Develop your own sense of style whatever your size
If you happen to be a UK dress size 12 or above, browsing in high street shops can sometimes leave you feeling like you have somewhat limited options in the style-stakes. Plus-size clothing has come a long way in the past few years alone, with high street stores starting to stock more ranges of women’s plus size clothing. However, it’s still possible to fall in love with an item in a store window only to venture inside and find it’s not offered in your size.
Rather than allowing your style to be dictated by the brands, it’s important to realise that with an expanding plus-size retail offering you are likely to be able to source a similar item elsewhere – at another store, or online. What’s more, it’s worth considering whether you should be allowing these high street stores that fail to cater to your needs to have a hand in deciding your style at all. This doesn’t mean ignoring trends altogether – although let’s face it – some passing styles really are best bypassed. Instead, take your lead straight from the catwalks.
Before you head out shopping on the high street or head online, browse the designer trends in style bibles such as Elle and Vogue and pick out the trends that you can make work for you. Identify new ideas that fit with your own sense of style, for example – if you like to work a tailored classic look, don’t be tempted to pick up a casual trend because it’s ‘in’. Look out for colours and prints that you can work into your existing style, or elements of a whole look that you can adapt for yourself, then take these ideas with you when you shop. This way you can put together your own outfits rather than automatically selecting the ones assembled on the models in the shop.