Even though great strides have been made in the plus size fashion industry, retailers have a long way to go especially when it comes to fit, sizing, patterns, and fabrics. While there are no hard and fast rules that we are supposed to follow any longer, there are some plus size fashion hacks that can make life as a curvy girl much easier!
Seam Rippers: A Must Have
If you find something that you just have to add to your closet but it’s not in the right size (or, it’s the right size but the wrong fit), a seam ripper or a pair of scissors can be your best friend. Seam rippers are cheap (under $5) and can be found at major retailers and box stores like Target in the craft section. It does exactly what its name suggests: rips the seams out of clothing so you can have a better fit. You can make garments fit a lot better and even make some unique pieces out of older clothing, all with just a little pull and rip!
Size Guides are Your Friends
Women’s clothing sizing can be a crapshoot on the best of days and for any size. As we’ve discussed with many of our clients, it’s not uncommon to wear a size 14W in one brand of jeans and a size 16W or 18W in another brand because depending on the brand, sizes vary widely. Figuring out your measurements so that you can get the best possible fit, especially while shopping online, will not only make your life easier but will help you to ensure that you feel and look better in your clothes. Most retailers have a size guide online that can help you to determine the right size for your particular body.
More important than the size on a tag is the way clothing pieces fit you. Even if you’ve fallen in love with a particular shirt and can’t stop thinking about it, think about the fit. If it’s uncomfortably small, chances are it will hang in your closet, and end up being a waste of money and space. Even if you buy it thinking that one day you’ll be able to fit into it or you’ll be able to wear it for at least a few hours comfortably, don’t purchase it. No one wants to wear uncomfortable clothing that pinches, no matter how cute it is. Unless you can put your seam ripper to good use with an ill-fitting garment, pass it over, and find something that’s gorgeous and fits comfortably.
It is up to you to take charge by knowing what you are comfortable with and what types of fit make you feel the best. Knowing this and recognizing that sizing and fit matters will make shopping so much easier ! If you’re still having trouble finding online retailers that cater to your figure, check out plvshstyle.com and meet with one of our stylists. Have hand picked clothing delivered straight to your door. We’re the ultimate fashion destination for discerning women and offer the latest in chic, stylish fashion including expert advice and exclusive concierge styling, right in the comfort of your own home. Get started today!