Big girls are forever being told what not to wear, that everything from stripes to pleats to booties (even ponytails!) are off-limits to us. Is it any wonder that so many full-figured women cling to their boring black separates—the "safest" things in their wardrobes?
Thankfully, my years working in fashion have taught me some invaluable lessons about how to pull off pieces traditionally thought of as no-no's for anyone beyond a size 6. Follow these foolproof tips and brace yourself for some serious style points. (And follow me on Twitter @NicoletteMason for more myth-busting fashion advice!)
MYTH Horizontal stripes enlarge a big frame.
TRUTH Break up the pattern with a blazer or colored pants. Très chic—for all figures.
TOP $29.95, H&M ; hm.com for stores.