Hi! I’m Aimee Cheshire, the creator and owner of MadisonPlus.com – an online fashion and lifestyle guide that puts plus-size women first. Since there’s nothing I love more than fashion (except maybe perfect fit), I’m thrilled to be working with Macy's as their new plus-size style blogger! I have much to say on this subject, and I just can’t wait to begin helping you celebrate your figure and the art of dressing it.
So often, as a plus-size woman, you get a long list of what you can’t do, should do, tips and tricks to hide your figure... all making you feel a little “less than” because your silhouette is different from what society expects. It’s frustrating (to say the least) trying to follow the “rules” in the back of your mind, yet still look fashionable, fun and beautiful... Luckily, the times they are a-changin’, girls – and I’m here to tell you to throw those negative, passé old ideas right out the window!
On that note, I’d love to share with you my Top 5 Tips that are guaranteed to keep your look high on style and fully flattering at any size, in any season:
#1: Smart Prints.
This Fall, when it comes to prints, it’s all about eye-popping opticals and hothouse florals. But keep in mind: When you’re curvy, placement is everything. You don’t want to draw attention to a part of your figure that doesn’t bring out your confidence. For me, it’s my tummy – when I try on a printed item on that draws the eye directly to my midsection, I skip it. I’ll go for anall-over print any day, as it’s super-fun and ends up acting like a solid color.
#2: Don’t skimp on the undergarments.
Buy all the expensive couture clothing you want, but know this: It doesn’t matter what clothes you put on if the foundation underneath isn’t correct. Get fitted for a great bra, I cannot stress this enough – I guarantee your bra size is not what you think it is!!
If you are concerned about your hips or rear-view, look for a garment to just skim over them and smooth the silhouette; if like me you have tummy-troubles, shop for a waist-defining piece, maybe something high-waisted. Then when you put on that favorite blouse or new pair of trousers, enjoy – there’s a world of happiness to discover when all your bits and bobs are just where they belong.
#3: Wear your size.
This tip sounds like stating the obvious, doesn’t it? But so often when you’re plus size, it’s tempting to just settle for an item that doesn’t quite get the job done because they didn’t have the size you really wanted. Be honest with yourself when trying an item on. Ask, “Does this truly fit me comfortably, or do I have to do work to make itwork?
#4: Pick your trend.
It’s common to get overwhelmed when shopping the latest trends of the season… there’s just so much to get excited about! However, I find it best to pick one or two that you absolutely love and let the others just be. For Fall, I am in love with the opulent textures we’re seeing (like velvets and jacquards), the sleekness of leather, and the use of purple – the season’s must-have color. But still, I must learn to exercise restraint.
#5: Walk With Confidence.
This is the most important tip of all: Walk like you mean it! Never underestimate the magnetic allure of a poised, self-assured woman. Keep your shoulders back, chin up, and whenever possible, smile – andyou’ll look great in everything you wear.
Voilà! You now know my most hallowed secrets to maintaining a gorgeous, confident, figure-flattering look now and forever. I hope these tips will inspire you to aim high, be bold, and let clothes work in your favor to bring out the most beautiful you. Thanks for reading, and see you next week on mBlog!