Patterns and Stripes: Great Looks for Plus Size Women
Myths abound in fashion about what looks good on a larger body. Here are our tips for looking great and choosing prints, and even stripes!
· Trust Yourself.
You’ve got good taste, you know what makes you happy to wear, and you have a good eye.
· What to look for in an attractive print.
Sometimes even a loud pattern can look gorgeous, especially if it has movement or swirl. Look for assymetrical placements. Try everything that appeals to you, but check it out in a mirror to make sure it works. Look for sophisticated prints with depth and richness. Avoid overly simple prints that call look juvenile or wall-paperish.
· Horizontals must be treated carefully.
Look for micro stripes and medium to medium tones that can add a texture to a fabric. Keep a horizontal stripe to an accent. Look for dynamic striping instead, vertical, assymetrical, diagonal, color blocked. Avoid stripes that have high contrast, like pure white and black and that are also placed horizontally.
· Scale is the key.
Larger women can wear prints that would overwhelm a shorter woman. Mix a large scale print with a solid bottom for a bold and attractive look.
Don’t limit yourself. Try everything, like the newest tie dyes that create fresh patterns. Think about combining two patterns, or using an accent scarf to creatively mix it up. Again, trust your eye!
Even designers, who always seem to wear black, add drama with bold patterns in scarves, purses, tote bags, even your waterbottle. Take their lead!
· Have Fun!
Dressing should be a joyful expression of yourself. Step out and enjoy!
Strengthen Bones with Kindness and Activity
Did you know? Bones increase in their strength and density the more you use them. Everyday living like lifting, walking, running, pulling, stretching, all signal to your bones that you need them to stay strong. It tells them to increase pulling the nutrients from your body to keep building bone.
You probably have heard the disheartening statistics on how fast we lose bone after the age of 30. This is especially true for women. But what you don’t hear as much is that you can slow that decline dramatically with simple steps.
· Bones need Calcium.
Educate yourself online and by talking with your medical providers. Learn about how you can add calcium to your diet and if you should supplement with calcium. There are some tricks for maximum results. Did you know that your body can only absorb about 400 mg at a dose? Did you know Vitamin D is an important booster of calcium absorportion? Did you know Calcium can interfere with other drugs and reduce their effectiveness? Your doctor can help you figure this out. Or ask for a referral to a good dietician.
· Eat Well.
When your bones reach out to your body for more nutrients to build up your bones, will they have anything to work with? Eat lots of green and some dairy. I like goat products as they are easier to digest. But don’t go overboard on the dairy. You body can only absorb so much at one time. Did you know cottage cheese doesn’t have much calcium in it? There is some evidence that diet drinks aren’t so great for bones, so check it out if you are a diet soda fan.
· Weight Bearing Activities.
Swimming and aqua classes are great, but to build your bones you need to use those bones! That means “weight bearing” activities like fast walking, using weights, and increasing those weights as you get stronger. Jumping rope and even a rebounder trampoline are fabulous. Also climbing stairs, lifting hay bales, gardening and doing the heavy work, volunteering for neighborhood cleanups and lifting and playing with small children. One happy note for larger people is that we usually have denser bones. But as we age we want to keep that advantage by activity.
· What if you have been diagnosed with bone loss?
Don’t despair. Amazing medications are coming. Ask your Doctor. Don’t take a diagnosis of weak bones sitting down! Be your own advocate. You want to reach a delightful age as a vibrant woman. So get out those running shoes, call a friend, and start walking!
· Consider a personal trainer or class.
Some weight bearing activities are hard work. So they are a lot more fun to do with other people. Considering joining a bootcamp class that does planks, push ups and even some assisted pull ups! Remember: You don’t have to do the exercises well or even completely to get the bone benefit. And whining and sweating with friends is a benefit, too! Classes can keep you distracted and working hard. They often use different tools and toys to keep you motivated. And be sure to wear your JunoActive clothing! www.JunoActive.com
· You’ll love the results!
Not only will your bones get stronger, your balance will improve, too. Your risk of a fall or a break will go way down. You’ll be much stronger not just in your bones, your back will feel great, and your muscles will be toned, too. Your friends will notice, because your clothes will fit better, and all your friends will envy your posture!
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