There is a fine line between clothing that shows off your curves and clothing that clings to your problem areas. We want to dress up our strengths, like our beautiful feminine curves. I have worn garments in both categories over the years, but I feel that recently I’ve really been able to find some fantastic casual plus size clothing that fit great. I find that, above all, knowing your own body shape is the most important part of choosing clothing that will look great.
We come in all different shapes and sizes, and not every dress, skirt, pant, or blouse is going to look perfect on everyone. I have a girlfriend whose body is a total apple; I could never wear the same blouses as she does. But I choose my clothing to fit my pear shape, so she probably wouldn’t look so great in some of my favorite outfits. The point is that you have to take into consideration the way a garment is designed and think about how it will look with your body shape.
Getting accurate measurements of myself and using them when I shop has really helped me a lot. Instead of guessing about how a blouse or jacket will fit, I basically know without even trying it on. When I shop for middle age plus size clothing online, I always review the store’s sizing chart before I start checking out their clothing. I don’t like to guess about what size will fit me, I like to know.
Stephen, Your Designer
“There is an amazing feeling of artistic accomplishment when all the parts come together into one harmonious aesthetic. It's a connection with who you are and the elements you choose to express yourself visually. This is what making clothing is all about for me. It's like when a songwriter hears his first written notes from a voice or a baker who has practiced a recipe and nails it or a figure skater who exceeds her own expectations. I express my sense of art in clothing. I see things in color, shape and texture. I react to the touch of silk on my skin and my eyes are aware of how color combinations make me feel. My goal is to bring all of these intuitive notions to garments that are sized for larger women. If I can accomplish this then I have reached my goal.” – Stephen