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Fuller Figure.

If you're in need of a more generous fit - you'll also need a good shopping strategy to go with it. Some tips to work with:

•  Appreciate the body you live in and take care of it (try living without it!)
•  Make a conscious decision to feel good about your body every day!
•  Don't promise to buy clothes and make an effort "when you have lost the weight".  Look great now!
•  Be proud of you.  Have one or two outfits that work for you RIGHT NOW
•  Know your colours - they will flatter your complexion and your body when worn correctly.  Wear your right colours

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•  Know your body line and select pieces that compliment and enhance your figure
•  Do not think 'size' - it's a four letter word.  Think 'fit' and 'shape'!
•  Concentrate on simple and elegant.  Skip all the visual pollution - it's 'chaos' not 'cover'.  Think 'simple elegant' - 'gorgeous me'
•  Don't wear texture.  It adds bulk and perceived weight gain and you'll feel demoralised - don't go there ever!
•  Know your style and know your shopping options
•  Don't avoid skinny stores - they have the latest scarves, wraps, jewellery and accessories, and these things fit you.  You'll also pick up ideas and ways to modify your gear to get the look
•  Accumulate information on where you can get your size.   Keep the list up to date - add to it when you see a great store.   It takes only a moment.  Let me know and I'll add it to my list

Phone, email or visit boutiques/labels whether you like them or not to establish the big question "Do they carry your size?".   If so ask:
1. What their overall style and range is.  Sport, Lifestyle, Business, PM, Gala, Natural, Dramatic, Classic, Country etc.
2. Ask the age range of their clients.  If they say '45', this means 'up to 65' if you've got a good sense of style
3. Get onto their mailing list if they have one!
4. Get their business card or make a card.  Note the details and keep the card in your colour wallet

•  Don't buy anything unless it goes with four other things in your wardrobe
•  Don't waste time with D-I-Y shopping.  As a Colour and Image Consultant and Personal Shopper, we're conscious of the dollar our client is paying us.  It is much quicker and smarter to go straight to the assistant and ask if they have exactly what you're looking for - they know their stock.  Haven't got it? ... thank them and move on immediately
•  Look and sound like you mean business - not like you need convincing!  Don't hang around or be convinced that another garment will do the job.  If you need convincing they are not right.   When you see something special you won't have to be convinced!
•  Keep your eye open for gems - a nice knit, a great shell for evening or a beautiful scarf.  You'll love it immediately
•  Shop early in the season.  If larger sizes have fewer options you need to be there early
•  Avoid the sales and the subsequent wardrobe that looks like the 'sales rack' with all the left overs have been moved to your house
•  If you want to look great then buy to fit the body not the sales mentality
•  A bargain is not how much it costs - it's how easily it works for you, how many things it mixes and matches with, and how often you wear it!
•  Buy less, wear it more, mix and match accessories and pieces wherever possible.  When you work out the price per wear on a well worn and loved garment, it will be cheaper in the long run than any of your sales acquisitions
•  Wear 'all-in-one' undies and hey, they're sexy to boot girl!
•  Stick to medium to soft fabrics.  They have a better 'drape' or 'fall' on the body
•  Learn how to manage your hair and do a simple but elegant make-up.  Make the effort every day!  Modify both for different occasions
•  Remember, inexpensive clothing on a well groomed woman will not take away from the woman.  Expensive clothing on an ungroomed woman does nothing for her cause - she'll simply look unkempt and sloppy
•  The eye always goes to the print.  Generally avoid prints or keep them to the top half of the body.  Certainly don't wear prints on the bottom of your body when you have a solid colour on the top!!
•  Think weave and surface interest in lieu of print.  NB Surface interest does not mean texture.  Think 'slub', tonal herringbone, jacquards etc.
•  If shopping absolutely does not work - now don't be a wuss or do a dummy spit, you have to give it a real go, find a seamstress who sews well and better still specialises in the fuller figure.
•  If all else fails, be resourceful - learn to sew yourself!  Sewing is a skill that affords you greater knowledge and complements your shopping ability.  You then know what can and can't be altered readily.  You'll know what you will and will not accept from others who may ultimately sew for you.  As a skill it gives you greater independence

Below are a few labels and boutiques to get the ball rolling. 

With your contribution this list will be doubled in a very short time.
Always call the store ahead of time to ensure their details are current.

•  Strelizia, Darling Street Balmain
•  'Towanda' - Level 5 Gowings Buildings, 45 Market Street, Sydney. Phone 02 9283 4848 http://www.towanda.com.au
•  Big City Chic http://www.bigcitychic.com.au
•  b&lu http://www.bandlu.com
•  Curvi Collections http://www.curvi.com.au
•  My Size Boutiques
•  Katies 16-26
•  Café - On Que Plus (03) 9428 5501, 183 Bridge Rd Richmond 3121
•  BIB - GBs
•  Target
•  Chain Reaction's clothing range 'Big Advantage'
•  Kmart plus sizes
•  Robert D'Angelo Label (Table Eight)
•  Hers & Mine (Redfern) (02) 9698 3907
•  Liz Davenport
•  Exclusively Large (02) 4955 8331
•  Seabird swimwear specialist 1 800 814 723
•  Lingerie Margg's Collection Plus (02) 4732 2278
•  Internet site: Making It Big (US) site http://www.makingitbig.com
•  Big City Chic,Parramatta Westfield (02) 96339928
•  Internet site: Size Appeal (US) site http://www.sizeappeal.com
•  Sybil's of Brisbane, Level 2 (T&G Building) 141 Queen Street, Brisbane 4000  Ph (07) 32102102
•  Sybil's of Mermaid 2453 Gold Coast Highway Mermaid Beach 4218  Ph (07) 55751360
•  Sybil's of Toowoomba 456 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba  4350  Ph (07) 46387407
•  Sybil's Maroochydore Shop 1 (Keylargo) 6 Aerodrome Rd, Maroochydore 4558   Ph (07) 54439266 Do you have some great places to shop?  Do you know some great labels for the fuller figure?  If you are happy to share your information please contact us, and on behalf of everyone who will benefit from your generosity a very big thank you!!!

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