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Plus Size Wardrobe Essentials

Must have and wardrobe basics all year long

Plus size fashion is constantly changing with new trends each season. Build your wardrobe with the basics pieces you already have in your closet, then add pieces in trending colors and prints.

Trending Colors

Base: black, white Accent: Pink, Navy, Green Prints: Polka Dots and Stripes

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Begin with the basics

  • Pants-- a flat-front, bootleg-cut pant in dressy khaki, dark denim or classic black.

  • T-shirts-- Simple tees made of good quality cotton that you can dress up in an instant

  • Shirt-- a classic button down white shirt.

  • Sweater-- open cardigan or pullover .

  • The Little Black Dress-- a sheath dress or A-line

  • The Skirt---- straight if you are petite or top-heavy; A-line if you are heavier around the hips/thighs; bias if you have a boyish figure.

  • Trench Coat-- gives your outfit a finished look.

    The Accessories

    • Shoes a classic pump, wedge or flat

    • The Bag a casual tote or structured top-handle bag

    • Jewelry Gold Hoop Earrings


      Universal Standard's 8-Piece Starter Kit

      Fall / Winter

      • A solid black pantsuit is the most flattering (head-to-toe monochromatic color) and the most classic. Look for a fabric with drape -- nothing too stiff or shiny -- preferably in wool (or wool with some stretch for comfort).
      • A mock turtleneck is a good option if you don't like the bulk of a true turtleneck (it's the same height, only the fabric doesn't fold back over).
      • A great tailored jacket -- fitted to show off feminine curves, not a baggy masculine style -- will pair with everything from work trousers to jeans.

      • The neutral coat -- especially in a camel color -- is an enduring fall classic because it has so many possibilities.
      • Knee-high boots make great sense for fall because they let you get more wear out of everything from skinny jeans to miniskirts.
      • Spring basics

        • Printed tops
        • Cotton polo
        • Cotton blouse
        • Cotton button-up cardigan
        • Lightweight waterproof raincoat
        • Capri pants

        Summer Basics

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