Plus Size Fashion for the Workplace

Dress codes are designed to maintain the business atmosphere of the workplace and project the company’s image to clients. We live and work in a visual society and how we look at work matters. Did you know that people who dress well tend to be promoted more often than those that do not? Consider investing in the key wardrobe pieces you need to build a basic plus size fashion wardrobe for work. Some of the essentials you need are several pairs of nice slacks and a couple of skirts in basic colors such as khaki, navy, gray and black. These colors can be paired with just about any plus size tops or sweaters, making them essential.

In work environments of a more formal nature such as financial institutions, you need to have at least two nice jackets in your wardrobe. One should be for winter and one should be suitable for summer. These should be in the colors black, ivory, khaki or navy. Jackets should be tailored for a more flattering look, as they help define your waist, and they should fall below your hipline. You can have fun varying their look with colorful scarves and interesting accessories. Look for quality garments that are from well-known designers and your jackets will give you several years of wear.

You can individualize your professional wardrobe with your plus size tops. There are knits, blouses, button ups, sweaters and tunics in a wide variety of colors and styles. You can pair your tops in creative ways with your pants, jackets, skirts, vests, belts and other items. Stay away from clingy material that accentuates every bump and bulge. Avoid revealing tops which are unprofessional and keep your cleavage covered at work. You can change into your friskier tops before you leave work if you have plans for the evening.

Even conservative cuts in plus size tops tend to draw attention to curvy women’s bust lines. Check yourself in the mirror doing the things you usually do while standing and sitting daily. If your button-ups gape, change tops. If your midriff shows when raising your arms, change tops. When you are seated and someone is standing over you, if that someone can see down your top, change it. When in doubt, err on the side of caution. If your slacks pull down in back when you sit and expose the small of your back, wear a different pair. Panty lines should not show and pants should look pressed and neat.