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Falling in Love with White

Until recently I had all kinds of assumptions about wearing white clothes. I used to believe that it was a “summer” color and that it was reserved for occasions like weddings (when you’re the bride) and New Year’s Eve (in Brazil we have this tradition of wearing white on December 31st because it represents peace).

And, of course, as a plus-size woman, I had other forms of prejudice against white such as, “white will make me look bigger,” “white is too transparent, it will make my cellulite more visible,” “white is a big NO for plus-size people in general” and other “truths’” hanging around my head.

I would only wear white shirts (T-Shirts and button downs) and occasionally, once a year, a white dress on New Year’s Eve.

But I started to feel really attracted to white pants, white dresses, and white skirts, and I found out that there’s much more white available than shirts for a plus-size woman.

Thanks to FATshion blogs I’ve seen wonderful white outfits, and they’ve made me fall in love with white, helping me extricate myself from these erroneous “rules” of plus-size dressing with white.

Why White?

Well, first, it’s a very versatile color and it’s also very stylish. White is very basic, and even when you combine it with another color you’ll still look good. White outfits can be simple and comfortable or elegant and stunning; you can go to work, the beach, lunch or to a party wearing white.

Another nice feature of white is that you can wear a white outfit and spice spice it up entirely with colorful accessories. You’ll be able to create styles that range from romantic to really modern and urban.

Take some time to explore different fabrics and textures in white. Clothes made from white lace, for example, are a great way to wear the color. Valerie de Pever, from last’s week interview does that beautifully.

In addition, you can create contrast by introducing black to your white outfits. In my opinion, black and white is a very powerful and elegant combination (and it deserves a further post only about that color combo!).

Whatever you feel like wearing, white can be your color of choice!

But I Don’t Like or Don’t Feel Comfortable Wearing White!

It’s one thing not to like a particular color, and that opinion should be respected because every person is different and colors are a big part of our personalities. So, if you are absolutely positive that you don’t like white, or you don’t like wearing it as the main part of an outfit, there’s nothing wrong with that! Your style, your colors!

However, if you happen to like white - or maybe don’t even know for lack of trying it out - but are afraid of taking risks, start with baby steps. Add some white to your wardrobe in shirts, skirts, scarves, accessories - whatever makes you feel comfortable - and get bolder as you feel more confident. You don’t have to drape yourself in solid white at first. Just pick one part of your outfit and grow more comfortable with white.

Making it Work in White

As fashion is something very visual, and if you are plus-sized you may be asking yourself what to do with white anyway, I chose some white based outfits from two of the most popular Plus Size Stores: Torrid and Monif C (you can find a comprehensive shopping guide here).

I tried to include a variety of body types so we can have concrete proof that anyBODY can wear white and feel and look beautiful in that color.

These Torrid looks are both casual and sexy:

Some gorgeous and fancy looks from Monif C:

Monif C. has a Customer Love section on its blog. I simply loved the idea of having pictures of their clothes worn by happy customers. I think it’s great that they offer that kind of opportunity so we can see their clothes on a wide variety of bodies. The next pictures are from Monif’s customers and illustrate different styles in white.

Casual outfits with pants:

The same white dress worn by different customers:

Short white dresses:

Long white dresses:

I believe that if you like white you’ll be gorgeous wearing it! You can go out on a lovely sunny day wearing a beautiful white piece of clothing or rock a party in a fabulous dress. White can be a great ally and can be mixed with a lot of things. Hope these images inspire you to try white out this summer! Have fun!

Other summer and winter outfits in white can be found among the Plus Size Fashion Blogs in the side bar of Curlvely Fashion. I’d love to hear what you think about white in the comments below! And if you have pictures of yourself in white, please submit them to me or post them here.

Patricia Morgado is a Brazilian teacher, jewelry designer and a self acceptance and fashion blogger. She has a degree in Pedagogy and a Master's degree in Human Rights Education. She believes that the key to a happy life is learning to love ourselves. She also believes that fashion is for everyBODY. You can find her jewlery work at Madame Papu's.

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  • I love white!  Two of the chicest garments I ever owned were a white denim pencil skirt and a crisp white jacket.

    For me, the trick to wearing white is to pay attention to balance & proportion.  White draws the eye, so if you wear it on your largest area (which you can!), it’s helpful to make sure that you dress your other parts in away that gives them equal “visual weight”.

    I’m hip-heavy, so when I wear white pants or skirts, I try to pair them with tops that draw the eye to the upper body too:
    - a bright, bold color (turquoise, coral)
    - a bold print
    - something that broadens the shoulders (a jacket, a top with shoulder detail, wide V or bateau neck, etc.)

    A big bold necklace would work too, but those don’t look good on me.

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