7 Key Shopping and Style Tips for Australian Plus-size Women

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Since 1994, there has been a tremendous growth in the plus-size clothes market in Australia. Most of the primary department stores manufacture their own personal plus size brand ranges and there has been a rise in the number of individual boutiques offering plus size clothing.

Before we begin discussing the subject of dressing according to your body type it is helpful to understand what is meant by a plus-size in Australia. In Australia, a plus-size woman would possibly be buying clothing that starts from size 16. Which styles are flattering on plus-size bodies? Which plus-size dresses are currently trending in Australia?

When dressing for your body type, it is best to celebrate your shape and look for clothing that will accentuate and flatter your shape. Start by knowing your proportions as this makes buying clothes a lot easier.

Not all plus-size women look the same. You might be top-heavy, or have a fuller lower body. The range of plus size clothing in New Zealand and Australia from Mela Purdie suits all plus sizes and shapes. Mela Purdie features beautiful and trendy casual clothing as well as formal dresses for women.

Here are some general shopping tips and dressing ideas for plus-size women in Australia:

  • If you are heavier on the top (apple shape), keep the focus away from the waist, shoulders and arms. Basically, you don’t want to attract attention to your midriff area. Instead, focus on your bust area and neck. Choose V-neck dresses and tops and avoid round-necks and turtlenecks.

    On the lower part of your body, pick flared pants instead of skinny or straight-leg trousers as this will help balance out wide shoulders. Wearing bottoms that are right below the hipbone, draws the focus away from your midriff.

  • If you have a fuller bottom (pear shape) there are things you can do to make your bottom appear slimmer. Wear tops and dresses which enhance your shoulders and avoid tights or pants which have a narrowing effect on your legs. Instead, wear slightly flared or straight-leg pants with a pair of heels.

    Ankle hugging skinny pants will make the bottom look fuller than it is and pants with a lot of flare will possibly make you look bow-legged. Try waist-clinching full length or knee-length dresses as these draw the attention to your slimmer waist.

  • Printed maxi dresses are a huge fashion trend right now and look stunning on plus-sized women, especially in pretty prints. Maxi dresses suit both casual and formal occasions and only require delicate accessorizing.
  • Remember swing dresses? The peplum-shaped hem and uneven silhouette helps in balancing your figure while offering a leg-lengthening effect. Also, try looking for swing dresses which have cap sleeves as well as shallow necklines.
  • A simple and casual ensemble could be a pair of leggings paired with a stylish tunic. Again, uneven hems are a popular style statement right now. You could also opt for peplum style tunics in bold colours.
  • Darker shades add to an over-all slimming effect. If you are bottom heavy – choose darker colours on your lower half. And if you are top heavy – opt for darker colours on top.
  • Mela Purdie plus size clothing celebrates shapely women. The range includes layered skirts, maxi dresses, palazzo tops and seamless leggings. You will find clothing that suits your size, style and budget at www.zebrano.com.au. Visit the Zebrano online store to view their full Mela Purdie plus size clothing range today.
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