7 Fashion Essentials for the Plus-Size Woman

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We know what it feels like to be the big girl in a skinny world. But, now is not the time to fret about those curves; it is about embracing them and dressing up fabulously. So, don’t let your size restrict your outfit options. We’ve compiled a list of 7 plus-size fashion clothing items that are a must have in your closet if you are size 12 or more. Read on and check if you are missing any.

Pencil Skirt

There are dozens of skirt styles out there, but the pencil skirt is the most flattering for a full figure. It hugs your curves making them look fabulous. A decent black skirt or a neutral shade can be paired with a range of items in your wardrobe. For women who have a heavier bottom, skip the pencil skirt and go instead for an A-line silhouette.

If you like a vintage touch to your plus-size wardrobe, think of the high-waist pencil skirt, but skip it if you are wider across the middle. As far as length is concerned, it should hit mid-calf or at the knee.

Create the look: A knee length skirt (black, grey or navy blue), white honeycomb shirt, matching pumps and bold sparkly accessories.


Peplum Top

If you are thinking tops to team with your jeans, trousers and skirts, you won’t go wrong with a peplum and pencil skirt. It’s cinched at the waist and flares at the bottom; that’s good coverage for bigger hips. As a tip, choose a peplum top in smooth, flowing fabrics. Heavier fabrics add more bulk to an already heavy frame.

Create the look: Pair a blue plus size peplum top with white pants, ochre handbag, flats and some crystal jewelry to complete the look.  



Tunic tops are best suited for an apple shaped body as they are widest in the middle. Their slightly loose cut helps conceal the bulk in the middle. Tunic tops paired with skinny jeans, leggings or slim pants are a fabulous plus size outfit idea.

Create the look: A printed tunic top paired with leggings or skinny jeans, pointed-toe heeled boots and a scarf to go around your neck. Just make sure the tunic is not too long; it should not hit below your rear.


A-line dress

Your closet must be stocked with at least a dozen A-line dresses for all the party nights. The fit and flare dress aka the A-line silhouette makes perfect sense for an hourglass and pear frame. It is fitted at the high waist, highlighting the slimmest part of your body and flares out concealing a heavy bottom.

Create the look: Wear a short (not below the knees) or long A-line dress with a V-neck. V-necks elongate the neckline and make the bust appear smaller. Accessorize your look with chunky jewelry and a matching clutch. Add height with heels.


Fitted blazer/ Denim/ Leather Jacket

Thinking of layering? You have three options – a fitted blazer, denim jacket or a leather jacket. However, it can be hard to find a perfectly tailored jacket in the plus size clothing range.

Create the look:

  • Formal: Wear a pair of black slacks, white button down shirt/ feminine silk blouse, black blazer and high-heeled pumps. You can wear this look to work.
  • Informal: Wear a flannel shirt, black skinny jeans, lace up boots and throw over a denim jacket.


Wide Belt 

Plus-size women could either have a pear, hourglass, rectangular, or apple shaped body. Thus, if some have a bigger bust, others a wide midsection while few have broad shoulders and a heavy bottom. Hence, you will notice that plus size clothing has a more loose form, bordering on shapeless.

A belt comes to your rescue here. You can use a belt to shape up a shapeless outfit. A colored or jewel encrusted belt also adds a stylish edge to your plus size outfit.

Create the look: Pair a 3 inch wide belt over a short summery dress. As an alternative wear it with a long loose cardigan.



This one has been a hotly debated plus size clothing item. Should it be the skinny fit or the boot cut? As a matter of fact, plus size women can wear both. The only condition is whatever cut you get it should be the right size. It should fit you perfectly. Dark washes really flatter full figures as they cover up the flaws.

Create the look:

  • Skinny fit: Dark wash, skinny fit jeans, paired with a belted dressy to, a light cardigan and calf length boots.
  • Boot cut: Boot cut jeans, tunic tops, flats/heeled, ankle boots. You can choose to warp a scarf around your neck.



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