How To Dress If You Are Overweight

Written by Pratima Ati

When life gives you curves, flaunt them. Today, women are embracing their true selves and are proud of their bodies. Plus-size models have become a massive inspiration for women to embrace their bodies with love.

The journey of being on the heavier side is completely normalized in 2019 – with role models like Chloe Marshall and Ashley Graham. However, you must dress accordingly to feel body positive.

From fun outfits that make you look super cool to outfits that are classy, we have put together some of our best ideas on how to dress if you are overweight. These ideas will not only make you look good but also help you feel super-confident in your skin.

  • Understand Your Body Shape


It is essential you understand how your body works and what you feel most comfortable wearing. Here, comfort and confidence are key. You have more curves than the regular woman, and it is completely okay that you do. You just have to work at it and come up with fun and stylish outfits that complement your figure.

There are plenty of options out there, and you can make one of the most regular or basic outfits work to your advantage. Figure out what you like and use it to create your personal sense of style.

If you are on the busty short side, balance out the outfits that complement you.

Outfits like flowy floral blouses or plaid checked shirts paired with pants or trousers could work effortlessly in your favor. You could draw more attention to your neckline by opting for turtlenecks or scoop necks or even simple V-necks.

Understanding what works and what doesn’t takes you a long way in your fashion journey. While it is important to pick the right outfits if you are overweight, picking the right kind of undergarments is of prime importance.

  • Find The Right Undergarments


What you wear beneath your clothes makes you feel comfortable, confident, and truly saves (or ruins) your outfit.

The first key to getting your undergarments right is to know what your size is. Always measure yourself to be accurate. Well-fitting lingerie will not only make you feel comfortable in your skin but also accentuate your curves.

Since overweight women are on the bustier side and have large bottoms, sports bras and supportive underwear are great picks as they offer tremendous support.

Your undergarments should not be too loose or too tight. Plenty of lingerie brands have come up with new styles and patterns for plus size women. Go out there and figure out what you like and feel comfortable in the most.

  • Shopping Tips And Color Combinations


Firstly, go for quality over quantity. The quality of the fabric you purchase is important. Buy fabric that would last for quite some time.

Do not neglect your comfort. If you like an outfit that’s somewhat risky or something that you wouldn’t normally wear, buy it. When you step out of your comfort zone, you do it in ways that make you feel confident and body positive.

Pick colors that complement your skin tone and physique. During the day, colors like reds and shades of blue and yellow can be quite appealing. For the night, opt for more subtle colors like gray, black, shades of nudes, and pastel colors. These give out a classy, stylish, and mature vibe.

If you are opting for something more on the playful side, pick colors like green and shades of pink or white. Investing in floral or printed scarves could be a good idea. They are quite handy and can glam up even the simplest of outfits.

  • Choose The Right Patterns


Playing with patterns can be super fun. Figuring out how to work with stripes, floral prints, vertical prints, and boxed prints can be quite enjoyable. If you are on the heavier side, we suggest you always opt for vertical prints over the horizontal variant as they make you look less bulky and more toned.

Dark colors at night and pastel colors during the day can work in your favor. If you are busty and have a slim waist, wear jeans that enhance your curves. Play with the patterns you like. Black and white printed designs can never go wrong and will forever remain a classic.

Step out of your box and work with different patterns and figure out what works for your physique. Don’t hold yourself back. It is important to experiment. Only then, you’ll know what you genuinely like and can discover your sense of style.

  • Pick Form-Fitted Clothes


Well-fitted clothes add tons of confidence to your personality. The idea of putting yourself out there and showing your physique, especially when you are overweight, is remarkable.

The most important thing to remember when opting for well-fitted clothes is to make sure you are wearing the right lingerie. If you are wearing tight pants, a thong is highly recommended.

Dresses that are tight on the waist and flowy from the bottom can look super pretty. Jeans with a well-fitted blouse can look smart and elegant. You can jazz up your look by adding a pretty floral scarf to this outfit. You can also pair a crop top with a floor-length skirt.

There are plenty of ways to style your outfits, but make sure you work in the right direction. Well-fitted clothes have an aura of their own and can make you look downright stunning.

  • Get Your Clothes Tailored If You Are Overweight


Getting your clothes tailored if you are overweight is one of the best ideas ever. Your tailor will take your measurements accurately and stitch according to your suggestions. Tailored outfits are well fitted and look super neat. However, they could be a tad bit expensive when compared to readymades.

The biggest advantage of tailoring your clothes is that everything is your choice. From the fabric you pick to the style of stitching, you get to chose it all. You could get pretty floral blouses or maxi dresses or even skirts stitched. Have fun embracing your inner stylist!

  • Accessorize Your Outfits


Accessorizing can be so much fun once you get the hang of it. You need to keep it balanced, depending on your outfit. If it’s a simple, basic outfit, accessorizingcan give some life to it. Hoop earrings, a classy watch, or even a floral scarf can do the trick.

If your outfit is loud, we suggest you keep it minimalistic by wearing just a watch or a charm bracelet or a neckpiece. It adds character and charisma to your sense of style. Balance it out and trust your intuition with accessories. Play with them and opt for something quirky at times to up your attire game.

  • Layer Your Outfits
Layer Your Outfits


It’s never the wrong time to layer clothes. When you are overweight, layering can be used to your full advantage. Pick out a classic white T-shirt, pair it with well fitted blue jeans, and throw on an overcoat. This outfit is basic but never fails to impress.

If you are wearing a pretty mini dress, put on a denim jacket. It will complete your attire to perfection. Layering is cool when you know how to do it right. It is one of the easiest ways to revamp your wardrobe.

  • Wear Flattering Shoes


You cannot ignore your feet. The footwear you wear can contribute more to your outfit than you’ll know. Plus-size women can opt for platform sneakers, mules, ballerinas, and even solid pumps. These not only complement any attire but also elevate your sense of style by several notches.

Mules have a more laid-back and casual feel. Sneakers are sporty and trendy, and you can never go wrong with them. On a date night or a night-out, pumps are your go-to.

  • Clothes To Avoid


To be honest, there aren’t any clothes you should avoid. But you must be smart and know what works for your body type and what doesn’t. Avoid wearing clothes that cling to parts of your body you feel conscious about. Make sure you avoid the wrong kind of undergarments. Be all up for exploring new outfit ideas, but not at the cost of your style and comfort.

Confidence Is Key


Being overweight could be hard to embrace at times. Slowly, but surely, you will come around and love your body more than ever. It is essential you believe in body positivity, no matter what your size. Confidence comes from within. Wearing outfits that make you look good is a huge step in boosting your confidence. Be comfortable in your skin, and embrace it with grace. You can achieve any look once you accept who you truly are and love it with all your heart!

These were some of our dress ideas that can help you. We hope you had an insightful and fun read. Leave your valuable comments below and let us know what you think.

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After working in Marketing and Business Development for a few years, Pratima Ati jumped ship to pursue two things she loved – fashion and writing. She’s now a full-time Fashion & Lifestyle writer and has never looked back ever since. She sleeps early, reads often, and when she can't, she finally gives a closure to all the characters living in her drafts. Sometimes, they pass off as poetry too! That, and her training in Indian classical music and playing (learning) the veena keep her sane, civil, and bearable.