Curves & Confidence: How to Nail Plus-Size Dressing

If there’s one trend we’re loving in fashion right now, it’s the focus on diversity. The celebration of different types of beauty — be it by skin colour or body type — is a vital step in making fashion more inclusive and accessible. So we’re all for the rise of plus-size fashion and curvy spokespersons like Ashley Graham and Demi Lovato.

If you think that you have to skip certain trends or abide by particular style guidelines just because you’re over Size 14, it’s high time to revise that notion. Instead of avoiding certain clothes, here are some ways to look good in anything you wear, size be damned.

DITCH THE BLACK, EMBRACE THE WHITE

Sure, the LBD is a classic wardrobe staple. But that doesn’t mean you should live in black. White is a fresher alternative, and can look flattering and chic too.

The key is in the fit, not the colour. Just like how black won’t make you look smaller if your clothes don’t fit properly, white won’t make you look larger if you find the right pieces. Particularly for jeans and ruched dresses, go for more structured materials — not only will they provide more support, their extra thickness will help you avoid any instances of VPL.

IN FACT, HAVE FUN WITH PRINTS AND COLOUR

When it comes to colour, all you have to do is make sure it complements your skin tone. You don’t even have to shy away from a stunning red number as long as it sits comfortably on you.

If you’re still uncertain about decking out in brights, start with small, vibrant details like a clutch, shoes, or jewellery before moving on to bigger pieces.

As for prints, they should be proportionate to the scale of your body — tiny prints can make you look bigger. For a more forgiving and flattering option, try watercolour prints.

PLAY UP YOUR MONOCHROME

Yes, monochrome can indeed streamline your figure by creating one long, lean, line. But throwing on mismatched pieces in the same shade can make you look sloppy.

Instead, experiment with different fabrics. Pair a textured item such as tweed with something flowy like chiffon rather than wearing the same boring fabric from head to toe. Nudes should also not be the exact same colour as your skin or you’ll look like you’re wearing a skin suit.

REPEAT AFTER US: STRIPES ARE NOT THE ENEMY

Don’t simply draw the line at stripes. While thick horizontal stripes don’t do anybody any favours, there are other types of stripes that create flattering optical illusions.

Go for thinner stripes rather than thick ones, and lighter-coloured striped against a dark background always work better than the other way round.

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