Plus-Size Clothing Shopping Tips for Large Women
Just because you're a larger woman doesn't mean that you have to wear
the boring, ultra-drab clothing that's commonly available. Our average
dress size is going up and there's an increasing number of women who
want to look fashionable and chic without looking frumpy. Fortunately,
designers are listening to consumers and are creating attractive,
plus-size fashions for women.
Still, it's difficult to find larger clothing in many areas of the
country or they're very limited. What's more daunting, is choosing
suitable styles that will disguise flaws (we all have them) and help us
look slimmer. The following tips will help you choose the most
flattering clothing when out shopping.
Make Sure it Fits
One of the main problems women have is wearing clothing that doesn't
fit properly. Too loose and it adds bulk, too tight and bulges are
showing. Make sure you use the fitting room and check your back for
bulges. Know the stores return policy before buying. Smart manufactures
pre-shrink their garments so look for this on the tags.
Wear Updated Undergarments
Undergarments are the "foundation" on which we wear our clothing.
Weight fluctuates and it may be necessary to shop frequently or keep two
sizes on hand. Underwear that gives proper support and minimizes budges
will make you look ten times better.
Check the Length
Longer blouses and shirts are more flattering, plus they're very much
in style right now. In style or not, they'll help elongate and cover
your mid-section. For those that fall well below the hips, define your
wait with a belt, sash, or scarf.
Of course, not all patterns are unflattering but many of them are too
busy and will make you appear larger -- small patterns in particular.
Favorite designs aside, stick with monochrome or two colors.
Choose Handbags wisely
Depending on what you need to carry, try to choose a medium to large
handbag or tote. Smaller purses have a tendency to look puny on a large
woman and thus, make her appear larger than what she really is. Find
something that will accommodate what you need to carry and have space to
The Internet is a vast resource for plus-size clothing. The trick is
finding a store you're comfortable with. Check stores and familiarize
yourself with their styles and size charts. Not all clothing is created
equal and sizes vary by the brand. Always measure yourself first and
again, check return policies.
You can find new and used clothing on online auctions such as Ebay.
It's amazing how many people buy garments and don't wear them because
they don't fit or they don't like how it looks on them. Because of this,
you can get some great deals. What's good about used, near-new clothing
is that it's been washed and already pre-shrunk for you.
People who sell clothing through auctions regularly are those easiest
to buy from. They will have all the information you need listed on the
page and will often include detailed measurements. If you don't see
these, ask the seller to measure it for you, from armpit to armpit, and
top of shoulder to bottom of hem (for shirts or dresses.) Your best luck
will be when these measurements match up with something you already own
that fits you well. Find your favorite garments, measure them, and write
the results down for future reference.
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