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Is Black your color? – when, where, why

You may have heard announcements at different times by the fashion industry in women’s plus size clothing that red or pink or blue is the new black however the old black is still very much with us. It’s simple and practical for casual clothing and is always elegant at a party.

Black has always been connected with glamour. It works at most occasions and goes with most skin tones and hair colors. There is a school of thought that says that black is “draining”, particularly as you get older. This common belief might explain why older women frequently wear pastels and if they wear black, they accessorize it with a casual colorful scarf at the neck. Maybe it’s because black doesn’t reflect light and lacks some illuminating property that other colors have.  It’s more about if you choose a dramatic look or a soft one, not whether you look drained or not.

Is black the boring option in plus size women’s clothing?  Designers don’t think so – black is the dominant color in most collections both in winter and summer.  There are twice as many black pieces than blue and five or six times more than brown or grey. Black has long been thought of as slimming, especially in big size fashion, but actually black makes clothing draw back and isolates the face, so it emphasizes individuality.

Has black become the lazy translation for “stylish”?  Is it evading the entire concern of expressing oneself through what one chooses to wear?  Dressing in colors can be time-consuming and complicated —there are too many variables particularly with accessories.

Of course, as with all matters of plus size clothing, a lot depends on the individual, but bright pink, orange or electric blue can be far more draining to a fair complexion than the lowly, poor old black.

Building your Women’s Plus Size Clothing Collection

When starting a clothing collection it is best to start simple and basic.  Yes, I know you have heard that before but it is true.  Basic and simple are the classic foundations for any plus size clothing collection.  What you will need is a simple black top, black tank, black shirt (button down with collar and a scoop or V neckline) and black pants.  Next the same in white:  plus size top, blouse, tank or cami, pant and skirt.  You want to select clothing that does not have any frills.  What I mean by this – no ruffles, no pleats, no unusual tucks or turns in the fabric.  You want a clean line.  I am not talking about a potato sack look or a box shape.  I would look for basic arm and body construction.  I recommend having several types of sleeve shirts: cap, short sleeve, elbow length, 3/4 sleeve and cuff length.  Including a selection of many sleeve lengths allows you to coordinate other clothes for different events.

When you have your basic clothing collection purchased in both black and white here is the next step:

  • try them on one by one
  • mix and match white tops with black bottoms
  • mix and match black tops with white bottoms
  • coordinate ALL black tops and bottoms
  • coordinate ALL white tops and bottoms
  • take photos of yourself wearing different combinations
  • take photos yourself with coordinating shoes
  • take photos of yourself matching earrings and necklaces

Taking pictures of yourself wearing the clothing with shoes and accessories will help you remember.  I know that many times I am in a hurry and my head is blocked as to what to where.  I use my pictures of myself to remind me of combinations I really liked.  This will be useful.  Do not hesitate!

When you have done ALL this, guess what?  It is time to add color to your plus size clothing collection.

Check out Generous Fashions and Comfort in Fashion for classic and basic women’s clothes.

Shopping For Plus Size Clothing Isn’t Easy!

I don’t think many people without curves realize just how expensive it can be to buy clothing when you’re full-figured. For one thing, there are less stores that carry plus size clothing for women, so you have to travel more to shop at fewer places. Also—and this may seem like a no-brainer—but the clothes require more fabric, and that often means a higher price tag. Most of my friends like to go out shopping together and sometimes I join them. I wish more stores carried both plus size clothing and non-plus size, so that we could shop together when I do.

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