Plus Size Blouses That Fit and Flatter

What’ the key to finding plus size blouses that fit and flatter?

It’s called:  knowing your body.

When you know what works on you and what doesn’t, what fits and what doesn’t, you can create a head-turning look that garners respect whatever your size.

Don’t be like most plus size women who either buy clothes for their largest part and hide the rest of their body in a tent, or buy clothes that are too small that they pucker, bind, or show rolls.  Instead, be mindful of your whole body when looking for clothes so you can accentuate the positive and camouflage the negative.

With that in mind, here’s what to look for when buying plus size blouses:

1. The Shoulder Seam Sits at Your Pivot Bone

Put your right hand on your left shoulder and raise your left arm straight out.  The bone you feeling moving is your pivot bone.  That’s where your blouse shoulder seam should be.  If it falls higher on the shoulder or lower on the arm, it doesn’t fit correctly.

2.  Bustline Doesn’t Gap

You should be able to button blouses easily with no gaps or puckers.  If it does, it doesn’t fit.

3.  Bust Darts Point to Bust Point

The bust darts should point to, but stop within 1″ of, your bust point.  If they don’t or if they’re in a strange place, it’s not right.

4.  Silhouette Skims Waist

Your blouse should taper in at the waist to skim your midsection and follow your body contours.  If it hangs straight down, it will make you look wider.

5.  Blouse Shape Matches Body Shape

If you can’t remember anything else when you’re out shopping, remember this:  match the blouse shape to your body shape.  It will give you the best results.

Here are some examples of flattering plus size blouses:

Create Curves

The diagonal line makes
you look trimmer and

Have No Waist?

This straight silhouette and
vertical stripes slenderizes
and puts attention on face

Hide Hips

Hide big hips with a flared
style that fits thru the bust
and draw attention to face

Camouflage Tummy

Light color on top, dark on
bottom forces attention
upward & hides big tummy

All plus size blouses shown here from Roaman’s

See?  All it takes is a little thought and perseverance to find things that work for you.  So take the time in the stores or shop for plus size clothes online because it’s certainly worth the effort.  You can find what’s right, if you look.

Need some other help find plus size blouses and other women’s size clothes?  Download a copy of Plus Size Style to learn how to turn heads regardless of your shape or size.

1 Comment

  • Sherry

    Reply Reply July 29, 2010

    How are you going to give fashion tips for plus size women and use regular size models? Makes no sense to me.

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