Colours and Contours: Busting Through the Plus Size Myths

Black Dress
Busting Through the Plus Size Myths

One of the most enduring fashion myths that has plagued plus size women for decades is the completely misleading advice ‘black makes you appear slimmer’. First of all, it doesn’t, it makes you look washed out and dull, so unless you’re a Goth or an avid funeral attendee, it’s time to ditch the black and introduce some colour into your clothing. If your personality is bright and bubbly with just the right amount of crazy, then your wardrobe should reflect that, and bigger girls should never hide behind neutral colours and baggy shapes that only make them appear larger than they are. If you’re ready for a fashion overhaul, the following guide will help you select the best shades to maximize your features, and stand out from the black crowd.

The Perfect Shade

Whilst a black dress would certainly appear more slimming than a fire engine red version, that doesn’t mean that black is always the best option. Deep jewel tones in emerald green, sapphire blue, and amethyst will have a much more slimming effect, and can be used to accentuate different eye colours and skin tones. Colour blocking is also a fabulous option for larger ladies, as it can be used to bring attention to the parts of the body you want to highlight such as an ample bosom or voluptuous rear. Try combining an electric blue low-cut top with a pair of tailored black trousers for an instantly sexy look, or pull on some shocking pink jeans and team them with an elegant, flowing white shirt for a fun and flirty look.

Mix It Up

When combining more than one colour, it’s a good idea to choose an accessory such as a scarf or bag in a contrasting shade. Layering many colours on top of each other will have you looking like a traffic light, so stick to a single statement piece when experimenting with contrasting shades. Prints and patterns can also look fantastic on top of a bright colour, but opt for delicate, soft patterns, as opposed to chunky stripes or giant polka dots.

Some Things Are Never a Good Idea

No matter how much we miss the 80s, it’s not coming back and neither is its disturbing neon legacy. Fluorescent clothing received a brief revival last summer, but thankfully the trend died quietly before it managed to take hold. Whilst expressing yourself is always a good thing, some shades should be left to the professionals, and even they have a tough time pulling off yellow spandex. Avoid all forms of clothing that can still be seen when the lights are switched off, and any form of shiny metallic fabric and anything wet-look.

As long as you follow the aforementioned tips, you will have a wardrobe to be proud of that represents your personality in all its quirky glory. Many fuller figured women are wary of bright colours thanks to the fashion industry’s misguided advice, but there is absolutely no reason why every woman can’t wear any colour she wants, and look fabulous while doing so.

Tom Grant is a fashion aficionado. He enjoys sharing his insights on how every woman can look and feel her best. You can find the latest dresses, blouses, knit wear, trousers, jackets and even more.

Chic style: Biker jacket

Biker jacket
Biker jacket

Imagine riding a Harley Davidson through a winding road on a hill and the fresh forest air sweeps through your hair. You exude…Swagger? Check. Personality? Check. Rebelliousness? Oh yes, Check. There is something intriguing about a biker strutting his or her Biker jacket that sets the ‘coolness’ factor to a whole different level. No wonder the rest of the world and especially the fashion world has taken to embracing their style.

Biker jackets; the case in point are so popular and can be considered as a timeless garment to have in your closet. It instantly creates a chic, rebellious and modern twist to a simple outfit. Like every biker has a ‘road name’, each one of us needs to have a biker jacket that is unique and well fitted. And yes, even if we don’t own a bike, we can certainly pull off wearing a biker jacket if done so correctly.

Colors: The most authentic and perhaps, easiest color to choose is black. It flatters all skin tones and provides a slimming effect. But, there are browns, pale pinks and blues if you like to mix things up a little. Dual toned jackets (grey and black) are also available.

Material: Leather would be the number one choice for most people, especially if the investment is long term. However, if you prefer to go the vegan lifestyle route, there are so many ‘faux’ leather options to choose from. ‘Moto’ jackets or biker jackets have transitioned into cotton and denim for use in warmer months as well.

Length: Cropped, waist-length or tunic lengths are some options to play with. It is all about balancing the proportion of the outfit. Cropped lengths look great with flowy skirts or dresses and waist-lengths look good with most jeans’ styles. Tunic lengths balance out skinny jeans or leggings to keep the outfit compelling.

Pairings: Biker jackets work mainly to take an outfit up a notch when you want to add an interesting element to your outfit. A floral dress can be teamed with the rugged jacket to bring about a paradox. A Simple jeans and tee outfit can be made very stylish with a biker jacket and matching (or not matching) boots.

You may draw inspiration from actual bikers or scout for pictures of your favorite celebs.

The choices to pair biker jackets are endless. Whichever way you wear it, you would portray a fabulous, tough and a stand-out style that has everyone’s eyes on you.

Move over black, it is Navy boots this season!

The autumn leaves have left their branches and crisp white snow will be here soon. Ever wondered how lovely mustard leaves or little flakes of snow will look when they gently caress your beautiful navy boots? You read it right, Navy boots are ‘in’ and here to stay.

Navy has been seen on runways world over, courted by top design houses like Dries Van Noten, Chloé and Céline. Often pitted as the new black for Fall/Winter 2013-2014, it has become the hottest color for the cooler seasons. Why not get in on the action, especially since it is navy’s time in the spot light… how boring has black and brown boots become!

You’re probably wondering what to wear with navy boots. Considering it is likely that you already own navy colored clothes in your closet, you can style your boots in the same manner.

Here goes the list:

  1. Neutral on Neutral: Navy,a dark neutral, pairs well with lighter neutrals. Throw on a pair of beige pants from summer over navy boots and you’ll be Fall ready in no time. Pair them with a white blouse, navy satchel and red lips to complete the look.
  2. Monochromatic chic: Very few colors exude elegance, class and sophistication like navy does, when worn as the only color in an outfit. Victoria Beckham strutted into the Royal Wedding wearing navy head-to-toe . Why not go all out with a fit and flare navy dress, navy cross-body and navy boots to paint the town red?
  3. Channel the Nautical: Work your navy boots with red pants and a white and blue striped top. Throw on a beige trench coat for cooler days and carry along a matching tote. You’re guaranteed second looks, for the right reasons of course.
  4. Rock the Color block: Brighten up a cloudy day by color blocking your navy boots with a hot pink skirt (don’t forget navy tights when it’s chilly) and a simple white tee. Tie the outfit together with a wide tan belt and bag.
  5. Back it up with black: Evolution taught us that it is super chic to pair navy and black; take it a step further and add grey to the mix. Wear your navy boots with black leggings and a grey slouchy sweater. Top off the uber-cool outfit with a navy tube scarf and a black bag.

Popular brands such as Impo, Steve Madden and Nine West carry their own version of stylish navy boots in casual or dress styles. Inexpensive pairs can be found online at zappos.com, dsw.com or in-store at DSW and Macy’s to name a few. Go on, get yourself a pair of this season’s show stopper!