Plus size girls guide to dating

A head-to-toe billowing look doesn’t flatter anyone.

rocking a massive fabric flower on your least-favorite feature is an awful idea.

The new rule: If it floats your boat, by all means go for it.

The trick is to adapt a trend in a way that works for your shape. Opt for one that’s cut longer and pair it with a high-waisted pencil skirt. Wearing multi-toned pieces can be slimming if the vertical panels and darker shades are positioned on the areas that you want to downplay.

“White does not make you look larger if you find the right pieces, just as black will not make you look smaller if it doesn’t fit properly,” says Moses.

If you’re smaller-busted or more bottom-heavy, the Empire waist can indeed fulfill its intended purpose “by drawing the attention upward and focusing on the waist and décolletage,” says Brewer.

“Look for one that has stretch and design details that create shape, like darts, ruching, and wrapping.” For an even more slenderizing silhouette, “layer the shirt under a blazer, jacket, or cardigan—it will shrink the appearance of your midsection and elongate you,” says Brewer.

The new rule: “There are no rules when it comes to color—just make sure it complements your complexion,” says Amy Spivok-Richman, a Macy’s group vice-president who oversees the plus-size category for the department store.

For great, trendy plus-size clothing options, see 47 Good Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Fashions.

different experience with dating than women who are considered straight-size.