Women's Plus Size Holiday Clothing Ideas

Amy Finley
curvy models standing on holiday decorated porch

The holiday season means lots of events, from casual family get togethers to corporate events to fun holiday parties and more upscale affairs. The right ideas and tips can help you create the perfect plus size holiday outfits for all your events.

Plus Size Outfit Ideas for the Holidays

Looking stylish during the holidays is simple to achieve once you know how casual or formal an event will be and you are armed with some outfit possibilities. If you're not sure of the dress code for a specific holiday outing, ask the person hosting in advance.

Velvet and Lace LBD Cocktail Dress

A classic LBD is always in style, and a knee-length cocktail dress done in velvet and lace is perfect for the holidays. Look for styles that have a v-neckline and slight flare or a-line to the skirt for a flattering look. Black nylons and leather pumps or wedges finish off this sophisticated style.

Curvy model in black evening dress

Simple Red Dress With black Accessories

An eye-catching red dress is bold and festive. A simple style with a modest neckline and three-quarter length sleeves is appropriate for a holiday office party or another party or even that isn't highly formal. Add black accents like a black belt, black tights, and black boots or heels to dress up the style. The belted waist helps achieve the look of an hourglass figure.

Curvy model in red dress with black accessories

Jewel-Toned Evening Gown

For formal holiday affairs or charity events, an evening dress might be called for. A good option is to look for a rich, jewel-toned colors that work with your skin tone. Emerald green, deep teal, amethyst, and burgundy are good choices. An empire waist style that gently contours the body and falls to floor length is a classic look and a long slit makes it a slightly sexy dress.

Curvy model in a jewel toned teal gown

Black Jumpsuit With Shimmery Wrap

A black jumpsuit is a classy, versatile outfit. Pair it with a long jacket or wrap in a shimmery fabric to make it extra festive. Red heels help finish off the look and add a pop of coloring, and long dangling earrings add an extra touch.

Curvy model in a black jumpsuit and long jacket

Dressy Blouse With Dark Jeans

For more casual get-togethers and family affairs, you can't go wrong with a dressy top and dark wash denim. Look for a loose-fitting blouse that falls over the figure and pair it with dark skinny jeans. You might not want to go over the top with a holiday print, but you can still up the style ante by choosing a fun print or pattern, like polka dots or stripes.

Curvy model in sweater and jeans

Fun and Flirty Gold Dress

A fun and flirty look for semi-casual holiday activities is a knee-length wrap dress. If you're tired of the darker colors often worn during the winter months, turn to a gold dress for a vibrant style. The wrap style is universally flattering for plus size ladies, no matter what your body type.

Curvy model in gold dress

Sexy After Work Style

If you need to go from work to an evening event quickly during the holidays, you can make some easy swaps. Swap the work-appropriate blouse for a sexy black tank to wear under a bold-colored pants suit or trousers and jacket combo. Add in some high-heeled or wedge-style black suede boots to finish it off.

Curvy model wearing a red pantsuit and black camisole

Multi-Colored Print Dress

Another plus size holiday outfit idea is to opt for a long-length print dress. Multi-colored jewel tones add instant flair and keep the dress a bit more casual than a solid color. Details like a high belted or banded waist, loose pleated skirt, and sheer panel at the bust can create a fun, flattering look for date night, drinks with the girls, or holiday parties. Nude tights and simple flats let the dress take center stage.

Curvy model wearing a long print dress

White Sweater and High-Waisted Skirt

Classic, cute, and stylish, a great casual look for the holidays that you can throw together quickly is to pair a simple white sweater with a high-waisted skirt. Choose a skirt in a print or pattern, like the blue and black plaid seen here, to keep the style from being too simple. Santa hat optional.

Curvy model wearing white sweater and high waisted skirt

Short Black Dress With Bold Accessories

A stylish knee-length black dress with flutter, bell, or other unique sleeve style is a beautiful base for some bold holiday accessories. Wear a chunky necklaces or layered necklaces in red, green, or gold for a style like this that could be worn to office parties, family get-togethers, church events and more.

Curvy model wearing black dress and red accessories

Velvet Wrap Dress

Velvet is the perfect holiday dress material and a great look for a party dress. Warm, cozy, and with a slight shimmer that makes you shine. Choose a velvet dress in a flattering wrap style that falls straight for a sleek, dressy look.

Curvy model wearing a velvet wrap dress

Figure Flattering Styles

For practically any holiday celebration, a nice figure-enhancing dress is always the way to go because you can easily dress it up as much as you like with select shoes and accessories.

Other items of festive clothing that flatter a full figure are:

  • Embellished sweaters
  • Pencil skirts
  • Boyfriend blazers
  • Wrap dresses in festive shades
  • Trouser jeans
  • Free-flowing blouses
  • Knee-length jackets in fur, leather, etc.

Holiday Accents

No holiday ensemble is complete without the presence of lots of accents to give things some much-needed sparkle. However, when you're a plus size lady you have to tread lightly with embellishments because if you wear too many or styles that are too busy, you can easily appear larger than you are. Whichever part of your body carries the most weight is where you want to avoid wearing any accents, instead placing them on smaller areas.

Curvy model wearing holiday accessories

Great holiday accents include:

  • Sequins
  • Ruffles
  • Rhinestones
  • Bows
  • Lace
  • Bold prints/patterns

Themed Clothing

You will hear a lot from both sides of the fence about wearing the infamous (and notoriously panned) holiday sweaters, sweatshirts or t-shirts. Fashion rules aside, if you like wearing holiday-themed attire, then go for it. If you do, though, remember to keep it at a minimum. Unless you are going to an ugly sweater party, overly flashy patterns can be unflattering.

Celebrating in Style

After you have chosen the perfect holiday outfit, all that's left to do is make it your own. The way to achieve this is to wear the proper undergarments, accessories and shoes that evoke your personal style. A well-fitting bra is a must; some women also consider purchasing a body-shaper, waist cincher or body suit with special attire to give provide a more svelte silhouette. As for your accessories and shoes, don't hesitate to go over-the-top with bold colors, high heels, embellishments and other attention-grabbing details to complete your holiday look.

Women's Plus Size Holiday Clothing Ideas