Gabi Fresh Debunks 10 Plus-Size Fashion Myths
Horizontal Stripes Won’t Make You Look Wide
The key here is finding the right width. Thicker lines are best on curvy women, I've found, because they're proportional with bigger figures. Look for ones that are around two inches wide (very thin, close-set stripes have an enlarging effect).
Stilettos Are Not Only for Stick Figures
Patently untrue. Stilettos elongate everyone's legs, but note: Ankle straps can be tricky since they interrupt the line of your limbs. If you really want legs for days, go for a monochromatic look with matching tights and shoes.
Leggings? A Great Idea
Find ones that have stylish details like leather accents so that you don't seem too casual. Balance your proportions by pairing with a loose top that hits at the mid to upper thigh.
Loud Prints Won’t Call Attention to Your Size
All black gets boring fast! When wearing bold patterns, opt for ones in a larger scale, such as the brushstrokes on this dress. When prints get too tiny, they emphasize the dimensions of your body simply because there are so many of them. One thousand teeny flowers aren't better than 100 larger ones.
Boyfriend Jeans Won’t Hide Your Curves
Denim jeans, James Jeans, $224 (14–26); jamesjeans.us
Don’t Avoid Bright Colors
No shades are off-limits! I love vibrant hues. But if top-to-bottom color gets a little overwhelming, mix in metallic accessories the way Rebel Wilson does here. This will break things up without having to resort to fallback black.
Sweats Are Not Sloppy
Polyester-rayon sweatshirt with sequined sleeves, T Bags Los Angeles, $220 (1X–3X); tbagslosangeles.com
Oversize Shirts Are Not Frumpy
Just as with leggings, the trick to wearing this type of top is balance. Team it with pants that hug your hips and are slim through the ankle, and you'll be perfectly put together.
Miniskirts Won’t Reveal Too Much
Polyester lace skirt with faux-leather trim, Jessica Simpson Collection, $59 (1X–3X); macys.com
Dresses Don’t Need to Emphasize Your Waist
Some argue shifts are too shapeless, but I don't think you have to emphasize your waist all the time—it's so limiting. Choose a fun design and show off your legs by selecting a hemline that hits at the knee or higher so that you'll still feel sexy.