Everyone’s a little bit different, and when it comes to plus clothing and plus bodies, everyone’s a LOT different. Just like some people look better than others at a larger size and higher weight, some people uniquely can wear things that might, as a general rule, not look so good. So yes, these are my opinions. Consider this possibly the only disclaimer you’ll ever get from this blog: it’s not like arbiters of taste have any real control over what others do.
This is a simple overview of fashion themes that I see set out for plus women as “sexy” or “stylish” that I think just… aren’t. I think it’s pretty well established by other plus bloggers that taking juniors and making them size 20 or greater does not really cover the needs of plussies; there are also other details not so common in junior sizes that I see directed at plus sizes way too much. So much, that I’m starting to think that a lot of plus designers think plussies somehow equate glamor with animal prints and tube tops. I find that insulting, personally.
Here are my top three “please don’t”s, as much for the designers as they are for the plussies:
- Animal Prints
Yeah, I know catalog writers love it. They can start copy with roars and “r” rolls. But on a plus size woman, you’re adding excess patterns on a large body. This makes the print look bad and the woman look cheap. I have seen it used subtly once in awhile, with accessories, and for a trendy nod, ballet flats in leopard print or on a purse seem OK. That said, they’re not lasting values for a long term style. This season, I’ll go with “cute” but by this fall? I’ll hide my cringing from public view. That said there are certain women with stunning moxy who can get away with it. Possibly three in the western hemisphere, assuming Mae West and Greta Garbo have reincarnated and Rose McGowan still works.
– shoes from Torrid
- Low Riders plus Thong
Thankfully, this look is finally going out, and I for one will light a votive in prayer that it never comes back. Even on the thin women that wore it, it looked awful. Plumber’s crack is plumber’s crack, whether it’s a man or woman wearing that cute thong. The men that found it sexy were not men of what I would call style and taste, but they did generally find low self-esteem in a girl a preferred quality.
I almost never see applique’ on sweaters sized below 12, but for some reason plus designers insist on slapping unnecessary and unattractive items on plussies’ chests. I live in Minnesota so I appreciate the value of a warm, shapeless sweater from time to time. That said, no one looks right when they have something attached to that sweater sticking out two inches in front of them. Unless it’s part of a deliberate 50’s kitsch look, it just looks outdated, and having been forced to wear applique’ out of politeness, I can assure you that it feels even worse than it looks. Who wants to wear something that makes them feel bigger?