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From limited sizing options to out-dated style guidelines, shopping for plus-size fashion can be a frustrating experience. But if you follow a few simple tips and tricks, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, these figure-flattering shopping hacks will help highlight your curves and ensure your plus-size shopping experience is a pleasant one.

Don’t be afraid to show off your stomach

If you’re a plus-size woman, the idea of exposing your tummy might be somewhat terrifying, but it shouldn’t be. High waisted skirts and trousers are everyone’s friend when it comes to styling a cute crop top. The key is to look for pieces that hold your belly in with a supported waistline.

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Invest in good quality undergarments

Finding a bra that is comfortable and supports is no easy task, especially if you have larger a larger chest. However, the power of a bra is not to be underestimated, even if you have to splurge a little to get it. Good underwear is the foundation of any outfit and will work wonders for your silhouette, not to mention your confidence. Plus, a well-lifted bust is the easiest way to make you look slimmer and your clothes hang better, so it’s important to buy the best quality you can afford.

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Find the right denim brand for your shape

A few years ago, there were only one or two denim brands making comfortable and stylish jeans for plus-size women. Thankfully, that has changed and it’s now easier than ever to find the perfect pair of jeans regardless of your body type. A few brands we recommend you try are WearBums, Good American, ASOS, and Universal Standard.

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Every Body Is A Bikini Body

Whether you’re relaxing poolside or enjoying a day at the beach, there’s a bikini or one piece out there to suit every style preference, budget, and body shape. The trick is to figure out what fit makes you feel the most comfortable and confident by trying on as many styles as possible. Patterns and prints are a great way to keep the eye moving rather than focusing on a particular body party, while high-waisted bottoms will help lengthen your legs. You’ll also be amazed at how much slimmer you can look with a little fake tan. 

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Play with colour

Although black offers a slimming effect, that doesn’t mean your entire wardrobe needs to be dark and gloomy. Whether you choose to accessorise or go for head-to-toe hues, it’s important to understand what colours best suit your skin tone, which can grouped into three categories: warm, cool, and neutral. As a general rule of thumb, warm skin tones should opt for oranges, reds, golden yellow, red-purples and warmer greens and blues such as olive and dark turquoise. Cool skin tones look best in jewel tones like sapphire, emerald, amethyst and ruby, while neutral skin tones can wear any colour so long as it’s a softened or muted version of the shade.

Show off your curves

Plus-size women often try hiding their curves under oversized shapeless styles that leave them looking bigger than they really are. Instead, opt for curve hugging fabrics that flatter your figure. If you’re feeling a little self-conscious, try wearing shapewear underneath your outfit to help pull you in and really show off your shape.