Monday, June 29, 2009
Style for Plus Sized Women
I know what it's like to be big and tall, trust me. My last name may be Little but there is nothing "little" about me (or anyone in my family, for that matter). When I was growing up I spent a lot of time on the heavy side, but always managed to stay inside the range of "regular" juniors or women's sizes without having to venture into the plus sizes. However, I know many women, relatives included, who are big and beautiful and find shopping for chic clothing and shoes in sizes above a 12 or 10 respectively, challenging, to say the least. Yet women of all sizes deserve to look beautiful and several lines want to make sure they have a wonderful selection when it comes time to shop. Here are some chic picks that keep women of all sizes looking lovely.
Just because women have a few extra pounds on their frames does not mean they should be relegated to wearing the equivalent of sack dresses. Quite the contrary - they should show off their shape with clothing that really fits and flatters their curves, making the most of what they have. So we just love the selection offered by Forever 21's spin off line, Faith 21. Full of flattering, curve-hugging styles that gracefully skim the body, these well-priced separates are perfect for big and beautiful gals.
Rachel Pally is a hip LA designer known for her sophisticated line of knit tops, dresses and more that are as comfy as can be. Worn by the likes of Angelina and other celebs, Rachel Pally has made her mark in the fashion world. When she launched her line of plus sized clothing, you can bet it made a big splash. Try her sexy maxi dresses, tops cut to flatter and breezy jackets when you want a little more coverage.
Designer Kathryn Kerrigan didn't always want to be a designer. She set out for law school, but after becoming frustrated because she couldn't readily find shoes to fit her size 11 foot, re-routed her career with a degree in business and set up shop designing chic, European shoes made to fit sizes 6 up to a 15. With an eye for detail Kathryn Kerrigan makes plus-sized footwear that doesn't just fit, but really fills the bill when it comes to a woman's need for style. Sure, she creates the basics in gorgeous Italian leathers and other materials. But she also indulges a woman's sense of whimsy with her unique touches such as the lovely flower above.
Whatever your size, let your personal style show through. When you express your personality through your clothing it's like showing the world who you really are!