A highly positive development in the fashion world, the body positivity and plus-size inclusive movements have been accelerating in its impact for the past few seasons. In India, and globally, many recent collections have ushered in an era of size-diversity. With so many conversations turning into discussions on self-love and self-acceptance, the fashion industry has certainly taken note. Today, there are many affordable brands from H&M to Indian fashion hubs like Westside, who carry plus size dresses and designs for curvy women.
All signs point towards a future where size is just a number. However, it is important to note that plus size clothing is a fashion movement still in its nascent stage. Shopping as a plus size woman can be hard - and putting together an effective wardrobe that is synergic in aesthetic and style can be even harder, as there are meager options for bigger sizes in the market when compared to standard ones.
We would love to contribute to this transformative era in the realm of fashion representation, with a roundup of sophisticated plus-size outfit ideas that will help every plus sized girl curate a stunning and well thought out wardrobe. Let’s dive in!
A durable and classic spin to a regular shirt, denim shirts are in style this season. Be it a light regular washed-out blue or a statement jewel toned denim shirt, these are available in abundance and look great for any occasion - be it a casual brunch with friends or an upbeat workday.
Pro tip: Go for a more straight or boxy silhouette when picking your denim shirt and don’t be afraid to go a bit oversized with this one. It’s sure to give your plus size outfit a chic and effortless look.
Denim is so popular around the world due to its versatility, inclusivity and limitless styling potential. Another fabulous denim item you can curate for your plus sized wardrobe is a denim skirt. A denim skirt is as cozy as a pair of jeans, but its aesthetic will give your outfit a more elevated and fashion-forward appeal.
Pro tip: Do not go for denim skirts in thin and flimsy fabrics (that only look like denim) and frumpy, flared styles. Opt for a good fit, that features strategic slits and you will look sharp & put-together at any size. A good fit is everything when it comes to plus size clothing.
A maxi dress is every plus size girl’s favorite go-to outfit. Comfortable, fluid, and filled with bohemian charm, these type of plus size dresses are stunning options for any season.
Pro tip: A great way to avoid looking like you are wearing a night-dress when you opt for this outfit idea, is to ensure its the right length (slightly below the ankle), style it with heels and go for plus size dresses with high-quality fabrics like lace, wool-blends, satin, chiffon, tulle, or georgette.
Add a bit of rock ‘n‘ roll glamour to your closet with a classic leather jacket. If you avoid leather, you can go for a faux-leather or PVC based womens jackets instead - they look just as stunning & are cruelty-free.
Pro tip: Do what works best for your body shape regardless of the ‘trends’ when wearing plus size clothing. If you have a straighter figure, opt for slim-fit, lengthier womens jackets. If you are curvier waist down and relatively smaller on top (pear shape) then go for a length and style that cuts off a little above your hip level to give your figure flattering and well-balanced shape.
Ah, the pretty charm of a pleated skirt! Modish & retro in its appeal, a softly pleated skirt can be a game-changer for any plus sized wardrobe. Flared and chic, it gives any figure a great shape when styled with the right separates.
Pro tip: Do not leave your topwear untucked for this style, unless it is cinched at the waist in some fashion. The silhouette works wonders for plus sized women when worn in an hourglass format.
Sweatshirts, hot chocolate and Netflix - that’s the mood we’re looking forward to as winter approaches! The most sensible and comfy option for lounging around as you WFH and social distance this year, a sweatshirt is an absolute must-have for any woman’s wardrobe.
Pro tip: Go hyper oversized with a sweatshirt - after all, the cozier the better, right?
A long sleeve dress is a great formal wear choice for plus sized women. With a wide variety of chic plus size dresses available in this category, these will have you putting your best foot forward at all times and are a plus-size wardrobe essential.
Pro tip: Avoid printed fabrics at all costs when going for this outfit option & choose long sleeve plus size dresses in beautiful solid colors that flatter your skin’s undertones to look elegant.
Jumpsuits are a fan-favorite, but they’re really hard to shop for in plus sizes. The pattern and fit of a jumpsuit is complicated to achieve even in standard sizes and hence it's very important to pick the right silhouette when buying one.
Pro tip: Always choose a jumpsuit with a higher waistline for plus sizes, as they tend to give a more flattering shape to your figure.
What’s not to love about a printed jacket? Printed womens jackets can tell stories like no other & you can choose one to match your personal sensibilities - be it exuberant or simple.
Pro tip: Shoulder points are very important when you pick a jacket in the plus sized category. Ensure that the shoulder-sleeve seam is not droopy and avoid looking frumpy in your outerwear with ease.
You can always say something special with a graphic t-shirt. Be it your pop-culture preferences, your personal aesthetic or a mantra that you live by - a graphic t-shirt is for everyone and the options are plenty!
Pro tip: Try not to always size-up when you buy a t-shirt. A well-fitting t-shirt will ensure that you wear it with many more looks and #OOTD combinations. If you wear an xxxl t shirt size, don't go for a 4xl or a 5xl every time, keep to your size.
It’s the perfect season for a cardigan! A great alternative to restrictive womens jackets like blazers, a cardigan is as sophisticated as it gets & can work very well when paired with workwear.
Pro tip: Go for loose cardigans that have a mid-thigh length or below for a flattering take on this look.
Nothing spells ‘boss-lady’ like a pantsuit. A must-have option for every woman, plus-size or not, this is one outfit idea that will have you looking well-coordinated and sharper than ever.
Pro tip: Fit is everything when it comes to a pantsuit - do not size up or down & ensure you take proper body measurements when picking your set. Also, go for a high-waist option for the pants and ensure that the jacket fits well on the shoulder areas for a sharper appeal.
An easy, practical and relaxed option for plus sizes, oversized shirts are fundamental when curating a complete wardrobe. One of the more commonly available styles in plus sizes, these are all you need for stylish everyday outfit pairings.
Pro tip: Belt your oversize outfits up to give it a new & unique look. This will give you a flattering shape & make your oversize shirt more versatile.
Styling an outfit for plus size does not mean wearing tent-like fits and learning how to ‘hide’ so-called ‘problem areas’. Why? Because all bodies are beautiful and everyone deserves to wear what makes them happy. After all, what we wear is a very substantive part of our lives, and fashion is all about expressing our inner selves.
So fret not & do your thing like the plus sized queen you most certainly are. We hope these plus size outfit ideas will help you create the best wardrobe ever!