Being Big in a Little World – Dress for Success: A Challange
Being big can be a challenge. But…dressing properly for a big frame is essential for a big person to be successful in a little world.
Being Big in a Little World – Dress for Success: You’re in Good Company
Are you a big person. Join the club. You’re in good company, and this article may be for you.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. It’s no shame being big. I’m going to let you in on another little secret. Big people can be just as successful as anyone.
My point is that big people have been taught by society that we are less desirable and less likely to succeed. That simply is not true, (unless you want to be a petit clothes model). But…there are things that a big person can do to enhance his image: attitude (a sense of humor), dress, and health.
Being Big in a Little World – Dress for Succes: Building Block
The primary building block of being big and dressing successfully is good personal hygiene. My father once told me, “We, (big people), have to take care of ourselves in places other people don’t even have places. This statement is true for many of us.
It is essential for big people to practice good personal hygiene. Expensive clothing can’t make up for bad personal hygiene whether a person is thin or big. Take time to trim the fingernails and comb your hair and bathe well. The few extra minutes it takes to practice good personal hygiene are worth the investment.
Being Big in a Little World – Dress for Success: Dress Appropriately
Big people can’t wear small people clothing and look their best. Being big demands that we dress for our size.
Being Big in a Little World – Dress for Success: A Short Story
When I was in grade school I was constantly in trouble for wearing my shirt tails on the outside of my jeans. Every time the principal caught me breaking the rules he marched me to his office and gave me swats. After my third whack session the principal asked, “Why do you insist on wearing your shirt tails out? You know you’ll get into trouble.”
I tucked my shirt inside my trousers and said, “Look. When I tuck my shirt inside my trousers I look like I’m a fat person trying to be little, but when I wear my shirt on the outside of my jeans I look like someone who knows how to dress for his size. I look much better with my shirt tails out, and I’m willing to take swats to do it.”
The principal conceded that I indeed looked better. We compromised. I could wear my shirt tails out as long as my shirts were square cut.
Being Big in a Little World – Dress for Success: The Point
The point of the story is that big people should not try to dress thin. I usually get embarrassed for big people who try to wear clothes that are unflattering. Our bodies are not our strong point.
I’ve seen many big women dress for their size and are absolutely beautiful. They’re referred to as full-figured women. There are many attractive styles of clothes available for the full figured woman.
Men have a tougher time finding clothes for dress occasions. Most big men’s suits are still of the tuck-in variety. If you have to wear a tuck-in suit, do not wear a tight fitting suit. Give yourself a chance to breathe with comfortable fitting clothes. (I prefer lighter made materials so that I don’t become too hot or uncomfortable in a stuffy room).
I prefer to wear untucked square-cut shirts whenever possible. I’ve worn square-cut shirts under suit jackets to all manner of business functions and have had very few problems as long as I have dressed tastefully. Dress so that your abilities and strengths are enhanced. Don’t let poor clothing selections detract from your strengths.
Being Big in a Little World – Dress for Success: Wrinkled Clothing
Don’t wear wrinkled clothes whenever possible. A wrinkled garment says that you don’t care about your appearance. Choose clothing materials that are mostly wrinkle free.
Being Big in a Little World – Dress for Success: Wear a Smile
A smile is the most important part of your appearance. People like being around happy people.
Being Big in a Little World – Dress for Success: Conclusion
Remember, being big is no shame A good friendly attitude, (a sense of humor), and dressing properly for success are two major building blocks of being big and successful in a little World.
Copyright 2008 J-me
Let me know what you think of “Being Big in a Little World: Dress for Success.”
Other posts in the “Being Big” series are:
Being Big in a Little World: Great Attitude
Being Big in a Little World: Live Healthy