Winter Fashions for Plus Size Women

by BrendaReeves

Every woman wants to look her best. Winter fashions can add faux pounds to your body or hide the bulges, or at least you think it does.

Many plus size women look forward to bringing out the winter clothing after months of exposing themselves to the world. They erroneously think that by covering up their bodies they'll look thinner. First a word to the plus size: It doesn't necessarily mean you're overweight. A plus size woman might be tall, and yes, there really are big-boned women. Julia Child, the famous French cook, stood 6 feet 2 inches tall. Her sister was even taller. Although Julia was a big woman, she was by no means overweight. She loved fashion and dressed elegantly. Whether you need to lose a few pounds or you're just a good size woman, you can look stunning in your winter clothing.

Tips to Take Shopping

Wearing clothes that are a size too small or a size too big will not make you look thinner. You're just fooling yourself. That big sloppy shirt is making you look twice your size. The blouse that you bought a size smaller shows all your bulges and gaps in the front. You want to be noticed, but not for all the wrong reasons. Buy your real size and be yourself.

You don't need to look outdated, but this year's trends might not flatter your figure. Individuality equals well-dressed.

Black clothing makes us look sexy, elegant, sophisticated and thank goodness, thin. Black might even be one of your best colors, but don't dress like a cat burglar all the time. Add some color to that black winter coat with a colorful scarf in red, hot pink or royal blue. Not only will it make you look good, but it will make you feel good too.

Buy the best bra you can afford. I personally find that Playtex Eighteen Hour Bras give great support and they aren't that expensive. I may not look like I stepped out of Victoria's Secret underneath my clothes, but the goal is too look good on the outside.

Wear sexy lingerie to bed. You'll feel good, and your significant other will appreciate it. Plus size doesn't mean you have to wear your husbands sloppy T-shirts -- save those for dusting.

Make a statement with your accessories. Bold is beautiful when purchasing handbags, scarves, jewelry and shoes. Dainty accessories are for little girls.

The Best Plus Size Winter Coat

Choose your winter coat carefully. Most of us want our winter coats to last at least five years. Follow these tips to purchase the a flattering plus size coat:

  • A single-breasted coat is most flattering to the top heavy woman
  • An A-line coat looks best on the bottom heavy woman
  • Broad shoulders or a big bust looks best wearing a coat with a V-neck

Consider where you'll be wearing your winter coat and how it fits into the rest of your wardrobe. If you enjoy casual dressing most of the time, a sporty parka compliments the lifestyle. An A-lined trench coat goes looks great on the preppy gal. A classic tailored wool coat can accompany you nicely to the office everyday. A long coat with attractive details is for the city gal attending the opera, ballet or theater. If you live in extreme winter weather, a down coat is a must. You might need more than one of these coats to compliment your lifestyle.

Your winter coat gets lots of wear and is one of your bigger clothing expenses so choose wisely.

Plus Size Leggings and Tights for Winter Wear

Leggings first appeared on the fashion scene in the 1980's. The fashion buzz this year is they're back. Did they ever go out of style? I've always worn them and so have a lot of women. My personal opinion is they'll go down in history right next to the little black dress. The goal is to wear them with class. I'm sure you've all seen the generously fed woman wearing leggings with a skimpy top. We all feel embarrassed for her. Whether you are slightly overweight, 40 lbs. overweight or 100 plus lbs. overweight, wear those leggings with style. That translates to tunics.

Tunics are pullover sweaters, blouses and shirts that reach anywhere from right below the bottom to mid thigh. Tunics cover up all the rolls, bulges and flabby parts. Many plus size women have fabulous legs. Leggings or tights with a tunic are your chance to show them off. Ballet flats compliment leggings and give a feminine appearance.

Plus Size Office Fashion for Winter

If your job requires professional clothing, you can make a classy statement with a few tips on plus size attire. Lengthen and slim your body with long jackets that reach the top of the thighs. If you are top heavy, wear trousers that are slightly wide with a slight flare at the bottom to balance out your proportions. Skirts and dresses that flare away from the hips also balance a large upper body. Elongate your torso with tops that are worn outside the pants. Tucking your blouse in will shorten and widen your torso. Wear V-neck sweaters and tops to lengthen and thin your neck. Show off your legs with trendy heels or wedges. 

Plus size women can pull of a well-put-together look with bold prints and chunky jewelry. Pair a bold print blouse with simple pants and skirts. For a more subdued look, you can never go wrong with a classic black dress. Remember, clothes that fit poorly will only accentuate your flaws. Show off your curves and look thinner by wearing your correct size.

Updated: 09/04/2012, BrendaReeves
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katiem2 on 09/20/2012

That's a good point. But I freeze as I have a hard time staying warm in the winter. I much prefer summer clothes. :)K

BrendaReeves on 09/04/2012

Thank you Katie. I love summer clothing. Winter clothing makes me feel frumpy.

katiem2 on 09/04/2012

I'm not a plus size but I love bundling up in layers and layers of clothes in the cold winter months. This is good advice for any size. :)K

BrendaReeves on 09/04/2012

Thanks for the comment Jan.

jan111 on 09/04/2012

I buy tights etc that are extra long so that they also cover the "extra bumps"!! I also love skirts that flow and swing out.

BrendaReeves on 09/04/2012

Thank you both for the comment.

Mira on 09/04/2012

This is great advice, Brenda! :-)

Ragtimelil on 09/03/2012

That's me.

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