Kamis, 24 April 2014

Testimonials from Young Plus Size Women on Clothes Shopping?

Q. I would like to hear of some testimonials/opinions on clothes shopping from young, plus size women. How hard is it to find clothes that fit that are actually sold in stores at the mall? Or to find plus size clothes in the mall that are actually stylish or that don't look like it came from your grandmother's closet? Is it frusterating to order plus size clothes from an online store or catalog, only to find out that they don't fit right? I would love to hear any and all stories you have about these and anything else clothes shopping related you would like to share. I will be using this information as background research for a college-level speech I am giving on the need of more plus size stores and selections in todays malls, because not everyone can order clothes from an online store and be satisfies with the fit (something they would have been able to avoid if they were shopping in a real store in the mall). Thanks so much in advance for any and all stories you are able to share.

A. I don't know if I qualify as "young" (early 30's), but I also have difficulty finding clothes that fit - I don't even bother going to the stores anymore. As much as I'd love to get items from Express or some of the other more trendy stores, that is not an option. Even Ann Taylor, Dress Barn, Talbots, etc., do not carry much in my size range (28). Lane Bryant has become Lame Bryant. Even buying items online can be difficult for "supersized" women. Since when was a 16 considered "plus"??? Invariably, the pants I order are too short and few plus sized stores carry talls - or at least, they don't carry many.

This same problem applies to shoes. I wear a 10 - 10 1/2 wide. Wal*Mart, Payless, etc... good luck! If you want nice, decent shoes, you'll pay a fortune - IF you can find it in your size! Even Zappas doesn't have a great selection for those of us with big feet.

I've begun ordering clothes a size larger and then altering them when they come in.

Yes, we should be thinner for our health, etc.. What do we wear in the meantime, though?

what clothes shoud i wear?
Q. hey guys i need help

i am 21 yr old 160 cm height

wheatish complexion(indian) i wana have a makeover and develop a smart executive look
can any one help me

cna anyone guide me what patten and what colour clothes shoud i wear in casual wear..

i have a roud face and a few xtra pound in weight

A. Most women live by the mantra, if the shoe fits, buy it. But just because a shoe is cute and it fits, doesn't mean you should buy it and wear it. What most enthusiastic shoppers don't realize is that what type of shoe you wear can dramatically affect how your legs look. Here, Danica Lo, author of How Not to Look Fat offers tips about what shoes look best on different leg types.

Carrie Bradshaw, you're not alone. Nearly every woman I know is madly, deeply, hopelessly devoted to the pursuit of the perfect shoe.

It's certainly no surprise. Shoes fit you, even on your fat days. And a "feature shoe" can be the key element in constructing a stylish outfit. Never mind that footwear can also make or break the proportions of any outfit - and your figure.

The enduringly fashionable high-heel slingback, available in flattering beiges and browns every fall, is incredibly graceful and leg-lengthening - though, truth be told, a smidge officey and boring. On the other hand, wearing a kitten heel, even if it's the trendiest shoe du jour, will make you look like you're so fat that you've squashed your heel down.

Then there is the classic mid-heel D'Orsay pump - possibly the most universally flattering shoe ever designed - worn on the runway and in photo shoots by nearly every model in the '80s and early '90s. These days, D'Orsay pumps are considered more classic, less fashion-fashion shoes and can be found everywhere from your local Payless Shoe Source to the Manolo Blahnik boutique. It's a style that's prevailed because it's flattering.

If your gams happen to be on the slightly less-coltish side, try a chunky or sculpted heel for balance - and to avoid the corndogs-on-sticks look you might get with stilettos.

The basic rule is simple: the chunkier the leg, the chunkier the heel ought to be. It's all about proportions, baby.

It's also all about shunning ankle straps, which "sever" your leg at your ankle. They make your legs look shorter. And we all need shorter legs like we need holes in our heads.
Dictionary of Shoes

Chunky Heel Pump: The rule is: The chunkier the leg, the chunkier the heel.

Slingback: In a fleshtone color, this shoe is sexy and slimming.

Stiletto Slide: Pick one that's cut lower in front to lengthen your leg line and show off your cute toes.

Bad Mule: Cut too high, mules have leg shortening effect.

UGG Boot: The bigger the shoe, the thinner your leg will look.

Good Mule: Cut lower, the mule is a graceful, ladylike shoe that won't break up the line of your leg.

D'Orsay Pump: The ultimate skinny shoe.

Bad Mary Jane: Ankle straps "sever" the leg from the foot and make legs look shorter and wider.

Sculpted Heels: They can enhance the grace of a thick ankle.

Ballet Flat: Lower cut is more leg lengthening and more flattering.

Look for: Nude, fleshtone, or neutral colors will blend better with your skin, your hosiery, or whatever you're wearing to extend your leg line and make your gams look longer.

Pointed toes elongate the foot and, ergo, the leg. Round toes are second best. Stay away from square toes entirely - they make your feet look like blocks.

A chunky, curved heel is a good, safe bet as well. Some of the best and most durable chunky heels come from mid-priced stores like Kenneth Cole and Nine West since, let's face it, rich people have little use for chunky heels. (See, the reason super-expensive shoes tend to have toothpick-width heels is because the women who can afford to blow $1,500 on a pair of pumps don't actually have to walk anywhere if they don't want to.)

For fat feet: If you're going to wear street sneakers, pick Converse. They make your feet look tiny.

Pick your battles: You can pick your battles - big shoes like Terry de Havilland platforms (from the 1960s, but reissued last year - they're a fashion it-girl favorite), Doc Martens, or UGGs make your feet and ankles look huge but you legs look thinner. After all, the bigger the shoe, the thinner your leg.

Boots: I've suffered my whole life from a pervasive fear of fall footwear. Since my calves, which measure 15.5 inches around, are bigger than my neck (no joke), I've always thought of myself, pitifully, as a casualty of the boot-making world.

Until last winter.

After spending so many years freezing my big legs off, I'd nearly given up on finding boots that fit. Then, one fateful day, the fashion gods smiled upon me and I found fabulous knee-high boots by Belgian designer Ann Demeulmeester that fit like a glove.

Since then, not only have I become an avid collector of all things Demuelmeester (she makes hats that fit my humongous head too!), but I've been on the hunt for other designer boots that fit larger calves. Cole Haans are pretty darn good too.

Boots are like potato chips. Once you start, you can't have just one.

Top tip: Measure you calves around their widest point, then call stores and ask how wide their widest boots are. This will drive sales staff nutso, but will save you hours in the mall.

The widest calf span I've ever found was a pair of slouchy nappa leather stilettos - they measured eighteen inches around. That's like the size of a cantaloupe! Don't give up people! Big boots are out there!

If you've fallen in love with boots that don't fit, seek out your local cobbler - boots can be stretched as a last resort.

If you're not too keen on the hunt, opt instead for a slightly lower boot - one that ends midcalf. Lace-up boots are adjustable for different calf sizes. And some boots are more sculpted and curvy through the heel, which makes your legs instantly look curvier and sexier, no matter what size they are.

Some great shapes for boots: tall and slouch; riding boots; slim-fitting ankle-covering boots with sculpted stiletto heels.

Socks: For every shoe, there's a sock. Just make sure you can't see it.

Socks that end at your ankles do the same thing ankle straps do - they visually sever your legs at that point. Pick secret socks - ones that hide in your shoes instead. You can get these everywhere. Gap makes some great ones called "Not Socks" but if you can't find any, just fold your socks down into your shoes.

For your own good: Don't wear lace-up ankle boots with skirts. Victorian Shmictorian. Who cares whether it's hot or not - it just looks terrible.

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