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Tips to Find out the Best Plus Size Clothes

Updated on September 14, 2021
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Plus Size Fashion Industry

Every woman wishes to have a wardrobe filled with body-flattering garments which will feel like second skin while hiking up her confidence meter. The plus sized fashion industry had been ignored by fashion moguls for quite some time.

However, body positive propaganda carried out by global models have made designers sit up and take notice of this emerging market. Here, we have broken down plus sized body into four sub-types for discussing about expert dressing tips which can flatter your specific body shape.

Inverted triangle body shape

Ladies having this particular body shape have broad shoulders and an upper torso which tapers down towards the hips. This makes their upper body seem heavier in comparison to the lower segment. Inverted triangle shaped plus sized ladies are not very prone to gain more weight and have comparatively lean legs, hips and rear shape. This makes the V-shape much more pronounced.

The plus size work clothes of ladies having this body shape should be such that it draws attention away from their upper torso to strike harmony with their leaner lower half. Women can thus look for V-necks and wrap around tops which will shift the attention downwards. Fit-and-flare-dresses, wide-leg pants and A-line skirts can flatter the body shape of these ladies by filling out their lower half.

While deciding on their choice of jeans, the inverted triangle shaped plus sized ladies should look for the ones which slightly taper to the knees and slowly flare towards the bottom. It is advisable to wear darker coloured tops and bolder hued bottoms for drawing attention towards the lower half.

Capri and slim-cut pants should be avoided at all cost as they tend to make your legs seem extremely small in comparison to your bulkier torso. Wide boat neck and crew neck collars can further accentuate your broad shoulders in a way similar to oversized collars, embellishments and lapels.

Plus sized women having an inverted triangle body shape look best in a solid coloured tunic when worn with wide-leg pants. The columnar cut of tunics tends to tone down the angles for camouflaging your broad areas. Wider pants also draw in balance to your structure and look exceptionally good when worn with a pendant necklace which redirects attention away from your shoulders.

Apple body shape

Plus sized ladies having an apple shaped body carry around a major part of their body weight around the top half especially around the waist. This causes them to have a round appearance consisting of a larger bust and wide rib cage. However, their arms and legs tend to be comparatively slender.

These ladies should try and focus attention towards their midsection by opting for V-necklines which can create the illusion of a smaller waist and longer torso. While choosing jackets, you need to opt for the A-line styles having princess seams tapering down at the hip region. This can impart greater definition to your waistline.

A-liner dresses and knee-length skirts can also widen your silhouette. However, you need to minimize bumps or lumps so that the ultimate look doesn’t come off as too exaggerated. Straight-leg or boot-cut pants can also serve as your ultimate go to garment as the subtle addition of volume at the bottom portion rightly balances off your bulky top portion.

It is also advisable to opt for vertical patterns as that can create an illusion of elongating your torso to draw attention away from your middle portion. Geometric prints can also efficiently camouflage the midsection by keeping the eye engaged. Solid coloured pieces can help in breaking up your torso along with simple details in the form of a layering piece or button.

Plus sized ladies having this specific body shape should avoid oversized or extremely tight garments as that can draw unwanted attention towards their tummy. You also need to be extra cautious about flashing your killer legs to de-emphasize the waist. Extremely slim-cut pants can create an adverse effect of making the upper part of the body seem fuller.

Fussy details like pockets and pleats should also be avoided near the fullest areas as they will just add to the bulk by drawing attention towards the same. While high-cut necklines are infamous for bringing your upper half into focus, pencil skirts can showcase your disproportionately leaner lower half.

You can add definition to your curvy figure by opting for a wrap dress and teaming it up with a wedge or platform shoe. The criss-cross V formation of the wrap dress can render a flattering shape to your apple shaped torso.

Pear body shape

Pear-shaped women have a tendency of gaining weight in the lower part of their body which ultimately leads to heavy upper thighs and fuller hips. They have a clearly defined waist and their shoulders are comparatively narrower than their hips. The bust portion of these ladies usually ranges from average to small which is why it is important to create a proportional silhouette by accentuating the waistline.

You can shop for plus size business attire for women which will strike the right balance between your top and bottom segments. Structured jackets having light shoulder padding, top with ballet, boat or square necklines and short jackets tapering down at the waist can serve as your go-to garments.

Asymmetric hemlines, empire waistlines, fit-and-flare dresses and A-line skirts also look flattering when sported by pear-shaped plus-sized ladies. These garments can be teamed up with full-leg or boot-cut pants as well as jeans as they skim over the heaviest regions. It is also advisable to wear lighter color tops and darker color bottoms for creating an illusion of a leaner hip region.

Skinny pants or slim-cut needs to be avoided at all cost as they will further accentuate the disproportion. The same also holds true in the case of snug-fitting skirts having embellishments or pockets around the hip area.

Jumpsuits can definitely be termed as the safest dress option for pear shaped ladies belonging to the plus sized category. The flowing fabric of a jumpsuit can be belted for defining your waist. It is best to opt for monochromatic jumpsuits and layer it up with a contrast blazer for that office-ready look. You can finish you look with an interesting collar necklace which will shift the attention towards the upward area.

Hourglass body shape

Ladies blessed with a hourglass frame have fuller hips, bust and a clearly defined waistline which makes them look flattering in a diverse array of garment choices. Their weight gets evenly distributed between the lower and upper half which is why they should select plus size work clothes which de-emphasize their trouble spots.

Streamlined silhouettes can flatter your body shape provided you don’t overdo the same. Wrap styles and peplum shaped jackets look exceptionally good on plus sized ladies having an hourglass figure as it follows their natural lines.

High-waisted belts and skirts can also beautifully accentuate your midsection. This is why hourglass shaped ladies are advised to wear pencil skirt having strategic seaming. Body-skimming boot-cut, slim-cut and straight-leg styles of mid-rise jeans and pants can also reveal the envious shape of hourglass ladies.

Oversized cuts should be avoided at all cost as they tend to hide your god-gifted curves. Frills and ruffles around the bust area should also be avoided as they tend to add unnecessary volume. Capri and cropped pants can make your lower leg and thigh look wider whereas low-waisted full skirts worn with belts can meddle with your natural proportions.

An Empire-waisted dress with a ruched cut can flatter and contour your shape. This body-loving silhouette can beautifully show off the sexy curves around your hip region so that you emerge as the star of every gathering.


At the end of the day, you should feel confident in your skin and have fun while dressing up. If you feel happy from inside, then the same is going to radiate in your persona as you get ready to take on the world with your effervescent charm.


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