I have found that casual plus size clothing can be a bit of a tricky business to get right. Us zaftig types tend to want to hide more than expose. Here is a truism I have learned; just because I am big, that does not mean I cannot look good in casual clothes. Allow me to pass along some thoughts for some items to put in your wardrobe.
Capris are always an excellent choice for plus size women. The cut does not matter; they can be fixed waistbands with pleats or just a pair of pull on elastics. What is going on here is an illusion, one of height. Looking taller than you really are is a great way to visually slim down.
I have always felt that shorts are a tricky thing to get right on plus size types. They can bunch up in the crotch because of heavy thighs and be really unflattering. The same goes for leg lengths that are too short. The only type that I have ever seen look really good is ones that come to the knees. There are no bunching crotches with a longer leg, just a clean and casual look.
My favorite type of top has always been a button down with a collar and princess seams. It is a great look for almost every body shape. It provides definition of the bust without drawing too much attention to it, and provides a waistline for those who do not have one. This cut has stuck around for a while, comes in many colors, and should be in every woman’s wardrobe.
I am just touching on a few ideas for a casual closet. There is much to choose from in women’s casual plus size clothing, so go get shopping!
Stephen, Your Designer
“There is an amazing feeling of artistic accomplishment when all the parts come together into one harmonious aesthetic. It's a connection with who you are and the elements you choose to express yourself visually. This is what making clothing is all about for me. It's like when a songwriter hears his first written notes from a voice or a baker who has practiced a recipe and nails it or a figure skater who exceeds her own expectations. I express my sense of art in clothing. I see things in color, shape and texture. I react to the touch of silk on my skin and my eyes are aware of how color combinations make me feel. My goal is to bring all of these intuitive notions to garments that are sized for larger women. If I can accomplish this then I have reached my goal.” – Stephen