15 Tips for Surviving the Holidays with Plus Size Style

You’ve spent all year working on your self-esteem and developing your grand style. Now, don’t lose it in the often stress-filled last months of the year! And, above all, don’t let your dress size get in the way of your holiday style.

Here are a few tips to get you, your self-esteem and your style, through the holidays:

1. Not comfortable on the ladder hanging holiday house lights or decorating your Christmas tree? Hire a neighborhood high school kid for an hour and let him or her create your show of holiday spirit. You’ll get your decorations … and he or she will make some holiday dollars. Don’t go without the makings of a special holiday memory just because it is uncomfortable for you to implement!

2. Have a holiday portrait taken of yourself to include in your holiday mailings. You don’t have to spend a lot — look for discounted sitting fees around the holidays or get an appointment at Wal-Mart, Penny’s or Sears. (No, you don’t have to sit on a little chair with Elmo or use the same holiday props and backdrops as the 4 year old kids!)

Be sure to wear something you want to see yourself in for 20+ years – not just something that makes you look “slim.” (Yes, the camera makes us look heavier; but, if we’re already plus or super-sized, what’s 10 more pounds? It’s more important that you feel terrific in what you are wearing.) This is not the time to try a new hair style or color. Above all, be sure the portrait reflects your style. Use a formal photographer for a more formal pose, or ask a photographer for a more casual outdoor pose. Have fun with the photo — wear a hat or take your favorite pet!

3. Looking forward to holiday concerts; but, can’t deal with the cramped seating? Consider matinee performances. They are often not as fully attended, so you have more room to “spread out.” Always look for aisle seating so you have one side that is not jammed up against another concert-goer. Still not comfortable? Ask for a chair to be placed in the handicapped seating area of the theatre.

4. Make holiday airline traveling easier. Reserve an aisle seat. Avoid the back row of the plane (the seats don’t recline.) Take your own airline seat belt extender. Check out the tips on getting comfortable airline travel here on GrandStyle.

Let your style shine through the holidays.
5. Buy holiday clothes now while the selection is good. QVC, Lane Bryant, JMS.com, Ulla Popken and Target are great sources for reasonably-priced, plus size holiday wear. Don’t forget the hand knit holiday sweaters and vests from Walmart.

6. Looking for that perfect red or black size 32 dress for the office party? Check out Avenue, IGIGI, Peggy Lutz Plus or Kiyonna.

7. Red or ivory shirts are great to “holiday-up” a pair of black slacks or a black skirt already in your closet. Add a pair of velveteen skimmer flats from Target or Wal-mart for less than $10. Can’t find the perfect red or green holiday camisole to wear under your black jacket? Try a fun, solid color tank top or cami from Lane Bryant.

8. Found a beautiful holiday pendant but the chain is too short? Hang it on a velvet ribbon or cord from the fabric store.

9. Don’t be afraid to create memories that incorporate your unique style. Confetti in your holiday cards. Bake dog and cat treats (holiday magazines have the recipes). Give indulgence balls as hostess or office gifts. (Just fill craft store mesh ornaments with a scented tea candle, a few Hershey kisses, bubble bath capsules, a tiny sachet pillow, a pair of dice, a few stickers or a gift certificate for ice cream or a bagel or a burger.)

10. Don’t let the after Christmas sales get the best of your Grand Style — or your common sense! Remember, if it didn’t look good on you when it was full price, it’s not going to look any better when it’s half price.

It’s hard to show your style when you are stressed out.
11. Avoid the malls. Go once to see the decorations and to give yourself a “shot” of holiday spirit. Then, come home and use catalogs, the Internet or television shopping. Don’t forget to try their “bill to/ship to” option and have your selections shipped directly to your family and friends. Some even gift wrap!

12. Having multiple get togethers at your house? Have them all within a 4-5 day period and serve the same menu and wear the same outfit at each. Then, you only have to cook, shop and clean the house once!

13. Don’t diet. Besides the fact that diets are bad for your health (and you’ll gain the weight all back — plus more!), this is not the time to try a new eating routine. As with the other 11 months of the year, concentrate on eating healthy. Try snacking on something healthy before you leave for the holiday party — It will make it easier to resist that 5th piece of fudge. Your dentist may be out the New Year cavity payment; but, your healthy body with thank you for it!

14. Set practical objectives for family gatherings. You can’t solve 20 years of family problems in one dinner conversation. When Uncle Harry harasses you about your weight, tell him “Thanks for caring” and then change the subject.

15. Don’t wait until January to get your stressed out body moving. Start walking right now. Put your favorite holiday tunes on the Walkman and walk … don’t stroll … walk. Around the block. Around the mall. Or, walk in place in front of your TV – but keep moving. Movement is a great stress reliever.

Happy Holidays!

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