(BPT) - Holiday season is a time for celebration. Whether you’re heading off to a family dinner on Christmas Eve or ringing in 2017 at a rockin’ New Year’s Eve party, you want to look and feel your best throughout the season. Finding exactly the right outfit can be a challenge, especially if you’re a plus-sized woman. With designers now offering fabulous clothes to flatter women of all shapes and sizes, you too can look great this holiday season.
The plus-size fashion experts at Dia&Co, an online styling service for women size 14-plus, offer some tips for finding the perfect outfit this holiday season:
1. Comfortable and confident equals beautiful.
No matter what the latest trend says you should wear, it’s important to feel comfortable and confident in your clothing. When trying on new pieces, be sure the clothes give you a feeling of self-assurance. For example, if you aren’t comfortable wearing a strapless bra, avoid anything that shows your full shoulders. If you are going to be on your feet all night (dancing at a New Year’s Eve party, for example) skip the sky-high heels and opt for some sexy flats or kitten heels instead.
2. Play up your favorite feature.
Refuse to focus on “figure flaws!” Instead of choosing clothes to hide what you don’t like, pick ones that play up your favorite feature — everyone has one! Wear pieces that emphasize what you love best about yourself. Have great legs? Go for a short shift dress. Love your bust and shoulders? Pick out a strapless number. Choose one feature to highlight, creating a focal point that will draw all eyes to your best asset.
3. Take it to a tailor.
Most women don’t fit into just one body type. Not every “hourglass” has a booty, for example, and not every “pear shape” has hips. If you consistently face fit issues when shopping, try taking your favorite piece to a tailor. Often, a good tailor can fix fit flaws and turn your favorite garments into something that fits you perfectly.
4. No color is off limits if you love it.
We’ve all done it ... picked up something in black not because we looked stunning in it, but because we thought the color wouldn't draw attention to us. Maybe we were afraid to step outside our comfort zone. But colorful clothing is part of the holiday atmosphere, so no color should be off limits. For example, red is festive, eye-catching and great on virtually any skin tone. If bright red intimidates you, try a darker shade like burgundy or oxblood. Deep emerald green is also generally flattering on most skin tones. If you look good in pastels, you can still wear your best colors during the holidays by choosing winter whites or even silver.
5. Make the latest trends work for you.
You may love the latest look, but not be sure it’s right for your shape. Rather than trying to follow a trend that doesn’t work for you, you can adapt the season’s hottest looks to suit your personal style and body shape. First, try on that trendy item, no matter how unsure you are about it. You may end up loving it. If it doesn’t work, pick out one part that you like from the look and incorporate it into an outfit that you feel more comfortable in. For example, fringe is in right now, and you can dip your toe into the trend with a tassel necklace or fringe bag. Or, take a trend and translate it into a silhouette you know works for you. For example, pencil suede skirts are on-trend right now, but the pencil silhouette can be difficult. A suede skirt in an A-line silhouette may work better and still gives a nod to the latest trends.
6. Shop smarter.
Everyone is busy during the holidays, and you may not have the time to run from store to store trying to find just the right look. Online resources like Dia&Co can make it easy to find outfits that will flatter your figure and celebrate your festive spirit. Simply answer some questions on the styling service’s website and a stylist hand-selects pieces personalized to your preferences. You receive a box of garments to try on at home. Keep the ones you love and return the rest, free of charge. The styling service costs just $20, which gets credited toward anything you choose to keep from your box. Visit www.dia.co to learn more, or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/diaandco, or Instagram and Twitter at @diaandco.