I love dressing up and choosing the right outfit. Lots of time is spent on selecting the right clothes for the right occasion.
Sometimes we pick out an outfit and it looks great laid out on our bed. Then you try it on… Disaster!
Too many bumps and rolls in the wrong the wrong places.
Accepting your size and buying clothes that fit are paramount to looking your best. If you don’t want to accept the current size that you’re in, invest in less expensive ” transition” clothes. Consignment and thrift shopping is ideal. If you like buying quality, then invest in key pieces like a great winter coat and properly fitting jeans. We all want to be leaner, but it takes time, so let’s look great while we are losing the weight.
– the properly fitting and supportive bra
– shape wear (like spanx) and compression stockings work wonders for dressing up
– buy the bigger size and have it tailored to fit your properly
– as mentioned above invest in key pieces like a great coat (your winter outfit), properly fitted jeans and a flattering sweater or cardigan (for spring, fall and winter).
About this image, I am not posting it to make fun. This girl is probably a smaller size than me, but my point is that no matter what your size, this look is flattering on NOBODY! Please, buy a larger size or cover the bulge with a sweater or flowy shirt.
Ok, so it’s never a bad idea to get in shape, but only if it’s on your terms. Since I had my son, I have been motivated to be in shape because I want to keep up with him and be more active. Since I have been working out more, I must say that my stamina for physical activity has really increased! But this is a fashion blog, not a sports blog so here we go!
I think it’s important to recognize what shape you are if you want to dress well according to your body type. These body types come in regular sizes and XL proportions too. There are advantages and disadvantages to both shapes. It’s important to note that there are a variety of shapes that exists as well. For the sake of keeping this post informative and to the point, I have decided to narrow it down to two most common body shapes in plus size women: pear vs apple.
The pear’s advantages
Smaller shoulders and arms which can fool anyone in a photo and generally look smaller than the apple shape
Smaller shoulders mean jackets tend to fit better
Smaller waste gives a nicer hour glass shape, perfect for belts
Healthier plus size shape because fat is stored away from organs
The pear’s disadvantage:
Larger hips, thighs and butt can make you look shorter
Weight gain in lower half of the body
More difficult to lose weight in the lower half of the body
More difficult to conceal
The apple’s advantages
Usually seen in taller people giving the appearance of longer leaner legs
Can be concealed with flawy tops or dresses
Ability to wear shorts, skirts or dresses
Empire waistline is perfectly flattering
Ideal body type for weight loss
The apple’s disadvantages
More dangerous body type since the visceral fat is accumulated near the organs
Weight gain is concentrated around the waist
Usually accompanied by broader shoulders and bigger arms making the woman look bigger
The lack of hourglass figure also makes the woman look bigger and not as feminine
As you can see, I am very critical of the apple shape… hmmm, I wonder why? I think this is a very humbling exercise that will assist me in writing my XL fashion blog. The stigma of being a larger person will always remain, including the health and fitness advice. I just want to ensure that this is a “guilt-free” and “feel good about your body” zone. If I get too preachy, please feel free to leave a comment below!
Have a great night, and please share my blog with your gal pals!
When it comes to fashion inspiration, there’s nothing worse than having unrealistic icons like Jennifer Aniston, Lauren Conrad or Heidi Klum when you are a full figured XL. Yes, you can get inspired by hair, makeup and accessories like shoes and purses, but let’s get real, we all want glamourous and flattering clothes!
I thought I would share some of my favourite Hollywood fashion icons that are mode XL approved. On that note, don’t you wish they would have a “buy it now” button when you watch TV? I would love to get my hands on some of these dresses!
Please feel free to share some of your faves in the comments below!
My name is Chantal and I’m a size XL.
That’s right, I’m coming clean and I’ve got nothing to hide.
People have always told me that I dress very well (for my size) and always look on trend. Well, I try. I know what suits me, what flatters my best attributes and what will be comfortable. I can buy clothes without trying them on, and just measuring them by laying the garment over me… I’m that good! There’s nothing better than feeling great about your outfit and strutting your stuff. I’m not embarrassed by size but it’s not something I flaunt either. What’s worse is that I always feel bad sharing my Fashion secrets with other XL women because I feel like I’m insulting them! Isn’t that strange? I mean it’s not a secret. We both know we’re not a size 4, so what’s the pressure all about?
I’ve been inspired to create Mode XL, which is my fashion hub for all things XL. Large women have money to spend and want to be equally represented in the world of fashion. It’s time we share our XL fashion secrets and raise the bar!
I’m not talking about the obvious plus size stores, no– I hate that! I’m talking about fashion forward, body conscious clothing that is flattering, comfortable and trendy!
So please if Mode XL speaks to you, please join me on my journey and share your XL secrets!