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Fundamental style tips for plus-size women

blonde model wearing a tan jacket and black pants

In terms of sizing, fashion is a lot more inclusive than it used to be. That means there are plenty of plus-size clothing options for more full-figured women. Now, ladies like you have your pick of flattering dresses, skinny jeans and plus-size tops to choose from. Here’s how to find outfits that celebrate your beautiful figure:

Fashion tips for plus-size women

Good fashion starts with a few basic rules. It’s kind of like grammar that way; the rules provide guidance that always steers you right. You can break them on occasion, but if you’re ever at a loss for what to do, they’re good to have in your back pocket.

Here are some basic plus-sized fashion tips that will always keep you looking great:

  • Show off your best features. What are you most proud of? Your face? Your curves? Don’t be afraid to flaunt these attributes!
  • Know your body type. Certain styles look gorgeous on women with oval-shaped bodies, while others are just perfect for pear-figured ladies. Learn what looks good on your body type and choose outfits to match. If you don’t know that your figure is, our handy guide and infographic can help!
  • Wear fitting undergarments. The best lingerie positions your breasts, hips and backside so that clothes fall on your body more comfortably. Oversize pieces bunch up under your outfits, while ones that are too small pinch into your body. Use our measuring guide to find what size undergarments fit you best.
  • Take it to a tailor. Sometimes you fall in love with an outfit and just can’t find it in your size. That’s OK! Just buy the size that completely fits around your body – even if its a bit big in some areas – and head to a tailor. He or she will adjust the seams so your new clothes fit everywhere.
These plus-size fashion tips will leave you feeling stylish and confident.

Now the basics are out of the way, but what about shopping for individual pieces like tops and pants? Let’s look at some specific fashion tips for plus-size women that will make shopping a breeze.

blonde model wearing a tan jacket and black pants

Fantastic dress options

“Women of any size can pull off an A-line white dress.”

Dresses are a favorite of all ladies, and women of any size can pull them off. When it comes to finding the best dresses for plus-size women, the sky’s the limit! A plus-size white dress with an A-line cut is great for breezy summer, while the LBD is the quintessential slimming dress.

If you’ve got an hourglass shape, you can really rock a retro-style dress with a fit-and-flare shape. On the other hand, a body-hugging dress shows off your figure the same way celebrities love them.

Apple-shaped women may often struggle with dresses that fit their chest or shoulders but hang shapeless and loose along the rest of their bodies. If this sounds like you, go for one that cinches at the waist or add a wide belt around your midsection. This way, you get the shapely figure without squeezing your upper body.

Learn how to choose the best plus-size dress style for your body type.

Curvy model wearing blue striped dress

Finding your favorite top

Peplum shapes make the best tops for plus-size women. It will enhance your bust and emphasize the proportion between your waist and hips without going overboard on either.

If your chest measurement is wider than your hips and waist, try V-neck tops. Depending on the depth of the cut, these shirts can enhance your bust or elongate your neck, making your upper half look slimmer.

That said, a tunic top is always a great choice for women of any shape! This flowing shirt is always comfortable and won’t squeeze your body in annoying ways.

Boho Top with Jean Skirt

Jeans that are to die for

Full-figured women may think they only have one option when it comes to jeans and bottoms, but in reality, they have a number of choices. The best jeans for plus-size women fit on both the waist and the hips, which can be difficult. In fact, this may require some expert tailoring from someone who knows what they’re doing.

lola control jean

Developing your own plus-size fashion ideas

As said earlier, everything here is a nice guideline, but what’s most important is buying clothes you feel great in. This means it’s perfectly OK to break one of these rules if doing so makes you feel fabulous!

When developing your own fashion style, seek inspiration anywhere and everywhere. Look at your favorite plus-size fashionista blogs for inspiration, or keep track of celebrities to see what’s on trend. When it comes to feeling amazing, nothing can hold you back.

Comments (12)

julie mccowan

Does the jeans run true to size?

Monroe and Main

Hi Julie, Our Fit Team works to deliver all our garments true to size. However, if there happens to be any issues, we will note this on our website on the individual jeans pages. Is there a certain style of jeans you are looking for? We have lots of different options. Shop all our jeans here and keep in touch if you’d like more information by emailing us at


Monroe & Main,

Julie’s comment above reminds me of an issue I’ve had reading product reviews for clothing on this and other sites. Everyone seems to review the fit of a garment in relation to their own body type without describing themselves. So I’ll see reviews for the same item with wildly different descriptions. “Terrible fit! Sending back!” and “Perfect fit! Buying every color!”

Meanwhile, I’m left staring at the picture trying to figure out whether a pair of jeans is going to fit or (more likely in my experience) have super-tight legs and and 6 extra inches in the waist. (I’m actually encouraged by one star reviews that say “terrible fit – much too small in the waist and baggy thighs.” )

I guess what I’m saying is, I’d love to see a blog post on how to write a good, helpful review. We’re all in this together, right?

Lillian Schaeffer

These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to use your clothing to highlight your favorite feature. I’m a little bit bigger, and sometimes that makes me insecure, but I’ve been trying to see the beauty in myself. I really love my legs, so I’ll definitely try to find stylish clothes that make them stand out more. Thanks for the great post!

Monroe and Main

Thanks so much for commenting, Lillian! Glad you liked the article 🙂

Sweety Kaur

Great photos and Information! I don’t think we need to change our selves if we are fatter. I am happy the way I am. This is the inner feelings if you think that you are beautiful then the world will see you through those eyes.
I must thank Calae from where I purchased dresses. You should check out its website as they have all plus size dresses, outwear, workwear and many more. I love shopping from this site.

Monroe & Main

Hello, Thank you for the comment. We hope you continue to find our blog useful!

esther musombwa

I like your shoes.

Monroe & Main

Hello, Thank you for the feedback! We are glad to hear it. We hope you find some you like on our website.

Rahul Sharma

Really such a great blog on Plus Size and Maternity Fashion.Its really very fashionable and adorable clothes
for maternity. Thanks for sharing such kind of blogs.

Monroe & Main

Hello, Thanks for the compliment! We’ll keep working on bringing you more helpful information.

Purva Jain

I really like your Blog. The Fashion Tips on plus size are really helpful so, now I can flunt myself in better way.
Keep sharing….!!!!

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Published on Jan 10 2018

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