7 Tips for Dressing Well When You’re Overweight
Yes, you’re doing your best to manage your weight. You eat a healthy diet, get good nutrition and add a little activity to your day. But you’re still not at your ideal weight. And you’re OK with that. Your happiness doesn’t depend on the number on the scale. You’re doing what you can to live a healthier lifestyle and, until you get where you want to be, you’re happy with who you are.
But you’d still do just about anything to put on an outfit that really made you feel great.
If you’ve had trouble finding and wearing clothes that accentuate your features and make you look your best, the following tips can help you dress for your body size and feel more confident every time you leave the house.
1. Your Comfort is Most Important
Looking your best on the outside starts on the inside. If you’re outfit is uncomfortable, or simply makes you feel uncomfortable to wear it, then you can never put your best face forward when you’re in it. Wear clothes that fit well. Not so tight that every crease and bump is visible and not so loose that you are shapeless. Especially don’t sacrifice your comfort just to ‘squeeze’ into something just because it’s the latest trend.
More than anything else, be honest with yourself. Don’t buy the size that you would like to fit into, but the size that is right for your body.
2. Choose the Right Colours and Patterns
The right colours, cut and patterns can highlight your positives and downplay anything else.
Darks minimize and lights maximize – A lighter-coloured belt around a dark outfit can emphasize your slimmer waist. Darker pants or skirts with a lighter blouse will draw attention up.
Use diagonal and vertical stripes and patterns – Horizontal stripes tend to make your body look wider, while vertical and diagonals can make you look taller.
Find the colours that work for you – Certain clothing colours will look better with your skin tone and hair colour.
3. It’s Starts with Your Underwear
The nicest cut on a dress will not be very flattering if your underwear doesn’t fit properly. About 80% or women wear the wrong bra size. Not only can that lead to back pain and poor posture, it can ruin the appearance of even a nicely fitted outfit.
Similarly, the lines from your briefs have never improved the look of anything you’ve worn over them. Low-legged, high-waisted support briefs may not look as good as bikini-briefs, but they will make you look better and more confident when you’re fully dressed.
4. Smart Accessories
If there is one area of fashion where the playing field is more level for women of all sizes, it’s in fashion accessories. Like all women, you need to accessorize for your size. While larger women can wear bolder accessories, gaudy can happen to anyone. At the other end of the spectrum, accessories that are too small can look out of proportion on your body.
Larger handbags can help your body look smaller, a few bangles on your wrist can make them look slimmer and higher boots can make your legs look longer.
5. Be Confident
Looking great in an outfit can have as much to do with how you wear the outfit as much as the outfit itself. The more time you take to dress well, the easier it is to carry yourself with confidence and a positive attitude about your appearance.
6. Quality Over Quantity
Many larger women who aren’t positive about their appearance can resign themselves to shopping from the bargain racks. Quality clothing looks better, fits better and it lasts longer, which all helps to make it more worth spending the extra money.
7. Look After Yourself
The best looking outfit doesn’t miraculously make you look your best. But you can make any outfit look better by eating better meals and adding a little activity to your day. Go to the spa, get a mani/pedi and generally try to live a healthier lifestyle.
If you’re looking for more help to look your best while you try to manage your weight and eat a healthier diet, call or visit your local Herbal One Centre where a nutritional consultant is ready to answer your questions.