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How to Build the perfect Plus Size Wardrobe! Your 7 Essentials Broken Down!

Getting ready for the newness of Fall often translates into a much needed investment into a brand new plus size wardrobe- or does it?

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Getting ready for Fall Fashion bibles to drop, I ask myself, quite often, in the wake of this amazing economy, what does a plus size fashionista do? Getting ready for the newness of Fall often translates into a much needed investment for my plus size wardrobe- or does it? 

You see the new looks, and know, it is going to cost you- but nothing is worse than filling your closet with new items, when you have pieces you either still have the tag on (it was on sale!), have not worn for two years (waiting to lose weight), or you completely forgot about. Money is tight, which only heightens the awareness of items to buy- ensuring premium fabrics, fits, and fashions are at its peak.

But how does one prepare?


What do I mean? Girl, it is time to get your closet and wardrobe together NOW, before all the amazing fabulousness hits the newsstand and websites! Every wardrobe has or NEEDS its staples, the classics, the foundations of a wardrobe.

So what are these staples, classics, and foundations and why?

Investing in quality pieces allows you to wear these items for years to come. Another benefit for investing adds stability to your wardrobe and will not need an overhaul with each season’s passing trend. The following will help you, the uber fly and fashion loving plus size woman put together your ideal plus size wardrobe for every occasion.

These serve as a base for your wardrobe, allowing you the starting point for defining your style! In order to keep it fly at all times, you need to have a wardrobe that will allow you the option of always having something to wear!

The 7 Must Haves to Build the Perfect Plus Size Wardrobe

Underneath it all.

Before you dress your amazing curves, you must set the proper foundation. In order for your clothes to fit well and lay right, the underpinnings that you wear underneath it all will set the tone for the entire outfit. This includes proper fitting bra, panties, shapewear, and hosiery.

These items will also help your clothes wear well throughout the day. If you do not care for too form of a fit, the materials you choose for your underpinnings can make a world of a difference for wear. 

The Little Black Dress- reinvented.

Turn Heads with the little black dress that is a key staple for every woman regardless of size. This staple should be classic in its cut and shape for you to go from day to night. With a change of accessories and shoes, the LBD will allow you to always have a go-to outfit when you have nothing to wear.

We are of the school that you can never have too much black, but if you have a short sleeve and sleeveless option, you should be golden! 

The Transformational Suit.

Life and its many transitions always call for a suit that can capture any situation. Not only does a suit suffice for an interview or work event, but breaking it up allows for finishing pieces in your wardrobe. The jacket can be worn with your trousers, skirt, or dress, and the suit pants can be worn with a fashionable blouse for a less casual setting.

Amazing Booty hugging Jeans.

Gone are the days when premium denim was not available for the plus size woman! Finding a perfect pair of jeans is like finding a needle in a haystack. Have no fear- designer premium plus size denim is available for all of your curves.

A great pair of premium denim will allow you to feel put together, regardless of the occasion. If you do not have a amazing pair, opt for a dark rinse that can be dressed up or down- giving your wardrobe more options!

The White (or any colored) Crisp Blouse.

As boring as it may seem, a great fitting button up blouse is The catch all for any occasion. This basic will allow you something to always come back to! Whether it be a suit, skirt, or jeans, a classic button up will always finish your polished look.

Tantalizing Trench Coat.

Depending on the climate you live in, every woman (with or without curves) needs a Chic Plus Size Trench coat to wear! Depending on your shape, many options can transcend the elements. You can always look like a Curvy.Confident.Chic diva wearing a trench coat that contours, enhances, and highlights your assets!

Color me Beautiful!

To prevent your wardrobe from being bland, you must have an amazing blouse, dress, or jacket in an amazing color! I am the hugest fan of jewel tones, but choose a color that makes you feel sexy, fun, flirty, and fabulous! Color breaks up the humdrum of the wardrobe. Do not be afraid to splash a little attitude with color!

Accessorize to maximize.

Your accessories are like icing to a cake. Whether it be your jewelry, shoes, handbag, scarf, ring, (you get my point) accessories pull your outfit together! Wearing all black? Punch some flavor with bright blue stilettos or Lucite jewelry! Your accessories add that finishing touch.

And being a curvier gal, plus size jewelry in our sizes does exist! Rings, bracelets, and necklaces are all available in ranges of sizes!

Once you have these staples identified in your wardrobe, shopping the Fall trends will be so much easier as you now have a great fashion foundation! As you look to the newness, you will know what pieces you NEED and those, which you WANT and have a closet that will function for you!

What key pieces are in your closet that we have missed? Let us know!

Keep it Curvy.Confident.Chic.

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Written by Marie Denee

I am the Editor in Chic of The Curvy Fashionista. Often goofy. Forever emo. Always a Virgo. You can find me somewhere grooving to 90s R&B.

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  1. You hit everything dead on the nail. By having a defined wardrobe, its easy to add trendy elements without breaking the bank. I remember when polka dots were the rage and people would buy all these hugely printed pieces to only see them dated the next season, a smarter approach would of been to add a shirt or scarf to your existing wardrobe to stay on trend without heavily investing in things you don't love.

    Sorry for the lengthy post.
    Prissi Chic

  2. Of course I am going to say "accessories" It is one way to change the look of an outfit without spending a fortune. Take one scarf..wear it in different ways, tied at the neck or shoulder, wear it as a belt, or as a wrap.In these economic times try to wear what you have!
    “It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure.” Coco Chanel

  3. this is awesome! i totally agree 100%. I am linking to this post from my blog, btw. All curvy diva's need this information! i agree with the above comment, this is a must read for sure!

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