Knowing how to dress for cold weather without the kilos doesn’t help much when you’ve already literally put those kilos on. I’m talking about weight gain. How can you stretch your wardrobe to fit those extra curves?
Stretching Your Perspective
First of all, please cut yourself some slack. Feeling bad about not being the size you would like is counterproductive. Not all weight gain is caused by eating too much and exercising too little. Many of us have our menstrual cycles to thank for monthly weight fluctuation.
In the case of bloating, water retention and other temporary factors that cause you to gain up to a full dress size, here are some tips to get you through, based on the part of your body where you’ve gained weight:
Tip #1 Weight Gain in Your Breasts
> Bias cut tops and dresses that stretch to accommodate your breasts
> Skirts & pants in heavyweight, printed stretch fabrics, or with seams or other horizontal details that balance out the top half of your body
> Button-front shirts that strain across the bust
> Suit jackets that you can’t close
Tip #2 Weight Gain in Your Waist
> Tops that are loose-fitting in the waist, preferably in woven fabrics rather than knits, to avoid clinging
> Tops and dresses in woven fabrics or heavyweight knits, with an A-line or straight silhouette
> Shirts, dresses or belts that draw attention to your waist
> Fitted shirts tucked into pants or a skirt
Tip #3 Weight Gain in Your Hips/Derrière/Thighs
> Tops that are fuller in the chest and shoulders, or with horizontal stripes/accents, to balance out your bottom half
> Long pants with a flare to create balance
> Long tops worn untucked, that end at the widest part of your body
> Big, sloppy sweaters or cardigans to “disguise” your lower body. They just make you look bigger.
Now that you’ve created some new outfits, read this article (in Dutch) by Wendy Broersen for a positive spin on weight gain. Extra kilos keep you warmer, so embrace it, lower the thermostat, and help the environment.