How to Find the Perfect Plus Size Pants for the Office

 

Looking for plus size pants? Have you been wondering what styles would be the most flattering and appropriate to wear to the office?  If so, the following guidelines will help you choose the perfect plus size pants to add to your work wardrobe.

Pay Attention to Fit

The fit of your clothing is one of the most important aspects that will determine whether or not a piece will look good on you. It’s important to make sure that the pants you choose fit properly. They should be comfortable and not tight or binding in any way. You also do not want to wear your pants too large as this will only make you look bigger.

Take your time in the dressing room. Be sure to look at yourself from all angles. If there isn’t a three-way mirror available in the dressing room, use a compact mirror to see your rear view. Make sure that you sit down in the pants before you buy them. Do they still feel comfortable? Do they ride up? The last thing you need to think about at work is how your waistband is cutting into you. You’ll want the pants you choose to take you through your workday in both comfort and style.

Choose Flattering Fabrics

Look for fabrics that drape nicely. These tend to have a slimming effect on the body. It’s also important to pay attention to patterns. The pattern on a fabric can either work for or against you. Some patterns can enhance your figure while others will take away from it. It’s best to avoid large bold patterns as they can draw attention to problem areas. Stick with subtle patterns or pinstripes for the most slimming look.

Avoid Styles that Add Bulk

If you have a large abdomen, it’s best to avoid pants with pleats in front. They will likely gap out and make you look larger than you really are. Back pockets with flaps should be avoided if you are bottom heavy. The excess fabric will only make that area seem bigger. If the slacks have slash pockets in front, it’s important to make sure that they lie flat. If they gap out they will make your hip area look larger.

Know your Work Environment

Some industries are more conservative than others. You’ll want to dress in a manner that fits within the established dress code of your office. If your environment is more casual, you might be able to add a dark-washed jean or khakis to your options of workday pants. If your office has a more traditional dress code, stick with dress slacks in conservative colors, such as charcoal, navy or black.

If you keep these tips in mind while you’re shopping, it should be easy for you to find a flattering pair of plus size pants to wear to the office. Better yet, pick up two or three pairs so you’ll always have the perfect pants to wear.

 

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