When it comes to shopping for plus size clothing, not all sizing is universal. In fact, a lot of the sizes in different countries are not the same. You have to have a really good grasp on the metric system and your metric measurements around your chest/breasts, waist, hips, and upper thighs. You would also want to know inseam, and measurements around one upper thigh through the groin region to get a proper fit.
For those of us that are larger in size than the average person, this is even more important. What might be 2x or XXL in Australia is barely a size large in the U.S.. With sizing standards varying so widely, you may need to consult sizing conversion charts often. If and when that becomes too frustrating, you will need some helpful tips. Just to give you a clothing example and some tips on choosing plus size underwear Australia retailers offer the following.
Clothing in Standard Units of Measurement Fit Larger
Underwear that is imported from a country where metric is not in use (e.g., the United States) fits larger than clothing measured in metric units. Underwear that is sized by inches is also labeled in single digit to double digit numerical sizes. For “big and tall” people you should look for underwear size 10, 11, 12, 14, and 16.
Each of these numbers should be doubled to equal a trousers size in standard measurements, such as 10 equaling size 20 in trousers, 11 equaling size 22 in trousers, etc.. Note that the doubling of numbers does not equal the inches around one’s waist, but rather the plus size of trousers worn.
Some Underwear Brands Have Metric Conversion Charts on the Package
As an added (and very helpful!) feature, some underwear brands have metric conversion charts on the back. This will help you determine what size of plus size underwear you wear in each brand that is labeled this way. After a while, it may even help you figure out what size you wear when there is no conversion chart on the package.
Shop for Natural Fibers Because Skin Needs to Breathe
Heavyset individuals often have more density to their bodies. More heat and more sweat is produced, and therefore there is an even greater need to wear natural fibers. Natural fibers help skin and skin folds breathe freely, and the natural fibers will absorb moisture and pull it away from the skin better.
Consider Moisture-Wicking Fabrics
There are some underwear manufacturers that produce “sport” underwear. The purpose and design of this underwear is to wick moisture away from the skin to keep you drier when you exercise or perspire. Some people perspire a lot more than others, and that is where this specialty underwear comes in handy. If you perspire a lot, or if you suffer from a known medical condition of hyperhidrosis, then this type of sport underwear is perfect for you.
Full Coverage or Almost Full Coverage Underwear Prevents Bunching and Rolling
As much as you might want to wear bikini underwear, thongs, or “Rio” briefs, it is better to choose mid-rise or full brief styles of underwear. Wearing anything other than these two styles when you are a plus-sized person often results in bunching and rolling of your underwear. You will spend most of your time adjusting your underwear and not really being comfortable in it if you opt for less cloth than mid-rise or full briefs provide.
No-Line Underwear For Underneath Tighter Clothing
When you need to wear underwear under tighter fitting trousers or skirts, look for a label that says, “No Lines” or “No Panty Lines.” This type of underwear is made to be very smooth and not show the lines of the waistband or the leg bands under clothing. If you want a very smooth look on the outside of trousers or skirts, opt for plus-size briefs with no lines-leg holes and waistbands.
When in Doubt, Buy the Next Size Up
If you are buying underwear that really does not give any sizing indications, and you have never worn this brand before, buy the next size up from the size you usually buy. It helps avoid ill-fitting undergarments and having to return your purchase to the store to replace it with the larger size. It will also help you try on this brand in the privacy of your home to see how it fits, and whether or not you need a bigger size in this brand.
Buying No-Name Brand/Generic Underwear Saves Money
Finally, if you need to buy plus-size underwear, you know that it generally costs more than underwear for the average-sized person. To save money, consider buying no-name underwear. This underwear will be packaged with no brand names or store brand names only.
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