One of the worst things about being a big girl is the lack of clothing options that are out there. It feels like you can either look like a school teacher or a clown, nothing in between. But I am here to tell you that with a bit of creativity, you can have just as many options as straight sized girls.

First of all, you need to decide what your look is. Are you a goth girl, or a preppy girl or are you looking for hipster fashion? Decide which of these you are heading for a make a mood board of the clothes that you love.  If you're going for a style that is not common for fat girls to wear, chances are your mood board will not reflect how you look. But don't get disheartened by this.

Here's the initial board I made on Pinterest.

Once you have a solid idea of what your style is, decide on three items that you need to make it a reality. This way, you have an idea of outfits and design, rather than buying blindly and ending up with clothes you will never really wear.

I would recommend one bottom and two tops, whether that is a skirt or shorts, or trousers. Then, you have some solid outfits to work with.

Once you have decided on your three items, you need to start scouring the internet. Start with straight size stores that stock the kinds of clothes you like and check if they have a plus size section. If they do, that is a bonus. But, if they don’t then keep looking. You need to delve past the first page of google, into instagram boutiques and etsy stores. Don’t be tempted to buy things from Romwe and Wish, because the pictures are cute, but it is often times too good to be true.

Sometimes you find the best things in the strangest places. I found this skirt on simplybe. I never expected to find it on there. So it's definitely worth checking out more traditional plus size stores for some hidden gems.

Now, if you cannot find exactly what you were looking for, it is time to get creative. The reality is that some of the items we want, companies just don’t make in our size. So, find items that are similar to what you are looking for a customise. For me, bought longer vintage dresses and took them up for cute, doll like looks. But if you want oversized crop tops, buy a large men’s shirt and hem it. You want a miniskirt and can’t find the print you want? Buy a longer skirt and hem it. You want short overalls, but they don’t fit your thighs? Buy bigger long overalls and turn them into shorts. This way, you can have exactly what you want and it is a one of a kind item.

Always think of the fit of the clothes on your body. Never be afraid to buy one two, or even three sizes up to achieve the look you are going for. I buy skirts and shorts many sizes too big, so that they will flair over my hips and I can belt the waist.

Think of the outfit you are going for and buy accessories to match. Fishnet tights were a big help for me, putting together my punky wardrobe. Hats and shoes can help a lot too. You don’t want to shell out hundreds of pounds on clothes, when a few items, paired with accessories will set a good foundation for a new style.

My best piece of advice is to wear your new style for a few weeks and see how it feels. Never be afraid to admit that you don’t like something. You’ve only bought a few items, so if you’re not a massive fan of the preppy look or the cyber goth style, then there’s little loss in it and you can change it up again.

My style is constantly evolving. From kawaii cute to punk to grunge trash, I think understanding that your style is fluid is essential when searching for clothes as a bigger girl. Never be disheartened, because companies are forcing us to be creative, and at the end of the day, that will result in a wardrobe of unique, one of a kind pieces and outfits.

Let me know what style you are going for and what items you are dying to have!

Until next time,
Paige xx

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