Long gone are the days that if you were a size above what the fashion world considers “normal” there was nowhere to turn to shop for clothes that help you flaunt your style and personality.
And what I love is that increasingly there are great budget shopping options for size 16 and up that don’t sacrifice an ounce to style cred.
Check out the gorgeous Australian and international models wearing these designs below too. Yes, that’s Fiona from The Biggest Loser, who I think looks absolutely stunning as a size 16. And Ljubenka Milunovic and Robyn Lawley? Drop dead gorgeous.
Key styling suggestions
1. You want to still create shape with your outfit. An hourglass voluptuous should embrace a waisted belt. If the smallest part of your frame is under your bust, then belt or choose styles that show that. A well-cut jacket can help achieve this too and prevent “blocking” that often happens when we wear a dark top and pants combination.
2. Flaunt the bits you love the most. If that’s your boobs, get them out there. If that’s your legs then make them the focus. If your hips are your narrowest part (cone shapes) then choose a top that floats and comes in on a band at the hips.
3. Opt for lighter fabrics that skim. Not only will this floaty style look sexy it will also help you to keep cool.
4. Contrast a floaty top with slim pants.
5. Make sure tops fit well around the arms and shoulders, you don’t want it too loose and baggy because then we can’t see your shape. By all means add a lightweight cardi to cover up arms but don’t add too much fabric.
7. Accessorise, accessorise, and accessorise. Draw attention upwards to your face with neckpieces. Wear long necklaces or scarves to elongate. And if you are blessed with beautiful feet and ankles, then a pair of statement shoes will make you feel a million bucks.
Autograph (model: Fiona Falkiner)
Avella at Big W (model: Robyn Lawley)
Virtu (model: Fiona Falkiner)
Sara (Model: Ljubenka Milunovic)
So, my voluptuous sisters, what tricks do you have to get your style on each day? What are your favourite stores or labels?