6 Style Lessons From Our Fave Plus Size Influencers

These girls are serving looks

Plus-size clothing used to lag behind on trends, because a lot of brands didn’t account for women beyond size 14. Those that did weren’t always the most fashion-forward, and tended to follow outdated rules on how people should dress.

Now, though, many retailers have expanded their product range to include curvy girls, and there are even labels specifically dedicated to plus size fashion. With that has come an increase in plus size bloggers and models like Ashley Graham who are slaying the style game. And whatever your body shape or size, there’s a lot we can learn from these ladies.

Read on for some style lessons from our fave plus size influencers!

1. Fit is everything

It can be tempting to try to hide your insecurities behind baggy clothing, but wearing oversized clothes can actually have the opposite of the intended effect. And trust us, wearing clothes that fit properly makes a huge difference in how you look and feel.

That doesn’t mean that you need to bare your skin and wear skintight dresses if you don’t want to — fit goes both ways. If you’re wearing something on the loose side, make sure the volume is balanced out. Take your cue from Alex Larosa: her red fit-and-flare dress pairs a flowy skirt with a tapered top, with balloon sleeves that gather at the wrist, for a perfectly balanced silhouette.

If you’re going for something a little more clingy, make sure it isn’t too tight to the point of riding up or being uncomfortable. Frankie Tavares’ pencil skirt hugs her curves just the right amount.

Whatever you’re wearing, the key is to make sure your clothes fit your proportions. The length of your pants or skirts should be flattering; too long and they’ll drown your figure, too short and they’ll cut off the line of your calves and make you look stumpy. You might need to have your clothes tailored after buying them off the rack, but we promise it’s worth the extra time and expense.

2. Embrace color

My wardrobe is made up of varying shades of black, white, grey, and navy blue, but Naomi Shimada’s Instagram feed always makes me want to try to incorporate some more color. And with primary hues like sunshine yellow trending, now seems like a good time to start. Wearing a bright, bold color is an easy way to add some cheer to your day.

3. Play with texture

Admittedly, wearing outfits that bright can be pretty intimidating. So if you’d rather stick to your comfort zone and keep on rocking your neutrals, at least spice up your monochrome outfit by playing with different materials and textures.

Get some inspo from Nicolette Mason’s ultimate millenial pink look. She pairs a practical sweater with a more whimsical, embellished tulle skirt and shiny silver boots.

4. Don’t be afraid of the crop top

It can be super scary to wear crop tops and bare your belly — but they can actually be really flattering, no matter what your size or shape. If you wear it right, a crop top will highlight the slimmest part of your ribcage.

If you want to test the waters first, pair a longer crop top with a high-waisted, high-volume bottom like Gabi Gregg to show just a sliver of skin. But don’t be afraid to show off more skin if you feel like it!

5. Pay attention to detail

Trends come and go, but whatever new color or pattern or material you’re trying, always pay attention to the cut and construction of your clothes. Wrap dresses and fit-and-flare dresses are almost universally flattering, but don’t forget about little details like draping, ruching, pleats, darts, and even ruffles that can help create shape and streamline your silhouette.

Plus Size Plum Wrap Front Bodycon Dress From Little Mistress | Plus Size Dress With Cape Back From LOST INK PLUS | Plus Size Slinky Kimono Dress From MISSGUIDED

Even bold patterns, if placed properly, can be your best friend. Stick to bigger prints and watch the angles. Take a look at the stripes on Liris Crosse’s swimsuit — they elongate her body because your eyes are drawn to follow the lines downward.

6. Own your body, just as it is

Most importantly, remember that it doesn’t really matter what you’re wearing, as long as you feel good in it. Don’t force yourself to follow trends if you don’t like them, or to wear something you don’t feel comfortable in. Everyone has different shapes and sizes and colors and personal styles — wear what you love.

Be patient with yourself, and accept and love your body as it is. It’s yours, so it’s beautiful. Own it.

Did we miss any of your fave plus size style icons?

Let us know in the comments section below! And don’t forget to check out the latest in trendy plus-size clothing over on ZALORA Philippines.

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