Plus Size Sweaters: 4 Styles to Avoid

When you’re shopping for plus size sweaters or going through the plus size sweaters you already own, you’ll want to avoid certain kinds of styles. Every body type has styles that are more flattering to it and styles that are not. Knowing what is flattering on your body is important to looking and feeling great. There’s no point in wearing something that makes you look dumpy. Here are some sweater styles you should avoid if you have a plus size figure.

1. Crew Neck Sweaters

Crew neck sweaters are tricky for most people. Unless someone is super thin with a perfect hour glass figure, crew neck sweaters tend not to be flattering. Because they’re often boxy in shape, crew neck sweaters aren’t slimming. Sweaters with a V-neckline or a scoop neckline are a much better option.

Skip the crew neck look for a sweater with a neckline that exposes more of your collar bone and chest. It’ll draw attention to your face.

2. Chunky Knit Sweaters

Sweaters that add bulk, like those that are really thick or have chunky cable detailing, are not going to be flattering, especially if it’s in a fitted style. You could wear a thick sweater coat, but will want to avoid the standard or basic sweater cuts in this kind of style. Chunky knit sweaters have the tendency to fall shapeless around your middle, adding extra bulk where you don’t want it. You’ll especially want to avoid these kinds of sweaters in the turtleneck variation. You’re better off choosing sweaters in medium weight materials that lay flat and don’t add bulk.

3. Super Tight Knits

Tight knits are one of the most unforgiving fabrics. No matter what your shape or body type, they show off every little flaw. Avoid any sweaters that are tight and stretchy. They won’t be flattering in the least.

4. Baggy and Loose Sweaters

At the opposite end of the spectrum, you should also avoid buying sweaters that are loose and baggy. These kinds of sweaters will do nothing to accentuate your figure. Instead, they’ll make your body appear larger and shapeless. Don’t buy a simple sweater in a size three sizes larger than you need to hide your figure–you need to wear sweaters that fit you correctly in order to create a more slimming look.

Now that you know which styles to avoid, don’t worry. You have plenty of options. The most flattering sweater styles for you are going to be medium knit sweaters with scoop or v-necklines. You’ll want the sweaters to sit closely to your body–not cling right on every curve or float away from your body like you’re wearing a bag. Sweaters that have an empire waist will be extremely flattering to your figure.


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