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Dress styles that suit plus size women

Updated on October 9, 2008

What size should I wear?

One of the most important things to consider when selecting what to wear, no matter your size, is that the clothes are actually the correct size. A lot of people wear clothes that are the wrong size, both too large and too small. The whole point of clothing is to flatter your body, not hide it or try to shape it into something it isn't.

Many plus sized women wear clothes that are too big for them in an effort to hide their size. By doing this, they are making themselves look even larger. If your clothing doesn't hang well, you turn from a feminine creature into a barrel or box-shaped thing. I am not saying to wear tight clothes, but fitted clothes in the correct size will make the world of difference.

To make matters worse, a lot of women don't actually know what size they should wear, so it is worth visiting a store with a tailor or someone who can take your measurements and suggest sizes. Of course, it's important to remember that different brands often fit differently so one size in one place may not fit the same elsewhere.

Lenthen the body, slim the torso

The goal of most women is to lengthen their stature and slim the torso. Styles that add length to the leg and torso are definite winners. Jackets should be a bit longer, ending at the top of the legs. Wearing a longer jacket will add balance to a look and support a larger chest. Also, by not tucking your shirt into your trousers, the torso is again being elongated. You really don't want to go with a top that is longer than the top of the leg or mid-butt or else you'll start to create added volume where you don't want it. Trousers should be a bit wider in the leg and have a bit of a flare at the bottom to balance out the top. Lastly, a fitted jacket creates an hourglass shape and draws attention to the waist. You have curves, accentuate them!

V-neck tops, whether sweaters, blouses or button up shirts, are a great way to elongate your neck. If you are busty, you may want to add a lacy camisole to downplay your chest area. If you are uncomfortable wearing multiple layers, this season, two-in-one tops are a key look. They hold an outfit together with multiple necklines creating the illusion of layers. Find the right top that mixes the styles you want. Straight lines such as a deep V or a crisp starched collar can give your appearance a sharp sophisticated edge. Softer lines like a scoop or turtleneck round you out for a smooth comfortable look.

If you would like a more feminine look, an empire top raises the waistline, creating the illusion of length. Its classic shape also accentuates the bust line and is great at concealing a wider mid-section.

Finally, make the most of your legs with styles that elongate the silhouette and show them off. Trendy wide leg pants give the illusion of being taller. For mile-long legs top them off with sexy heels or wedges. Another great way to set off your lovely legs is with a dazzling dress. Chose dresses and skirts that break around the knee and have volume. Fuller cut skirts and dresses that flare away from the body balance out a larger chest area. You can never go wrong with a classic black dress, but for the more daring, eye-catching prints and bold colours will speak volumes about your fashion sense.

Whether you prefer sweet and girly or bold and graphic, make sure these prints and colours work with the rest of your look. Balance a daring print with simple trousers or an understated top with colorful accessories. Remember to consider your physical stature in relation to the size of the print you select. You want it to complement your frame, not overpower it.


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      Kim Morgan Gregory 6 years ago from The Coast of The South Carolina Lowcountry

      Funny you mention this, I have been noticing lightly bit heavier ladies are wearing their dreses and skirts a little shorter. Not too short, but just a little bit above the knee makes them look slimmer.

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      kdupree 6 years ago

      Thanks for this blog.

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      bridgessarah 6 years ago

      It is really important to make sure that prints and colours work with the rest of your look. Combining a daring print with simple trousers or an understated top with colorful accessories is a great idea. This always works great!

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      Sydney 7 years ago

      Nice post. There is a lot of way for us to look beautiful and hot. There are also a wide selections of designs for our comfort. Go ahead and look you will not regret it.

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      Chinese Clothing 8 years ago

      Plus-size should become a fashion soon. Know how to choose a fitable size for self is very important,which can increase your charming and confidence?

      Thanks for the buying tips, I will keep them in my shopping list.

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      Mary@SimplyForties 9 years ago

      Good tips, which are useful for anyone with any body type. No matter our size, a lot of us have trouble with good fit and flattering styles.

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      Carolyn Augustine 9 years ago from The Land of Tractors

      This is a helpful topic for us bigger gals. When I was much smaller and in college, I took a sewing class and had to make a button-up blouse. The instructor was a very experienced seamstress. She taught us how to increase and decrease the size of the pattern to adjust to bust size, small shoulders, and short waists, among other things. I was able to go from a size 8 to a 6, and the clothes fit perfectly. To be a size 6 again. Where's the celery?