I’ve seen a few other plus bloggers discuss it, but not necessarily together: it’s the dilemma of wearing prints, and the dilemma of wearing brights. I’d be stunned to see any of us who are making livelihoods of clothing consciousness wandering out in a bright print, just because we’re still working out what the basic rules for making it work on larger people.
I offer the following image from Big on Style because I think it’s absolutely beautiful, even if I don’t think I could wear it myself.
First, I don’t buy into the “color” rules. White does not make you look fat, black does not make you look thin. The cut and fit of a garment determines whether it accentuates your positive features.
While color has no relevance to how your shape appears, it does have relevance to how it presents your skin tone. Brights are especially tricky to wear – while red and blue looks good on I would say most people, once you get into the yellows and oranges, along with the brighter greens, it can get hairy. While it’s optimal to match your brights choices to your skintone, that doesn’t always work. Skintone can change in very subtle ways based on diet, stress levels and exercise. You won’t suddenly change pigment without the help of a few dubious treatments, but you might be more ruddy or more blue depending on what’s going on with your internal body chemistry. Because of this, that bright green that you were able to pull off on Tuesday might not look so great on Friday.
Second, brights have a limited shelf-life. So if you’re looking at it from an angle of careful consumption, they flare brightly about once a decade and then are pushed back to be pulled out again ten years later as something that’s gone previously unexplored.
Mostly because I’m a bit conservative, I tend to layer brights underneath something dark – so a navy blue jacket with that bright green shirt, or if it happens to work really well, I might even choose a pastel that goes well over top. The idea is to have people see you, then your outfit, then any color you’re wearing.
Prints are coming at us from along the same design concept, especially with bright colored prints coming at us from our favorite clothiers this season. We’ve already discussed prints previously, but to recap, choose prints that enhance your figure, be very wary of bold prints and smaller, closer prints tend to work/look best for plus women who prefer the quiet and dignified approach over the loud’n’proud one.
So being bold is great – just make sure the clothing is about you, and not about some visual pronouncement.