Many plus-size girls often limit themselves in fashion experiments: from the dominance of black outfits and voluminous silhouettes in the closet to categorical prohibitions on large prints and any unusual solutions. Most of these are outdated misconceptions and stereotypes, which it is high time to get rid of. Together with an expert, we decided to destroy the main myths about the plus size wardrobe, in which many still believe.
A non–standard complexion is not a reason for restrictions in clothing. Today, this is said not only by active supporters of body positivity, but also by fashion designers. They are supported by glossy magazines that actively print attractive photos of plus-size models, and even world cinema. Far from perfect in appearance, the heroines of “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “Crumpets” live an active life, achieve success, find love and make sure that attractiveness has nothing to do with the figure on the scales.
Nevertheless, in everyday life, women with curvy forms still adhere to strict rules about what can and cannot be worn, although most of these recommendations should be discarded long ago. Ekaterina Velichkina, an ambassador of the women’s clothing brand Helmidge, a coach and psychologist, tells more about harmful fashion tips.
Myth #1. Only black slims
Undoubtedly, dark things can visually reduce the volume, but black is quite insidious in this regard. It emphasizes the silhouette, and if you choose the wrong style, it will draw the figure in the smallest details. Therefore, the total black image plays against curvy ladies. It is not necessary to dress completely in black – classic black trousers or a cardigan are enough. Even an evening dress – a mandatory element of the wardrobe of many girls – should be diversified with a bright decor or made colored.
Myth #2. Large prints – for slim
Another misconception that makes overweight women give up bright fashionable things. Meanwhile, a large drawing is able to draw attention to the merits of your figure, while a small one will “get lost” and make the complexion more massive. The only “but” is that the size of the drawing should be selected according to your proportions: the larger the figure, the more details. However, try not to overdo it, because an extremely large print will turn into indeterminate spots and visually increase the volume.
Myth #3. Overweight women should not wear stripes and polka dots
You can! The main thing is to choose the right size and learn how to combine them with other wardrobe elements. Striped things look good if you combine them with plain ones: for example, a blouse or a striped longsleeve, worn with dark trousers and a long vest. The same applies to the “pea” – it can fill up on its own, and in combination with things of the same color it looks organic and stylish.
Myth #4. Plus size clothing should be single-layered
There is an opinion that layering visually adds volume, and this is true if we are talking about lush dresses or a sweater worn on a shirt. However, often several layers of clothing can visually reduce. For example, if you unbutton an elongated jacket or put a cardigan over a dress, you will create vertical lines that lengthen and slim the figure.
Myth #5. Draperies and voluminous clothing hide figure flaws
This rule does not work, because draperies and folds add volume, and spacious clothes will hide the outlines of the figure, which makes it seem larger. It will be much more profitable to look moderately tight silhouettes or elements that emphasize your advantages (for example, a belt will allow you to pay attention to a thin waist). Of course, a dress or suit should not sit like a second skin – it is enough to create a clear shape and balance the image.
Myth No. 6. Only classics are suitable for a full figure
This rule, as it were, imposes a ban on experimenting with outfits, strictly limits the length of skirts and the style of clothing, depriving lush beauties of the opportunity to dress in a sporty or romantic style. In fact, plus-size allows you to wear biker leather jackets, jeans, and flowing sundresses – the main thing is that the clothes are matched in size and fit the figure. If you feel that the English suit shackles you, wear denim. Most manufacturers are very attentive to women with a non-standard figure, so you can easily pick up jeans that are perfect for your height and volume.
Myth #7. The plus size palette is dark or soft colors
Bright saturated colors give energy, optimism and cheerfulness. And there is absolutely no reason to deprive yourself of the joy of wearing a red dress or a catchy floral print if you feel comfortable in these clothes. The only limitation is that you can mix no more than four colors, otherwise the outfit will look unnecessarily colorful. But this is true for ladies of any complexion.
Modern fashion is almost completely free from prejudices and prohibitions, and the possibilities of each of us are limited only by our personal sense of style. Be bolder and more relaxed, do not be afraid to demonstrate the advantages of the figure, and you will always attract the admiring glances of others.
ambassador of the women’s clothing brand Helmidge. Expert in the field of self-knowledge and self-realization, coach, psychologist.