The plus size fashion niche has exploded over the last ten years. With all the choices available to full figured women these days, it can be a bit overwhelming when it comes time to determine how to build out your wardrobe.
The first step to consider is your goal. Many tips on plus size fashion are tailored towards strategies to make you look thinner. This approach is a mistake. Your goal should not be to buy and wear clothes that make you look thinner so much as it should be to wear outfits that give you a balanced appearance. Clothes that are too tight and uncomfortable should be pitched to the local charity of your choice. Yes, you can look good and be comfortable too.
What size are you? Who cares! Do not shop for your size. First off, different garments might not have a universal size. It is well known that bra sizes across brands do not match. Instead of dressing for size, dress for fit. You are going to look much better in a size 14 that fits versus a size 12 that is too tight. You can use size as a starting point, but don’t be a slave to it. If clothes fit, then the size doesn’t matter.
On the other end of the equation, don’t try to hide your body by wearing clothes that are too big and baggy. Just as tight clothes look bad, so does this approach. Remember, we are looking for balance and proportion. Regardless of your size, a balanced outfit with a nice fit will always look good and it will have the added benefit of being comfortable. It goes without saying that a good tailor is well worth the expense.