1. You are enough. Overcompensation is never necessary. We all have insecurities and things that we are not comfortable with; that is apart of life. We don’t have to try so hard to be more stylish or outgoing (God has equipped you with everything you need). I see this in the plus size community a lot. We don’t have to wear our tops lower, reveal more, or be the “funny friend” to show our significance. Stay true to yourself…whatever that is.
2. "Flattering" clothing does matter. Wear clothing that looks good on your body and reflects your true essence to the world. You are what you wear.
3. Shop Everywhere. I often shop in the straight, not plus section of certain stores. Depending on the material that an item is constructed from or the cut, it may accommodate a more curvy body. Don’t cast off or disregard any store without seeing what they may have to offer.
4. Try everything on. You never know what you may find.
5. Know your body type. How can you truly understand what type of clothing looks good on your body if you don’t understand how you are shaped? Check out my previous post on understanding body types HERE.
6. Don’t wear clothing that you have to “tug” and “pull.” It’s not worth it, you will not feel good about yourself or your outfit.
7. Buy your size. Numbers don’t matter! I have a closet full of clothes that range from sizes 12-22. The number on a tag is irrelevant. When you purchase clothing buy whatever size fits, not the size you wish you were or think you are.
8. Play up your best assets. If you have great arms or legs, showcase them! Draw attention to the parts of your body that you are the most confident about.
9. Undergarments are the foundation of every outfit. Not investing in the appropriate bras, panties, and shapers can truly ruin your looks.
10. Get your clothes tailored. It may be necessary depending on your body type. Plus size bodies come in so many different shapes and sizes, so it is important to tailor your clothing. You may have an item that is too big in the waist, or too long. These are issues that your local dry cleaners or tailor can fix for you.