Debunking five fashion myths for plus women just might give women everywhere the courage to try styles they have long avoided while increasing their confidence and self-esteem. Many have clung to the same myths for far too long, passing by new looks they wish they could wear and keeping their closets monochromatic and uninspiring. It’s time to bring some of these popular myths unto the light and see whether there is actually any truth to them. What you find may be surprising.
For decades, heavy women have been told that black is slimming. Many plus women have worn black slacks, skirts and dresses for far too long, avoiding bright colors, prints, stripes and patterns. There may be an element of truth to black being slimming, yet a plus size woman will not look any more slender in black than she will in emerald green, sapphire blue or ruby red. Department and specialty stores have come out with striking looks for plus women in every conceivable color pattern and print. A large woman can look smart and stylish in tribal stripes, pretty prints, bright paisleys and a kaleidoscope of geometrics, polka dots and colors. An especially good style for plus women is the fit and flare dress. It defines the waist that has too long been hidden and falls gracefully over the hips for a flattering fit.
Horizontal stripes have been avoided by curvy women for far too long. Women have been told that stripes make them appear broader, therefore making them something to avoid. This is simply not true. Many tops, dresses, skirts and pants and being made for plus women with wide, narrow, tribal, chevron and print stripes. Stripes will not camouflage your size, but they can be worn attractively by women of all body types. Asymmetrical stripes are especially flattering for larger women, falling at an angle rather than straight across. Tribal, print and chevron stripes are especially flattering and can create outstanding looks for women of any size.
Wide belts can be difficult for women of all sizes to wear. Even women who are slim often cannot wear a wide belt easily. They break the silhouette in the middle, shortening the overall look. Plus women often choose not to wear them, since they tend to accentuate a heavier waist, creating an unattractive look. Narrow belts are extremely popular this season, and can be worn well by women of all sizes. Try wearing a narrow belt over a long tee, top or tunic or belting a cardigan sweater with a narrow belt. These great looks can be worn well by women of all sizes and body types. Avoid wearing belts that are too tight, since they are unflattering and can give the impression of a sack being tied in the middle.
Plus women often tend to wear sports bras, finding them the most comfortable, best fitting and least expensive solution to a heavy chest. While this may well be true, they are not the most figure-flattering choice. They tend to make the chest appear large and shapeless, obscuring the natural lines of the figure. Choose a balconette or push-up bra that separates and defines the breasts for the most attractive look possible. Choose a well-fitting bra that offers the comfort and support you need. Many department and specialty stores have a good selection of minimizer bras, especially made for large breasted women who want to accentuate their curves while giving them a slightly smaller appearance. A good bra is like a good foundation, making the best bra a valuable investment that will pay off in form and function.
Heels will not necessarily make heavy women appear taller, slimmer and more attractive. There is no question that they will add a few inches in height and increase your overall length but, unless worn well, they can be unattractive. Wearing heels causes the muscles in the calves of the legs to be more defined and forces the backside to protrude, often making it appear more prominent. High heels can also make larger women look disproportionate, rather like a large house built on stilts. Walking in heels is an art that can be developed, but may not be possible for all women. Swaying with a wiggle is not the walk you want to project, since it can easily deteriorate to an unflattering gait. If you want to give the illusion of height without risk, try slim leg pants, long leggings and a new duster length vest or sweater.
Perhaps some of the long-held myths for plus women have been debunked. Hopefully they have, making it possible for women everywhere to the latest looks and make the most of their figures, regardless of size.
As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending~