Fashion Rules Are Meant to Be Broken
Glossy magazines want us to believe the world is inhabited by glamazon women with perfect blow dries and immaculate makeup. Let's remember two things - magazine images are edited (even perfect Kerry Washington gets Photoshopped, for crying out loud). And 99% of females do not look that way. We have muffin tops, flat butts, boobs, and (shock and horror) sometimes our thighs meet. Still, there are plenty of women who've taken the style rule book and thrown it out the window. And the fact that they happen to be plus-size ladies just makes them even more badass.
The old rule goes that wearing dark colors will make you appear slimmer. But why should we go through life looking like a Sicilian widow? Norma Mwamuka does not shy away from bold colors. This look will have you believe a body hugging yellow dress is just the thing missing from your closet. (Even if you know in your heart of hearts that yellow is not your color.) We also adore her blue cropped cape.
Wide leg pants are considered a more flattering option to skinnies. And it is true. They can elongate the leg and tuck in various wobbly bits. But fashion "experts" are fast to issue warnings for who should or should not wear them (let's be clear, the world will not implode if you wear a pair of ill-fitting pants). The only thing we agree on is the length; that one is tricky. We love how Nicolette Mason paired her wide leg pants with a simple white top for an Americana look. And the cherry red sandals (with a wearable heel no less) add a delightful pop of color.
Every fashion rule book known to man talks about how you should or should not wear prints when you are plus sized. Vertical stripes? No go. Any print that draws attention to your "problem" area? Don't even attempt it. The only thing we agree on is that mixing prints can be problematic since it's a fine line between looking fashion forward or like a hot mess. But Kelly Augustine nailed it. She makes a sleeveless jumpsuit weather appropriate by layering it with a striped tee. The proportions are flawless, and who knew a polka dot and stripes combo could look this cool?
Sashagai & Garcia of Flaws of Couture
Unless you have a body of a supermodel, chances are wearing a crop top will give you pause. Do we need washboard abs to go cropped on top? No, you can pull off this look regardless of your size (or age for that matter). Sashagai and Garcia, the fabulous ladies behind Flaws of Couture, show us how to nail the look with a pair of skinnies or overalls. A graphic tee is an off-duty staple, and these Drake inspired ones get extra fashion points. Come on, who doesn't like Drake?
Some argue it is best to stick with lower rise jeans as these hug the hips. The opposing camp argues high waisted jeans are better as they tuck in the tummy. And don't get us started on the skinny vs bootcut debate. Finding a great pair of jeans is like a quest for a unicorn. If you found a pair that makes you feel great - wear it. Margie Ashcroft teamed up her high-waisted bootcut pair with a simple black top and a peacoat with faux fur collar and looks amazing while wearing it.
Gail of Fab Four Fashion
One rule that should be long forgotten with the global warming and all? No white after Labor Day. Gwyneth Paltrow gave us goop, conscious uncoupling and vaginal steaming. She also gave us the crazy idea that a white cape is an excellent wardrobe investment. We don't know what we were thinking because, let's face it, most of us won't be attending Vanity Fair's Oscar party this year. Gail of Fab Four Fashion does something Gwyneth failed to do - she shows us how to make a white cape work for normal life situations (in cold weather no less).
One ridiculous rule? All white can make you look bigger. To that we say whatever, it's all about the fit. Fashion "experts" haven't seen Dionne Markelo. How stunning is her figure-hugging white grid dress? A biker jacket gives it an edge and makes this outfit a great choice for a night out on the town.
If there is one thing women are self-conscious about without even realizing, it would be our arms. For many of us, it has become second nature to bypass sleeveless anything. However, life is too short to worry about our wobbly bits. Amanda Montgomery styled her pale pink vest coat as a dress, and guess what? It works.
There are tons of do's and don'ts on how we should wear an empire waistline. It should skim the body, not cling. Heaven forbid if it is too loose. However, to that we say: you found a top you like? Wear it. Nicole Simone put together an effortless outfit for a casual date night. She dressed up her jeans with a white, off the shoulder peplum top and a pair of peep-toe booties.
Have you noticed how contradictory fashion rules can be? Like the one that says you should not wear body hugging garments if you're plus size because they will draw attention to your body. But, also, another rules dictates that you shouldn't wear anything too loose either, as it will make you appear bigger. So, which is it? While fashion "experts" make up their mind, we say just go with what you bloody well like. Audrey's dress in this photo is a real show stopper.
Conventional wisdom would have you steer clear of busy patterns. To that we say, pffffft whatever! It can be so difficult to find decent active wear. And by that, we mean clothes that are comfortable, well made and look cute. Once you found something that will stay in place while you are active and doesn't fall apart after two washes, for the love of everything, wear it! Rachel Richardson's aqua/orange/pink outfit packs a punch, and we love it.
Does this sound familiar - steer clear of trends because it's hard to make them work? We'll be the judge of that thankyouverymuch. Bomber jackets are huge this season. Embroidered, long, floral, cropped, they are everywhere. LuAnne D'Souza teams up her bomber jacket with a simple turtleneck dress and a pair of kicks for an on point off-duty look.