When selecting formal business wear, choose jackets with wide shoulders, as these will make your waist appear smaller in comparison, helping to achieve the classic hour-glass figure. A-line skirts that finish just above the knee can make legs appear longer, and wedge heels can make ankles seem slimmer; if wearing trousers, boot cuts or light flares are usually flattering styles on plus size ladies. Select fitted blouses with short, but not capped, sleeves, preferably in a style that sits outside the trousers waistline, rather than being tucked in.
For women requiring casual business wear, it’s best to avoid large stripes of any kind. Smaller, more intricate patterns or any prints, including floral and polka dot, will usually be most flattering. While it’s true that darker colours can be slimming, they can also draw attention to lumps and bumps that you might prefer were over-looked. Ask friends, family or a coloring specialist to discover which shades best suit you, and stick to those for your tops, leaving darker colours to skirts and trousers. If your upper body is very curvy, you may prefer to avoid silk, satin, or similar fabrics, as they can be very unforgiving. Cotton tops that are fitted under the bust and flow down over the waist will help you to make the most of your fuller figure; wearing a properly fitted bra will help, too.
In a more casual workplace or at offices that celebrate casual Fridays, for example, you have even more variety. A patterned wrap-around dress can look good with low-heeled sandals in summer or knee-high boots in winter. If dresses aren't your thing, leggings can be coupled with long tops, providing the leggings are plain, not patterned, and darker in color than the top. Adding a belt can help emphasize your waist.