How to Dress Your Plus Size Body

Greetings lovelies! I was asked by a reader to cover how to dress for plus size so, I invited the fabulous Miss Chanelle to give us some tips! I hope you enjoy her article :) Stay Sassy xo Gigi


Hey curvy girls! Dressing your plus-size body means either accentuating your curves, or creating a slimmer silhouette. You may have been told, full figure women can’t wear prints, horizontal stripe tops, or bright colors – I say, why not break all the “rules!” Many women out there may think it is difficult dressing for your voluptuous curves, but it doesn’t have to be. Yes, it does takes a lot of persistence and trying on clothes - but hey, that’s the fun part! Fashion of the plus size industry has advanced tremendously in the last five years – there are so many styles, designers, and ways to dress. You just have to know and understand your body shape and what works for it. There are different body shapes and styling requirements for full figure women, but just like straight size body types, there are four common shapes in plus size women – hourglass, rectangle, apple, and pear. There are other shapes that are used to define your body type, but we’re going to discuss the most common ones:

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Hourglass

The most well balanced, proportionate body shapes around. Think of Marilyn Monroe (who was a size 14, by the way) – full bust, small defined waist, and a full round bottom. Women with this figure can wear just about anything, with the exception of loose tops and dresses. Your figure can get lost if you do not choose the right pieces. You want to aim for more structured and classic cuts to define your figure. Curve enhancing dresses, structured jackets, peplum tops, and pencil skirts are your best friend.

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Rectangle

This shape can look a little boxy and boyish. The bust and hips are the same size while the waist is undefined. For women with this shape, the goal is to find clothes that create a curvy figure. You want to go for asymmetrical cuts, peplum tops, cinched-waist dresses, and wide leg pants / jeans. And don’t feel too shy on color either – since your body is proportionate, go crazy with bold prints and colored bottoms.

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Apple

The common characteristics of an apple shape are large chest, slim legs, and most of your weight is distributed in your stomach and top half of your body. Creating a waist is the main objective here. With the right clothes, you can create an hourglass shape, drawing attention away from your full middle area. You want to go for skater dresses, empire waist shirts, A-line skirts, V-neck tops, and skinny and boot cut jeans. Also, placing a belt at the smallest part of your waist can achieve the shape you want.

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Pear

This is the shape we all have seen throughout the plus size fashion industry. Designers are using many pear shaped models to showcase their pieces. Pear shapes have narrow shoulders, small defined waist, wide hips, and thick thighs. Balancing your upper body with your lower half is key. Shoot for fit and flare dresses, printed tops, A-line skirts, high waisted pants / jeans, and long blazers and jackets. Because most women have a hard time finding bottoms to fit their waist-to-hip ratio, belts are necessary!

No matter what shape or size you are, go out there and work with what you got! Don’t be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone. We now have celebrities, models, and bloggers who have shown us the way! I mean, I totally get it – dressing for your body type can be challenging, but don’t let that stop you for showing off your curves! Show off your waist line, show some skin, and be daring!

Stay beautiful <3 Miss Chanelle

Dress to Flatter your Figure

At some point everyone experiences discouragement when out shopping for clothes. I am sure you have felt that it is you or your body but, its not I promise. The key to avoiding this feeling is to know what works on your body and what does not. Personally, I have a difficult time finding clothes. I am 5'2 have busty girls and a booty so, many curves packed into such a short person giving me a  short torso. I hate pants because they fit perfect around my thighs and booty but, are too big at the waist. I know that I could never wear a bra-less style dress or top due to the fact that my girls need support. The fact of the matter is, I know what I have to work with and how to dress my figure to flatter my assets. In this post I used myself, 2 of my closest friends, and my sister to illustrate 4 different body types and how to dress them.


1.IMG_9539 The Rectangle

Meet my friend Sarah! Sarah has an athletic physique with toned arms and legs. Rectangles have a straight body with little curve. The goal to dressing shape is to define the waist and create curves. Here she is wearing an a-line dress and I cinched in her waist with a belt. We topped her off with a scarf to balance the bottom of the dress to create curves.

Tops with ruffles, embellishments, and blazers will look nice on you. Tops that flow at the bust will give the appearance of a larger bust. Make sure to avoid vertical patterns, form fitting tops, and square necks. When choosing pants go for something form fitting and avoid something to wide legged or baggy.  Belts are your friend, they help define your waist as shown. When you can show off your arms, strapless styles will help accentuate your rocking bod!


IMG_95322. The Apple

Lauren is killing it in this cobalt blue shift dress. Apples typically are big busted with great legs. (Flaunt it) This dress gives her a great waist and the v-neck flatters the girls.

Apples should avoid ruffles and embellishments they will take away from the bust. Do wide straps and v-necks on top that are slightly fitted. Make sure that your jackets and tops end at the hip. The idea is to accentuate your best features and balance your top half with your bottom. If you are searching for pants or skirts look for a straight lines or slightly flared. You will learn to love the empire waistline because it cinches you in and flares creating a more balanced line. When belting an ensemble use a wider style belt they are more flattering on you.


IMG_95403. The Pear

Oh Emma, my sweet little sister. Her bust is smaller compared to her booty which, makes her a pear(work it girl). Like, the apple the purpose is to balance the top half and the bottom. Emma is wearing this flattering black empire dress paired with a scarf to balance the top.

Avoid shapeless tops or shirts that have decorative patterns that end at the bottom, they draw the wrong attention to your hips. On top do more fitted tops that are v-neck or u-shaped. You can nip in your waist by wearing cropped jackets. If you are an apple I would suggest wearing dark wash jeans with either a boot cut or straight leg. The darker denim will be more flattering on your booty. Wrap dresses and a-line skirts will also flatter your figure. Avoid pencil skirts or capris they will make you look choppy.


IMG_95254. The Hourglass

Hourglasses have a pretty even balance of bust and booty with a defined waist. Here I am wearing a peplum top which flatters the waist with straight legged turquoise pants. One with an hourglass shape should wear appropriately form fitting clothes but, not night club tight.

Scoop and v-neck tops that sit on your waist look great on this frame. Hourglasses should avoid wearing slouchy clothing like, empire waistlines or baby doll tops because they tend to hide your fabulous features. In the case that you own an over-sized top, belt it to define your waist. For bottoms steer away from anything overly short. Bottoms that will look lovely on you include a-lines, pencil skirts, and jeans that are fitting around the hips and waist.


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Well ladies I hope these tips and tricks help you dress to flatter your body. We all have different body types, each with their own fabulous assets that should be embraced and celebrated. As women, we beat ourselves up by getting consumed by the numerical digit on the tag of our pants. Newsflash: each brand or line cuts their garments by different specifications. This means that you could be a 2 in one pair of jeans and an 8 in another, this is okay. I have garments in my closet ranging between sizes 2-10 but, I know that each brand or even style is cut differently which, is why I pay no attention to size. Purchase what fits and flatters your body. Don't convince yourself to make the "I am going to loose 10lbs to fit into this" purchases because 8/10 times it doesn't happen and you could have invested that money into something else. Dress for you, dress for your body now. If you are stuck on the number on your tags, I invite you to cut them off because they don't matter.

Till next time dolls. Stay sassy :)