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Is Fashion Just For Skinny People?

Is Fashion Just For Skinny People?

Fashion is not just for skinny people. The fashion caste system that once separated people into those who can (skinny and rich) and those who can't (everyone else) is crumbling, and a fashion utopia is emerging where fashionistas can look fabulous regardless of size. 

Take that Kate Moss!

Have a look at amazing women we all admire who are ahead in the fashion stakes, and always have been.  Nigella Lawson and Maggie T (who is not only stylish, but has been designing plus sized fashion for women, size 12 - 24 for over ten years).  They are not your "typical" model size and shape, but they are stunning women we admire.

 

 Gorgeous plus-size model, Robyn Lawly in Vogue Italy.     Image source: 

Gorgeous plus-size model, Robyn Lawly in Vogue Italy.  

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I wrote about the stunning "plus size" Italian women who were all stunning and confident whether they wore their bikinis or stunning fashionable clothes.

So what are the rules to make this work?

 Fashion is for any age and shape.  You only need to keep believing in yourself and develop your own style.   Image source

Fashion is for any age and shape.  You only need to keep believing in yourself and develop your own style.

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Now, there are few rules you need to follow to stay in fashion. In this diet-obsessed, waif-model culture, designers still gear their creations towards a size eight (shout out to all of the skinny fashionistas- we love you too!), and their version of plus size is just not achievable. Commit these size rules to heart and watch your style quotient rise.

1. Dress monochromatically. 

Dressing in one colour de-emphasizes your problem areas by creating one long silhouette.


    
2. Break out the Heels. 

Heels elongate your legs, making you look slimmer in the process. Stores like Mollini have a vast selection of pumps and heels.

 

3. Low-rise is not an option. 

Very few people, regardless of size, can wear low-rise pants. Just because it is in style, doesn't mean it will work for you.

 

4. Avoid crop jackets. 

Crop jackets draw attention to your waist and butt. Purchase well structured jackets that hit you right below your bottom. 

 

5. Please don't abuse the Lycra. 

Lycra is a privilege, not a fashion right.

 Stylish and fashionable - Maggie T who mainly wears white or black.   Image Source

Stylish and fashionable - Maggie T who mainly wears white or black.

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6. Purchase boot cut pants. 

One of the seasonís most significant trends is the pencil leg pant, which emphasises big butts. Stick with pants that have a slight flare at the bottom, to create a more balanced look. 

 

7. Find a great tailor. 

Don't throw out those fabulous fitting pants because they are too long. A great tailor will be able to hem the pants to your desired length for less than $20.

Shop Maggie T here.

Remember that you can be a fashionista regardless of your size.   Please, don't let pop culture's ridiculous fashion caste system dictate what you can and can't wear. Arm yourself with a heaping dose of self- confidence, a purse full of common sense and the rules above and head to your favourite store and shop!

Learn how to develop your style so you can become a fashionista, effortlessly.   Purchase "Your Ultimate Style."  Over 1,000 sold.

Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist.  Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.

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