When you have an extra curvy body, looking your best in a work setting comes with its own special considerations. The fashion world has only recently begun to acknowledge that not everyone has the same general body shape. While more and more retailers are selling trendy plus size fashion pieces with fuller figures in mind, there is not a whole lot of guidance about how to accentuate your curves with confidence while maintaining a professional style.
This is an unfortunate situation, considering that 68 percent of American women wear a size 14 or above. That’s right. When it seems like everyone in the world is a size 10 or below because those are the only sizes you can find on the rack of every pair of jeans you ever liked, just remember it’s more likely that the store just sold out of your size because most women are bigger than a 10. Read on for some advice on how to show off your best parts while keeping things professional.
Do Wear Slimming Layers
Layers can create a slimming effect and make it look like you have a longer torso. They add intrigue and texture to your style without getting too wild or unprofessional, and they will help you stay comfortable in a drafty or abundantly air-conditioned office.
When you are going for the layered look, make sure the layer underneath is a longer, more fitted layer than the top. The slimming effect only works if the bottom layer sticks out from under the top layer without getting crumpled or wrinkled. This style can be achieved with a tank top or a collared shirt underneath a blazer, or for a more casual look, check out these plus size sweaters that are great for tucking or layering on a cold winter day.
Don’t Wear Yoga Pants or Sweats
Whatever you do, it’s best not to wear yoga pants or sweats to work, even on casual Friday. (Unless you work in the athleticwear industry) We all love to be comfy at work, but there are better ways. If you just love softer, stretchy fabrics that won’t pinch your waist, invest in high-quality blends with elastane or spandex and a higher waistline, to keep you breathing easy all day long.
Do Wear High-Quality Fabrics
Better-quality fabrics may be more expensive, but you will get more wear out of them. Not only that, but you will be more comfortable all day long when you wear material that doesn’t get itchy or start to stick to your least flattering body parts by lunch. More expensive fabric is generally more durable and washes free of stains more easily, too.
Don’t Wear Baggy Clothes to Hide
Hiding your body under baggy clothes gives the impression that you lack confidence and would rather not be seen. This does not mean that you have to show a lot of skin or wear tight clothing. You can even wear draped clothing as long as it is neat and fits well.
Singer Billie Eilish wears baggy clothes when she performs specifically so that she will not be sexualized and people will appreciate her for her talent, not her body. The thing that keeps her looking confident and put together, is that her clothes are intentional. She does not wear clothes that are simply too big. She wears clothes that are made to drape her body in a more conservative fashion.
Do Wear Clothes That Are the Right Size
Clothes that don’t fit make you look sloppy and ill-prepared for your day, and they can bunch up and rub, making things quite uncomfortable. Clothes that are too tight can pinch and cause awkward bulges.
When your clothes fit perfectly, you not only look amazing, but you also feel great. You will be surprised at how clothes that fit well can boost your confidence. They do not necessarily need to be form-fitting. They just need to be the right length and hang in the right places.
Don’t Wear a Plunging Neckline
V-necks are a classic wardrobe staple, no doubt. They complement your bust and make your neck look longer. Just do not overdo it, and let your neckline go down to your cleavage. This can make you look unprofessional in the workplace, and (while incredibly unfortunate) may make it harder to get people to take you seriously.
Do Invest in a Great Piece of Clothing You Will Love
Building an amazing work wardrobe takes time, and it can get quite expensive. As long as you have a good base, start by purchasing one or two pieces at a time until you have everything you need in order to look and feel great at work every day. Sometimes, more expensive investment pieces are a good way to go because you know you will wear them over and over for a long time, and you can use them as a foundation for multiple looks.