Do’s and Don’ts of Plus Size Fashion

Being a woman on the plus side, I’ve learned a lot when it comes to dressing my body type. This includes things that are flattering on a plus-size body, best outfits on plus-size ladies, style ideas, what to wear, and what not to wear. If you’re looking for plus-size style dressing tips, these are some of my do’s and don’ts of plus-size fashion.

I want to start off by saying that everyone has their own unique sense of style. Fashion and style are all about looking and feeling confident in whatever you wear. These are the plus-size fashion tips I like to follow for my own style, and these looks are more flattering on me and my body type. If you need a little help on what and how to wear clothes, feel free to take some, all, or none of these tips when picking out an outfit.

Wear the Right Undergarments

Think of your undergarments being the foundation of your outfit. Have the right fitting bra and underwear can make a huge difference in how you look and feel. If you have tight bras with smaller straps, they almost dig into your skin in an uncomfortable way. When it comes to bras, find a bra that fits you, gives you a lot of support, and go for wider straps. This will also prevent bulges in your back area.

If wearing granny panties is wrong, then I don’t want to be right. Find something that is comfortable and high-waisted to give your stomach a bit more support. If you have an apple-shaped body and want a little more of a tight midsection, you put on shapewear to give your body more shape. I’m not saying you need to wear Spanx every single day because you do NOT need it. Use it for special occasions because you want to, not because you need to.


This is key when it comes to putting outfits together. You do not want to wear an oversized t-shirt with baggy pants. This whole look will make you appear larger and will just swallow your entire body up. Same goes the other way around. Don’t wear something so tight that you end up feeling uncomfortable to walk around in.

If you have a loose top, pair with a tighter fitting bottom such as these Spanx faux leather leggings or skinny jeans (Gen Z can suck it). If you have on something that’s a bit tighter on top, pair it with a flowy skirt or a loose pair of pants. You can also throw on a loose layer on tops like a comfy cardigan or vest.

Do's and Don'ts of Plus Size Fashion

Stick with Solids

This is totally a personal opinion, but I tend to gravitate towards solids rather then printed. I do have a couple exceptions, such as polkadots, stripes, and the occasional flannel. I find that some of the crazier patterns can make some clothes look cheap, and solids are much easier to style.

Fabric and Fitting

This goes back to balance. Don’t try to cover and hide your body with oversized clothes. You’ll end up losing your curves and shapes with oversized clothes. Wearing very tight clothes may make you feel uncomfortable. And when you feel uncomfortable, you’ll look uncomfortable. Speaking of uncomforable, fabrics is also important. Wear fabrics that flow and drape your body rather than cling onto it.

Final Tips

I’m always looking for clothes that have unique cuts and shapes to give my body more shape. You can find dresses that have extra fabric around the hip area to give your body a curvier look. Necklines also make a difference. Off the shoulder, wide necklines can give you a wider look. Instead, opt for v-necks and wrap dresses.

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