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Spring top tips for the plus size shopper

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: March 08, 2014

Olivia Dress, £39

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NEW to the UK, Taking Shape is storming the plus size industry and rallying up a huge following of beautiful ladies across the country.

A priority for the fashionable plus size clothing brand is ensuring that customers leave with a smile and receive first class service from their team of vibrant stylists.

At the head of this exciting new brand is Alla Buinowicz who shared with us some of her top styling tips.

“This spring, shoppers should start with a single base colour. This could be black leggings, a top or a dress and then add brighter colour over the top layering items or statement jewellery for a more on trend look.

“Pieces like a colourful necklace and statement jacket give the outfit an injection of personality without becoming messy this way.

“A mistake many plus size ladies make is to buy clothes that are too loose,” said Ms Buinowicz.

“When it comes to getting the right look we always recommend the Goldilocks principle – you want it to be just right.

“So make sure clothes are never too tight or too baggy.

“They should skim, not hug, your curves to show off your shape. Seriously – forget trying to hide your curves under clothes that are too big. It doesn’t work. In fact, often baggy clothing makes you look bigger!

“Invest just a few hours in a personal styling session with someone you trust, let them show you how to dress for your shape. Pick someone who will be very honest with you but whose style you like.

If that doesn’t work Taking Shape offer free styling sessions to assist with any wardrobe dilemmas you may have.

“Why not spend an afternoon giving your wardrobe a ‘spring clean’?” said Ms Buinowicz.

“Getting rid of unnecessary items will help boost your positivity and encourage you to be more open to trying new styles. My advice would be to follow the below points:

l Pull out anything you haven’t worn in the last year, including shoes!.

l Try it on and put it into an outfit. If you love it, take a photo so you can remember what it looks good with.

l If you don’t love it, give to someone else who will.

l Only keep items that make you look and feel good – get rid of that tiny dress from 10 years ago you bought on holiday. It won’t do your self confidence any good to see it hanging in your wardrobe every day.

l Decide where the gaps are in your wardrobe so you can shop for what you need rather than buying items that don’t go with the rest of your clothes.

l Invest in solid and good basics. It’s no good spending top dollar on a jacket you rarely wear if you’re wearing frumpy old cheap jeans every day.

l Finally, get an honest friend to help you with this process. With two of you doing a spring clean its twice as fun.

“Wear colours which make you feel good. If you feel good, you look good.

“Hold clothes up to your face, if your cheeks glow and look healthy then that’s the colours for you! And remember no outfit is complete without a smile.

“Where fashion trends can be fun, don’t feel the pressure to follow all of them. This season we are seeing a lot of bold colours and animal print.”

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