By Andrea Dilea
Dressing up can be fun for all women, no matter what size they are. Large women who wear plus size clothes are no exception. They can dress up for a variety of occasions, including business, casual or formal ones. An excellent way to do this is to to accent a slacks, skirt or dress outfit with a color-coordinated jacket, cut to enhance a person's individual figure.
The cut of a jacket is the first thing that plus size women must consider. They should stay away from short, boxy jackets. Choosing a longer jacket that just skims the hips will give them a taller, slimmer look. It's also good to select a jacket with shoulder pads as they will add to the style of the jacket while helping to balance out the overall look.
Suits with straight lines are ideal for plus size women who have a straight "up and down" physique. For this type of figure, look for a long jacket that has sharp lapels that isn't too fitted in the waist. Plus sized women with a curvy physique will find a shorter jacket with rounded lines, curved lapel and fitted waist flattering for their body. A clinched jacket will accentuate and minimize the stomach.
When choosing a jacket, be sure that it falls in the proper spot on your body that is most flattering for you. For example, larger busted women will want to avoid jackets with pockets located on the bust line. Simple cut jackets with a tapered waist are the most flattering for this body type.
Women who are plus sized with a large bottom and small top will find that a jacket that just skims the hips will be the best looking. Stay away from jackets that end right at the hips as they will call attention to an area you are trying to hide, not emphasize.
It's important for plus size women to achieve a look of proportion. While a long jacket can make a 5'6" woman look taller, it can overpower a 4'11" woman and make her look even shorter. The following tips can help you find the right length plus size jacket for you.
When choosing the length of a jacket hem be aware that the hem should not be at the widest part of your body. As an alternative, go for longer or shorter. When you choose a longer jacket, be sure to choose a more narrow pant or skirt. Your jacket or skirt should be about two thirds of the length of your overall look. Long jackets over knee length skirts and shorther jackets over longer shirts have the most flattering effect.
Scarves are a great accessory to add a personal touch to a plus size jacket. Use a long scarf to elongate your figure. Scarves also draw attention to your face and are a fun way to add a little interest to your outfit.