How to Shop for Plus Size Clothes
Do you find yourself completely avoiding shopping for clothes online? With there being more and more options for the curvy body (about damn time), the idea of shopping can be a little daunting. Shopping for plus size clothes shouldn’t be two things: difficult and impossible. These are my top five tips if you’re figuring how to shop for plus size clothes.
Tip No. 1: Know Your Body Type
Just because some clothes are categorized as plus size doesn’t mean it will fit every body the same way. One size does NOT fit all Are you an apple-shaped body? Are you a pear-shaped body? Hourglass? Inverted triangle? The way the human body is shaped can make clothes look one way on one person, and completely different on the other. If you’re an apple-shaped body, watch this video for how to dress an apple shaped body.
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Tip No. 2: Know Your Measurements
This is the most important tip when shopping for plus size clothes. It is especially helpful when shopping for plus size clothes online. To measure yourself properly, the main areas you’ll need to measure are your bust size, waist, and hips. Once you figure out your measurements, you can check the sizing chart to figure out what size will fit you best.
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Tip No. 3: Size Up and Tailor if Needed
Sometimes no matter how well you know your measurements, clothes may not fit you like a glove. If you’re still unsure about which size to get, always size up. This way you’ll have extra fabric to be altered into something more fitted for your body.
Tip No. 4: Read the Comments and Reviews
This is a step many people forget about. Pay attention to comments and reviews. Fortunately, there are several ways to find a review on a certain brand and clothing pieces. Check the brand’s website and look at the reviews and comment section on the specific item you’re interested in purchasing. There are a lot of golden nuggets of information from people who have already purchased it.
YouTube is also a great place to do your research. There are many plus size YouTubers giving their two-cents on how some of your favorite brands are. Find someone that has a similar body type as you and watch their try on hauls.
Tip No. 5: Know What You Want
Have an idea of what you’re looking for. If you need inspiration, look on apps like Pinterest, We Heart It, and Instagram. Be sure to look for outfits on people with your body type. Another tip is to look at seasonal clothing guides to help narrow down what you need. Once you have an idea of what you’re shopping for, write them down in a notebook, or jot them down on your phone.
Remember, size shouldn’t stop you from online shopping. Keeping these five tips in your back pocket will make you more confident in your online clothing purchases. I hope this helped!