The fact of the matter is that a high percentage of the population has a weight problem and that doesn’t just reflect this country, but it’s a world wide phenomenon. Being a plus sized women doesn’t mean that you have to give up on style and settle for unflattering stretch pants an mu mu’s. Quite the opposite in fact, now more than every there is a large range of fashionable clothes designs for obese women.

For the most part fashion comes down to money. And plus sized women tend to have money, so it follows that many clothing manufacturers and retailers now make fashionable, flattering clothes for plus sized women.

With all the choices now available to full figured women, it’s more important than ever to know what styles will compliment your figure and what styles will accentuate the areas of your body that may not be your best.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. Don’t wear baggy clothes! This is one of the biggest mistakes many full figured women make. They think they can camouflage their heaviness but all baggy clothes do is to make you appear even bigger than you already are. A better approach is to buy clothes that fit properly, not too tight, not too loose. Think Goldilocks: you want clothes that fit just right!

2. Many people incorrectly think that in clothing ‘petite’ means small. Not so. It just refers to any women who is less than 5’4″ tall. They can still be full figured and wear petite clothing. If you are a petite woman, make sure that you stay away from any styles that go below hip level since that look will just make you look shorter, and rounder.

3. You don’t only have to wear black. While it is true that black does have a slimming effect, the same can be said of most monochromatic outfits. If you add a touch of color near your face, say with a scarf, you will actually draw the eye upward away from the fuller parts of your body.

4. Get a properly fitted bra. Many women don’t even realize that the bra they are wearing isn’t sized properly for them. Many bra shops will measure you for free. If your bra is too tight it tends to cause the fat in your upper torso to bulge over the straps. That isn’t a look anyone really wants to have.

It’s important for every women to be comfortable in her own skin. Confidence is consistently rated as one of the most attractive qualities a women can have by men who are surveyed. If you’re not completely happy with the way your body looks than work on making changes, but in the meantime, project confidence and self love, even if you have to fake it a little bit, until you reach the healthy weight you want to be. Also look for clothes designs for obese women to make the most out of what you’ve got while you’re in transition.

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