How to Dress Business Casual for the Plus Size Woman

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Dressing Each Body Type

Long Dress for the apple body type. To dress successfully for the apple body, you need to direct attention away from your mid riff, and wear clothes to accentuate other parts.
Follow your bodyline and keep details on the top and lower third of your body. With this body type, it is easy to wear shirts, blouses or dresses with slight V-necks with out looking too fancy or over the top.
Draw attention away from your waist and shoulders/arms (wear long sleeves), and draw attention to your bust and neck (e.g. v-necks).

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Choose flared pants over straight-leg or skinny pants, and to help balance out wide shoulders and/or a heavy upper body. Wear bottoms just below your hipbone to draw attention away from your mid riff.
Avoid dresses and belts that pinch at your waist. This will most likely accentuate curves that you may not wish to show off.
Wear tops that drape over any curves if you wish.
Enhancing a feature that is further away or you can cover it with dark colors.

Plus Dress for a pear body type. The trick to dressing this body type is to wear anything that adds to your shoulder and bust area. Keep attention to your upper body, by minimizing the lower half.
If you’re a pear body-type, there are things you can do to make your hips and butt look slimmer, if you want to make their butts bigger!

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Balance your top with your bottom. Try to wear tops that accentuate your shoulders a bit more.
Avoid pants or tights that narrow your legs.
Wearing a bra that adds to or enhance your bust should be considered.
Wear straight-leg or slightly flared pants with heels. Skinny pants that hug your ankles can make your lower body take on the appearance of an upside-down triangle. Flared pants can make your legs look very thick, perhaps bowl-legged, in comparison to your upper body.

Short Dress for a straight or rectangular body type. With this body type, you may have a long, thin body that tends to lack curves. It is sometimes referred to as a “boyish” profile. Your aim is to wear clothes that flatter your thin profile, break up, your silhouette, and create curves that move up and down from the waist area.
If you have this body type, you can “pinch” in your waist to exaggerate curves. For example, add a belt to your dress.
Go for ruffles and frills to add texture, volume, and femininity to your figure. For instance, a dress with a lot of embellishment at the bust will often give some “weight” there that makes that area look a bit bigger.
Steer clear of menswear clothing. For example, dressing in baggy jeans and track clothes will make you look like “one of the boys”, but not a potential girlfriend. Instead, opt for the skinny jeans that are made for your body type, and wear track clothing made for women at your workout session.

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Stock up on miniskirts and bright tights to make the most of your great legs. They will also add more shape to a straight body.
Use shapewear. A Rectangular body type benefits from shaping undergarments. For example, a bra that adds a cup size will balance out your angular features without much effort at all.

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Use your waist as the focal point when dressing. This means to wear snug clothes and accessories around the thinnest part of your waist. Directing attention here will make your curves stand out even more.
Dress to flatter your beautiful curves by following your body’s outline. Tailored clothing is usually more flattering. Shapeless or drape-y clothing tends to over-focus on the bust make hourglass shapes look heavy or pregnant.
Balance your top and bottom while accentuating your waist. Draw attention to your waist with belts and dresses that pinch at the mid-section.

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Women with curves can end up revealing too much bust. If a neckline is too deep, or is inappropriate leave those clothes on the rack.
Shape your bust. If you have an hourglass shape, you probably have plenty of bust; your main concern should be to wear a supportive bra so that your chest looks perky, not droopy and saggy.
Embrace V-neck dresses and tops. While many necklines work well for well-endowed women, V-necks are typically quite flattering. Just be sure you do not show more cleavage than appropriate to the situation.

How to Dress for Your Body Type

Women come in all shapes and sizes, so how do you find clothes that are flattering your specific body type? The key is to know your proportions, and use fashion to accentuate your best features–and hide everything else!

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1、Determine what type shape your body is. Pay attention to your curves. Look at how they connect your bust, waist, and hips.
The body types as describes below describe women’s bodies,Long dresses, not a girl who has not gone through puberty. Although it is sometimes possible to determine body type prior to maturity, it is only after growing a bust, hips, and so on that it will become evident.
Measure the sizes of your bust, waist, and hip. Depending on the size of each part (in inches), you can determine which shape your body is to find clothes that properly fit
There is no “best” or “worst” body type. A certain type may be fashionable in your particular locale, at this period in time, but this does not mean your body type is “bad”.
All body types have pros and cons. Knowing your body type is about dressing to look your best.
Even model’s bodies fall into one of these categories.

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2、See if you have an apple body type. Generally described as “top-heavy”, this is generally about 14 percent of women where the bust is three or more inches bigger than the hips. Just by looking at yourself in the mirror, you can see if you are an apple body type.Short Dresses.
Slim limbs, specifically the arms, but wide shoulders are usually a strong characteristic of this body type.
Weight is concentrated around your mid-section and chest, giving the appearance of a bigger bust and protruding stomach, at times.
If you naturally have a smaller bust, then weight can gather around your midriff.
Just below the mid-section, your waistline can have little definition, thus giving rise to the “top-heavy” description of this body type.
Though your top may be on the heavier side, your legs should be slimmer.

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3、Consider whether you are a “pear” type. Being the opposite of an apple body type means you are a pear body type. This one is bottom-heavy (or triangle) with about 20 percent of women having hips significantly larger than bust.
You’ll notice if this is your body quite quickly, as your lower body: hips, thighs, and sometimes your behind are more noticeable.Plus Dresses.
Shoulders are narrower, sloping, and not as broad.
Usually described as the most “curvaceous” body. It’s a simple one to notice just by looking at your legs as they are sometimes noticeably more wider, muscular, and fuller compared to the rest of your body.

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4、Consider whether you’re a straight/rectangular body type. About 46 percent of women are this shape where the waist is about the same as hips and waist. Your silhouette isn’t as curvy as the pear or apple bodies. Instead, you’ll look fairly straight up with flat shoulders.
Unlike the prior two body types; the best way to determine for a rectangular type is to measure. Upon measuring, you’ll notice that your waist is one to eight inches smaller than your bust.
Standing straight up, you should not notice any significant curves around the waist area.
Your rib cage will define most of your shape, as there will be no waist definition to add curves.
Despite being rectangular, you may still have a curvy bottom (similar to a pear bottom), or a wide chest with a little bit of extra weight around the midriff.

How to Dress With Style

Let’s face it, we all secretly want to be style icons. The world of fashion is fun and exciting, and although it can be intimidating for a newbie, it’s a world we all want to be a part of. Developing your own sense of style may seem difficult, but with a little guidance, it’s not as hard as it may seem.

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1、Show your attitude and personality. Dressing with style is about more than the clothing; it is about how you carry yourself. If you carry yourself with confidence, your fashion statement will be heard loud and clear. If you’re uncomfortable in what you’re wearing, it will show. After all, confidence is the best accessory one can wear

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2、Create your trademark. You can create a memorable trademark by accentuating the parts of your body or personality traits that you love about yourself. We all want to be remembered by something great, and creating your personal trademark is a great way to define yourself.
For example, if you’re quirky and outgoing, make bright and unique jewelry your trademark.
If you love your naturally beautiful dark hair and tan skin, accentuate these features by making your trademark a deep red lip color.

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3、Embrace and define your personal style. Your choice of clothing is a reflection of who you are, including what you’re interested in, your inspirations, and your aspirations. The more connected you are to your personal style, the more confident you’ll appear. Incorporating your favorite music, hobbies, and goals will help you truly connect with your style.
Say you’re interested in metal bands. Incorporate your favorite band t-shirts into your wardrobe. Dress up your metal tee with your favorite jeans and heels for a stylish look that’s completely you.
If you aspire to be a corporate CEO, dress the part! Incorporate power suits or sleek dresses into your weekly wardrobe. Dressing to your goals will bring our your inner confidence