Every good wardrobe needs basics. These pieces make putting together a stylish ensemble easy because they serve as the foundation of your outfit. The not so easy part is finding these pieces when you are building a plus size wardrobe. Lucky for you, I did all of the work and put together this list of the best plus size wardrobe basics.
Personally, I have a long torso and an apple shape. I carry most of my weight in my stomach. I prefer shirts that are longer and pants that have a medium to high waist. I know that every plus size lady has their own unique shape, style, and preferences. While I shopped for these basics for my body type and style preference, I think most of my selections are fairly universal.
Tshirts and Tank Tops
Even if your style is more classy than casual, it is good to have both T-shirts and tank tops in your wardrobe. Even if you won’t wear them to work, they may be the perfect thing to wear to that company volunteer gig at the food bank.
One: This t-shirt is my top recommendation for long-waisted ladies. It is a thinner material but not see-through so it can be worn under clothes or alone. It is long enough to be tucked or tied into a side knot.
Two: During the cooler months a casual long sleeve top is great for layering under a vest or worn alone with jeans. This one is from Target so the price is right. Plus the fabric feels really nice.
Three: These tank tops are perfect for layering under a chambray shirt, a layer to make a revealing top or dress a bit more modest, or as a layer under a sheer blouse.
A good white shirt really adds to your wardrobe. They can be worn alone with jeans for a more casual look or they can be paired with a blazer for a more professional look.
One: This white shirt is super versatile. It doesn’t have a traditional collar, which makes it easier to wear with a blazer.
Two: This white top is super interesting so it would work well on its own with jeans or a pair of simple black pants.
Three: I personally don’t do collared shirts like this, but they serve as a staple in most closets.
If you splurge on one item, let it be on a blazer. A great blazer can be dressed down and worn with jeans or dressed up for the office. However, a blazer that looks cheap or doesn’t fit right will always look frumpy. Find the best blazer for your style and get it tailored to fit perfectly.
One: This blazer is a unique mix of styles. It lacks the standard lapel but it does have a single button and front flap pockets.
Two: This blazer may make look like it is from a different decade, but the print and cut are universal enough that this piece will have a long life in your wardrobe.
Three: If you like the minimalist look, this is the blazer for you.
Dressy Black Skirt or Pants
Working from home means I don’t have a lot of need for workwear but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a pair of black dress pants on standby. Should I have an interview or a formal business meeting, I will be glad I have them. If you work in an office with a dress code, you will obviously need more than one option in your wardrobe.
One: An ankle-length black pant is a must-have item. The ankle-length is flattering, you don’t have to worry about them being too long, and they can be worn with a variety of different shoes.
Two: I prefer an a-line skirt if I wear one, but you might find you like a pencil skirt better. It is really just a matter of personal preference. If you work or want to work in a professional environment, then a pencil skirt is essential.
Three: This skirt provides a bit more movement than a pencil skirt. This skirt pairs well with more fitted tops and blouses.
Since we are friends, I am going to let you in on a secret. I hate pants but I really loath jeans. And jean shopping is the worst. To make things simple for myself, I found three different styles that I turn to when I need to buy jeans.
One: For casual but comfy jeans, I go for a boyfriend cut. They fit just lose enough without looking like a mess.
Two: While not my favorite cut, I do like to have a skinny or pencil jean in my wardrobe. This pair is slim, has a bit of stretch, but don’t look like they are painted on.
Three: Trouser jeans are really hard to find right now, but they are essential. They are great for bringing a casual outfit up a notch and for making something professional a bit more casual.
Before I had kiddos, I belonged in the leggings are not pants camp. Now I live in leggings at home. I will wear them out to the grocery store or carline with a long sweater or a cardigan.
One: I only wear Old Navy leggings. I have not found any other that are comparable in price and quality. You can pay more for leggings that are more like athleticwear but I prefer the jersey material of the Old Navy pair.
Underneath It All
I am not a shapewear girl at all. I don’t like feeling like a sausage about to explode. That being said I do have a few suggestions for those times when you may need something underneath all of your clothes.
One: If you have a sheer shirt and want to wear a smoothing camisole this one will do the trick without being too uncomfortable.
Two: For those with fuller thighs, these slipshorts are perfect under skirts and dresses.
Three: Tights aren’t as trendy as they were a few years ago, but they are good to keep on hand.
Tips For Making Your Basics Last
Since your basics will get the most use it is important to make sure they last. If possible try to get as many wears at out of your basics before washing. If you only wore something for an hour you likely don’t need to wash it. Also, make sure to follow all washing direction carefully.
You will also want to buy the best quality you can afford. With these pieces, quality is more important than quantity. A nice blazer or a high-quality pair of jeans is going to last longer. Really look at the material, the cut, the lining, and the hems of all of your wardrobe basics.