Look and Feel Great at Any Weight

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Look and Feel Great at Any Weight

“I am a size 14, I’m curvaceous, I work out every day, and I feel great,” says Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, author of more than 20 books and a WebMD Weight Loss Clinic consultant. And not only can larger-size women be healthy and feel terrific, they can look every bit as stylish as their size-6 friends, says full-figured supermodel Emme (who knows all about looking fabulous).

It is possible to have a heart pumping, and you will see an incredible difference in your attitude and energy level,” says Emme. “If you’re under stress, exercise is even more important to do, to dilute it and put it into perspective.”

And, of course, looking your best helps you feel great about yourself. That’s where Emme’s practical and easy style hints come in.

“These tips are not only for full-figured gals. All women can learn a thing or two about ‘less is best,'” says Emme, who created the EMME Collection, a clothing line for women sizes 14-24.

Emme’s advice:

  • First, clean out your closet. If you haven’t worn something within the last year, give yourself the license to chuck it!
  • Don’t deny your body shape. If you do, you’ll get frustrated with dressing and not see the wonderful options that are now available for your body type and shape.
  • Follow only the trends that suit you. Avoid trends that don’t work for your body type.
  • Don’t wear too many accessories or mismatched prints.
  • Go for shapely, figure-skimming silhouettes, not boxy clothes that cover up your body.
  • If you’re a pear shape (narrow shoulders and wide hips), buy pants and skirts that are 1-2 sizes larger than you normally wear and have a tailor take them in at the waist.
  • Always buy one size larger than you normally wear to have a jacket, dress, or suit tailored to fit you. If you buy too small a size, there won’t be enough material to work with.
  • Find good undergarments that help eliminate panty lines, and find bras that fit (75% of women wear the wrong size bra). Also, pantyhose is making it back into wardrobes, so stock up on brands that make your legs feel great.
  • Dress for comfort and ease.

Look Good, Feel Better

But before you rush off to the mall for a chic new outfit, remember this: Feeling good about your body begins by working on the inside, then focusing on what’s outside.

“Don’t get hung up on pounds and what size dress you are wearing,” says Magee. “Instead, focus on being healthy from the inside out, eat well, and exercise regularly. And remember that you can be sexy and look fabulous and feel fabulous and not be thin.”