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How to Look Great Even if You’re Overweight

Posted by Nima Rafizadeh on
We’ve been writing a lot in the blog recently about being more affirmative and forgiving with your weight, cellulite or anything else about yourself that might cause stress, anxiety and/or low self-esteem. And it’s time to stop letting the size number on your clothing get you down too. By making the right fashion choices and dressing in a way that lets you comfortably accentuate your features and look your best, you can start feeling more beautiful and confident every time you leave the house –which is true whether you’re overweight or not.

1. Be Comfortable

Presenting the best outward image to others starts within you. You can’t be confident in something that’s physically uncomfortable or that makes you uncomfortable with the look you are presenting. Wear clothes that fit properly – not too tight and not too baggy – and don’t wear something to make yourself feel good just because it’s the latest style.

Above all, be true to yourself. If you’re buying a certain size because you hate the thought of your correct size, you’ll never look your best.

2. Assemble a Knock-Out Wardrobe

When you choose the right colors, cut and patterns, you can accentuate the right areas and take focus away from elsewhere.

Dark Colors Hide and Light Colors Highlight

Wear a lighter colored belt or sash around you waist to highlight its curves over a dark dress. Wear dark pants and a light-colored blouse to put the emphasis up top and take it away from down below.

Stay Away from Horizontal Stripes and Patterns

Being horizontal, they accentuate width. By contrast, vertical stripes accentuate height.

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Find out what clothing colors work with your skin tone and hair color.

3. You Can’t Look Your Best if Your Underwear Doesn’t Fit

Your underwear shouldn’t be just a fashion show of skimpy briefs and fancy bra patterns.

By some estimates, up to 80% of women wear the wrong bra size. That can cause back pain and posture problems. An ill-fitting bra can make anything you wear look unflattering. Take the time and spend a little extra to visit a specialized bra shop or higher-end department store whose sales help knows how to properly size you for a bra.

To help keep hip and thigh girth in check, try a low-legged, high-waisted support brief. Better yet, look for cellulite-reducing shapewear (like our products!) that can help shape your body from your stomach to your ankles, all while reducing the appearance of cellulite.

4. Accessorize for Size

Fortunately, jewelry and fashion accessories work for women of all body sizes and types. In fact, larger women can wear bolder choices that might overwhelm smaller frames. But don’t use that as an excuse to go over the top – gaudy can happen to anyone. Similarly, items that are simply too small can appear out of proportion to your body.

Try a larger handbag that will make your body look smaller. Use a few bangles to make wrists look slimmer, and knee-high boots will make your legs look longer and thinner.

5. Wear Clothes with Mass & Slim

If you follow all or some of the tips above, this will already be easier to do. The right attitude, confident and positive, is as important as the clothes you wear in presenting the best you to the world.

6. Take Care of Yourself

Simply putting on an outfit doesn’t miraculously make your look great. Try to eat a healthier diet and get more activity in your life. Treat yourself to a spa visit or a mani/pedi. Generally shoot for a healthier lifestyle. Not only will you be healthier, but you’ll look healthier too.

7. Get Fitted

It’s can be difficult to know what size works best for you, especially since sizes can be inconsistent between clothing brands. And sometimes almost nothing fits you properly because of your body’s unique features and proportions. Try finding a good seamstress and get properly fitted for some outfits. It might be less expensive than you think and the payoff can be fabulous.

8. Buy Quality

When you’re down about your body and appearance, it’s easy to just shop the bargain racks. You’ll prefer the look of higher quality clothing and it will last longer, which is something that we don’t usually consider when deciding to make the investment. So go ahead, you’re worth it.

9. Consider all angles

Literally and figuratively. Some outfits look great when you’re standing in front of the mirror. But when you sit down, they might be quite unflattering. So put a chair in front of the mirror and take a look for every angle, sitting and standing.

Also make sure your clothing is age- and personality-appropriate. If you’re north of 30, no matter what body type you are, the latest teen trends are probably not for you – even if you’re still young at heart. And sometimes when we decide to change our attitude about ourselves, we try to become something we’re not. If you’ve never worn pastel-colored hair, think twice about adding a streak of fuschia just to make a change. Or at least take small steps in your new direction.

That last point may be one of the most important. Accepting your body, being more affirmative and forgiving in your attitude towards it doesn’t mean doing anything that is part of who you are. The idea isn’t to become someone else, but to be happier and more comfortable with yourself.
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