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The 6 New Rules Of Plus-Size Dressing

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Convinced that you’re bound by certain style guidelines if you’re over a size 14? Get ready to change your mind.

1. The Old Rule:“You Should Never Wear White”

The new rule: The key to a flattering garment comes down to fit, not colour. White does not make you look larger if you find the right pieces, just as black will not make you look smaller if it doesn’t fit properly. (The exception: On camera, wearing white can make you appear bigger.) When shopping for white clothing—white jeans and white ruched dresses in particular—avoid flimsy fabrics, which will highlight any bumps. Instead, pick materials with substance and structure; not only will they provide support, but that extra thickness will ensure your undies won’t play peekaboo whenever you’re in the sun.

2. The Old Rule: “Button-Down Shirts Are Unflattering”

The new rule: Button-down shirts complement curves. Look for one that has stretch and design details that create shape, like darts, ruching, and wrapping. For an even more slenderizing silhouette, layer the shirt under a blazer, jacket, or cardigan—it will shrink the appearance of your midsection and elongate you.

3. The Old Rule: “Bright Colours and Prints Will Call Unnecessary Attention to Your Shape and Make You Look Bigger”

The new rule: There are no rules when it comes to colour—just make sure it complements your complexion. Even bright red can be slimming when the cut and fit flatter your shape. (If you’re still nervous about jumping into Technicolour waters, dip in a toe first: Start with small, vibrant details—shoes, jewellery, or bags—before trying bigger pieces.) As for prints, make sure they’re in proportion to the scale of the body. “If a larger woman wears a tiny print, it may get lost.” An especially forgiving option? Watercolour prints. One colour melts into the other and it’s really flattering.

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4. The Old Rule: “Dressing in Monochrome Is Always Slimming”

The new rule: Use it, don’t abuse it. Monochrome can indeed work wonders by creating one long, lean, continual line; but simply throwing on random pieces in the same shade can also make you look sloppy. To avoid that trap, play around with different fabrications. Add an item with texture or a material like chiffon—and accessorize with a pop of colour—rather than wearing the same fabric from head to toe. The hue also matters: People love nudes, but it shouldn’t be the exact same colour as your skin tone or there will be no delineation between where your clothes end and you begin.

5. The Old Rule: “Stripes Are the Enemy”

The new rule: Don’t indiscriminately draw the line at stripes. They’ve gotten a bad rap, and—truth be told—with some justification: Chunky, straight-across horizontal bands won’t do anybody any favours. But there’s a whole world of stripes that are using their powers of optical illusion for good. Many designers are now making stripes that are asymmetrical, making you appear smaller. Look for stripes that angle inward to help slim your waistline. More trade secrets: Thinner stripes tend to make you look more svelte than thick ones do, and a dark background with lighter-coloured stripes is far superior to the other way around.

6. The Old Rule: “Following Trends Is Too Risky. Just Stick to the Basics”

The new rule: If it floats your boat, by all means go for it. The trick is to adapt a trend in a way that works for your shape. Dying to wear a crop top? Opt for one that’s cut longer and pair it with a high-waisted pencil skirt. Want to give colour-blocking a go? Wearing multi-toned pieces can be slimming if the vertical panels and darker shades are positioned on the areas that you want to downplay. Even hard-to-pull-off harem pants get the green light. Find a pair with stretch and draping, but bear in mind that women who carry their weight on top look especially good in this cut because the pants balance the silhouette.MYNEWSHUB.CC

 

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