Plus-size clothing for going out
Good looking high-quality plus-size clothing has been historically difficult to find and pretty expensive. Fortunately, with more retailers starting to carry plus-size items, there are now plenty of reasonably priced and cute options available. From casual to formal to finding the perfect date-night outfit, this handy guide to the best plus-size going-out clothes will show you the hottest pieces out there.
What to know before buying plus-size going-out clothes
Look for sturdy materials that can be washed over and over again without damage, like cotton, denim, polyester or synthetic blends. Remember that some fabrics can’t be dried without shrinking, so air dry or dry those items that you’re worried about on a low heat. Watch out for anything that says dry-clean only, as you’ll either have to hand wash or send it out to the dry cleaners, which takes time and requires additional money.
You’ll want to dress appropriately for the weather. If you’re on the West Coast you can make your summer and fall clothing last a lot longer, even into the winter. If on the East Coast, you might be breaking out your flannels and sweater dresses as early as September. If you’re somewhere in between but want to still be stylish, consider layering. Layering is a great way to maintain the perfect body temperature. Simply remove a layer like a cardigan if you’re hot, or if cold, add a layer like a scarf.
Best plus-size going-out clothes
Best plus-size going-out jeans
Plus-Size Levi’s 720 High-Rise Super Skinny Jeans: available at Amazon
Our take: Black super skinnies perfect with any top for a night out on the town.
What we like: These five-pocket jeans come in five different washes, from dark black to light blue and in sizes 16W to 26W. Flattering high rise cut sits above the waist with a zipper fly and the legs feature a very slim cut.
What we dislike: Some reviewers felt that the material was too thin.
Best plus-size going-out sweater
ALLEGRACE Women’s Plus Size Tunic Top: available at Amazon
Our take: Pair this sexy tunic with some leggings or jeans for a flawless going-out look.
What we like: This leopard print long sleeved tunic sweater is available in sizes 14 Plus to 28 Plus and is made from a soft, lightweight material.
What we dislike: Some wearers felt the sleeves were short.
Best plus-size going-out casual dress
Kancystore Short-Sleeve Cold Shoulder Casual T-Shirt Swing Dress with Pockets: available at Amazon
Our take: This dress with cut-out shoulders is flattering on any figure.
What we like: Made from breathable cotton and polyester, this simple and casual dress comes in 16 different colors and up to a size 5X. Suitable as a swim cover-up or dressed up with some jewelry and strappy sandals for a dinner on the beach, this versatile dress is perfect for almost any occasion.
What we dislike: It runs a bit small so be sure to consult the size chart.
Best plus-size going-out clubbing dress
Verdusa Women’s Plus-Size Bishop Sleeve Plunging V-Neck Belted Bodycon Dress: available at Amazon
Our take: This is an elegant midi length form-fitting dress that comes in a dozen hues.
What we like: Sleek does not begin to cover the sexy silhouette of this belted bishop sleeve dress. It’s available from size large to 5X, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect fit.
What we dislike: The front is very low cut.
Best plus-size going-out top
Floerns Women’s Lace Neckline Sleeveless Chiffon Blouse Top: available at Amazon
Our take: Delicate lace frames the neckline of this pretty sleeveless chiffon blouse.
What we like: Ten vivid color options make this an incredibly versatile top that can be worn with any pants, leggings or skirt. The fabric is flowy at the waist and doesn’t cling to the stomach.
What we dislike: Some colors are unlined and slightly see-through.
Best plus-size going-out skirt
Hanna Nikole Pencil Skirt for Women: available at Amazon
Our take: Stunning faux leather skirt that is guaranteed to turn heads.
What we like: Dress it up for a night out or dress it down with a blazer for work. Available in black or navy blue, this incredible skirt is lined with polyester and spandex, making it slightly stretchy. This skirt features a zipper closure and hits just above the knee.
What we dislike: Only available in two colors.
Best plus-size going-out boots
Room of Fashion Women’s Wide-Calf Chunky Heel Over-The-Knee Boots: available at Amazon
Our take: Sexy over-the-knee boots featuring a wide calf and wide width for those who don’t fit into traditional boots.
What we like: These boots were specially designed for those with wide calves and feet and features a memory foam insole for added comfort. The heel height measures 2 inches and the boot is offered in your choice of four colors and from sizes 6 wide to 11 wide.
What we dislike: Not offered in size 12 or above.
Best plus-size going-out jumper
Happy Sailed Women Wide-Leg Pant Romper Jumpsuit: available at Amazon
Our take: A flattering wide-leg jumper elegant enough to wear to cocktail hour.
What we like: With sizes small to 3X and six short-sleeve color options and an additional nine long-sleeve color options, you’re bound to find the right fit and style.
What we dislike: Some wearers felt it was tight in the tummy.
Best plus-size two-piece set
Oluolin Womens Sexy Plus Size 2-Piece Dress Outfit: available at Amazon
Our take: Two-piece set available in 27 different and equally stunning colors.
What we like: Featuring an empire bandage-wrap top and a high-waisted belted maxi dress, this two-piece set is made from soft fabric and feels super comfortable. Sizes run from large to 5X and the sets come in multiple tie-dye patterns, solid colors and florals.
What we dislike: The set does not come with pockets.
Stefanie Hammond is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.
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