“Love your body” might sound cliché, but being comfortable in your own skin is not always easy. Some people can be too harsh, insensitive, and discriminating, especially to those who are not within the “normal” size. One of those who suffer from this unfair social discrimination is plus-sized women.
A lot of people, especially women, experience being taunted and mocked due to their weight. While plus-sized men also experience some discrimination, women usually suffer more socially due to their size. This results in low self-confidence, which can significantly affect their quality of life.
The downside of plus-size fashion
The times have already changed in terms of accepting people of all sizes. Online contemporary fashion designs can also cater to plus-sized women. While being on the heavier side is slowly paving its way into mainstream fashion, there are still struggles when it comes to providing affordable fashion pieces for plus-sized people.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that an average American adult wears a size 14, which is already considered under the plus-size category. If you belong in this size category, you know all too well how expensive plus-size clothing can be. That said, it can be challenging to be fashionable as a plus-sized woman if you have a limited budget.
Staying affordably fashionable as a plus-size person
This does not mean that you have to settle on loose shirts and baggy pants for the rest of your life. You can still be fashionable without breaking the bank. For one thing, plus-size people also deserve to feel confident by wearing clothes that suit their body type. Here are some ways to stay fashionable, no matter what your size is.
1. Don’t be afraid to wear white.
Plus-sized people are often advised not to wear white as it can only highlight your muffin top. However, you do not need to stick to dark-colored outfits to camouflage your flabs. It’s all about finding the right fit, regardless of the color of your outfit.
2. Know the difference between “too tight” and “fitted.”
There is a considerable difference between squeezing yourself into an outfit and wearing one that fits you just right. You will know if it’s too tight if it already highlights your flabs or your panty line is already showing. You should also be able to sit comfortably (and breathe easily) if you are wearing good-fitting clothing.
3. Don’t be ashamed to wear shapewear.
There is no reason to feel embarrassed if you opt to wear shapewear under your dress. Wearing one can even boost your confidence and improve your shape (hence the item name).
4. Pay attention to your shoes as well.
To make you look slimmer and taller, opt for classic pumps. Avoid wearing ones with ankle straps since they can make your legs look chunkier and weightier.
5. Explore online shopping.
Some physical apparel stores can be expensive, so it is a good idea to check some online stores. Even popular brands have affordable products that you can check out. Just be sure to ask if they have your size.
Everyone deserves to feel good about their choice of clothing. Our bodies, regardless of their sizes, should be celebrated and appreciated by everyone from all walks of life.