Alright ladies, you've been asking for months:
"Where do you find all of your cute plus-size clothing!?"
So I thought that it was high time I finally addressed this frequently asked question, in a little "Tell me More" post.
First, let me say that in NO WAY do I claim to be a fashionista, and really, up until about 2 months ago, I wasn't even sure WHAT my "good colors" were! All I knew is that I loved the way that certain things LOOKED on me and went together. Thank goodness for my sweet friend Becki from Whippy Cake who styles people for a living. She was able to carve some time out for a personal style session with me last time we got together. Best money I ever spent!!!
Whew! This girl knows her stuff! From hair and makeup, to clothing and accessories... she taught me a TON about what would looked best on ME, with my coloring and personality. She teaches the coolest style classes and if you ever have a chance to catch one, DO IT! It's worth every minute! Becki talks all about body and face shapes and then teaches you how to dress your figure so that it looks it's best, no matter how big, small, curvy, short or tall you are! LOVE HER, and SO excited that she's in town to visit for the 4th of July holiday, so I can soak up all of her beautiful energy and knowledge :)
PS. I'm even going to try and convince her, with Diet Dr. Pepper, to do a little makeup video tutorial with me, so I can share it with you guys later!
Okay, so let's get down to business...
Even though I plan on blowing past a size 12 one day with this weight loss journey, to enter into a whole new world of $3.00 shirt racks at Gap and Forever 21 (sheesh, smaller girls get all the best sales!), right NOW, I'm still in the "plus-size" category. So below are MY top 10 picks for trendy, fun, modern plus-size clothing options, and where I find almost 100% of all of my clothes.
While some of these stores are pricier than others, ALL of them carry really good plus size clothing styles. I've put together 3 storyboard plus-size fashion outfit ideas, so you can see how my train of thought works, when it comes to pulling together a great outfit for myself.
First though, I have to mention something that will CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Whether you are plus-size or not. Halftee's!
Yup. It's just what it sounds like. A tee-shirt that is chopped... in half!
If you've never heard of these, then you might be doing that 'one-eyebrow-raised-skeptical-face' right now, because honestly... they do look a little funny, but let me tell you why these tee's are a girls BEST FRIEND.
1. They come in all different styles, sizes and colors.
- tank halftee
- cap sleeved halftee
- boyfriend halftee
- 3/4 sleeve halftee
- long sleeved halftee
They carry sizes XS - XXL, in colors like black, red, white, brown, pink, cream, gray and navy. They even carry little girl sizes in a few styles!
2. They finally make it completely possible and modest, to wear ANY cute sleeveless tank top or low-cut shirt.
3. The halftees keep you nice and cool. No more layering with full camis and cardigans to cover up your bare arms if you don't like them showing (like me). Just a simple, breathable half shirt under your fashion tops and you're set!
You've GOT to try these out. I seriously wear them EVERYDAY... no kidding. You don't believe me? Check it out:
I have to say that my favorite style is the 3/4 sleeve Halftee, and obviously I wear a lot of white, but I also have black and gray too. (just no pictures of them) As far as sizing goes, I have been ordering an XXL (about a 2X in plus size clothing or 20-22), but I think I'm going to try a XL next time (size 16-18).
The material of these shirts are awesome! Really stretchy, but made of super soft, breathable cotton, and they wash up GREAT!
Yeah, I know... I'm a dork and pose the same way each time. (hand on hip?... check!) ha! Look, it's SUPER awkward for me to get my picture taken, when I know my body will be showing, okay? I'm not used to letting people take pictures of anything further down than my shoulders. LOL. nojudging
So, good news! I contacted the ladies at Halftee.com and they were nice enough to give me a 20% off DISCOUNT Code to share with all of you, if you want to order one or a few to try out this Summer! Just enter "houseofsmiths" in the discount box when you checkout
The 20% discount code is only good from today, 7/2/2012 - Monday 7/9/2012.
Now moving forward with my plus-size fashion design boards; which took FOREVER! (remind me NOT to be a fashion blogger...sheesh! There are SO MANY cute things out there, that it was hard to choose!)
Here are a few things that I keep in mind, when dressing a fuller figure:
Remember: these are just MY rules to live by; so feel free to take them or leave them
- Keep your Prints Minimal/Small/Repeating
Even if you LOVE attention, keeping prints on your clothes to a minimum will help draw attention to your pretty face, instead of larger body. If you do want to try a large print, pick something that will be figure flattering. I've noticed that bold, contrasting colors in a larger design tend to camouflage the bumps and rolls better. Much like the patterns in my pictures above.
- Make Accessories the Star of the Show
If you're like me, and don't love drawing attention to your tummy/legs/whatever is bulging that shouldn't, then keep in mind that you can pick simpler, more slimming, solid colored clothing and then use jewelry and handbags to really add personality to your overall style. That being said...
- Think Dainty
Picking accessories that are smaller/more dainty; but with special 'flair' help bring the whole look 'together' without overpowering you, or adding to any of your already "bulk". I swear I get more compliments on my rings, earrings and necklaces than anything else I ever wear. And people will say, "You're outfit is so cute!"... but really, a lot of the time it's just plain ol' jeans/capris, with a solid shirt and SUPER cute accessories!
Last but not least,
- Wear the Right Size!!!
I can't emphasize this enough! Just because you're bigger, it doesn't mean that your clothes should be big ON you. Actually, wearing clothing that is slightly form fitting, will help create the illusion that you have shape of SOME sort, instead of just making your body look like a round ball. And in retrospect, PLEASE do all of us other "big girls" a favor and DON'T wear clothes that you shouldn't... if you get my drift. Let's be honest, nobody wants to see booty shorts or a tiny halter top on really... anybody, but we definitely don't want to see it on someone who has a belly hanging out or double-roll-butt-cheek syndrome. It's a real thing you guys. (shiiiver)
JUST BECAUSE IT COMES IN YOUR SIZE...
DOESN'T MEAN YOU SHOULD WEAR IT.
Find out what body shape you have, and then shop for clothes that flatter your figure and that will help you to achieve a more hourglass shape. (that's what Becki taught me!)
The way you dress, whether you're big OR small is usually the FIRST impression people have of you. Take a little time and maybe risk, to pull together fun, colorful, happy, figure appropriate outfits that make you feel like the BEST you that you can be, no matter WHAT your size is.