Repost from Inquirer.net: Plus-size Couture

August 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

Plus-size couture
By Larry Leviste
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:03:00 08/27/2009
IN THE real world, size really doesn’t matter. Or it shouldn’t, because 70 percent of women on our planet aren’t fitted with a size-zero body like models in Vogue magazine.

This is why most double-digit-sized women find it frustrating and infuriating that ready-to-wear doesn’t address their distress. Usually, shapeless kaftans or dusters in big floral prints are the store staples for the full figured.

For today’s Inquirer Exclusive spread, designer and environment advocate Dita Sandico Ong (35 Wilson St., Greenhills, San Juan; tel. 7267260) celebrates plus-size couture with color-sure cotton jersey separates with her iconic indigenous woven accent shawls, boleros and neckpieces.

It starts with a positive attitude, Ong says, being happy inside your skin, that confidence that you love your figure and yet want to wear the latest styles and accessories. It definitely empowers women who have been forgotten in the fashion market. These pieces say I belong.

Start with vibrant happy colors that will make your figure sing sensational. Use face-flattering accents for your top as shown in the arresting boleros, sculpture scarves and fashion shawls. Wear flowing skirts and pants in comfortable cotton jersey.

Be bold to flaunt your assets via makeup or accent jewelry. With wonderful people around, you will surely feel likewise.

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