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This week, I dove into some internet research on plus-size styles, and I must say, I’m a little alarmed at most of the plus-sized “tips” out there. Several of the articles I read seemed to lump all plus-size women into one generic category, which seems a little odd to me.
Luckily, I stumbled across a piece in Good Housekeeping about how to flatter different plus-size shapes according to a few different body types; rectangle, hourglass and pear. Here’s what I found out.
For the Rectangle body shape (broad shoulders and thick middles):
- Bold jewelry (to draw the eyes upward)
- Fitted blazer (to slim the shoulders)
- Wrap dress (to create a waist and add shape)
- Flared skirt (to add curves)
- Pointy-toed pumps (to lengthen legs)
For the Hourglass body shape (smallest part of body is waist):
- V-neck tops (accentuate cleavage)
- Swing coat (to hide hips)
- Silky shirts (softens bustline without concealing curves)
- Sweater around the neck (soften broad shoulders)
- Ankle boots (to extend line of the leg)
For the Pear body shape (smaller torso, larger hips and derriere):
- Wide necklines (to widen narrow shoulders)
- Colorful, dangly jewelry (to draw attention to the face)
- Fitted blazer with accentuated shoulders (to add shape to upper body)
- Wide-leg pants (to accent smaller waist)
- Blouse with collar up (creates width)
Armed with my new knowledge, I set out to find some great plus-size pieces for this fall and winter. (I originally planned to find 8-10 pieces, but I went a little crazy. The things I will do for you, ladies.)
Where are your favorite places to shop for plus-sized pieces? Don’t keep it a secret!
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