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Exercise caution While choosing an outfit

Exercise caution While choosing an outfit  

When the generously-proportioned shop for clothes, they must weigh comfort over looks

It’s a cliché worth repeating. Happy New Year and all your clothes are last year’s. The round of parties and a collection of well-used excuses (Where is the time for exercise?) have left you looking, er, fuller than last year. Your shopping expeditions have been hinting at a visible truth. You’ve progressed from XL to XXXL and beyond. Trial room mirrors have spoken: you’re trying to fit into clothes that don’t fit you. ‘Stretch’ shows up those unseemly bumps and shape-wear looks downright offensive. Jeans sure are convenient, all-weather, and are a fashion staple, but sadly, highlight the over-sized areas.

You have a couple of options. One, you could go the Priya way. She bikes down to a well-known store in Mylapore, pulls out fabric (three metres for the kurta-cum-shirt, 2.7 mt for the salwar) in black, with long stripes or with small prints, and leaves them with the family tailor. If she looks like a battleship covered with canvas, it’s her “my body, my style” defiance. “This is my signature suit, clothes I’m comfortable in,” she shrugs.

Alternatively, you could stop sucking in for those tight-as-a-miser’s-fist outfits. Desist spending party hours feeling sore and self-conscious in something ridiculous. You could vow not to buy designer wear not meant for you. Yes, it’s now possible to find clothes that look good on you. All you need are a few basic, easy, styling suggestions. Here’s what designer Tina Vincent has to say. “Don’t fall for those Vogue-cover-type dresses,” she says. “It’s better to go for longer ones than shorter. Give the dress a hem; fold it so you can change it if you want.” She recommends a plunging neckline. “Got it? Flaunt it!”

Small prints, definitely, she says. If you insist on bold ones, layer them with something plain — a dupatta or a piping. If it’s cotton, put a voile over it. Try not to be obvious. For colours, the brighter, the merrier. “Indian skin can carry off any colour!” Black, of course, is safe, but deep orange and pink are great. “If you are young, all shades are fine. After a certain age, colours such as deep maroon look good. Whatever it is, don’t experiment unless you’re sure of the effect. You should feel confident in it, that’s the key. People won’t notice your extra burden, unless your outfit is ill-fitting and you keep pulling down the top and pulling up the hip-hugger.”

The good news is that fashion experts and retailers are paying attention to the ‘larger’ ones. A lot of what slimmer women wear can be tried on by them. The cut, colours and lines are the same, sizes make the difference.

Wear them with the right attitude. These are good times for ‘big’ women!


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