Reworking Trends to Fit Your Body Type Part 2: Plus Size Girls
As promised in our post about Reworking Trends for Your Shape, we have put together Part 2 for plus sized girls. Not everyone have skinny figures. There are women who have wider hips, bigger busts and even rounder thighs. Not that we’re saying everyone with wider hips or bigger busts or rounder thighs are already Plus Sized. We’re talking about wider or fuller body parts in general. You can be a Petite size but have bigger busts than most women. You can have a Medium build but have rounder thighs than most of your friends. So how do we pull off some of the latest trends? Here are some tips to get you started!
PLEASE NOTE: The ladies in the photos used here don’t necessarily mean they are Plus-Size Girls. Sorry for the misunderstanding. The photos were chosen because of the OUTFITS that these stylish Chictopians were wearing. These outfits are the sample styles, cuts, fabrics and colors, etc. that were talked about in the tips that you’ll be reading below. Also, note that these photos were chosen from the STYLE GALLERY at the time of publishing. Thank you!
Reworking Trends for the Rounder Thighs and Wider Hips
Many women find it hard to wear certain trends with their rounder thighs or wider hips. I’m combining these two because they are pretty close to each other and the tips for dressing up these shapes are quite similar if not the same. Trends that involve shorts, minis, skinny jeans, pencil skirts, skirts and any fit kind of bottoms emphasize the thighs and hips, making them look rounder or wider. Here are some tips on how you can rock these trends.
1. Go for longer lengths – you don’t have to go too short to follow a certain trend. You don’t have to go for super short shorts or mini skirts like models and skinny figures do. If you saw those scalloped shorts or skirts and are dying to wear them, go for longer versions. Something just above the knee would be the perfect length to keep the rounded thighs peeping.
2. Go for flowy, loose and light fabrics – don’t go for too tight shorts or mini skirts that will make your thighs look they are in need of room and air. Choose a loose version of the shorts or skirt you are longing for. Since full skirts are hot at the moment, this trend is perfect those with rounder thighs and wider hips too. Just choose light and airy fabrics so as not to make you look heavy on the bottom.
3. Wear heels – tried and tested, we all know how heels give you an illusion of longer and leaner legs. By making your legs look longer, the rounder thighs or wider hips are balanced out since you look taller.
4. Choose A-line skirts and dresses – this is the perfect fit or cut for your shape. They will hug you in your best parts but at the same time gently flow to your hips or thighs.
5. Choosing the right jeans and pants for your shape – when it comes to jeans or pants, full-cut and boot-cut are the most flattering ones for those with wider hips and rounder thighs. The flare at the bottom balances the wide hips and at the same time allows for you to hide your high heels. Avoid tapered jeans as they will make you look heavy, boxy and small. If you would love to go for harem pants, choose something with a flowy fabric, a very loose top part that becomes skinny at the part where you are most comfortable. And to make it look even better, wear it with heels.
6. Layering is the key – If you can’t resist wearing skinny jeans, pants or leggings, make sure to layer. Wear long flowy vests, scarves, jackets or trench coats. Avoid jackets that hit you at the hips as they will emphasize your hips and thighs even more.
7. Accessorize – Draw attention away from your hips and thighs by accessorizing. Vintage or bold statement jewelry, cute scarves, graphic and visually appealing tops will take away the attention from a heavy bottom and make the whole look balanced.
8. Wear shorts or skirts with black tights and leggings – as always, black or dark tights and leggings will slim down your thighs and legs, allowing you to wear the short trends.
Take a cue from fellow Chictopians
Reworking Trends for those with Bigger Busts
1. Go for v-neck cuts – while your purpose is to hide the big bust and I may seem crazy telling you to show off more of it, this will actually emphasize it in a good way. Covering it up all the way actually looks awkward as it will show up as two giant balls on your chest. By wearing a v-neck, the round shape is cut where your top ends and meet the skin. And if you feel uncomfortable, just wear a contrasting tank top underneath to break the solid color.
2. Go for busy prints – Whatever trend, shape or cut of dress or top you are wearing, busy prints will tame bigger busts. Avoid wearing a solid color, especially when you are wearing a high neckline as it will actually emphasize them more.
3. Accessorize and layer – when you want to tame down your bust accessorizing or layering is always a great way to do so. At the same time, you’ll be able to get away with whatever shape or cut of a dress or top you have been wanting to wear for the longest time! When accessorizing, make sure to go for thinner necklaces and scarves as you don’t want your top to look heavier than it is. Go for longer necklaces and layer with thinner short and plain ones to draw the eye down.
Take a cue from fellow Chictopians
Generic Tips for Camouflaging Areas You Want to Tame
1. Go for darker colors – a very common tip when trying to slim down a certain part of your body is by choosing a darker color. Remember that light or metallic colors highlight whatever part they are covering. On the other hand, the darker colors camouflage those areas that you want to tame. Go for grays, chocolate browns, blacks, and deep colors. They will tame down your thighs, hips or busts to keep the overall look well-proportioned.
2. Choose vertical stripes or smaller prints – when camouflaging areas you want to hide or tame, go for vertical stripes that will draw the eye vertical. Horizontal stripes tend to emphasize the widest point in your body and will make your rounder thighs, bigger bust or wider hips even bigger than it already is. But I know most of you have a thing for stripes especially when we think of nautical-inspired outfits. So in any case you would want to go that route, choose light fabrics and thinner prints. Same goes with floral prints among others. It’s best to go for thinner prints instead of big bold ones that emphasize the bigger areas in your body too.
In the end, the best tip that I can give you is to change the way you think. Embrace your body, no matter what shape you have… because in the end, it’s not about defining and hiding those wanted and unwanted curves – it’s about knowing that THAT body shape is nothing else but YOURS!