Plus size couture fashion originated in Europe in the 18th century, where again Paris became the hub for the wealthy to purchase artistic and original couture. These dresses were ultra-high-quality and of course, very costly!
Even more exquisite and expensive than ordinary than this was Haute Couture in plus sizes. With every effort made to please their wealthy clients, many pains and hands were needed to hand-make these extravagant outfits, with extreme attention to detail, embellishment and exact measurements. Ooh-la-la! The silks, the beads, feathers and flounces!
Today there are more excellent Plus size haute couture designers and even the famous couture houses are catching on...Emannual Ungaro...Balenciaga, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent, and Dior!
There are many popular brands of Plus size ready-to-wear in affordable quality garments. However, it is still my opinion, that for extra-special occasions, bridal and otherwise, the Plus size client is wise to indulge in a custom-fit and custom-made true Couture garment!
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Most retailers consider anything over 14 to be a plus size, but BEWARE!!! Sizing can be deceptive, brands keep shifting the sizes, so that a size 8 in 1970 would be a size 0 today!!! Hmm...
Today most Plus size couture clients want well made clothing that really flatters. So, my dear friends, there are some tricks of the trade you should know about!
J-na's Tips for Full-Sized Flattery
To visually elongate the body and create an hourglass shape, look for these fashions:
2. Interesting embellishments like beads (my fav) or patterns or ruffles at the neckline or shoulder will draw the eye upward.
3. Empire waistline are flattering. See Photo of Jill Scott live in concert in her fab couture dress and cape!
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4. NEVER buy anything too snug, always allow for a sexy "drape" of fabric close to body but never too tight...even if you must buy a bigger size! Do not let seller's psychology of wanting a smaller size, "trick" you! I feel that tight clothes add 20 pounds or more visually, and a looser "flow" will subtract weight!
Check out these Plus size couture designers:
There are no more excuses ladies! It is so easy to cruise the net for neat plus size couture, and it is so much fun!
Of course, we here at J-na Couture have always known ANOTHER BIG SECRET!!!
ACCESSORIES AND BLING are the real answer!
Scarves and Wraps are a wonderful way to bring the eyes upward and frame your beautiful face! No one does custom couture wraps better than we do here at j-na couture!
I have enjoyed showcasing exquisite plus size couture accessories for the Thyke Troupe of Chicago with founder, actress, singer and model Tressa Thomas (The Five Heartbeats)
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