Can Plus Size Women Wear Prints? 5 Tips for Plus Size Chicks
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
Printed clothing won’t make you look fat. Being fat will make you look fat. Actually, the right print on the right outfit will often make a plus-sized woman look better… if not thinner… than the same outfit in plain-Jane black.
Prints are very good at keeping people from noticing your body’s little flaws, like bulges of fat and saggy boobs. Kids and dogs work much the same way, but they’re harder to wear.
Can Plus Size Women Wear Printed Pants?
Ummmmmm… let me ask my psychiatrist if he thinks fat women should wear printed trousers. Be right back…
Okay. Dr. Johnson says that fat girls should not wear printed pants… unless they are super confident and they like to have fun. (No. I don’t go to a psychiatrist. That’s the name of my mother’s psychiatrist. I’m next in line to inherit him.)
I’m trying to make a joke. Don’t you think it’s kinda weird that fashion “experts” on websites – people who’ve never met you – like to tell you what to wear? I think it’s weird. They don’t know if you’re a size 14 or a size 22.
Why do they insist on telling you that you will look good if you wear a _______ (fill in the blank) and you will look like _______ if you wear a _______?
Will the Right Clothes Make You Look Skinnier?
No. Prints and patterns won’t make you look skinny, but plain black stretchy fabrics will often show every bulge and bump on your body. Is that better?
The perfect print on the perfect dress (or top or pants or skirt) is a little like fat-camouflage, because the right mix will make the eye bounce around, rather than dwell upon your worst area. It doesn’t ALWAYS work, but it works often enough that I think it’s worth a try.
Plus Size Outfits for Women
If you’re reading this, you’re probably overweight. And, I’m sure I’m supposed to tell you to diet and exercise… but this is the real world. You are what you are. I am what I am. I was skinny for most of my life. Now, I’m a plus size.
Prints and Patterns are Fun
For ages and ages, overweight women were told to avoid wearing prints. And, women over 40 were told to avoid wearing prints and/or bright colors. Well, there’s only so much black we can wear. Life is not a funeral.
What Prints Look Good on Plus Size Women?
What kind of prints should you wear if you’re chubby? Well, there’s no easy answer for that. You need to play with different types of prints.
Here are a few things to consider when you’re looking at an outfit online or when you’re trying on an outfit at home:
1. Size of Prints: Some people say not to wear small prints. Some people say not to wear large prints. I say the right size of pattern depends on the colors and the contrast in the pattern. More importantly, you should avoid any print that looks little-girlish. I know that unicorns are big right now, but save those baby-bedroom prints and peace-sign-smiley-faces for your Rainbow Brite granddaughter. Okay?
2. Allover Patterns or Placement Patterns: Does the pattern blend into one big whirl or can you see areas of background? If you can see background, make sure the placement of the pattern is flattering to your shape. And, if the pattern is near your face, make sure the background color is flattering to your complexion.
3. Geometric or Floral Print Outfits: Some clothes are stiff and look better with geometric, stylized prints. Other clothes have more movement and look better with softer, more romantic prints. Most of the time, you can figure out what kind of print will look good on you by determining if you look better in structured clothes or flowing clothes.
4. Bright Prints or Subtle Prints: Should you wear bright prints or subtle prints? It depends on your mood. And, it depends on where you are. I would not recommend wearing a black-and-gray print dress if you’re in Hawaii. But, if you’re having tea with the queen, you might want to tone it down a bit… unless you’re in Hawaii.
Most plus size women would be afraid to try the yellow-orange print dress in the main photo. I think it’s cute… and it’s one hell of a lot cuter than a pair of shorts on a big butt.
5. Printed Top, Printed Bottom, Printed All Over: Sometimes, a little bit of print goes a long way… but other times, prints look better when they cover an entire outfit… like with a maxi dress. If you’re top heavy, you can wear a plain top and printed pants to balance out your body. If you’re bottom heavy, you may want to wear your prints on top. Those are not rules… just guidelines… suggestions that may help you if your outfit doesn’t seem to be working. (I’ve seen pear shapes who look amazing in printed pants.)
Summer Outfits, Winter Outfits?
Even if you’re as fat as Mama Cass, you can play with prints whenever you want… even in the dead of winter or in the dark of night. C’mon. It’s your body. You get to choose what you wear. Just use a small modicum of taste.
Plus size women should not be afraid to experiment with prints. It doesn’t matter how big you are. If you’ve got it, you’ve got it.
More Articles for Plus Size Women:
Photo Credits: Prshots.com.
- Main Photo: La Redoute, Asos.
- Can Fat Women Wear Printed Pants: Asos.
- Plus Size Outfits: Alice & You, LaRedoute, Asos Curve, Pink Clove.
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