Prints in plus sizes are always a strange business. Because the designs cover a larger area than they might on a smaller frame, they may end up looking entirely different from how the designer envisioned it. This gets even more tricky with geometrics – which can make a piece look like it lays differently, or make you look like someone drew on your clothing with a magic marker while you slept at your desk. While geometric/angular looks never wholly disappear, there’s a sort of Art Deco movement in fashion coming up, and some of it is spilling over onto plus-size clothing design – where all prints demand caution.
I’m usually staunchly opposed to giving advice about fashion – there is way too much diversity for any one tip to fit all. But because I am asked, these are my suggested guidelines for geometric prints:
Tips for wearing plus size geometric prints
- Whenever possible, try them on first. For online only merchants, I have a strong recommendation for you on this: POP UP SHOP. People will love you for it.
- The print will make enough noise for you. You don’t need anything else that jingles, shines, sparkles, or moves.
- If you wear earrings (my ears aren’t pierced, so this is mere observation) they should either be studs – or reflect the primary shape of your chosen print. They do NOT need to repeat the color.
- Jewelry below the neck is probably not necessary; if you want to use a scarf, I suggest a solid color in most cases (there will be exceptions and most people will know them when they see them.)
- If you wish to mix prints, make sure you’ve practiced with floral prints first – mixing prints with geometrics is NOT for rookies.