Pear-shaped women are bigger below the waist than above the waist.
Apple-shaped women are are largest through the bust and midriff then they are in the hips.
Potato-shaped women are round all over and may have little or no waist definitions.
Super-sized women are usually large potatoes.
There are also large women whose figures are well-proportioned with well-defined waists and fairly flat tummies. They are usually very tall and big boned. We call them Madame Peanut. in keeping with the richness of mother Earth/fecund fruit and vegetable theme.
Choose the body shape the looks most like you, then choose clothes styles that fit that body shape.
I bought a pair of jeans, some sweatpants, 2 pairs of shorts--they look so cute!!-- and three tops. I didn't plan on buying that much, but the prices were good and the experience was too, so I did.
The sales clerk was friendly and no one ever mentioned anything about my buying plus size clothing. I was just shopping. I liked that a lot.
I'll definitely go back.
Recent surveys have found that plus-size shoppers almost unanimously think better of a designer who accommodates plus sizes and includes plus sizes in their runway show While in the past it was unheard of to see larger than average models in magazines or on billboards, this is changing. Attitudes are shifting and the definition of "what is beautiful" is becoming more inclusive of larger women.