Plus-Size Panache

Spring offers fashions that are perfect for every body

By Colette Bouchez
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed By Charlotte Grayson, MD

If frustrations over style and fit have left you vowing not to shop for clothes until you hit your goal weight, listen up: Experts say this is the season to cut loose and let your inner fashionista come out!

Indeed, women size 14 and up have never had more exciting, fashionable choices.

"Plus-size clothes have taken a very modern and very stylish turn," says Sam Saboura, one of the fashion forces behind Extreme Makeover and author of Real Style: Style Secrets for Real Women with Real Bodies. "There is a look that can flatter almost every plus-size shape, and this season we are seeing more of those styles than ever before." What's more, there are lots more places to find all these great new clothes. In addition to well-known plus-size outlets like Jessica London, Catherine's, and Avenue, many shops that traditionally cater to the skinny have taken note of the fuller figure.

Stores like Old Navy, Lands' End, L.L. Bean, Kohl's, and T.J. Maxx are packing their racks with plus-size styles. Even Victoria's Secret is now offering its super-sexy jeans in sizes up to 16, with tops up to size extra-large (18-20).

What to Wear Now

One of the hottest trends for spring is what stylists call "rich girl Bohemian" -- an updated hippie look that can be fashion heaven for a plus-sized woman.

"The bohemian look, with its long flowing skirts, is perfect for the plus-size woman," Saboura tells WebMD. "It gives you lots of room, and it's a great alternative to wearing pants or shorts in the summer. The look is causal but chic, offers great coverage, and it's very fashionable."