Who says fat girls can’t wear cute clothes? We can, it’s just a matter of finding them, which can be quite a challenge. I’ve had some luck with Dress Barn for Women and Old Navy online (no plus sizes in the stores as far as I’m aware, still). Last month I was out of town and needed an outfit for a college reunion event. I headed over to Dress Barn and was pleasantly surprised to find a few pieces I liked that fit well. On a whim I grabbed a pair of black leggings, expecting to feel something like a sausage being squeezed into its casing. Surprisingly, I did not. I bought the leggings, along with a few other items, with the idea that I can wear them around the house during the cooler winter months.
Fast forward to now. The cooler weather has begun and I’m in the leggings. Yes, they’re great for lounging around the house with a giant t-shirt, but they have so much more potential than that. I’ve discovered that they look great with a long sweater and my cool ankle boots with the buckles the are usually hidden under jeans. Sometimes I even pull on a short black skirt over my leggings. That look takes me back to my college years, but I don’t think it looks too young for me now, as long as I don’t put a giant bow on my head and layer 23 black rubber bracelets up each arm. The leggings also look really good with a long coral peasant top and a pair of ballet flats. Finally, the cute v-neck swing style t-shirt and a pair of sneakers makes a sporty casual outfit. Woo hoo! I’m getting way more wear out of these than I anticipated.
The keys for me (and I would think for most fat girls) are as follows:
1. Make sure your leggings fit properly. Too tight and they may try to roll down, too loose and you’ll look wrinkly and weird. Either way you won’t look right and you’ll be uncomfortable.
2. Don’t wear leggings if you have giant legs. I’m fat, but I carry the majority of my weight around my belly. My legs, while not tiny, are shapely and not particularly jiggly.
3. Wear a long top. Yes, cover your entire butt. Even if you have a cute butt. Leave it to your jeans to show it off, not your leggings. They are meant to let your legs pop out from under your top, not expose every curve you have. Girly bits are not meant to be paraded around in public. If your top isn’t up to the challenge, go put on some real pants. Nobody wants to see that much of you, even if you aren’t fat.
4. As an alternative to wearing a long top, wear a short skirt. This will still cover up the butt and girly bits, and make the leggings look cute.
November 24, 2013 at 1:32 pm
I also recommend legging wearing for us old birds over 50. When they first came back (and yes, I wore them first time round), I was afraid of looking ‘mutton’ but then I thought, why should the young get to wear all the comfy stuff? For me, they hide flaws on my lower legs in the summer and are nice and warm in the winter so I’m ‘aving ’em, and if anyone doesn’t like it they can look the other way!
Yours look tres jolie my dear, keep legging it! x
November 24, 2013 at 6:33 pm
I agree, age shouldn’t keep you from something, but I do think it’s appropriate to adapt so we don’t look like lunatics who have no idea that we’re not teens anymore.
I wish the photo was mine, but it came from a google image search. I thought it was really cute too. 🙂
November 25, 2013 at 4:13 am
Yes, it’s a fine line but one I’m less scared to brush up against nowadays! I think its not what you wear but how you wear something that’s the key 🙂
November 25, 2013 at 5:38 am
November 24, 2013 at 3:04 pm
hehe good tips! I haven’t had the confidence to even attempt to wear leggings because of my size but may do now 🙂
November 24, 2013 at 6:32 pm
Why not? I say go for it!
November 24, 2013 at 4:22 pm
Love these tips; hope they help all of your readers to dive in and wear their leggings tastefully and confidently regardless of their size.
November 24, 2013 at 6:31 pm
I think that’s the key, to wear anything “tastefully and confidently.” 🙂 Thanks for the read and comment.
November 24, 2013 at 5:41 pm
I am pretty heavy myself but have been loosing a bit at a time. The other day I bought me some leggings with a long sweater dress and some boots and did not think it looked to shabby. I plan on finding another sweater dress that suits my figure of course they have to at least meet a bit above the knee because my weight tends to go to my legs!
November 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm
I think they look great with dresses too, especially in the colder weather. 🙂
November 25, 2013 at 4:59 am
I definitely agree with wearing a long top…there is nothing worse than a big girl with leggings on and a short top!
November 25, 2013 at 5:40 am
That just never looks right, even on skinny little kids. It looks like you forgot half your outfit.
November 25, 2013 at 6:44 am
I love wearing leggings they are so comfy and cozy that I want to wear them out. I haven’t had the nerve yet to wear leggings in public being so over weight. I am sure I would get a lot of bad looks from people if I started strutting around in my skin tight lycra tights. I envy all those people that can pull off wearing leggings.
November 25, 2013 at 8:13 am
Why not throw a skirt or dress over them? 🙂
November 25, 2013 at 9:22 am
After reading a few of the other comments about why should the young people have all the comfy stuff to wear. If people don’t like how I look then they can turn their heads the other way. Leggings are pants and want to wear them as pants and not with a skirt over top. I remember my mother dressing me in leggings and skirt when I was in grade school and now I don’t like that style. Today I have some errands to run and without giving it a second thought I will be wearing leggings when I leave my house. Thanks for the vote of confidence.
November 25, 2013 at 10:20 am
You go girl! 🙂
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