Designer Aimee Cheshire is a former model who got fed up with the limited styles that most retailers offer plus-size women. Her solution: creating Madison Plus (madisonplus.com), a line of clothes and accessories that’s now three years old. So when it comes to dressing your jigglier bits, she has know-how to share:
Get your clothes tailored A good seamstress can make alterations exactly where you need them most. Hem skirts and dresses to fall at the slimmest part of your leg (which is never midcalf). Hem wide-leg pants a little on the long side, to lengthen the leg.
Adjust your purse strap Don’t let your bag hit you at the widest part of your body (for many, the hips); that will only add girth. Instead, let it fall to waist height or just above. Either buy bags with adjustable straps or let a trained tailor or shoe repairman create a permanent fix.
Take advantage of slimming styles Pen cil skirts, wrap dresses and one-button blazers are flattering on just about everyone.
Play with the proportions Loose, full clothes on top and bottom will drown your figure. Pair one piece that’s generously cut with a snugger mate—for example, wide-leg pants with a fitted shirt, or skinny jeans with a tunic top.
Try peplums, this season’s trend The ladylike style both accentuates the waist and covers that pesky tummy pooch.