What Clothes are Flattering for Plus Size?

What Clothes are Flattering for Plus Size? - White & Co Living

As more and more brands embrace extended sizes, the options for beautiful clothes to fit and flatter your curves just keep getting better and better! However, knowing which fits and cuts work best can sometimes be daunting. We want to make filling your wardrobe with beautiful flattering clothes as easy as possible! We know that when you have beautiful, flattering plus size clothes that make you feel amazing you are always going to look your best.

Dresses That Flatter

Wearing a dress is the simplest and easiest way to look stylish and instantly chic. Whatever your day entails there is a dress style to suit what you need. No matter what the occasion, when choosing a dress silhouette look for styles that create shape and balance your proportions. Want to know more about choosing a dress to fit and flatter your shape? Read our in-depth article Most Flattering Plus Size Dresses.


Midi Dresses

The length of the moment, the midi dress is a fabulous silhouette for curves. With a length that hits around mid-shin, these flattering styles are versatile and practical. To avoid looking overwhelmed, opt for styles that have some structure to their silhouette. Look for dresses that have a wrap design, empire waistline (sits above the natural waist), or an adjustable waist tie. Balance the length of the dress by showing off your décolletage with a v neckline, wrap or key-hole feature.

A-Line Skirts & Dresses

There is a reason that the A-line silhouette is a classic and never goes out of style. Universally flattering and narrower at the top than at the hem, this silhouette is perfect for defining your curves without drawing attention to your mid-section or thighs. A-line silhouettes are most flattering when the narrowest point is visible, so opt for dresses with an empire line or that cinch the natural waist. When choosing an A-line skirt, define your waist by tucking your top in. Not confident with a full tuck? Try a half tuck or tuck to the side to create the same illusion.

Wrap Dresses

Whether you opt for a full wrap style cinched at the waist or a dress that has a wrap bodice, these stunning plus size dresses are perfect for showing off your curvaceous figure. This silhouette is known for its flattering nature, which is perfect for highlighting your waist or creating the illusion of a waist. Available in a variety of lengths, the warp dress is a classic and timeless silhouette.

Empire Dresses

Cinched under the bust, an empire-line dress doesn’t rely on you having a natural waist to create shape. Showing off your fuller bust, these styles are perfect for creating a longline silhouette that flows over the lower part of your body.

Pants & Skirts Alternatives

Having a selection of skirts and pants that you can mix and match back with all your favourite tops is going to make getting dressed a breeze! Versatility and comfort are always key and styles that create balance in your proportions are a must. When shopping for plus size pants and skirts, look for the following styles that are sure to flatter your curves.

Dark Wash Jeans

Finding plus size jeans that fit just right can be like finding a needle in a haystack! A sure-fire tip for choosing flattering denim is to opt for a dark wash. Choosing a dark wash has a lengthening and smoothing effect. Choosing a slim straight or straight leg cut is a modern, on-trend way to add balance to the proportions of your lower half.

To see more Plus Size Jeans, check out our round up of the 30 Best Jeans for Women for 2022.

Pencil Skirts

A pencil skirt, such as the Plus Size Ruche Skirt from PQ Collection or the Alicia Midi Skirt from Betty Basics, is a flattering and versatile wardrobe staple. Crafted from stretch fabric so they are comfortable and easy to move in all day long, these figure-hugging designs show off your curves and are a great option for your next calendar event. In summer pair yours with a high-low top and sandals and in winter pair with a jumper and boots for stylish everyday looks.


Flattering Tops

Building outfits that you will feel your best in will be easy when you have a wardrobe of flattering plus size tops, shirts, jumpers, and knitwear to pair back with your pants and skirts. Not sure where to start? Look for styles with these features that are sure to flatter your figure.

V-Neckline or Scoop Neckline

Tops that have V-neck, scoop, or wide crew necklines are sure to flatter. Designs with wrap fronts and keyhole features offer the same figure flattering effect.

Curved Hem

Curved hemlines are ultra-flattering as they draw the eyeline down, creating the look of a longline silhouette. Pair them with straight-leg jeans or slim pants to balance the length of the top and create a chic, everyday look.


The Finishing Touches

Your outerwear choice is the piece that can tie your outfit together and set the tone of your look. Want to dress up jeans and a T-shirt? Add a blazer to elevate your look. Alternatively, add a denim jacket to a dress to keep your look cool and casual. Having these essentials will create versatility in your wardrobe.

Longline Cardigans

Perfect for creating a streamlined look, a longline cardigan is your cool-weather wardrobe bestie! Layered over dresses or worn over separates, this stylish outerwear piece is perfect for giving your look an overall smooth appearance.

Love longline cardigans? Discover more with our blog How to Wear and Style Longline Cardigans.

Tailored Pieces

Blazers and soft, tailored jackets are a sophisticated plus-size outwear option. Longline boyfriend-style blazers will lengthen your silhouette, while more structured classic blazers will define your curves. Ideal for elevating a casual look or throwing over a dress for work or events, a blazer is a must-have all year round.

Denim Jacket

An off-duty wardrobe essential, the plus-size denim jacket is the perfect trans-seasonal layering piece. We love styles that are crafted from stretch denim and can be worn comfortably all day. Ideal to through on with your lounge pants and tee, a versatile denim jacket also looks great over dresses or skirts.

Dressing For Events

RSVP'd yes? What to wear is the next big question! No matter what the event, you will want to feel and look your best. Look for silhouettes that you know you love to wear and then opt for floaty fabrics in stunning colours and striking prints to elevate your look.

What Colours Look Good on Plus Size Women?

Wearing clothes that suit your colourings and that you love to wear can be the most flattering wardrobe option. Think glowing skin and bright eyes because the colour you are wearing makes them pop! While black has a place in everyone’s wardrobe, don’t shy away from colour or a fabulous print.

Top Style Tips for Plus Size Women

  1. Balance your proportions and highlight what you like about your figure
  2. Wear clothes that make you feel comfortable
  3. Build your outfit one piece at a time
  4. Be true to your personal style and wear clothes that you love
  5. Don't shy away from colours and prints

With these fail-safe tips for clothes that will fit and flatter your curves it’s time to shop confidently for wardrobe pieces that will make you feel amazing.


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