As Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion is architecture: It is a matter of proportions.” That rule holds true even when it comes to accessories. Jewellery: Larger women can carry off statement jewellery looks especially well, whereas more delicate pieces can get lost. Choose cuff bracelets, stacked bangles, oversized cocktail rings, large pendant necklaces, and long beads that will draw the eye vertically. Study the areas of your body you want to highlight or downplay. If you’re full-busted, for instance, you may want to take a pass on an ornate necklace that hits at your décolletage and instead draw the focus to a stacked arm of pretty bracelets. Belts: If you have a defined waist, either wear a three-inch-wide belt or a one-inch-wide skinny belt. Obi belts give dresses and jumpsuits a shape-enhancing, corseted look. Find one made from a substantial fabric, like leather, that wraps around and ties securely in the back for adjustable comfort and a tailored fit. Embellished belts such as jewel-encrusted sash belts or ones with hardware detailing in the front create a focal point. Women who carry their weight in the middle, though, may find that cinching belts right at the waistline is not flattering. Shoes: Shoes with pointed toes lean out a silhouette more than round-toe styles and of course nothing beats the slenderizing power of a heel. The lift that even the slightest heel provides works to elongate legs which means that even a short stacked heel or kitten heel will do the trick. If you have wide ankles or fuller calves, avoid T-straps and ankle straps; they will interrupt the leg-line and make legs appear wider. Opt for more open sling-backs and peekaboo styles that flatter the foot without covering too much. And if comfort is crucial, look for shoes that offer support to your heel as well as the ball of your foot, like wedges. Nothing kills an outfit quite like the inability to walk in your shoes. Bags: Your bag should be in proportion to your overall frame. For daytime, opt for an oversize shoulder bag, a large tote, a substantial satchel, or a large structured top-handle purse. The best size for you will depend on your build, but as a general rule, aim for nothing smaller than 8.5 inches by 11 inches. For evening and special occasions, a generous envelope-style clutch is just right. Whether carried under the arm or at the hip, a larger bag creates the look of a smaller waist.
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