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Fashion Tips for Plus-Size Girls
It can often be frustrating for plus-size girls to shop for fashionable outfits. It’s not a secret that most stylish outfits are geared toward fitting smaller figures. However, with some good sense and some knowledge of how to flatter your body properly, many ideas are out there to make your fuller physique look its very best
To look great in plus-size fashion, it’s important to understand and be aware of your body shape. In most cases, plus-size girls are shaped similar to either apples or pears. Apple-shaped girls tend to have larger midsections and slender, graceful limbs, while pear-shaped girls generally are thinner on top, with larger thighs and hips. Apple-shaped girls can accentuate their bustline by using lace and frills there. A-line dresses work wear on apple-shaped girls to display attractive legs. Pear-shaped girls can benefit from wearing tops with vibrant patterns to take the spotlight off their thighs and hips, and they can also wear longer tops and jackets.
To give your figure a more slenderized appearance, it can help greatly to dress in darker colors, including rich and deep tones such as royal blue and burgundy. Monochromatic coloring can also streamline the body, de- emphasizing specific “trouble” areas. One useful plus-size fashion tip is to avoid wearing color combinations that have drastic contrast. High contrast between colors (say orange and dark green) can divide the figure up into too many different sections, and decrease the illusion of a slender figure.
Fabrics and Stripes
To flatter a plus-size figure, it’s crucial to dress in appropriate fabrics. Look for structured and sturdy fabrics, rather than clingy and flimsy ones that can stick (and draw attention to) less-than-flawless body parts. Fabric ideas to consider include cotton, blends of spandex and polyester, and microfibers. Stretchy fabrics like rayon, silk and Lucra are a no-no.
To create a slender illusion, choose designs that feature vertical stripes and stay away from horizontal stripes. Vertical striping helps present a sleek and narrow appearance, while horizontal striping can actually make the body look wider and chunkier.
Accessories are an effective way to add some flair to a plus-size outfit, especially if the look is monochromatic. Fun ways to add some quick pizazz to an outfit include wearing scarves, rings, earrings and hats; the sky’s the limit when it comes to accessorizing, but minimalism is key. Focus on wearing one or two accessories to complete your look.
Wearing clothes that are the right size for you is vital. The last thing you want to wear is a tight outfit that displays the “rolls” coming out of your stomach area, or a saggy and baggy top that bunches up and makes you look sloppy. Don’t limit yourself to the junior department if you can’t find items that flatter you; you might have better luck in women’s sizes. Also be sure you’re wearing the correct size undergarments, especially bras. Appropriately sized bras can help make the upper body look significantly thinner.
This article was written by Lars Tramilton, eHow Contributor
Lars Tramilton has been writing professionally since 2007. His work has appeared in a variety of online publications, including CareerWorkstation.
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