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Flattering style tips for plus-size women

In terms of sizing, there are plenty of plus-size clothing and accessory options for larger sizes and more full-figured women. Now, you have your pick of flattering dresses, skinny jeans, and plus-size tops to choose from, as well as jewelry, footwear, and other accents to enhance your look. So let’s look at how to find complete outfits that celebrate your beautiful figure.

two plus-sized models wearing long sleeve black dresses.

fashion tips for plus-size women

Good fashion starts with a few basic rules. Just like grammar, you can break rules on occasion, but if you’re 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 it’s a bit big in some areas – and head to a tailor. They can adjust the seams so your new clothes fit everywhere.

These plus-size fashion tips will leave you feeling stylish and confident.

Now let’s look at some specific tips for tops, pants, and more for plus-size women that will make shopping a breeze.

Plus size model wearing an orange floral blouse with jeans and brown booties.

dress tips for plus sizes

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 (“little black dress”) is the quintessential slimming dress.

An A-line dress is a universally flattering choice for plus-size women, featuring a classic silhouette that beautifully complements curves. It conceals areas of concern while highlighting the waist and offers comfort, making it suitable for various occasions. Whether for everyday wear or special events, the A-line dress empowers plus-size women to feel confident and stylish.

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

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plus size model wearing a navy velvet dress with silver metallic pumps

An empire waist top is considered by many to be the most flattering style on any body. This style has a raised waistline that starts right under the bust. This creates shape, it camouflages the tummy, and elongates the legs. You can’t go wrong!

If you’ve got an hourglass shape, you can really rock a retro-style dress with a fit-and-flare shape. It starts with a fitted bodice and then flows gently away from the body when it hits the waistline or slightly above. Look for some princess seaming to help enhance your hourglass shape and add a little va-va-voom. 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.

plus size model wearing a floral blue dress with boots.

most flattering tops for plus size

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, A-line shirt falls a little looser over the hips,  is always comfortable and won’t squeeze your body in annoying ways.

Plus size model with a white long-sleeve blouse with jeans and a red beaded necklace.

best jean styles for plus size

Full-figured women may think they only have one option when it comes to jeans and bottoms. In reality, they have a number of choices. Finding the perfect pair of jeans for plus-size women is all about enhancing curves while feeling confident and comfortable.

There are several flattering styles to consider: Bootcut jeans offer a balanced silhouette, straight-leg jeans create a sleek, versatile look, and high-waisted jeans provide tummy control and definition. Wide-leg jeans are great for curvier figures, offering both style and comfort. Boyfriend jeans bring a relaxed, casual vibe, while skinny jeans can work with stretch for a slimming effect. Don’t forget about distressed jeans for a touch of edginess.

The key is to find jeans that make you feel your best, embracing your curves and unique style with confidence. Of course, the best jeans for plus-size women fit on both the waist and the hips, which can be difficult. So, this may require tailoring from someone who knows what they’re doing.

make your own plus-size fashion ideas!

What’s most important is buying clothes you feel great in. 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. Often, you’ll notice what other women do to enhance their look with unique accents . . .

Complete plus size outfit with accessories

accessories to enhance full-figure body types

Don’t forget about a wide range of accessories! These quick tips will give you insights into choosing all the extra touches that enhance your balanced look and also help to slim your silhouette. When you select strategic accessories, you further accentuate your beautiful, full-figured shape!

jewelry: the subtle way to contour your curvy fashion

Select accessories proportionate to your body size, such as an oversized necklace for a large bust or upper body. If you’re worried about too much attention on the upper half of your body, choose subtle jewelry accessories in gold or silver.

Gold earrings for plus size outfit

Jewelry doesn’t have to simply blend in. The right choices can actually make you look leaner. When selecting earrings, opt for long, dangling pieces. The straight line down your ear will make your neck look longer.

fashion help from handbags

For plus-size fashion enthusiasts, the right handbag is a powerful accessory that can add style and sophistication to any ensemble, whether you’re in a chic cocktail dress or a comfortable maxi dress. While it’s essential for handbags to be proportionate with your body, full-figured women need not shy away from oversized options. Opt for fashion purses or hobo bags instead of overly casual totes or beach bags to maintain an elegant look.

black, stone, and mustard-colored tassel purse

Beyond aesthetics, handbags offer practicality with multiple compartments and even weight distribution in crossbody bags. Embrace the right handbag, and you’ll not only accessorize your fashion but also boost your confidence and celebrate your unique beauty with flair.

figure-finessing shoes

Choosing the perfect dress shoes can be a game-changer in plus-size fashion. For those seeking to enhance their figure, striking heels offer an instant height boost and the illusion of a leaner silhouette. Open-toe or slingback styles are ideal for women with curvier calves or ankles, creating a longer visual leg line. However, if heels aren’t your preference, pointed-toe flats are a chic and comfortable alternative. Their sharp shape creates a slimming effect, making you appear taller and leaner.

Leopard, silver metallic, white patent, and black Classique pump.

Ultimately, the key is to prioritize comfort and confidence in your footwear choice, whether you opt for heels or flats, and to experiment with different styles to find what resonates with your personal fashion and empowers you to embrace your unique beauty with flair.

elevate your plus size fashion with legwear

For plus-size women, mastering the art of legwear layering can transform your fashion game. Classic black or grey tights are versatile essentials, offering both coverage and a slimming effect, making them ideal for those with wider hip measurements or anyone looking for extra confidence when baring their legs in summer. These timeless colors adapt effortlessly to various dress styles, allowing for year-round wear.

athleisure leggings

Legwear, beyond its practicality, adds an elegant touch to your outfit, contouring your silhouette and boosting your confidence. Plus, with options like textured or colored tights, you can add a dash of personal flair to your look. Embrace the versatility, confidence boost, and season-spanning appeal of legwear, and you’ll effortlessly elevate your plus-size fashion game, celebrating your unique beauty with style and confidence.

So, confidently rock the legwear layer and step into any season with panache!

full-figure shapewear: raise your confidence and style

In the realm of plus-size fashion, the inclusion of shapewear can be transformative. Opting for shapewear in a slimming color like black not only creates the illusion of a longer, leaner body but also offers a comfortable, undetectable solution for enhancing your curves.

This versatile fashion tool seamlessly complements a variety of dress styles, from form-fitting sheaths to flowing maxi dresses, ensuring a polished look without any telltale lines or bulges. Shapewear’s ability to provide full-body toning from bust to thighs and beyond empowers you to confidently step into any outfit, enhancing your confidence and style as you radiate beauty and grace throughout the seasons.

Various styles of body briefers adn shapewear

Share in the comments below which plus-size fashion tip you’re going to try!

Comments (16)

Good tips, great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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Really such a great blog on Plus Size and Maternity Fashion.Its really very fashionable and adorable clothes
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Hello, Thanks for the compliment! We’ll keep working on bringing you more helpful information.

I like your shoes.

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

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

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!

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

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?

Does the jeans run true to size?

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 socialmm@monroeandmain.com.

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