Fashion Tips for Wearing The Latest Plus Size Women’s Fashion!

I try to help women of all shapes and sizes here at Fabulous after 40. Many of you have written asking specifically for fashion tips for larger women.

Whether you have been plus size your whole life, or you are a little rounder and heavier now, since menopause, no problem.

The key to looking fabulous is to dress for your body. You can look and feel fabulous in your clothes no what your size.

Here are five fashion tips for buying and wearing plus-size women’s clothing.


1.  Don’t Buy Tight Clothes

Nothing is worse than trying to fit into clothes that are too small. You may think a smaller size will make you look thinner, but in reality, it makes you look bigger.

Small, tight clothing on a big body exaggerates your weight. Get clothing that fits and forget about the size tag, even if it means you need to start wearing plus-size women’s clothing.

2. Avoid Baggy Clothes

On the Flipside, clothing that is too loose doesn’t work either. When it comes to fashion tips for overweight women, this is one you really need to pay attention to.

It’s very common to see a heavy woman walking around in a “tent.” What I mean here is a top or dress that is big, sloppy, and has no fit. True, some styles of plus-size women’s fashion clothing have been designed this way, but most often, this problem has to do with buying the wrong size.

Many larger women choose oversize clothing to try and hide their bodies when the truth is they are only drawing more attention to it.

Clothes need to skim your body, no matter your shape or size. I don’t mean they should be tight, but they need to flow gently over your curves.  It doesn’t matter whether you prefer trendy plus-size women’s clothing or more sophisticated plus-size women’s clothing. Fit is as important as style when it comes to looking Fabulous.

* Note: For large and tall women, make sure your sleeves and pant legs are long enough to fit properly. I suggest you check women’s plus-size clothing stores specializing in tall women’s clothing.

3. Wear Dark Colors on Your Heavy Half


Big thighs? ….then wear dark navy, brown, black, gray, burgundy pants and a lighter/brighter top. Huge bust and tiny hips? Then you’d want to wear the darker color up top and the lighter color on the bottom.

4.  Avoid Detail where you carry Your Weight

Buttons, pockets, pleats, embellishment…they all draw attention, so don’t have them where you don’t want people to look. If you have a generous rear end that you are trying to downplay, don’t buy jeans with studs, embroidery, or anything else jazzing up the back pockets.

If your upper arms are beefy, a short-sleeved top with sleeves that end at the thickest part of your arm will make them look heavier. A mirror is your best friend.

 5.  Keep Your Accessories in Scale

Make sure that your accessories match your body size. Tiny pieces can look lost on a plus-size woman and actually make her appear larger. Medium to large size jewelry is best.

Don’t be afraid to stack bracelets or layer necklaces. This can look fabulous on a plus-size gal.

Jewelry that draws the eye up and down will help make you look taller and slimmer, like a pendant necklace.

Scale is also important when it comes to the thickness of your heels. For example, if you have heavy legs and calves, a thin spiky heel is such a contrast to your legs that your legs will look heavier than they are. You’d be better off in a thicker or chunky heel.

As for bags, Imagine a very heavy-set woman carrying a tiny purse. It makes her look bigger, right? Keep your accessories in line with your weight,  size, and bone structure to look your best.

Some great stores to find women’s plus-size clothing include EloquiI ( where all the clothes above are), Nordstrom, Macy’s, Maurice, Draper James, Good American, and Bloomingdale’s.

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32 thoughts on “Fashion Tips for Wearing The Latest Plus Size Women’s Fashion!

  1. Thanks for mentioning to avoid baggy clothes if you’re plus size, as they can make you look bigger than you are. I’m almost plus size, so I’m unsure how to dress. Thanks for the great tips for dressing when you’re plus size.

    1. Yes, this describes me as well, and this article was beneficial. I’m only 5’3 and weighs 177, so I’m right there. It’s hard to find the right fit, and I carry my weight in my stomach, so I see all these cute tops and jeans. Now, how to hide my belly. I’m swimming in my clothes because I am trying to hide like many others.

  2. Thank you for your informative and helpful article! I am plus-sized and almost 50yrs old. I’m very conscious of my weight. I don’t want to look frumpy or heavier. But want to dress appropriately.

  3. Can you please advise me? I am desperate right now. I’m 5″4 weigh in at 300 lbs. my son was getting married in October 2018. I need a mother-of-the-bride dress but can’t seem to find one I like. Their colors are burnt orange and teal. How long should my dress be? And how full? I don’t walk well, but as I had two hip replacements, I want to look suitable for his wedding. Can you help me with what to look for that will look flattering? Thank you.

    1. Hi Elizabeth,
      Chocolate brown would be lovely with burnt orange or copper or gold. Have you tried David’s Bridal? They have a fantastic selection and free help service if you visit a store – See here:, or you can call in. I wish I could help you more with size, but it’s hard to suggest without more details about your shape and likes, so please get in touch with Davids, and you will be in good hands.

  4. Thank you, this helps a lot :)
    Well, being a plus-size teen(XL), I’ve been taunted by my friends and relatives, and it’s tricky to find clothes that suit me.
    This article will help me to find the right type of clothes :)

  5. After many years of being a plus-size woman, I must disagree with #3. I am over 200 pounds, and I can assure you that whether I’m wearing a black skirt or a peach skirt, I will look like a 200+ woman. To all the beautiful, extraordinary curvy ladies, wear your white dresses, white jeans, and white pants, and work it! That is the epitome of embracing our curves and loving ourselves precisely at our size. Besides, how boring would it be only to have dark skirts/pants?

  6. This article might give me a little hope that one day I’ll be pretty again in others’ eyes. Thank you so so much for this article.

  7. Proper fit is essential when it comes to clothes. Too loose or too tight can instantly ruin what could have been a great look. You can easily show off your figure the right way with these tips!

  8. Many stores have consultants that are there to help you. I recently put on weight, and none of my clothes fit well. I went to Coldwater Creek and told them I was feeling dumpy, and they helped me determine what I liked and build a wardrobe and style to match. I now walk around confident in my appearance and feel good about myself. Try it, there is no charge, and the salespeople are eager to assist.

  9. Hi! I am a big, beautiful woman, and I agree that larger, heavier pieces of jewelry are more in line with a more prominentrious woman! I have also noticed how much slimmer I appear when my necklaces are longer, and I almost always go with a size of 28″ to 32″ inches for necklaces. Usually, they have “bigger” embellishments, i.e., significant cameos or, say, a large, blue flower! And for them to hang just so, below the breasts, the above length looks excellent, at least on me!! I hope that some of us bigger gals are out!! I also tend to wear a top/dress with a sleeve that is somewhat looser, like a “flutter” sleeve, that is a bit longer; midway between shoulder and elbow is always a good bet!! I enjoyed this article, and I always appreciate it when fashion is directed toward us plus-size beauties, So I say thank you very much!!

      1. I would appreciate travel wardrobe tips for heavier older women who want to travel light. On a recent trip to southern Spain, I noticed that the local ladies wore dark skirts, nylons, and muted-tone blouses. Skirts and nylons are a pain for traveling light. In another part of the country, women of all ages wore tight-fitting black pants or leggings, which definitely wouldn’t work for me. A travel site said ALL women wear bikinis at the beach (ugh!) I want a wardrobe of 3 bottoms, five tops, a jacket or warm sweater, walking shoes, and carries that will fit into a carry-on and their travel essentials.

  10. As an “over 40” transgender woman, I can safely tell most of us in the trans community are in desperate need of fashion “hints” and guidance.
    I don’t know if you know it, but your site is an excellent source of information for a group you perhaps never thought of!
    Thanks so much!!!!

  11. Another tip is to wear what you love. This seems obvious, but your confidence and poise will reflect your beauty. I had lost track of the times someone had commented on how good I looked and asked me if I had lost weight when the only difference was that I felt good in what I was wearing.

    1. Yes! I also work hard to ensure that materials are the same so that I feel comfortable and not self-conscious I bloating issues. I allow my pants to be baggy but then wear a long pencil top and perhaps have wrinkles on the sides. Now you lol comfortable. I feel comfortable. ?

  12. Thank you! I had a total hysterectomy, hit 40, and am struggling to lose weight. Fingers crossed, there are more articles for big girls on what and what not to wear!

    1. Hi Carol,
      Nice to hear from you, and so glad this article helped. Yes, I will start providing more articles like this, as extra weight after 40 is challenging for all of us!

  13. One way to create a focal point in art is to place the darkest and lightest light together. So if you have a black skirt and a white blouse, the focal point will be at the waist or wearing those two items of clothing. So Black dress, blue top, and black and white necklace! The attention goes to the face!

      1. Hi Annette,
        Not sure what you mean, but one color head to toes is more slimming than wearing 2 or 3 contrasting colors. All one color or tone-on-tone is called monochromatic dressing and is very slimming.

        1. I like to wear one color, for example, navy on both top and bottom. Then I top that with a colorful jacket or blouse. The navy gives a solid vertical column that draws the eye to the face, and the contrasting print or color adds interest and variety.

          1. That’s precisely right, Janet. It’s called a column of color to make you look slim and trim, which I love to tell women about all the time. Such an easy trick, and it works!

  14. I have a caveat for Tip #4. I find that if a woman has a large rear, an uninterrupted expanse of color makes it look that much larger. A well-placed pocket can break up the expanse, but so can a shirt or jacket that hits in the right place. I have much observational and personal experience in this, as large, round booties run in my family. :-)

    1. I started following this site even before I turned 40 in April. I must say I’ve learned a lot from you guys. This piece was beneficial.

    2. LOL, I remember on “What not to Wear,” they said to bifurcate the butt. It’s true! I’m a bubble-butt gal and can never wear tunics or jackets over the butt area. They bunch up on top like a shelf and look sloppy. Cut the butt with a coat or sweater!

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