Plus-Sized Women Practical Guide to Clothes and Staples

I said it once and I will say it again: plus-sized women can be fashionable too.

For curvy women out there, the most important thing for you right now is to choose your clothes according to your size – and you shouldn’t be ashamed of your size. The fact of the matter is, plus-sized fashion for men and women is now a brand new market for brands and stores, and they are eager to bring in more clothes, styles, and trends for their customers.

For plus-sized women like me, it’s important to find a good set of clothes and establish a staple of clothes right within our own closet. For the rest of our discussion, I am going to share with you some important pointers on how to go about with plus-sized clothing and how you can come up with your own closet staples.

What should you do and not do with your clothes?

  • First, tight clothes are bad! They’re just bad. Avoid them like the plague. Tight clothes, much like trying their hardest to make you look small, do the exact opposite. They can exaggerate your curves, size, and weight, so you actually look bigger.
  • Baggy clothes are bad too. You should never wear anything tight or loose, and in this case, baggy clothes are out of the question. Baggy clothes, like tight clothes, can also make you look bigger. A table can look bigger if it’s draped with a tablecloth. Baggy clothes are like that.
  • Dark colors are your best friends. Do you want to look slim? Go for dark colors. Why? Because light colors can accentuate your size through the appearance of several shades/shadows underneath your curves. Dark colors don’t have this, which is why you look relatively smaller.
  • Details can do wonders. You can make use of details, like stitching and beadwork, to enhance your ensemble, but sometimes, you can’t go wrong with wearing a plain black shirt over anything. When done right, a dress with lace details can go a long way in making you one of the best dressed women in any occasion.
  • There’s nothing complicated about accessorizing. Just keep one thing in mind: less is more. You don’t need to overdo it. If you can wear just a pair of earrings and a necklace over your haltered dress, then that’s fine. Otherwise, you’d just look like an overly dressed mannequin for a jewellery store.
  • One of the most important things to consider when buying clothes is the fabric. For starters, avoid furry/fussy fabrics and prints as they tend to add more to your size and they give off a sort of juvenile feel or aura. No one will ever take you seriously. Try to stick to the basics like cotton and silk.
  • Longer tops are your friends. Investing in longer tops is a good idea, and as a plus-sized individual, longer tops are your best friends because they are good at hiding your belly and reducing your waist size.

Now let’s focus on your closet. We’ve established a clear set of rules on how you should dress as a plus-sized individual. We focused on how you can maximise what’s available to you and how you can look good amidst the extra curves we’ve been blessed with.

But to build a decent wardrobe means to build up a closet full of your essentials, or should I say, STAPLES. Again, after doing some research and combining it with my own experience, I’ve come up with a short list of what your closet should look like and what clothes it should contain:

dark-denimDark denims and pants – because I already told you about having dark colours, don’t limit yourself to dark shirts. Rather, add dark denims and jeans in your closet staple. Like dark coloured shirts, they can help reduce the size of your legs – specifically the thighs and buttocks region. I also suggest going for straight cut jeans as they can do wonders for making you look taller too.

Occasion dresses – there are a lot of stores and brands that carry plus-sized clothing, so you no longer have an excuse to not be able to wear a good cocktail dress. Your closet should not be limited to casual or everyday wear, but instead, it should also have ensembles for different occasions – a formal gala, a night out at the bar, and corporate events are just some of the occasions that I can think of.

Pencil skirts – you may think that skirts and plus-sized women don’t mix, but you’re wrong, sister! No one can argue that pencil skirts and plus-sized women are the best mix. A pencil skirt has the power to enhance your overall silhouette, and when combined with a blouse that gives you a slimmer look, all I can say is WHEW! You can also add A-line skirts to flatter your body type and it also gives you an “hourglass figure”.

Shapewear – A must-have for any plus-sized women, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Shapewear is good for removing the lumps and bulges – let’s face it, dark colours can only do so much. They can smoothen the entire foundation of your outfit and they come in different sizes and styles. It helps to invest in a few that will complement what you’re wearing – from corporate two-piece suits to a haltered dress.

Two-piece suits – Corporate two-piece suits can make you look respectable and sexy. Remember Jenny Hogarth from Jessica Jones? Yeah, that’s a two-piece suit and yes, plus-sized women can pull off a very sexy look with these suits. A white blouse underneath a black blazer combined with a straight-cut black trouser will make you slim, tall, and sexy. They’re not cheap, but they are worth every penny, so I highly suggest you invest in at least two of them.

There you have it – my own practical guide for plus-sized women and their clothing. Do you have any other recommendations for either clothing or staples? Let me know in the comment section below.


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