Every woman deserves to look and feel amazing, confident and beautiful.
Regardless of size or shape, we are firm believers in dressing your best and choosing outfits that truly complement your assets. Thankfully, plus-size fashion has come a long way since its (once ghastly) days of baggy t-shirts and terribly designed ensembles. Gone are the days of limited options – in 2022, more and more brands are catering to a variety of diverse body types, with hundreds of drop dead gorgeous outfits now available to the masses both online and in-store.
To celebrate the amazing world of the big and beautiful, we’re here to look at 6 plus size fashion trends that have stood the test of time. If you’re ready to look your Sunday best, simply keep on reading to find out more!
1. The Cult Of Dark Denim
If there is one plus size fashion trend that is guaranteed to still be around till kingdom come, it has to be dark denim. Regardless of your size, blue jeans can be somewhat of an intimidating thing. Finding the right cut, fit, style and colour can be a somewhat daunting task that leaves you feeling more ‘blah’ than ‘beautiful. Thankfully, you can’t go wrong with a quality pair of dark wash jeans. It is no secret that darker colours help to shape the body, and opting for a comfortable pair of stretchy dark denim jeans is a great way to look your best without having to compromise on comfort.
If you have a pear shaped body, opting for jeans with a wider flare at the bottom is a great way to offset the hips to create a more balanced silhouette. If you’re really looking to turn heads, don’t forget to pair your jeans with a quality set of plus sized shapewear that will help to smooth things out beautifully.
2. One Blazer To Rule Them All
Blazers take top place in our list of favourite plus size fashion must-haves. A classy blazer can be paired with your favourite pair of jeans for a super professional look, or can be a great way of dressing up a simple dress or pair of shorts. Blazers are also a fantastic option if you are looking to balance your overall silhouette, especially if you are someone who carries most of your weight on your hips, thighs or abdomen.
Our top tip when searching for the perfect blazer to pull any outfit together is to make sure that you choose one with dart styling. This can be particularly useful if you choose to size up for better coverage up top but are still looking for something that nips in at the waist for that perfect hourglass figure. A good blazer will complement any body type, from pears to apples and everything in between.
3. A Killer Pencil Skirt
If you’ve ever thought that a pencil skirt was only an option for the petite, it’s time to think again.
For the confident fashionista who wants to show off her curves, a killer pencil skirt is an absolute plus size wardrobe essential. A good pencil skirt will help to emphasise curvy hips and breeches all while offering the perfect tummy control at the same time. What’s there not to love?
Like any other item of clothing, fit is key. Opt for a skirt that perfectly hugs your waist, hips, butt and thighs without being skin tight or uncomfortable. As a general rule of thumb, we also suggest choosing a mid-length skirt that will help to balance the body and elongate your curves. For some great ideas on how to pull off a pencil skirt, be sure to check out this helpful guide.
4. The LBD
No woman’s wardrobe is complete without the classic little black dress. Yes, this rule applies regardless of your shape or size! A little black dress can do wonders for many different body types, and helps to create a slimming effect due to its dark colour for a quintessential outfit that is perfect for elegant evenings out on the town.
The great thing is that when it comes to your ideal little black dress, the options are endless. If you are someone who is looking for slightly more arm coverage, something like this Whirlpool Dress is a great choice. Alternatively, you could choose a dress with some ruching around the tummy area to hide a belly (we really love this one). Plus size little black dresses are easily dressed up or down, transition smoothly from work to the weekend, and are always the perfect option when we face that age old dilemma of having ‘nothing to wear’.
5. The Classic V-Neck
If you’ve got it, it’s time to flaunt it. Plus size women have the advantage of gorgeous curves, so flaunt what your momma gave you by wearing an incredible v-neck shirt or dress that is guaranteed to pull the eye to all the right places. Aside from showing off your god-given assets, a V-line neck cut helps to lengthen the neck, check and torso of the body when worn. This results in a very flattering slimming effect that can also give you the appearance of looking taller, especially if paired with a gorgeous pair of elevating pumps or boots.
Depending upon the size of your bust, you can choose for your V-neck to be shorter or lower. The general advice is that the smaller the bust, the smaller the v-line and vice versa. If you’re looking for something a little more modest, your next best option will be an equally stunning keyhole neckline.
6. Hello High Waisted Shorts
Last but not least, it’s time to show off those stunning pins with a flattering pair of plus size high-waisted shorts. We love a high-waisted short on all different plus size body types as they create the illusion of longer legs and help to hide the tummy without covering up your curves. For a super cinching effect, pair your high waisted shorts with a gorgeous belt to really carve out your silhouette. Oh, and don’t fall into the trap of limiting yourself to just one material. Instead, explore a variety of different options such as denim, linen, leather and cotton to find out which one feels and looks the best on your body.
Top Tip: To avoid discomfort, avoid slim-fitted shorts. Instad, choose a pair of wide leg shorts or culottes that give your thighs plenty of room to breathe. Just don’t go too big, as this may add additional bulk to your body.
And there you have it – 6 plus size fashion trends that haven’t and will never date. As the age old quote goes, “confidence is sexy, so wear it daily”. Regardless of your size or shape, you deserve to feel incredible in anything you wear.
What are some of your favourite tried-and-tested plus size fashion trends? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below!
Published by HOLR Magazine.