Knowing Your Body is Half the Fashion Battle

Being a plus size woman used to mean that wearing the latest styles in fashion was just a dream. However, now, with plus size fashion giants like Lane Bryant and Torrid that specifically cater to plus size women, strutting in high style is finally within the full-figured woman’s reach.

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Nevertheless, there are a few tips that every woman can employ to ensure that she looks her best in the clothing she chooses, no matter what her size.

First, it is extremely important to know your body, and this is especially important for full sized women. Knowing how to flatter your shape and how clothes fit on your body is the first step to looking great. Although everyone is shaped differently, there are three general shape categories that most women fit into; you can use your general body shape category to figure out what looks best on you.

Body types are normally broken down into tree categories: pear shape, apple shape, and hourglass shape. If you are pear shaped, you carry most of your weight and bulkiness on the bottom half of your body. You have full hips and legs, and a smaller chest and torso. If you are apple shaped, you carry most of your weight and bulk in your torso, with smaller thighs and legs.

With an hourglass shape, you carry your weight evenly on both the top and bottom half of your body. Hourglass shapes normally have a defined waistline, with their hips and upper torso being fairly equal in measurement. If you are not sure which shape your body is, take a look in the mirror, preferably wearing clothing that shows your shape well. This will help you in finding out which styles look best on you.

Second, plus size women look better in well-made, well-draped clothing. Cheaply made garments may not hang correctly, and fit is extremely important for plus sized women. Tailored looks flatter fuller figures best, accentuating curves. Although an expensive option, custom tailoring ensures that your clothes are measured to your proportions, fitting perfectly.

Another important thing to remember about the fit of your clothing is size. Full figured women should be careful not to purchase clothing that is too small, or too tight. When shopping for your wardrobe, forget about what size you think you wear. Many garments are made differently; a designer may cut his or her line a bit smaller of larger than the next designer may. Therefore, the size written on garment tag (14,16,18 or S, M, L) can be very misleading.

The best way to ensure that your clothing fits well is to try on potential purchases before you buy them. Examine the garment on your body. If the garment is pulling at the seams or there are bulges where they shouldn’t be, you should opt for a larger size or another garment altogether, no matter how much you love what you’re trying on. What is the sense of spending money on something that does not flatter your figure?

Following these tips, and the rest of the tips in the Plus Size Fashionista Series, you can be sure that everything in your wardrobe will make you look as fabulous as you feel.

For more tips on looking good, check out our fashion series.