Looking Good, Feeling Great - Can a gal be bigger but still have look good?




KillerBee
08-13-2013, 02:17 AM
Title says it all, I'm a bigger girl at the moment but I still want to look
good for my first day of University. Guess I'm just looking to see if anyone has any suggestions regarding some good attire to buy that looks nice but won't draw too much attention. I've never been one to buy too many things from American Eagle either so suggestions for places like Target and JCP will do. Usually for school I favor clothing that consists of jeans and a decent top as I favor comfort and I make my own style with my accessories. So any recommendations for jeans? Perhaps types or brand names that tend to have a slimming effect or at least that draw less attention? I know enough to avoid things like skinny jeans and low rise for now but that's about it. I often go for Levi's but I'm open to anything. Shirts are more of a hit and miss so I just tend to go with dark colors and whatever looks best. Anyway thats the best description I can give so if anyone has any advice or suggestions I'd appreciate it :D


MauiKai
08-13-2013, 10:49 AM
Everyone should avoid skinny jeans, no matter what you weigh. Seriously, it makes you look like a sno-cone. The visual effect of making your ankles so "slim" is that your heiny looks GINORMOUS in comparison. Not a good look Haha!

You know what I think is almost universally flattering though? A dark dark blue pair of straight legged jeans (straight, NOT tapered), some sort of thin tank or undershirt, with a nice structured cotton type button shirt that is cut for a woman over it. (Long or short sleeve, depending on your weather.)

Munchy
08-13-2013, 12:54 PM
Everyone should avoid skinny jeans, no matter what you weigh. Seriously, it makes you look like a sno-cone. The visual effect of making your ankles so "slim" is that your heiny looks GINORMOUS in comparison. Not a good look Haha!

I disagree! I love the look of skinny jeans, but not usually with flats, usually with boots like
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bmBG9dNabkk/UKT4tkqr53I/AAAAAAAAR1U/X4eOI94DnRs/s640/bluecardi.jpg

Either way, we can agree to disagree! :)

You probably want to be pretty casual, so I think a dark wash trouser (straight-legged) jean like these (http://www.jcpenney.com/dotcom/brands/levis/women/levis-512%25e2%2584%25a2-slimming-jeans/prod.jump?ppId=pp5002190987&catId=cat100250050&subcatId=cat100240005&deptId=dept20000013&N=1402&Nao=24&pN=2&topDim=Color&topDimvalue=blues&dimCombo=Color|&dimComboVal=blues|&currentDim=Color&currentDimVal=blues&colorizedImg=DP1113201219032012M.tif) with a cute top is a great look. Plus, you want to wear shoes that are semi comfortable if you're walking around a large campus, so probably flats - maybe something bright. I love to wear really plain clothes, but bright accessories like a necklace or nontraditional colored shoes.

I have to say, I'm loving the peplum tops. I think they're universally flattering because they have so much structure on the midsection.


Stars
08-13-2013, 09:11 PM
Everyone should avoid skinny jeans, no matter what you weigh. Seriously, it makes you look like a sno-cone. The visual effect of making your ankles so "slim" is that your heiny looks GINORMOUS in comparison. Not a good look Haha!


I have to disagree, I look really good in them. It really depends on your shape.

And to the OP, yes, you can look great no matter what size you are. The right styles of clothing will compliment you.

Aclai4067
08-13-2013, 09:27 PM
It took a while for me to accept skinny jeans for big girls. But I kept seeing all these other plus size ladies rockin' them and eventually decided to get a pair a couple years back. Now, I prefer skinny jeans! I like to pair them with a loose top usually.

I have a top similar to this one that I got at TJ Maxx which looks good with skinnies: http://www.target.com/p/pure-energy-junior-s-plus-size-sleeveless-top-assorted-colors/-/A-14537235#prodSlot=large_1_21

I also have one from Target that is a lot like this one in black (but not the exact one). It's really simple but looks great with skinnies and a long necklace (can be dressed up with heels, or casual with flat sandals). http://www.target.com/p/merona-women-s-plus-size-short-sleeve-blouse-assorted-colors/-/A-14588314#prodSlot=large_2_8

These are my new fav pants http://www.torrid.com/torrid/Bottoms/Pants/Skinny/The+Black+Ponte+Skinny-575536.jsp



I have to say, I'm loving the peplum tops. I think they're universally flattering because they have so much structure on the midsection.

I wouldn't go as far as universal. I love the look, but can't find any that fit. I'm not small chested, but if they fit my chest, it's too tight in the belly. If it's big enough for my belly, it's gaping in the chest. Also a lot of them are too short for me. In theory, they are universal. Finding a good one for whatever my body type is, has proven quite the task.

MauiKai
08-13-2013, 11:26 PM
I've yet to see anyone look good in skinnies, to me. I don't like the look at all. Even "supermodels." To each their own. Plus they come with health issues. Not advisable IMO.

Aclai4067
08-13-2013, 11:36 PM
I've yet to see anyone look good in skinnies, to me. I don't like the look at all. Even "supermodels." To each their own. Plus they come with health issues. Not advisable IMO.

Health issues from jeans?

ETO- googled it. Sounds like a buying pants that don't fit problem to me. My jeans aren't that tight by a long shot.

AwShucks
08-14-2013, 12:42 AM
Buy some basics, but save some $$ for later. After you see what the other students are wearing, you may want to go shopping! If I remember right, most students didn't put much effort into their fashion... jeans/shorts and t-shirts were the norm in my day. But, I agree with concentrating on accessories, because as you shrink, you can still wear those! Try thrift stores, too... You can find new or nearly new clothes for great prices!

I also read today that H&M (http://www.hm.com/us/subdepartment/LADIES?Nr=4294928449#Nr=4294928449)has launched their new plus size line online. Check it out. Good prices, and a hip look.

Candeka
08-14-2013, 01:54 AM
Make sure whatever you buy fits properly. That is the number one thing that can either make or break the outfit. Something too small will be noticeable and make you look bigger than you are.

sontaikle
08-14-2013, 07:26 AM
I've yet to see anyone look good in skinnies, to me. I don't like the look at all. Even "supermodels." To each their own. Plus they come with health issues. Not advisable IMO.

It's not just skinny jeans--any jeans too tight can cause health issues.

SoMuchFattitude
08-14-2013, 08:17 AM
I love my skinny jeans and so does my DH. Guess that's all that matters to me. lol

If I feel good then I'm pleased with myself. I typically have a pop of color somewhere in my outfit. I like V-necks and avoid scoop necks. Heels to add length to my legs. I also play up my high waist!

giselley
08-14-2013, 11:31 AM
I'm getting skinny jeans once I get rid of the muffin top. I like that look above with the boots, and loose sweaters tops lots of ruffles, and accessories. With the tops, I would stick with a layered look that can be mixed and matched-- for instance stay within a certain color range. I buy nearly everything in greens, blues, and golds, because those colors go best with my hair/complexion. I never wear pinks or reds but other people can.

MauiKai
08-14-2013, 11:36 AM
It's not just skinny jeans--any jeans too tight can cause health issues.

This is true, it's just the skinny jeans are more known for causing issues.

KillerBee
08-17-2013, 11:24 PM
Alright, thanks guys! Don't worry, I have zero intentions to go skinny jean shopping. Maybe once I reach my goal weight, but never in a million years would I go now. I think sticking to some standard straight jeans sounds like a good idea for now. When winter comes around I can wear some nice boots and get a few decent jackets, but for now I'll just have to go by what looks the least revealing top wise. Again, I know better than to wear anything skin tight. I have a bit in the stomach to lose, but most of my mass is in my lower half/love handles so jeans were my biggest concern. But at least I have a few ideas now so thanks again! :D

Riddy
08-18-2013, 01:20 PM
I started wearing skinny jeans when I got around a size 16 - they were great to have on the way down - as the jeans got looser, the shirts I wore them with got more fitted. That way I could stretch out the length of time they stayed in my wardrobe. Last fall I finally fit in tall boots, and I love skinnies tucked in, or with flats and sandals too. I'd suggest at least trying them on.

I second the trouser jeans suggestion. They're just that little bit dressier than jeans, but not stuffy. I've gotten nice ones at JC Penney, Old Navy, and Kohl's. if you get the dark ones at Old Navy, wash them about 6 times before you wear them, or you'll have blue legs! ;)

I like a woven cotton shirt with jeans - again just a bit more put together than tshirt & jeans.

I'd say get 1 pair of jeans you love, 2 tops you feel great in, and then check out what everyone else on campus is wearing to see what appeals to you.

Kscott
08-21-2013, 06:30 PM
I think this says it all.

http://cdn02.cdn.justjared.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/latifah-oscars/queen-latifah-2010-oscars-04.jpg

Now would you look at this big woman--Queen Lativa. No one can tell me she's not absolutely beautiful and extremely sexy. You can also see that even though she is big--she is fit--probably because she works-out.

Yes you can be a big woman and be gorgeous. As far as jeans--to make you look skinny. Here is something from Oprah in which she did a complete show on.

http://www.oprah.com/style/Jeans-That-Hide-Flaws-Jeans-That-Make-You-Look-Thinner

Wannabeskinny
08-22-2013, 09:26 AM
If you're anything like me, I go to stores often to find the things I need. Just because I need a pair of jeans doesn't mean that I'll find them on the first shop. It goes on a list of things to shop for and it may take weeks, months or even years to find the right pair that I'm really looking for. I shop consistently at TJMaxx and often run into things on my list.

You'll want to check out a top 10 basic wardrobe items list, just google it. It basically includes a white button down, a pair of black trousers, a good pair of jeans, etc. I made up my own Top 10 list and it includes those items plus a good trenchcoat (especially now for fall), layering items such as t-shirts and interesting cardigans, a good pair of leggings and some long tunic style tops, lots of scarves, a black skirt, and of course good bras.

As a big girl I've found that knitted jeans from Coldwater Creek are super comfy and stretchy and come in different styles. I have skinnies, straight cut, boot legged and trouser style jeans from there. They're a little more expensive than a discount store but they are great great jeans! I never thought I could wear skinnies until I tried theirs on, I swear to you they feel as comfy as sweatpants!

BettyBooty
08-23-2013, 09:23 AM
I disagree! I love the look of skinny jeans, but not usually with flats, usually with boots like
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bmBG9dNabkk/UKT4tkqr53I/AAAAAAAAR1U/X4eOI94DnRs/s640/bluecardi.jpg

Either way, we can agree to disagree! :)

You probably want to be pretty casual, so I think a dark wash trouser (straight-legged) jean like these (http://www.jcpenney.com/dotcom/brands/levis/women/levis-512%25e2%2584%25a2-slimming-jeans/prod.jump?ppId=pp5002190987&catId=cat100250050&subcatId=cat100240005&deptId=dept20000013&N=1402&Nao=24&pN=2&topDim=Color&topDimvalue=blues&dimCombo=Color|&dimComboVal=blues|&currentDim=Color&currentDimVal=blues&colorizedImg=DP1113201219032012M.tif) with a cute top is a great look. Plus, you want to wear shoes that are semi comfortable if you're walking around a large campus, so probably flats - maybe something bright. I love to wear really plain clothes, but bright accessories like a necklace or nontraditional colored shoes.

I have to say, I'm loving the peplum tops. I think they're universally flattering because they have so much structure on the midsection.

I definitely agree with a darker wash, straight-leg jean, but totally NOT on the peplum tops. I have a thicker middle (my waist is not well-defined) and they look awful on me. They make me look a lot fatter than, say, a semi-fitted T-shirt. I've seen quite a few women around the city lately with these tops, and some look great, but if you have more of a broad-shoulder, athletic/thicker build, it doesn't really work. much like those cute 50s style dresses with fitted tops and full skirts.

Trudiha
08-26-2013, 09:15 AM
I don't think that there is any one style of dressing that looks good on all bigger women, we come in many different shapes and to look good, you need to work with your shape. For example, skinny jeans tend to suit women with smaller legs and larger midsections, whereas boot it jeans tend to suit women with larger hips and bottoms.

Here in Europe, most swanky department stores usually have a stylist or personal shopper who can be booked at no charge for a couple of hours, there is no obligation to buy anything, so you can take the advice you're given about styles that suit you along to Target to make your actual purchases.