One may ask: Francesca, why do you consistently recommend skirts and dresses, and not pants, for the Big Girls?
Francesca has given this much thought. Certainly, it is very possible to be a plus-size lady, wear pants, and be superfantastic. See? Like this:
However, the Manolo having established that being large and superfantastic is hard, expensive work, Francesca believes that it is even harder in pants. Again, not impossible, just harder.
A skirt, you see, is, if well-chosen, designed to de-accentuate the tummy and upper thighs, while pants do more to accentuate every line.
If you are a pear-shape, finding superfantastic pants may be a leetle beet easier. However, if, like Francesca, you are Appley, wearing pants is more likely than not to show off the lumpy-squishies which protrude frontward from one’s torso, unless one is careful. If one tucks in one’s shirt, one’s tummy roll is outlined perfectly. If one does not tuck in one’s shirt, one may look frumpy.
There is a way around this: One can pair the pants with a very pretty, well-made, well-fitting, hip-length blouse and a belt, or a tunic with an empire waist.
Whatever you do, if you are going to wear pants, they must be of the highest quality, made of the finest materials. Jeans should not have holes or frays or anything associated with the word “grunge” (unless you are the goth or punk-rocker high school or college student, in which case this is OK since it goes with your very fierce attitude).
The pants should be tight enough to look fitted, not saggy. They should be loose enough that you do not get a muffin top or look like a skanky ho.
(This is an example of a pants “don’t.” Actually, it is several examples, in one pair of pants.)
Back pockets and seams should be placed such that your oh-so-sexy bottom looks exactly as round as you want it to — not too flat and not more round than you are comfortable with.
And again, the pants should be paired with the attractive top, which — if you are a Poochie Mama– either flows attractively over the tummy and hips, or can be coordinated with a belt.
Wearing pants when one is big is difficult, expensive work. But it can be done! Francesca has faith in you!
Go forth and shop!