Many plus-sized women are under the impression that once you’re over a size 14, everything you wear has to be picked out according to certain rules about style. This can make a well-earned day of shopping much harder to enjoy. Well, we’ve got some good news for you: a lot of those rules are completely unfounded and wrong! Here are just a handful of the most commonly believed myths about plus-size fashion, and the truth behind them.
“Never Wear White”
There’s a lot of myths and misconceptions floating around about plus-size fashion, and how colors and patterns can affect the way a certain garment looks on you. The truth is, a flattering item of clothing comes down to the fit, not the color. White will never make you look larger if you find the right pieces, and black won’t make you look smaller if it isn’t a good fit. The only real rule in this area for plus-size shopping is to stay away from flimsy fabrics, as these will accentuate any bumps in your body shape. Go for materials with a little more substance and structure, which will provide support and last for much longer.
“Bright Prints Bring Attention to your Shape”
Again, the only rule when it comes to colors and prints is that it should complement your complexion. This is going to be welcome news for all of you who have been ogling
Anthonys sundresses all season and thinking that they’re no-goes! Even something as loud as bright red can be a very good choice, provided the cut and the fit are flattering to your shape. If you’re still a little hesitant about jumping right into bright colors, dip a toe in first, using smaller, vibrant details of your outfit. Shoes, handbags, and various accessories are all great choices to experiment with and find your ideal palette.
“Button Down Shirts Are a No-Go”
It’s another common misconception that all button-down shirts are unflattering on a plus-size woman. Wrong again! In fact, button down shirts can complement curves in many people’s cases. You just need to shop around for one that has design and stretch details which help to create shape, such as ruching, darts, and wrapping. If you’re looking for something that’s even more slimming, you can try layering the shirt under blazers, jackets, cardigans and so on. For many people, this can shrink the appearance of their torso and make their whole body appear longer.
“Always Look for the Empire Waist”
Despite what you may have heard elsewhere, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to waistlines – not even an Empire waist. If you’re bottom-heavy or have a small bust, then sure, the Empire waist can look great on you by drawing the focus upwards. However, if you’re full-busted, or you happen to carry a lot of your body’s weight in your midsection, then it’s best to steer clear of this particular style. In many cases, this can wind up giving you an unseemly, unwanted maternity look.