Plus Size Fashion Advice
"Styling Tricks that Slim and Flatter Your Full-Figure Body"
Now that we've covered the basic plus size guidelines it's time to take a closer look at plus size fashion advice and styling tricks that will help you put together an outfit that will make you look leaner. Look at this as putting the fashion basics into practice!
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Now let's review some of the best styling tricks that help you look yummy with curves!
Plus Size Fashion Advice #1:
'Monochromatic' means wearing the same color but in different nuances (eg. chocolate brown, chestnut brown, beige), but can also work with colors that have the same value (light, medium or dark).
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So select garments with strong vertical prints and details.
How to Wear Navy StripesYou can wear horizontal stripes but they look best on body parts that need some widening.
Stripes need to be medium to large-scaled. If you're petite go for medium - or close together stripes which create a ladder effect, drawing the eye up and down.
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They're the perfect neckline when you want your body to look thinner and longer.
If you have narrow shoulders then wear a slightly rounded neckline but add a long necklace or a necklace with a vertical pendant for maximum slimming effect.
The V-shape of the neckline is an excellent way to make the eye go up and down.
If you have a full bust, I suggest you to look for v-necks that stops right above your cleavage.
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For example, when it comes to scarves: wear it long and dangling (or let one of the end dangle freely) instead of bundling it up.
It can be an exception if you're a pear body shape and lack width and volume on top compared to your bottom.
If have a big bust, letting one of the ends dangle vertically is ideal. Bandana scarf styling create a v-shape that is slimming too.
Click here to learn how to take your body measurements, and if you're unsure of how plus sizes work click here.
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So wear wider belts (eg. the thickest skinny belt you can find!), bigger prints and bigger-scaled handbags.
If you're petite stick to medium-scale.
Small and dainty accessories will only make you look big in comparison. However you can wear small bracelets as long as you wear several of them in one to create a full, cascading effect.
Bigger features need to upscale the jewelry; if you have small features, make your jewelry smaller.
If you have a big bust you need bigger necklaces; smaller busts look better with delicate jewelry pieces.
This scaling guidelines also applies to scarves. Eg. Chunky knits and wide scarves work best on bigger busts.
Wrist and Hands
Bracelets, rings and watches should be scaled to the size of your hands, wrists and hands.
Learn how to select the right fashion costume jewelry
Calves, Ankles & Feet
Fuller and muscular calves need bigger details such as wider straps and thicker heel (eg. wedge instead of stiletto).
If you have slim and dainty feet and ankles, opt for fine straps and slimmer heels.
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Body shapers work like magic on the extra lumps and bumps. Learn more about plus size shapewear
Great fitting underwear is super-important, especially bras! They hold up a big bust and lifts it up to reveal your torso which makes you look leaner. If your underwear doesn't fit properly it’s going to bulge strangely underneath your clothes and make you look bulky.
Great sites to shop for large bras and plus size shapewear:
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The wider your waist looks, the heavier you'll look. Just take a look at some of the slim Rectangles. They're thin but they still look bigger than they are because of their lack of waist definition.
A slim waist can visually take 10 pounds off your frame. And it also creates a sexy and appealing hourglass silhouette. So if your waist is on the wider or fuller side, wear clothes that nip at the thinnest part of your waist.
However if you have a full mid-section, stick to empire cut to skim over the tummy. It's nipped right below your bust, instead of at the waist.