Plus size women, rejoice! Fashion companies are finally listening to our concerns about fit, sizing, and style options that were not available even as little as five years ago. So many frustrations of having only baggy, lifeless options have finally (finally!) come to an end. Women’s bodies have many shapes and sizes, and celebrating life with beautiful pieces of clothing is essential. Here are five reasons why clothing is finally coming around to include plus size body types.
1. Flattering Shapes
For years and years, plus size dresses meant shapeless dresses in either dark colours or obnoxiously distracting prints. Nowadays we see more form fitting dresses with a curve at the waste, while giving room in the stomach, hip, and butt region. Different silhouettes help reflect the many varieties of body types and personalities.
2. Awesome Prints
We want to be bold for the right reasons. Historically, prints have been loud in an annoying way, in an attempt to hide behind distraction. Usually they were strange geometric prints, or abstract paint splatters, and were hardly trendy! Now we see amazing prints ranging from seductive to fun and playful.
3. Modern Cuts
It seemed like plus size fashion always had the same three silhouettes over the years. Loose fitting, old fashioned, and tired. As much as you love your grandmother, you don’t want to wear the same muumuu she does! Lately, we are starting to see some interesting, fashion-forward thinking cuts for larger bodies, and we couldn’t be happier. Fashion is important to all of us, not just the chosen few.
4. The Body Con
Celebrating body diversity starts with showing it off! The plus size bodycon dress is an empowering move in many fashion forward communities. Bodycon hugs all the curves and shows off your actual body, instead of hiding behind layers. Though this look may be for the bold and daring, many plus sized fashion bloggers are trailblazing new body positive bodycon looks daily.
5. Age appropriate
Looking for a fun night out with the ladies? In the past, it always has been a hassle trying to find dresses that weren’t matronly or overly dressy. You’re not trying to go to a wedding, you’re trying to have fun! Now there are so many exciting styles to choose from, which is a relief. From form-fitting to loose and flowy, dresses are starting to have great lines that give a beautiful, and most importantly youthful look.
Though there’s still room for growth, fashion designers are taking notice of the voices in the plus size community. From YouTube, blogs, Instagram, ad campaigns and more, different body types are being represented around the world, and dresses like these are reflecting a positive, forward thinking change.