Plus Size Can Be Chic

It is so frustrating to look for clothes that fit my plus size body and come up with lovely styles that would look great on my grandmother! Plus size fashion is gradually changing, but initially it begins with frumpy prints and styles. It is possible to be plus sized and chic. We just have to work a little harder at it. Don't let me fool you, I am now 50 years old. That is not yet old...I can see it, just not quite there yet. However, I enjoy wearing modern, stylish fashions that are flattering to my age and body shape.


This plus size dress is stylish and colorful!  Look for fun styles and prints!
This plus size dress is stylish and colorful! Look for fun styles and prints! | Source

Find A Style That Flatters

The first key is to find a style that flatters your body shape and your face. Plus sized ladies generally hate trying on clothes in the store. However, if you will visit a plus size store like Dress Barn, Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug or Cato, try on a lot of different styles, sizes and colors of clothes, then I guarantee you will be glad. I found that the halter necklines are my best, but I would have never ordered a halter from an online store. Now, I look for them! I also learned that my shape looks best with a long over lean look. Wearing a longer top like a tunic over a lean pant or capri, like leggings, gives me the most flattering outline. Your style might be the opposite a shorter, hip length top over a loose pant that gives you your most flattering look. How will you ever know? Each one of us is unique. Celebrate your unique shape by searching for your best and most beautiful look!

These Royal Blue Heels give an outfit a kick!  Sexy can be comfy too!  Find a pair you love!
These Royal Blue Heels give an outfit a kick! Sexy can be comfy too! Find a pair you love! | Source

Flash Some Color!

Plus size ladies learn to wear black to trim the pounds off our frame. Having a hard time getting away from that frame of mind? Well...flash some color! Don't be afraid to try a new color. Bright colors are great for darker skin tones and hair colors, while brighter pastels will make lighter skin tones and hair colors shine. Experiment with colors that you have admired. You may find that the reason you like them is that you look good in them! If all else fails, wear a black sheath dress with royal blue shoes, a royal blue purse and shiny silver jewelry blended with blue beads! Everyone will focus on the kicks of color and you will look stylish and up-to-date without feeling "out there" like you would in a royal blue dress. Accessories can be a girls best friend! Accessories can be jackets, hats, scarves, glasses, jewelry, belts, purses, even shoes! A kicking pair of shoes draws attention away from trouble areas and draws out great compliments that will make your day!

This Lime Zebra Purse gives a punch of color to a simple white tunic over black leggings!
This Lime Zebra Purse gives a punch of color to a simple white tunic over black leggings! | Source

Keep It Simple Sister!

The main thing to remember when looking for stylish plus size fashion is to keep it simple sister. It doesn't take a sexy, bright print outfit, shiny, flashy jewelry AND bright attention-getting accessories. Wearing one print at a time, having one color kick, or using one attention-getting accessory at a time will give you an updated look without screaming "LOOK AT ME!!" There are several great websites that have some great fashions at a great budget price. Research which ones have the styles and colors that showcase your personality! Don't be afraid to let yourself shine because plus size can be chic. It is your look and changing one outfit at a time will make you enjoy your style. Don't be sucked into dressing old! One last accessory is a great smile and a beautiful attitude! Looking great disappears when you are frowning and catty! If you have a beautiful heart inside, then your outer beauty will glow. Go out there and shine!

Photo and Text Copyright 2011 Deborah M. Carey

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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Great Hub! Plus size can totally be chic. It's all about choosing outfits that flatter one's form- size matters not!


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CyclingFitness 5 years ago from Nottingham UK

Interesting hub. I have to admit i would consider the dress you featured in the images to be a frumpy print and style. Especially as it has far too much going on in the print and the horizontal banding would push the waist out for the eyeline

You see alot of plus size women who do not dress right for their type and try to follow current trends which do not suit their shapes

Interesting hub- voted useful


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination. Nowadays, there are plus-size fashion models. Quite a refreshing change.


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

Thank you! It is a refreshing change and helps those of us curvy ladies to have a much better self esteem in spite of our genetic fate!


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

Cycling Fitness,

I admit many plus size women do not take the time or initiative to try on varied styles. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the dress was very flattering. The band comes just under the bust, so draws the eye upward to my best feature! I am old enough that I was pleased to see return of paisley...I guess if you live long enough, you see the fashions return! Welcome back '70s! Thanks for the comments!


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azmallqueen 5 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

I'm plus sized and what I've found also helps is Spanx and a good bra with underwire. I think some women really miss the opportunity to make clothes fit them better with those 2 items.


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

azmallqueen,

What great tips! I agree, a good underwire bra makes a huge difference! I have never tried Spanx, but you have inspired me! My concern is whether it might be hot, share your experience, please! Thanks for your comments!


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

mizanur60,

Thank you for the compliments! I appreciate your encouragement! I will definitely check out your link!


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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination. I like your suggestions. I find as I get larger and older, it is harder to look stylish, and not look like a fat old lady in kids clothes. Thanks for writing.

Namaste.


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

Deborah,

Thanks for your encouragement! I agree it is harder to look stylish as we age, but it's fun trying!


abida 5 years ago

It is a great job to create such an informative hub.It is all about choosing outfits that flatter one's form, size matters not.This information is very attractive for all women.keep writing


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

abida,

I am flattered, I hope that others will see that their best accessory is a great personality and a genuine smile! Thank you for your encouragement, God bless!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Well...just look at you! Many good wishes on your hubnugget nomination. This is a great hub just filled with tips and advice for plus size beauties. I'm a fan as of right now and eager to read more hubs by you. vocalcoach


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

vocalcoach,

Thank you!! I am so excited at receiving the hubnugget!! It is a great honor! Thanks for being a fan! Glad you like the hub, I appreciate your encouragement and hope to live up to everyone's gracious compliments!


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kimh039 5 years ago

I agree there is a lot of good fashion available in plus sizes. I like your suggestion about trying things on in the store. That makes sense, although I haven't tried anything on in years! There are also a lot of plus size styles that I find myself wondering, "Do they think people just start liking these because they're overweight?" I am referring to the t-shirts with tacky designs and the patterns on many polyester blouses. Thanks prektjr.... and congrats on the hubnugget award.


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

kimh039,

Thanks for reading! There are many styles that have no possible explanation!! Go try on every possible style! It really is fun and surprising which outfits really suit you! Good luck! God Bless!


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Pre, these are great suggestions for plus size women. I think it's so important to try to look our best at every size, so we can feel good about ourselves. Great hub and a belated congrats on the HubNuggets nomination!


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

prairieprincess,

Thanks so much for the congrats and the compliments! If I help one plus size lady feel more like just a lady, I will have succeeded! Thanks for reading!

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