It is getting easier to find plus size clothes in stores, online and in catalogs. It is about time! Finding clothes as a plus size woman has never been easy. The result: We curvy bodies have spent all these years trying to find clothes we like and can afford in our size.
But, now that apparel shopping is no longer one big scavenger hunt, did you ever stop to think that you might be wearing the wrong size? I’m willing to bet you are … whether you know it or not.
Women, more so than men, have been jamming themselves into too small sizes or buying or sewing or crocheting clothes that are so voluminous that their curves get lost in the fabric. We need to take better care of ourselves fashion wise.
Here are a few places to start …
Sizing of Plus Size Clothes
Bras: It’s time to resize!
Fact: Over 2/3 of US women are wearing the wrong size bra. Probably almost another 1/3 is wearing the wrong style bra. Here a few of the pitfalls we fall into:
- We just keep buying the same size and style.
- We know the band is too tight; but, we can’t find a larger band in our store.
- We think a bra is supposed to be 3″ away from our chest bone in the center!
- We have learned to accept falling straps as a fact of life.
We may have started out with the right size or type; but, a 10-pound change in weight, a lot of bra washings and back elastics that weaken with age have turned these previously structurally-intact marvels into fabric patches with straps.
Listen up ladies. Get yourself a tape measure. Put on your best-fitting bra. Measure at the fullest point and around the bottom of the bra band under the cups. Important Tip: Bra sizing (bands AND cups) is not consistent between bra manufacturers. Read the sizing instructions for the bra you are considering. Check the measurements they give against your two measurements to get your perfect fit. You might wear a 50DD in one bra and a 52D in another.
Don’t shy away from an underwire bra if you are wearing a C cup or larger. There is no reason for a well-fitting underwire bra to poke you. Check out the Grand Style bra size calculator and sizing tips.
Separates and Dresses: What size are you wearing?
The sign of a garment that fits is not just that you can zipper, or button, and continue to breath! Well-fitting clothes allow several inches of ease between your body and the clothes. Your clothes should not be tight and, they should not be oversized.
Some women continue to wear the same size until the zipper won’t zip. I bet half of you are wearing a jacket that’s too small and you just think the arms are too short. Or, that you know you need the larger size; but, your favorite stores don’t carry a larger size (many stores only sell sizes up to size 26 or 3X.).
Get out there and enjoy the newly expanding world of larger sizes — with sizes to 6X or 7X now readily available online.
- For more conservative styles at lower prices – consider Just My Size, Catherines, Kohl’s and JCPenney.
- For more up-to-the-minute colors and styles – check out Lane Bryant, Avenue, Kiyonna and Ulla Popken.
Once you figure out your REAL SIZE, you can buy from the retailers online. For extreme savings you can use eBay to purchase the overstocks of your favorite online stores and resell them on eBay. Just bid on your favorite brand names. Tip: For new clothes just look for items where the tags are still attached!)
Don’t like your real size? Buy your correct size and cut out the tags. You should wear what looks and feels good. You deserve it!
Shoes: Are your shoes wide enough?
For years we’ve been told to wear a longer shoe in order to get a wider shoe or a wider calf. Many of us have never had access to shoes wider than a C width.
But wider widths are becoming more of a necessity. As we get older and spend more time in sandals, our feet tend to spread out. And don’t forget that as your body adds pounds, your legs and feet also add weight. Avenue, Payless Shoe Source and WideWidths.com are great sources of shoes and boots in wider widths and longer lengths.
Legwear: Are your socks/tights/pantyhose/knee highs the right size?
Hosiery sizing is based on your height and weight. Most of us know how tall we are (or aren’t!). But, most of us don’t really know how much we weight. Or, we use our “driver’s license weight” to determine our legwear size. This often results in legwear that doesn’t fit correctly.
Stop punishing yourself with tights and pantyhose that slide down to your knees as soon as you pull them on. Hosiery is now available in sizes up to 7X. Check out Just My Size, Lane Bryant and Catherines.
And for all of us with feet wider than B and longer than a size 9, please stop buying those size 9-11 socks and wearing those boring men’s socks! Just My Size is just one of many places making heavenly women’s socks in size 10-13. Your toes and ankles will finally have room to move with joy and you won’t have to settle for boring brown and black socks.
Watches: Are you still wearing a 7½” watchband on an 8+” wrist?
Your watch band should not feel like a tourniquet! You should be able to stick your finger under your watchband and easily wiggle it around. If you can’t, your watchband is too tight and you should replace it with a longer strap.
Finding a longer leather strap is easy — just look on the men’s side of the watch strap display at your local store. Finding a longer expansion band is harder; but, you can always have your jeweler add enough links in the strap to achieve the length you need.
Bottomline: Know what size you need and wear it!