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
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 Wearing only dark shades or black is an outdated concept.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