A conversation at Vibrant Nation (http://www.vibrantnation.com/our-blog-circle/menologues/clothing—it-could-be-the-biggest-single-menopausal-issue-/#replied-74012) prompted my response to the plus-size wardrobe dilemmas shared by so many:
“Isn’t it nice to see that none of us is alone? In 30 years at the forefront of the image consulting industry, I’ve learned (and teach) that color and line are the cornerstones of image and the keys to a dynamic overall look.
“The lines of an outfit must fall correctly and enhance your shape–whatever your shape–rather than distort it. The right lines honor a woman’s curves. Great lines have to do with cut, stitching, details and the substantiality of the fabric . . .
“Two things I can tell you simply, right off the bat: the right colors will make your skin look beautiful, and framing your face with the right collar, jewelry and colors in fabric and makeup will keep the attention on your face rather than on your hips, legs, etc. They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. I’ve never heard it was the waistline.”
Heading into spring, a season that typically evokes sense of vitality and newness, I want my clients and readers to feel good about their overall images and I thought a little Plus-Size Primer might be useful to many.
Notice the differences between the two outfits above (Stein Mart). The one on the left looks rather boxy, though, to be fair, we cannot tell from this photo whether or not the blouse is cut for a tailored look. A tailored look is what we want; the cuts respect and enhance feminine curves. I admit that I like the collar on the left, but the pattern is a bit overwhelming and creates an overall focal point of the torso, maximizing its size visually.
Notice how slimming the outfit on the right appears–regardless of the fact that the model is wearing white pants. It’s a myth that larger women “shouldn’t” wear white. This is a great example of the power of “line.” The cut of the jacket is nice. The detail at the collar helps to frame the face–though I think a bold necklace and some chunky earrings are also in order. The long ruffle along only one side helps to elongate this woman’s body visually. The fact that the ruffle is the same color as the jacket means it doesn’t detract from the face. And of course, the jacket’s opening furthers the “slimming” effect by creating a solid thin line that merges with her legs. Hips and upper legs are minimized by the “V” of the jacket’s bottom.