More Style Tips for Oval Shaped Plus Size Women

Posted on August 29, 2018 by Jen Anderson | 2 comments

It's easy to feel left behind by fashion when you're apple shaped (aka Oval Shaped). And of course it's even worse if you're plus sized. (Yes, it is absolutely possible to be apple shaped and as thin as Angelina Jolie, who is herself apple shaped.) Every plus sized apple shaped women has tried on clothes, discovered they were too tight, and blamed her stomach for that. But it isn't the tummy's fault, and a larger size might not make a difference. It's all about the shape of the clothes.

You can pick clothes that work with the shape of your body. What you can't do is change your basic body shape. Anyone who says that certain exercises or shapewear can transform you into an hourglass shape is either lying or deluded. There is nothing wrong with how your body is shaped. If you're uncomfortable in your clothes, it's because the clothes aren't made for you.

honey gold and black plus size cascading scarf jacketDon't Break Up Your Curves

Picture a dress - just a standard sheath dress. And now picture it with color blocking - black on the bottom and red on top. Only the seam between the colors is at the biggest part of the bust. You wouldn't wear that dress because it visually cuts across one of your curves. It would look weird. And it would probably be uncomfortable to move in because the seam wouldn't lie right when you moved.

Treat your tummy the same way. Dresses look great on you. If you want to wear separates, go with tunics because they cover your entire middle.

Decide What You Want to Emphasize

An apple shaped body isn't just about the tummy. It comes with relatively narrow hips, slender arms, and shapely legs that go on for days.

If you want to show off your gorgeous gams, wear a dress or skirt that's as short as you dare. The Sleeveless Shift Dress is a great choice for you. Or wear Slim Leg Pants with a Tunic or Swing Top. Long jackets like the Cascading Scarf Jacket and Kimono Jacket are perfect for ovals.

print plus size kimono jacketIf you'd rather draw attention to your chest, you can't go wrong with an empire waist. The Cross Over Tunic and Faux Wrap Maxi Dress nip in right below your bust - the narrowest part of your frame - before flaring out a bit to make room for your middle. There is a reason the empire waist is a maternity department staple - it gives the tummy all the room it needs without smothering your chest in excess fabric. It won't make you look huge - it'll make you look like you're clothes are comfortable and stylish.

What About Shapewear?

It's not my thing, but some plus size fashionistas I know swear by it. Of course I've asked them why. It has to do with supporting their tummies, not squishing them in an attempt to make them look smaller. Kind of like a bra. You may want to give it a try.

Just remember to go up a size when buying shapewear because if anything about the size of women's clothes made sense, the Earth would spin off its axis.

It's Not You, It's Them

Some clothes just don't work on your oval shaped frame and that's about them, not you. Separates that really look best with a tucked-in top like Palazzo Pants and Pencil Skirts - they're not for you. But clothes shopping is a bit like dating - sometimes you just have to kick someone (or a style) to the curb.

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2 Responses

Emma Taylor
Emma Taylor

September 15, 2018

The hardest thing in fashion is not to be known for a logo, but to be known for a silhouette. What’s my style is not your style, and I don’t see how you can define it. It’s something that expresses who you are in your own way. Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who’s wearing it. Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping. Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves, and of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys, they’d just walk around naked at all times. I have some informative information about how to solve women waistline problem. Here you collect that information:

Rosemary Coates
Rosemary Coates

August 29, 2018

You are so right, Jen. After years and years and thousands of dollars spent on the wrong cut, I finally figured out that tunics work the best on my body type. I have wasted so much time and money on other styles that don’t fit or are really uncomfortable. Vikki Vi tunics are perfect for me and in darker colors, they are perfect for my consulting business.

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