PLUS-SIZE PIZ­ZAZZ: STYLE GUIDE 101

From rock­ing the ruf­fles to don­ning the fash­ion­able capes and drapes, ex­perts tell you all about get­ting it right if you are a full-fig­ured woman. Also, learn about colours, prints and trends for the fes­tive sea­son

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - LIFESTYLE - (With in­puts from fash­ion ex­perts De­vangi Parekh and Rishi Va­sudev)

It is a myth that plus-size women should wear loose or baggy clothes. Shape­less gar­ments should be avoided in favour of fit­ted cloth­ing that can ac­cen­tu­ate your best fea­tures, say ex­perts.

Here are some more fash­ion tips for plus-size women.

■ It’s im­por­tant to find out­fits that flat­ter your shape. For ex­am­ple, em­pire waist­lines work well for those who bot­tom heavy shapes, but if your weight is con­cen­trated around the stom­ach area, straighter fits work bet­ter. Most im­por­tantly, make sure that the gar­ments are tai­lored to your size and don’t crease.

■ There are no rules when it comes to colours. Wear­ing only dark shades or black is an out­dated con­cept. Pick colours that look good on your skin tone. This sea­son is all about pas­tel shades so opt for baby pinks, mint greens, and laven­der. When opt­ing for prints, select a print (ideally ver­ti­cal) in pro­por­tion to body size. It should be nei­ther too big nor too small.

■ V-necks and sil­hou­ettes that are fit­ted on top with full or 3/4th length sleeves can be flat­ter­ing. For fes­tive cel­e­bra­tions and wed­dings, a fit­ted, long-sleeved anarkali or a sari with a blouse that has 3/4th sleeves are a few great op­tions.

■ Lace as a fab­ric looks re­ally nice in plus sizes and works well for both In­dian and western clothes. A gown with lace sleeves or an In­dow­est­ern sil­hou­ette with a lace cape or jacket is both

el­e­gant and stylish.

■ In terms of cur­rent trends, capes and drapes are very much in and can be worn in var­i­ous ways, in­clud­ing a draped in­ner dress with a cape; a fit­ted anarkali with cape-style sleeves or an at­tached cape-like over­lay on the top half; or a sari with a cape-style jacket.

■ Ruf­fles and state­ment sleeves are rul­ing run­ways world­wide and can be worn in a way that flat­ters your body type. For ex­am­ple, a fit­ted dress with smaller ruf­fles on the top half, an anarkali with flared, el­bowlength sleeves, or a lehenga that has ruf­fles at the bot­tom of the skirt.

■ While choos­ing kur­tas this fes­tive sea­son, choose flowy kur­tas rather than body hug­ging one for that royal look. And if your lower body is slightly heavy, you can al­ways go for the long kur­tas to look el­e­gant.

■ While pick­ing saris, go for light fab­rics such as chif­fon, crepe and geor­gette. Avoid big prints, and al­ways drape the sari neatly. Avoid too many pleats.

■ Avoid neck­pieces, go for ear­rings in­stead. Ev­ery out­fit needs to be ac­ces­sorised well when it comes to the fes­tive sea­son.

■ Wear the right footwear. While wear­ing a sari, stilet­tos are the safest bet. They go well even with long kur­tas and anarkali dresses.

There are no rules when it comes to colours. Wear­ing only dark shades or black is an out­dated con­cept. Pick colours that look good on your skin tone. This sea­son is all about pas­tel and bold shades.PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM/APPURVARAMPAL

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