Finding stylish casual or occasion wear can be an epic struggle when you are a plus size. Styles can be either too old fashioned or shabby. Celebrities such as Adele or Melissa McCarthy show that you can be full figured and beautiful. There is no reason why you should not look your best.
Some labels offer stylish and flattering styles for plus size women. Combine them with clever styling tricks and you can really look the part for casual, work, or special occasions. Whether you are a size 16 or 22, here some great style solutions to help you look your best and embrace your shape with confidence.
Get your foundations right. Good underwear is key. I always recommend getting the best bra you can afford and getting fitted. Specialist shops offer complimentary bra fitting. A good bra will give the illusion of a slimmer waist. To avoid any extra bulk on your midsection go for panties that go high up to the belly button with a control panel that will help smooth any lumps or bulk.
An open or wide neckline is the most elegant and flattering style for you: a V-neck, cowl neck, sweetheart or scoop neck will elongate your torso, flatter a full bust, and draw the eye to your face. Accessorise it with a necklace or earrings.
If you are a diamond shape, an empire line style dress (shaped just below the bustline ) is the most figure flattering style. Frank Lyman has a stunning royal blue dress. The elegant ruffles on the bottom half cleverly camouflage your mid-section or hips while enhancing your neckline and lower legs. Pair it with a neckpiece and high heels for a glamorous spring look.
Dressing for smart casual is often challenging when you are full figured. Colour blocking is a great way to be on trend, stylish, and really compliment your figure. Colour blocking breaks up the width of the body, making it appear smaller and leaner. Verpass is a great label for smart casual wear and Nestor’s boutique has this cool colour blocking ensemble that can be worn for the office or for more casual occasions.
Patterns are a great way to make an outfit fun and flattering. Monsoon has a gorgeous tribal inspired wrap dress available in sizes up to 22 and it is also budget friendly. Team it with red wedges sandals and a light jacket.
Clever ruching, draping on the midsection, will conceal your midsection. If you want to balance full hips, use details on your shoulder line such as sequins, epaulettes, or puff sleeves. To conceal a large bottom stick to thicker, preferably lined, fabrics, but remember bulky material will add bulk so go for lightweight material.
Accessories are your best friends and you should use them to update your look and draw the attention to your best features with coloured shoes, earrings, neckpieces, or bags. A long neckpiece worn over a tunic dress will lengthen your figure.