You might think that an article titled “Before You Begin Shopping: What Every Plus Size Woman Must Know” would start with tips on the fabric, cut or style of the business suit itself.
Before you begin shopping for a plus size business suit (or any other piece of clothing), you need to first make sure you have the proper foundation garments in your wardrobe.
Shopping for foundation garments – bras, body shapers and underwear – is no time to try to be frugal. What you wear under neath your suit may be more important that what you wear on the outside!
Here’s a hint: If someone hasn’t recently asked which plastic surgeon did your breast implants, then it’s time for new and better foundation garments!
The right foundation garments will make a so-so outfit look great while the wrong foundation garments will make a fabulous suit look frumpy.
Foundation garments are the pieces you wear UNDER your business suit that provide support. The right foundation garments can make or break a suit. While the woman without shape and curves may be able to skip worrying about underlying support, the full figured woman must make it her first priority.
From supportive bras (larger breasts need heavy duty support!) to body shapers, before you begin shopping for a business suit, be sure to outfit yourself with the foundation essentials first.
This is going to be an investment of time and money on your part. Begin with a trip to your local department store. Find one that offers someone in the lingerie department who will help you find the right bra size. Many women of all sizes are wearing the wrong size bra. First, find your correct size and then find the style that provides the support you need.
Just as you have a “work” wardrobe and an “play” wardrobe, you need to have “work” foundation garments.. bras and body shapers that lift, support and reduce unwanted “wiggle” from under your garments.
When you’ve got the proper foundation garments on, you’ll find trying on clothes a much more satisfying experience. A business suit that looks frumpy when you’re wearing an ill fitting bra that provides no support and sans body shaper will look 100% better when you try it on with the proper foundation garments.
Before you begin shopping for the perfect power suit, the one you pull out of your closet when you need to present your most polished presentation, be sure you’ve got the proper foundation garments. You’ll never find the right plus size business suit without them.