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All Sized Up: Some thoughts on Fit

The sizing industry for women’s plus size clothing has all of us confused.  It seems each plus size clothing store online has their own size chart.  Why? It’s because when our government first began standardization for women’s sizing it was based on men’s military uniforms.  The pattern makers just adjusted the chest area.  Then in the early part of the 20th Century mail order catalogs offered standard sizes.  The measurements were based on paid volunteers from low income families.  These women were not standard sizes but smaller in frame and lighter in mass, as compared to the average woman at the time.

It was after WWII, as the fashion houses were establishing themselves in Paris and New York another set of measurements were established.  Again the larger sized women was ignored and the slimmer ladies won the charts.  Too bad because this would have been a good time to start a true fit for women.  Plus size women would have had a history and sizing could have become standardized for the larger size apparel.

Lane Bryant did conduct a sizing survey in the latter part of the 1980’s.  It attempted to capture women across USA.  Can you imaging trucking across from New York to LA with a measuring tape?  The reasoning for their size chart was not shared with the public officially.  They introduced fit and started to cut and sew.  However, it did not take in account all women from all walks of life and weight.  But then one company cannot be everything.  Therefore, other women’s plus size clothing online stores have surfaced in between their gaps.  Making it Big tends to highlight super size up to 6x.  In addition, to that they sell tops with sleeves for women with very wide arm muscles.  Generous Fashions’ back shoulder measurement takes into account that some women are a bit thicker at that location.  They did a study that a good percentage of larger women need more room there to stretch and move.  Then there is Big On Batik who exploded on the plus size clothing scene prior to 2006 with big dresses that added extra stretch at the hips.  They realized women are often between sizes and need the give and take.

What it all comes down to is this.  You have to read each companies size chart.  Do not guess or do some wishful thinking.  It will bleed your pocket book.  Know your measurements or at least your chest, hip and the length you prefer to wear.  Then compare notes and purchase.

Have you found any particular online store that has your fit?

Do’s and Don’ts of Wearing big size oversized tops

Do’s and Don’ts of Wearing big size oversized tops

An oversized top can be so relaxing, casual and has undeniable comfort value.  This year, oversized tops are everywhere.  Some have a high-low hem with the front being shorter and the rear longer.  They come in everything from floral prints to studs.  The best thing about the trend is that you can put them with shorts, trousers, jeans or a skirt and you are instantly pulled together.   But, there are some reasons to make sure you follow the style rules in your women’s plus size clothing to really rock in an oversized top.

Do

Don’t be scared to mix loose over long. Try a straight-lined skirt at a calf length and the overall oversized look will still keep its polish.

A knot can bring a casual clothing feeling to the extra-long length of an oversized top.  Some tees come with tied-up ends, or do it yourself.  Choose a slimmer bottom to balance the bulk on top.

Belt it—the simplest way to create a feminine shape with a plus size clothing oversized top is to add a belt at your natural waist.  Just be sure to wear a high-waist bottom to avoid those awkward halfway-midriff-baring moments.

Don’t

Don’t get lost in tented fabrics and loose fits – you can wear the oversized look in plus size women’s clothing without sacrificing any shape, style, or sex appeal. Don’t buy oversized tops that are bigger than the size you normally wear.  You do not want the shoulder seams down at your elbows.   Women’s plus size women’s clothing without proper tailoring are almost always going to make your body appear larger than it really is.

Plus Size Petites should avoid oversized tops that go below the hip. Shorter body frames can look even shorter with overly long plus size tops, jackets and sweaters. Tops that go below the hip on a petite figure will shorten the look of the legs.  A top or jacket that stops just at the hip bone will elongate the look.

Professional stylists plus size women’s clothing are against an entire outfit of all one pattern with no solid color to break it up (unless it is a dress).  If you want to include a patterned oversized top in your big size wardrobe, pick only one patterned clothing item per outfit.

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