The concept of business casual can be confusing in its contradiction. Add to that the challenges of finding clothing to fit plus-size women and it can seem difficult to fit in at the office. Find the right fit and some essential items of clothing to complete a plus-size business casual style.
1、Define business casual. The very first question for many people is, “What is business casual?” It seems like a contradiction and definitions can vary greatly from one person to another. One thing is sure, business casual is not suits and jackets. On the other hand, it’s not jeans and flip flops, but somewhere in between.
The best way to define your specific company’s interpretation of business casual is to look around at your coworkers. If you’re new to the job, visit similar offices or ask around for advice from people in a similar field.
Part of the concept of business casual gets rid of the stuffy dress code and allows for more self-expression in your outfit. This will allow you more room to have fun and dress comfortably.
Business casual is more popular in part to busy lifestyles, which don’t allow time for people to go home before their evening plans. The business casual attire should be able to transform easily from the office to your after work hours
2、Find a blouse which moves with you and your curves. Button-down shirts can be tricky for busty women who have trouble with gaps or “peep-holes” being created between the buttons. Choose a material which stretches to allow for movement without gaps. Some flattering styles will be cut to create more shape with features like darts or ruching.
Layer a cardigan over a fitted button up to create a slimming effect by elongating the line of your midsection.
3、Purchase a pair of cotton pants. For most offices, business casual still does not include jeans, except maybe on Fridays. On the other hand, you don’t need to wear slacks and pencil skirts every day. Stock up on some cotton pants. Khakis always work, but if you want t let your style shine, you can try some patterns. Make sure the pattern is proportional. Small patterns can be lost on large women.
Choose material which is thicker and has more substance. The thicker material will show less bumps than a flimsy slack.
These should be comfortable and wrinkle free.
Avoid pants which are too tight and are more suitable as leggings. You want your clothes to lie gently on your curves.
4、Go for a pant suit in a neutral shade. Pant suits are flexible and allow you to slip a jacket on to transition from casual to an important meeting. Choose a neutral shade like black, beige, navy, or gray, and pair them with colorful blouses or sweaters.
5、Use stripes wisely. You probably have heard that large horizontal stripes should be avoided, but there are ways to use stripes to your advantage. Stripes which angle inward can create the illusion of shape and a smaller waistline. Thinner stripes are better stripes, and light colored stripes on a dark background are ideal.
6、Keep a classic sheath dress in your closet. It is easiest to go for the little black dress which can be dressed up or down according to your need. One solid color, like black, can have a slimming effect by creating a straight line from head to toe. You can still add your own flavor with some colorful jewelry, a scarf or a cardigan.
7、Support your look with high-quality undergarments. Your bra and underwear can have an effect on your look and comfort while at work. Consider going to a store which specializes in undergarments. Bring your measurements or have them measure you there to get the perfect fit.
Spend the extra money here on quality. The support will be worth it.
Choose undergarments with smooth finishes to allow your clothing to lie smoothly on top.