By Andrea Dilea
If you are a plus-sized girl or woman, you already know that shopping can be a chore. Every woman, no matter what her size is, needs a shopping strategy, and if you already know that clothes that fit well are going to be harder to find, it goes double for you! Take a look at a few tips below and make sure that your fashion sense stays sharp this winter.
First, there's a good chance that you've been told to stick to dark colors like black, gray and maroon, but this is not really the case. Cut will always beat color in terms of importance when it comes to looking good, so when it boils down to it, a well-cut outfit in tangerine orange will look just as good as one in charcoal gray. Make sure that the outfits you are wearing aren't just composed of tubes; look for a taper around the waist and hips, depending on your build and make sure that above all, you clothing is comfortable. Similarly, make sure that no matter what you wear, you feel good in it.
Not all body types look good in the same style of clothes. Oftentimes, "plus-sized" lines of apparel are only oversized versions of their garments for smaller women. The sad reality is that these clothes were designed with the smaller woman in mind, and frequently do not have the same flattering effect on the plus size girl. Stand in front of your mirror and decide what features you'd like to accentuate, rather than what you'd like to disguise. If you have voluptuous curves, pick styles of clothing that enhance them. Wide-hipped women should opt for curvy A-line skirts rather than broomstick skirts. When shopping for skirts, be conscious of hem length. Skirts that fall at your calf will shorten the appearance of your legs, but floor- or knee-length skirts will flatter.
Layering is absolutely the best way to stay warm on a cold winter's day, and stacking several summer tops is better looking and more stylish than wearing bulky sweaters. Look for colors that complement each other and look good on you, and you'll end up with a mix and match wardrobe that can work for every season. Your outline will also be slimmer and more attractive than when you're wearing a huge sweater that "pouches out" around your middle.
Keep in mind that shopping for plus sized clothing does not mean you have to settle for ugly designs or ill-fitting garments. If you put in enough time and effort you will find clothes that will make you look great.