As many plus size women know, finding plus size clothing is hard enough, but finding a standardization in the sizing can be even more daunting. After all, missy sizes many times are cut to a 20, and women's plus sizes usually start at a 14W. And let us not forget that UK sizes may look the same as the US, but more times than not run a size smaller.
Here is the rule of thumb when looking at plus size clothing? Women's apparel plus sizes are usually cut more generously than missy sizes, so if you see a W at the end of the size (not to be confused with WP which means women's petite) it is larger.
An example of how things work:
At J. Jill and Land's End an XL = an 18 -20. (In contrast an XL at Banana Republic = a 14-16).
Technology is always on our side (or at least we hope so) and in the case of plus sizes the force is with us again. This new technology will cure many fashion plus size problems with the advent of avatars (3D models created in your exact image) to try on plus size clothing. Many predict this will stem the growth of mass customization where plus size stores will be offering plus size clothing that will be made to order just for you.
So the moral of this story is when you are shopping at your favorite plus size store, make sure you're checking measurements on all your plus size clothing. Also when shopping online for your plus size verify the return policy and don't be afraid to email the company for further information.
Apparel plus size fashion tips for looking your best
With fashion plus size, one-piece dresses look sleeker than separates. When at that plus size store look for stretch fabrics and well-placed dars to help the fit. And if for some reason your fashion plus size needs to be separates, just remember the brightest or lightest color or print "pops" and accents whatever it's on. One way to balance out a top heavy figure (plus size women): is with a zebra skirt and black turtleneck. You get the idea!
Please, all you plus size women, don't be afraid of sleeveless garments. It's very flattering to show a little skin. If you don't feel comfortable in the new plus size sleeveless dress you just bought then drape a beautiful, sheer shawl around your shoulders or pop on a shrug.
The worst thing a woman, especially plus size women, can do is cover up her entire body head to toe, trust many times you may want to, but don't. Pick your best asset, which for most women who are plus size, is their curvy bust and shapely body. Don't be afraid to flaunt it in your plus size clothing!
So, for all you plus size ladies, be courageous and flaunt it. And next time you are out shopping at your favorite plus size store remember to check all sizes on your plus size clothing and have fun!