Believe it or not, some people still think plus-size ladies appear to be less professional than others. EXCUSE ME? That’s discrimination! And speaking of those big clothing brands, I’d really expect their workwear to be more plus-size friendly with stretchy fabrics and flattering cuts.
While the world is crazy, but ladies, we shall not surrender. Guess what, you dress business casual without sacrificing your comfort and style. So here you go – 8 outfit tips if you wonder how to dress professionally as plus size. Enjoy!
1. FLATTERING AND PROFESSIONAL IN PEPLUM TOP
I truly think the peplum top is godsent for plus-size ladies. Featuring the flared stripe around the high waist area, it just hugs your curves in the right place and makes you look flattering and put together. Whether you team it with dress pants or a pencil skirt, you just look professional – without sucking your tummy all day long! Such a dream.
2. GET A WELL-FITTED BLAZER TO LOOK SMART
As a no-brainer, nothing makes you look more professional than a suit. That said, there’s a HUGE difference between an oversized blazer and a well-fitted one. The former one is more of a casual stylish piece you’ll wear on Friday night while the latter one will make you look poised and give you a confidence boost.
I know many plus-size girls have a hard time finding the right blazer, at the end of the day, they have no choice but to go for the oversized one instead. Guess what, others can tell the difference. If you want to elevate your workwear style, get your oversized blazer tailored as they just carry you differently – you can wear the blazer for 10 years or more so it’s a failproof investment.
3. PICK STRUCTURED FABRIC TO HOLD THE SHAPE
To finish off a professional look, structured fabric plays a major role here. Instead of picking the soft fabric like cotton and linen that gives off a casual, baggy look. Think sturdy fabric like tweed, jacquard, poplin, and more. These fabrics will make you appear to be trustworthy and high class.
The best part? They are strong enough to sculpt the best figure for you. Whenever I wear my tweed pencil skirt, it just camouflages my belly like magic. I just can’t live without it now.
4. WEAR PROFESSIONAL DARK HUES WITH A DASH OF FUN
Black, navy blue, grey, and brown are the classic work attire shades as dark hues, in general, symbolize authority and certainty. But is wearing dark hues have to be boring? Not at all!
Instead of wearing an all-black dress that looks really dull, get experimental with all different patterns and shades for a happy balance. For example, a grey ponte sheath dress with two straight black lines on the side just contours the waist area perfectly. With the right picks, dressing professionally doesn’t have to sacrifice your personal style!
5. OPT FOR THIN BELT AS A PLUS SIZE
Needless to say, a belt is always helpful to dress you up and entice your curves. By defining the waist area, you can enjoy the leg elongating effect as well.
If you’re plus size and petite, avoid wearing the thick belt as that will draws eyes to the center of your body as that will make you look shorter visually. Instead, go for the thin belt or chain belt that helps shed off the bulkiness.
6. PAPER BAG PANTS FOR MAXIMUM COMFORT
Alright, now let’s talk about the tricky part – Pants. It’s a real headache to find the right pair of pants that look professional and shall I say – not suffocating – at the same time. Among all types of pants, I find success in paper bag pants. Featuring the scrunchy waist and loose-fitting around the wardrobe, paper bag pants are just versatile and super forgiving with comfort. Together with a mock neck blouse and nude heels, this is how you stay on point for a business casual look.
As for another perfect alternative, I’d say dress pants and pencil dresses with thick elastic waistbands are the staples for your workwear closet. I forget where I bought my pants but for my pencil dress I bought it from Amazon here, check out the reviews here and I’m sure you’ll be sweetly surprised!
7. CREATE AN ELONGATING ILLUSION WITH ASYMMETRICAL DESIGN
Well, surprise surprise, the asymmetrical top can create elongating illusion and serve you right. I know many plus-size ladies love wearing a tunic or long shirts to cover their belly area, while this is workable, in some cases it can look slightly baggy and be less professional. That said, the upward symmetrical line just naturally draws eyes vertically and promote the figure’s elongating effect. This is my favorite hack to look sharp and sleek, try it out!
8. MATCH THE COLOR OF YOUR BOTTOMS AND HEELS
Of course, let’s talk about the heels. Instead of wearing the round-toe and open-toe shoes, nothing quite beats a pair of close-toed pointy heels for a business lady look. Besides looking sophisticated, the pointy V neck just elongates your legs visually so you don’t wanna miss that. To maximize the effect, team your pants and the heels with the same shade to look even more put-together.
Other shoe tips:
- No to thick strap heels as this will visually cut the ankle area and make you legs looks thicker
- Heel Protectors to avoid dry cracked feet
- Loafers can be a great option if your workplace is less formal
So here are the 8 outfit tips if you wonder how to dress professionally as plus size. Whether that’s an interview or a business casual look, these tips will work wonders. All you need is to mix and match your own pieces to create your personal style!
Seriously ladies now is 2021 and it’s unbelievable that weight bias is still a thing in the workplace. It’s really upsetting as the shape of your body has nothing to do with the level of professionalism. If you want to spread this message as well, please kindly pin it so more ladies can come across these tips! Thanks and hugsss x
Let’s have a quick recap first:
- Flattering and professional in peplum top
- Get a well-fitted blazer to look smart
- Pick structured fabric to hold the shape
- Wear professional dark hues with a dash of fun
- Opt for thin belt as a plus size
- Paper bag pants for maximum comfort
- Create an elongating illusion with asymmetrical design
- Match the color of your bottom and heels
By the way, if you are interested in boho and artsy style, high chance you will find the below tips useful as well! See you there gorgeous!