencil skirt to create the illusion of curves. Adding interest in other areas—an open neckline, dangling jewelry—will move eyes away from your middle.
Hourglass Body Type
- You have hourglass body type if you have fuller bust and fuller hips with a smaller, clearly defined waistline in between. Weight gain is usually distributed evenly between the upper half and the lower half.
- Flaunt your overall shape while de-emphasizing trouble spots.
- Already balanced proportions need simple, streamlined silhouettes to flatter without overdoing it.
- Select cuts that follow your natural lines, like peplums, shaped jackets, and wrap styles.
- High-waisted skirts and belts will also help showcase your midsection.
- For jeans and pants, stick with slim-cut, body-skimming boot-cut or straight-leg styles with a mid-rise to show off your shape.
- Avoid oversize cuts, which will hide your curves, and ruffles or other frills around the bust that will just add unnecessary volume.
- Avoid Cropped or Capri pants that will make your thighs and lower leg look wider.
- Full skirts with busy patterns and belts that are worn low on the hip are also not flattering and will disrupt your natural proportions.
Inverted Triangle Body Type
- You have inverted triangle body type if the shoulders are broad and the upper torso tapers inward toward the hips, making the upper half of the body appear heftier than the lower half.
- You need to direct attention away from the upper half and create balance.
- Look for tops that accentuate the waist, like wrap tops and V-necks that will focus the attention downward.
- Try wide-leg pants, fit-and-flare-dresses, and A-line skirts to fill out your lower half.
- Wear darker colors on top and use bolder colors for bottoms and shoes to draw the eyes down.
- Avoid slim-cut and Capri pants that exaggerate your shape by making legs seem puny in comparison to your upper frame.
- Avoid Crew-neck or wide boatneck collars that will only accentuate shoulders.
Special Tips for shopping online for plus size clothes
- Check the return policy before you order. One of the biggest pitfalls when shopping online is getting the right size.
- Sizes will vary from retailer to retailer so make sure you know your measurements and double check the size guide.
- Read reviews from other shoppers who have bought the same item. It’s especially helpful for features you might not be able to pick up on the screen, such as the feel of the fabric or the true color of the garment.
- Stylists love to talk about ‘rules’ for plus sized girls and what they “can” and “can’t” wear. Dress to look like you, not to look slim. If you feel good in it, wear it.
- Don’t be scared of tight fitting styles.Embrace your body and show it off. There’s no shame in being who you are.
Best Plus Size Fashion Retailers
To grab the attention of any room, we recommend shopping at City Chic or ELOQUII, especially if it’s a fancy party. If you’re going to a more casual event or just going out, try Boohoo or Missguided. Love vintage inspired looks? Try checking out Modcloth or Torrid.
If you’re looking to work up a sweat, Athleta has some amazing plus size gear. Unfortunately it only goes up to size 2X. If you need a bigger size, you could try Torrid‘s athletic apparel or pick up something from ASOS.
Jump in the pool with a cute suit from Forever 21 or H&M. They both stock plus size suits that are affordable enough that you can save some cash for a fun summer adventure. If you want to spend a little more, Torrid also has some great options.back to menu ↑
Plus Size Fashion Deals And Coupons
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Related Books & Magazines
Fashioning FatNYU Press. 2015
For two and a half years, Amanda Czerniawski was a sociologist turned plus-size model. Journeying into a world where, as a size 10, she was not considered an average body type, but rather, for the fashion industry, “plus-sized,” Czerniawski studied the standards of work and image production in the plus-sized model industry. Fashioning Fat takes us through a model’s day-to-day activities, first at open calls at modeling agencies and then through the fashion shows and photo shoots. Czerniawski also interviewed 35 plus-size models about their lives in the world of fashion, bringing to life the strange contradictions of being an object of non-idealized beauty. Fashioning Fat shows us that the mission of many of these models is to challenge our standards of beauty that privilege the thin body; they show us that fat can be sexy. Many plus-size models do often succeed in overcoming years of self-loathing and shame over their bodies, yet, as Czerniawski shows, these women are not the ones in charge of beauty’s construction or dissemination. At the corporate level, the fashion industry perpetuates their objectification. Plus-size models must conform to an image created by fashion’s tastemakers, as their bodies must fit within narrowly defined parameters of size and shape—an experience not too different from that of straight-sized models. Ultimately, plus-size models find that they are still molding their bodies to fit an image instead of molding an image of beauty to fit their bodies. A much-needed behind-the-scenes look at this growing industry, Fashioning Fat is a fascinating, unique, and important contribution to our understanding of beauty. Instructor's Guide
Plus Size Tops to CrochetCreative Publishing int'l. 2012
DIVPlus-Size Tops to Crochet is an informative crocheting booklet designed with plus-sized ladies in mind. Crocheters cannot simply take a smaller pattern and increase the number of stiches or rows to get a garment that fits and flatters. Help is here! These five stylish crochet patterns for jackets and cardigans flatter plus sizes. Abbreviation key included./div
Your Guide to Plus-Size Modeling an Inspirational Guide and Handbook for the Aspiring Plus-Size ModelStrategic Book Publishing. 2009
Your Guide to Plus Size Modeling by Yvette Ray Pinfield, is a must read book for the woman of size, and the aspiring plus size model! Yvette takes you on a personal journey of her life. The pendulum has swung in her life from popular cheerleader to plus size model extrodinaire! Your Guide to Plus Size Modeling is also a guide to Plus Size Living! This book will enrich the curvy population with positive affirmations for the 'More Beautiful' soul." Cynthia Michaels CEO and Founder More Beautiful Woman Magazine Yvette Ray Pinfield is a working mom and plus size model with a New York City and Miami based agency. Her portfolio of work spans over 7 years and includes the Today Show, Good Morning America, Good Housekeeping Magazine, Motherhood Maternity and many more. As an author, Yvette has been featured on various Web sites including Authspot, Beyond Jane and Webmad. Yvette holds the title of Mrs. Manhattan 2008 and is also an active member of a number of professional organizations including International Size Acceptance Association (ISAA).
Full Figured 5: Plus Size DivasUrban Books. 2012
With his Full Figured series, Carl Weber brings together some of Urban Books' hottest authors to entertain readers with their stories about the lives and loves of beautiful full-figured women. When Desa Rae Jenkins ended her tumultuous relationship with Roc, it seemed like the appropriate thing to do; but now she's second-guessing her decision. Roc moved away to Kansas City, leaving street life back in St. Louis up to the brothas who can handle it. He continues to live his life on the edge, though, and when he returns to St. Louis, Desa Rae shows up at his doorstep to reconcile. Roc is reluctant to go there with the one woman who ripped his heart from his chest. He's determined not to let Desa Rae wiggle her way back in, but this full-sized diva is a heavy-hitter who won't give up without putting up a good fight. Win or lose, she refuses to back down, but with Roc's baby mama still in the way, there can be only one winner. When Malika Williamson hired Travis Ingram, she never imagined that he'd be doing a lot more than just maintaining the company's computer system. Not only has he ignited a fire in Malika's heart, but his mere presence causes backstabbing, confusion, and sexual tension at the office. Malika finds herself transformed from upstanding and happily married to an oversexed, overheated adulteress. Will this full-figured beauty be able to control the passion that threatens to destroy everything she's worked so hard to achieve?
Plus+Random House. 2018
Style inspiration for everyone, no matter your size. Be inspired by 100 of the very best plus-size street style images from around the world. Plus-size fashion is daring, experimental and deeply personal. There's no longer any shame in not fitting the traditional ideals of beauty, as proven by Gabi Gregg, Tess Holliday, Beth Ditto and thousands of bloggers and models acround the world. The online plus-size fashion community is loud, international and confident. Millions of #ootd photos are shared everyday, showing off amazing style and beautiful people. Plus+ gathers together the very best, and celebrates all shapes, sizes and aesthetics - a beautiful, sharply designed, glossy collection to inspire everyone, plus-size or otherwise.
Plus Size Fashion: What Everyone Ought to KnowLulu Press, Inc. 2016
The fashion industry all over world has realized that increasing numbers of customers fall under the category of plus size. By not dealing in plus size clothing earlier, a large portion of growth has been restricted in the ever-booming fashion industry. Fashion designers and executives have however, understood that they are actually making a huge loss by not producing plus size clothings.