This isn’t a ‘wear this not that’ kind of post – but we have collated some amazing style tips for plus size women, with advice on how to find clothes that make you look and, most importantly feel good.
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1. Accept Your Body
The reason this tip is no.1 is that accepting your body and what you’ve got is the most important factor for your personal style and confidence. Everyone, no matter what size or shape they have body hang-ups and it’s ok for you to have bad days – but accepting your body, for all your perceived flaws and all your wonderful assets will allow you to make better style decisions.
2. Embrace your belly/thighs
After acceptance, comes affection! Love your belly. Love your thighs. Don’t feel the need to cover up the areas you’re self-conscious of – because you can make yourself look less shapely by wearing baggy clothes and hiding your body.
3. Invest in good underwear
This tip is not just for plus size women – every woman should own great fitting underwear as it’s the best way to ensure your clothes fit you well on top. Make sure you’re wearing the correct bra size by getting measured and don’t restrict yourself to oversized knickers. Invest in flattering, well-supportive underwear and watch your confidence soar!
And remember – wear a nude bra under sheer or light colors to avoid triangle bra straps. Nude bras are available in many different shades to suit your skin tone and blend with your skin under your clothes.!
4. Find bloggers with your shape for inspiration
There are so many amazing women posting their daily style and outfits on Instagram, blogs, and Youtube. Finding bloggers with similar body shape to you can not only inspire your confidence to try new things but also shows you what’s possible for your shape! Nothing’s off-limits – but it’s always great to have a muse you can turn to when you’re stuck for style ideas.
5. Don’t just cover up
Wearing baggy t-shirts and shapeless clothing might cover your lumps and bumps but it also makes you look like you’ve got the body of a sack. Dress for your shape and yes, round is a shape! So wear fitting clothes that flatter you – don’t hide beneath oversized fabrics.
6. Know your fabrics
A polyester tank top that clings to you and causes static shocks will not be as flattering a cotton-elastane mix, which is a stretchy well-fitting material. Understanding the composition of fabrics will help you choose better fitting clothes when shopping online – and in-store. Our fabric guide has got all the answers.
7. Know your silhouette
There are no set rules when it comes to fashion and style, but the science behind why certain shaped clothes flatter different body silhouettes is great to refer to when in doubt. For example, empire line dresses look fabulous on pear-shaped ladies with smaller waists and bigger thighs – but empire lines are to be avoided if you’re apple shaped because the fit around the waist can give off maternity vibes. See our body shape guides here.
8. Accessorise strategically
The power of good accessories is not to be sniffed at. Whether that’s a statement belt, necklace or mega earrings – you can jazz up a basic t-shirt and jeans combo with accessories to create a wow factor.
Our favorite tip is to accessorize high street clothing with high-end bags or shoes – they instantly make your whole outfit appear chic and your look goes from $10 to $1million.
9. Embrace Vintage
Vintage clothing is fabulous on so many levels. From the fact that every item is unique, to the eco-friendly recycling aspect -vintage clothing and accessories can instantly add a wow factor to your outfit. Vintage silhouettes are also very figure flattering for plus size women.
10. When in doubt, wear a wrap dress
The humble wrap dress is a style that fits every body shape and is extremely flattering. The same can’t be said for any other style of dress, but if you have a trusty wrap dress in your wardrobe then you’ll never be short of a go-to outfit.
11. Invest in quality basics
Just like quality underwear, some trusty basics will see you through the best and worst of times. Investing in quality basics are great for a minimalist style, or for those times when you just can’t be bothered. Thick straps on vest tops and non-clinging fabrics will help you to look and feel your best.
12. Try Multiple Sizes
When it comes to dress size, don’t pigeonhole yourself! The size on the label is just a number, it doesn’t mean anything or stand for what you are as a person. You may find a larger or smaller size than you think you are could be a better fit – so always try multiple sizes when you’re out shopping. Free returns for online shopping make this easy to do at home too.
13. Wear that crop top!
Just because you aren’t a size S doesn’t mean you can’t wear crop tops. Just look at Garner style, Gabi Fresh and Simone Mariposa– all these plus size women wear crop tops and ROCK them. If you want to wear a crop top then do – a bit of skin showing can look super cute. If you’re self-conscious but want to wear a crop top, team it with a cool jacket or cardigan – then you can have a peek of skin showing but still feel covered. Confidence is everything.
14. Tailoring is your friend
Never underestimate the power of good tailoring.
The problem with some plus size clothes is that they can sometimes be a bit shapeless, but for less than $20 you can have dresses and jackets nipped in all the right places and to suit your exact body. The result is beautiful fitting clothes that you can feel happy and confident in.
15. Avoid flimsy fabrics
Knowing your fabrics is important, avoiding the bad ones even more so. Cheap fabrics often fade and are flimsy to wear – it’s also bad for the environment to have too many items considered ‘throwaway fashion’.
16. Embrace prints
Prints are a vibrant way of making a style statement and classics like leopard print and polka dots are always coming back in fashion. Wearing larger patterns and prints is said to be more flattering for plus size ladies – but we say, wear what you want!
17. Use color to your advantage
The colors you wear can speak your mood! And as style and dressing is all part of self-expression, think about what you’re portraying with your outfit. Now, remember the color wheel from school, with the complementary opposites? These are the color combinations that work best in style too.
18. Know your measurements
Sometimes, online shopping can be stressful when you’re unsure of which size to buy. That’s why knowing your measurements can be very helpful, as it allows you to shop for fit rather than by size and will result in less returns and a happier you when your clothes arrive!
19. Get your hair done
Your hair really helps to frame your face and adds an extra statement to your look. If you’re feeling low in confidence or have an event coming up, get a blow wave or style your hair in glamorous curls. Making that extra bit of effort with your hair will lift your mood and as we keep saying, confidence is the best accessory!
20. Say it with shoes
The great thing about shoes is that your feet can never have a ‘bloated day’ – so shoes always look and feel great when you wear them! They’re also a great way of adding some personality and flair to your outfit, without going all out. We love textures such as snake print boots with a plain black dress – instant glam.
21. Make your own rules
When it comes to your personal style, the only rules to follow are the ones that you curate and know work for you. You don’t have to follow trends if you don’t like them. Allow your style to be a reflection of your personality and most importantly, feel confident and comfortable in what you’re wearing.
22. Pamper yourself
Making sure you treat yourself with love is one of the best ways to practice self-acceptance and confidence. Love your body by pampering yourself often. Whether that’s getting a massage, nourishing your body with a smoothie or getting a nice pedicure. Looking glowing and polished is always a style winner.
23. Spend time finding good fitting jeans
Having a trusty pair of jeans is a fail-safe outfit win. You can dress jeans up as well as down and so finding a good pair is essential for your wardrobe. Remember to always do the Squat Test when jeans shopping – a good pair won’t reveal your butt and you’ll feel the stretch in them!
24. Check your lighting
Whether you’re trying outfits on in a store or at home, making sure you’re in flattering lighting will allow you to see how well an outfit really looks. Harsh fluorescent light is not advised for anyone of any size, so never judge your body under this kind of lighting. Lots of natural light is best for your clothes and make-up.
If we had to summarise our style tips, here are the nine most important ones! Please share them on Pinterest and on your blog if you want to.