Plus-size fashion rules are for the birds! They’re designed to shame women into hiding their bodies, rather than empowering them to just wear what they want! Bottom Line: Rules are meant to be broken. Wear what makes you happy!
Here’s what Nicolette Mason told Refinery 29:
“Head-to-Toe Black is The Most Flattering”—While I certainly love my monochromatic looks, I’m also in love with the bright, punchy colors that Jil Sander, Gucci, and Prada’s spring collections made me lust after. Now if only my budget (and waist line) were more accommodating… Plus-size retailers have followed the direction of fashion’s heavyweights (no pun intended) to offer plus-size individuals similar runway-influenced styles. Colorblocking isn’t limited to a size number!
“Avoid Denim, Especially Skinny Jeans”—I was completely baffled when I came across a column on what plus-size women should avoid, and found that the columnist discouraged the use of denim, insisting that they only highlight problem areas. As for the “skinny jeans” part? False! Actually, if you are concerned with clothes being “flattering,” a slim, fitted cut can elongate the length of your legs, creating a slimming effect. But more importantly, skinny jeans are a good look. I’d hardly recommend you saddle up with a pair of boot cuts, right..? A great pair of well-fitting jeans are an essential part of every wardrobe!
“Never Wear Horizontal Stripes!”—I get why stripes can be intimidating, really, but there are so many new cuts and shapes and silhouettes adorned with simple stripes that there are just too many cute options to dismiss the notion of horizontal stripes entirely. The key with styling stripes (on any body shape!) is to pay attention to fit, shape, and colors, and using these factors to help create balance in your outfit. If the thought of all-over stripes is still too much, you can break up patterns by adding a “third piece”—like a cardigan, blazer, or vest.
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