For years, women have been told that black is a slimming color – and plus size women have been relegated to feeling as if they need to have nothing but dark, unflattering colors. While every woman should have a nice pair of dark slacks or a dress in the closet, infusing color into a wardrobe will help anyone feel more confident – and color has been known to have a sliming effect, just as dark clothes. Shopping for plus size clothing is sometimes frustrating enough, but only looking for dark colors just adds to the negative experience. That does not mean you have to wear nothing but colorful outfits – simply add a few pops of color to your otherwise colorless wardrobe! Here are a few tips to finding colorful outfits to enhance your look and confidence:
Bright Colors – Bright clothes impart a sense of confidence and fun for any woman, so try to find a couple blouses that have a bright hue or large print. If you dress more conservative, pair the blouses with denim jeans or slacks to add color to the outfit, but still staying subtle with the bottom. Find colors that complement your hair color or skin tone to create a sophisticated look.
Experiment with Color – There are some colors that just seem to work with any skin tone or hair color – and they pair with just about anything in the closet. Look for shades like medium to deep purple, turquoise, soft red, teal or soft whites to incorporate into the closet. Depending on the time of year, wear jewel-toned shades during the fall, icy tones during winter, soft pastels in spring and bright, vibrant hues for summer.
Keep the Dark Clothes – Just because you should infuse some brighter color into your wardrobe doesn’t mean you need to do a total overhaul. Keep some of the dark slacks, dresses and blouses for special occasions. Dark clothes, though many say they look slimming, tend to look boring when you’re dressed in black from head to toe, and the idea of black being slimming isn’t that effective. If you want to wear dark colors, dress it up with vibrant accessories or jewelry! Add a beautiful statement necklace or use a bright –colored purse to enhance the look.
Plus-size women aren’t destined to wear black forever – wearing the right color, no matter what your size, is the key to looking good and feeling confident!