Plus-Size Clothing for Women with Curves

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It can be frustrating for women with curves to shop for plus-size clothing but the truth is that plus-sized women have a wider variety of choices today than they’ve ever had before.


Plus-Size Designers

Designers are seeing the need to create clothing that a plus-sized woman feels good wearing; clothes that fit and flatter rather than cover and hang. Clothing designers are starting to understand that there is a much bigger market to cater for.

We take a look at some of the leading plus-size designers below: 

Anna Scholz
Featuring bold prints and stylish shapes, Anna Scholz clothing promises curvaceous couture for women sizes 12-18 (UK). From dresses and jeans to jackets and shoes, the Anna Scholz collection has something for everyone and every occasion.

The original slimming jean, NYDJ (Not Your Daughter’s Jeans) styles are designed with a superior fit to ensure you feel your best every time you wear them. NYDJ jeans feature Lift Tuck Technology to lift and shape the back while giving you control at the front.

Roberto Cavalli
Luxurious and longed-for, Roberto Cavalli clothing is made from the highest quality material to provide a comfortable and stylish fit with every piece. With bright colours and unique patterns, a Roberto Cavalli dress is sure to get you noticed.


Things to Consider When Shopping

  • Find foundation pieces that become the staple of your wardrobe at different times of year such jeans, trousers, leggings and a selection of tops and dresses.

  • Build on your basics with seasonal clothing that’s unique to your own personal style. Stand out at every event you attend, from summer barbecues to cocktail parties. Keep your wardrobe stocked up for all weather and occasions.

  • Different manufacturers follow different size guides. Remember to follow the measurements provided in item descriptions in order to ensure it fits when you try it on.


Plus-Size Body Shape Guide

Every plus-size woman has her own unique body shape, and it is important to find clothing that flatters that particular shape. Here is a brief guide of what looks best on each particular body shape:


Body shape


How to dress


Narrow shoulders and back, smaller bust, wide midsection and no waist definition, broad hips and large thighs, flat buttocks & slender lower legs.

Choose sheath dresses, square jackets, full skirts with no gather at the waist, flat front pants with a narrow leg, tunic tops.


Straight figure with smaller or medium bust and no clearly defined curves.

Choose wrap tops with a V neck, pencil skirts, cinched waist jackets, a contoured waist pant, baby doll, sheath and A-line dresses.


Curvy shape with a defined waist, full hips, round tummy and buttocks, full thighs, medium to large bust.

Choose straight leg or flared pants, skirts above the knee, scoop or v-neck dresses and tops.

Figure Eight

Curvy, but heavier on the bottom with large round buttocks and full thighs, full tummy and love handles.

Choose skirts above the knee or lower, straight leg or flared bottoms, tops that wrap, tie at the waist or have a belt.

Inverted Triangle

Top heavy, broad shoulders, full bust with smaller hips, thighs, buttocks and lower legs.

Choose U or V necklines, boot cut pants, knee length skirts, flared dresses and belted jackets.

Shapewear- Show Off Your Curves

Shapewear is nothing new, in fact, women have been using it for hundreds of years since the invention of the corset, to reshape the body and create an attractive voluptuous shape. 

Some shapewear pieces can reduce your measurements by up to two dress sizes as they smooth any lumps and bumps, making it easier to look and feel more confident in your clothes.

Plus-Size Conversion Guide 

UK 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30
EU 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60
US 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28


How to Dress for a Fuller Bust

If you have a large bust, it can be difficult to find clothing that covers appropriately without being too conservative. Follow our two top tips to help you shop:

  • Tops with a scooped neck tend to make the neck appear longer and are much more flattering. Wrap tops and dresses are also perfect for flattering those with a large bust.

  • Take the time to get fitted for a bra and ensure that it supports and fits you well. Bras that are too small or large can make clothing worn over it look ill fitting.