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Dress To Impress For the BBW

I recently decided to get back out in the dating world, but as an overweight lady, dating isn’t all that easy. I did, however, come across some very interesting people via bbw dating sites. With my excitement of meeting some of them peaked, I now needed to focus on a new wardrobe. Being overweight doesn’t mean you can’t look fabulous! All it takes is a little know-how and a healthy dose of confidence. Here are lots of tips I came across on how to dress well and get your confidence up if you are overweight and looking to get out there and try bbw dating:

 

Choose colors and patterns wisely

1. Darker colors and smaller patterns are more flattering on larger bodies.
2. Choose well-fitting undergarments, such as low-legged and high-waisted underwear.
3. Flatter your bottom half with tailored or A-line skirts.
4. Flatter your upper half with shaped garments or a full-length cardigan.
5. Accessorize! Bring out your big, chunky earrings and make use of boots and wedges.
6. Be confident in what you wear.

Focus on how to accentuate and/or hide certain areas of your body

  1. Dark colors hide and light colors highlight. If you’re happy with your waist, then wear a light belt over a dark shirt. But if you want to hide your bottom half, then wear dark pants and a lighter top.
  2. Larger patterns will make you look larger, while smaller patterns can help make you look smaller.
  3. Avoid wearing horizontal stripes. Stripes are okay on plus-size clothing if they are diagonal or vertical. If you want to look larger in the bust area, horizontal stripes will enhance that.
  4. Don’t put ruffles on anything that you prefer to look smaller. Do, however, put them on areas you want to emphasize. This means that anyone looking at you will be attracted to those areas.
  5. Pay attention to what colors look good on you. Flattering colors can make your skin tone glow, while the wrong colors can make you look washed-out.
  6. Choose “baggy”, like a blouse, that exudes both stylish and well-dressed.

Choose well-fitting undergarments

  1. While it’s true that your underclothes are the foundation of your look, it’s difficult to look good when your underwear is flimsy and ill-fitting or doesn’t support you properly.
  2. Choose a bra that fits. Not only will a good bra help enhance your figure, but it will help avoid backaches. The last thing you need when meeting someone new on a bbw dating site is a backache or worries about how you’re presenting yourself!
  3. Wear low-legged, high-waisted underwear that’s firm and with supportive cotton.
  4. Make sure your underwear coverage is sufficient. Underwear that’s too small is not the underwear you should buy.

Focus on flattering your bottom half

If you tend to carry your weight in your hips and legs, known as “pear-shaped”, then pay extra attention to these helpful tips:

  1. Look for tailored skirts and pants. Stay away from flared pants and wide-legged trousers.
  2. Avoid garments that are shaped like broomstick skirts and “one-sized” dresses. Instead, look for something with a nipped waist.
  3. When looking for a skirt, an A-line cut is the most suitable. Stay away from pencil skirts because this tends to draw attention to your hips and waist. However, skirts like as “skater” skirts, will really bring out the beauty in every individual .
  4. Buy at least one pair of well-fitting jeans.
  5. Be especially careful with leggings. For some women, a long shirt or dress with leggings is a slimming and fashionable look. But if you have larger hips, thighs, or bottom, this can look awful.

Flatter your top half

This can be either very easy or very difficult, depending on your body shape. If you tend to carry your weight around your stomach and shoulders, then these tips can help:

  1. Select shaped T-shirts and dresses over straight and untailored ones. These should fit closely to your natural waist and shoulders.
  2. Men should wear tailored shirts, paying extra attention to the neck and wrists. These areas should be fitted properly.
  3. Women should forget spaghetti-straps and halter tops. Your shirts should cover your bra straps, which may be wide. You don’t need your bra straps showing when meeting a new guy on bbw dating.
  4. Wear full-length cardigans and jackets. Avoid cropped lengths.
  5. If you’re happy with your forearms, then wear a three-quarter-length sleeve. However, if you’re unhappy with how your arms look, then wear full-length sleeves or short sleeves. This will break up your arms in the middle with a sleeve that will give you a more flattering look.
  6. If you choose to wear skinny jeans or leggings, then try a tunic-style top that’s a bit more flowing. Wearing a top that’s not fitting is fine as long as your bottom half looks tailored and well-fitted.
  7. It’s a must that button-down shirts fit properly across the bust and stomach. This means that there is no pulling of the fabric at the button. If it does, then the shirt does not fit.

Accessorize and match your outfits

Beautiful and unusual accessories not only accentuate your wardrobe, making it more versatile, but are blind to weight gains or losses. Larger women can pull off large, bold jewelry that would overwhelm smaller-framed women. Teeny earrings and pendants can get lost on you.

  1. A large handbag bag can help make you look smaller because it won’t look small on you.
  2. Two or three chunky bangles will make a plump wrist appear more slender. Wearing long dangling earrings make the neck look longer.
  3. Good boots, like “equestrian-style” boots, can cause the illusion of a slender calf. A good pair of boots makes wearing skirts or pants a positive.
  4. If you have heavy legs and thick ankles, avoid delicate or flimsy footwear. A wedge heel, on the other hand, looks wonderful no matter how stout your legs are.
  5. Be confident in how you look. You are you for a reason and no one can take that away from you!
  6. Wear something tight around the bust and loose on the stomach, or wear an over-sized loose shirt.
  7. Wear denim shorts in the summer.  The longer the shorts, the less leg you see.

Bottom line….enjoy your new look and test the waters by meeting new and interesting people through bbw dating!

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