How to Wear Plaid Pants if You Are Full-Figured
Women with large bottoms or who are plus sized, often shy away from wearing prints on their bottom halves fearing it will make them look larger. Linear prints like stripes, plaids, and checks can be particularly problematic on full-figured women. But I’m going to show you how I wore a pair menswear-inspired plaid pants with these gadonkadonk thighs of mine. I’m sharing five simple style tips you need to keep in mind for if you want to add a pair of plaid pants to your fall wardrobe and a pair, I think fit the bill. They are also available in petite and in plus-size. “Slap-hands!”
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J. Jill Style
J Jill, a brand known for bringing relaxed and comfortable clothing for the everyday woman, recently reached out to me to collaborate with them on their fall collection. Their fall collection is all about menswear, only with feminine silhouettes, this look has been perfected for women. These pieces can transition from one season to the next. And you can create versatile pairings that make more traditional styles look fresh.
Plaid Pants on Curvy Women? – Oh, yes we CAN!
When I first saw these plaid pants, I was tempted to pick a safe, neutral color. Honestly, the olive green is my safety color in pants. I’ve also taken note as of late that I have an unusually large collection of olive utility jackets. I may honestly need help. I’m drowning in camo and fatigue green over here.
However, I kept coming back these camel plaid trousers. The inner dialogue went something like this: “Uhhhh… do I dare? No. Maybe. Okay, I’ll get the green. But….that plaid! Ugh! Sigh. Just do it, Paula. Seriously!”
So naturally, I picked them. And peeps, they did not disappoint!
I opened the box and saw that against a camel backdrop the black and pink lines just popped. Yeah, I said “pink”! And not only are they pretty, but they are also incredibly comfortable. The bi-stretch fabric and pull-on style can be dressed up or down with the versatile feminine take on a men’s trousers.
The plaid pants are actually a cuffed style. However, based on other J Jill ankle pants I tried on I ordered the petite so that they would be a true ankle length on me. However, they ended up being way too short. So I un-cuffed them at the four tack points with a seam ripper.
4 Tips for Wearing Plaid Pants as a Curvy Woman
1. Size of the Plaid
Look for a plaid that is smaller in size. A plaid print like I’m wearing creates an all-over pattern with the same size lines and less variation in color versus one that incorporates wide lines and bold colors. It’s perfect for a full figured woman because there is not one color or horizontal line that is more prominent than another. A too bold plaid pattern would create a widening effect on our delicious curves.
2. The Shape of the Pants
Choose a feminine trouser shaped pant. Something like the pull-on styling of the J. Jill pants or possibly even those with a side zipper will work. I’m not saying we couldn’t wear a wide leg pant in subtle plaid but keeping the fit closer to our body is the most slimming line when we’re wearing any linear print on our curvy lower half.
3. Stretch Fabric
I like a little stretch in almost every garment I wear. But it’s particularly important when wearing plaid. We don’t want any horizontal print to be pulling across the widest part of our body.
4. Size Matters
Speaking of “pulling”; this is not the time to worry about the size number you’re wearing. Buy the plaid pants that fit the best at every point. The size 16 was kind of tight in the knee area on me. I sized up to the 18, so I wouldn’t have any weirdness there. I could have always had them altered should they have been big elsewhere.
Wear smoothing underwear under plaid pants!
Okay, I seriously don’t just try to find places to talk about my underwear. And had I only styled these plaid pants with longer sweaters like this poncho and the beloved Mr. Rogers Sweater, I wouldn’t have seen that I most definitely wore the wrong underwear underneath. Oh, my word! Am I really posting my VPL for all to see?
You all know my great love of cotton underwear, well sometimes I have to deviate from those for style and fit reasons. This is one of those times I should have.
I like a style of smoothing panties that don’t have elastic leg openings. My thighs are too large for most boy-short style shapers, but if you don’t have super thick thighs, you may be able to find some you like. I prefer panties with smoothing panels and lace at the top of the thigh like these.
If you buy the pants that fit well, you won’t have to worry about your underwear having compression. You will only need a panty to smooth out the moguls a bit.
The Rest of the Story
I will be incorporating all of the pieces I received from J. Jill’s fall collection throughout the season. They are all so soft and cozy. I actually wore the Mr. Rogers Sweater (they totally should have called it that) over my PJ’s last night to take the chill off.
The Belt Bag
The fanny pack may be making a comeback ladies! But fear not, it’s not the 80’s version you’re still cringing over. This belt bag from J. Jill’s fall collection is beautiful with her rich look and supple leather (smells and all). HOWEVER, it falls short in the size of the pouch. It’s not big enough to hold the larger versions of the iPhone. (I’m crying a little bit.) But if you have anything below the iPhone 7, it should fit.
But Those Plaid Pants!
I’m most excited to keep styling these menswear-inspired plaid pants! I’m thinking about a graphic tee and denim jacket. A black blazer, white button down and pumps for a dressier look. You can follow me over on Instagram to see more of the looks as I come up with them.
Keeping the five style and fit tips in mind, I’m confident curvy girls CAN wear plaid pants and look AWESOME! Will you? Let me know in the comments.
Be Cozy. Be Confident. Be Curvalicious.
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Hey Shasti! It’s a super fun and inexpensive tie. I forgot to have my husband tie it for me before he left for work that day so I wore it this way. But the vision in my mind was to wear it more traditionally around my neck on this feminine blouse.
Where did you get the tote in the first picture!??? Want one!!! I love the pants and have them as well — like the denim and wouldn’t have thought of that!
Hi Tracie! Isn’t it great? It’s more expensive than most other bags I’ve EVER had, but I have carried it almost exclusively for close to 2 years. The interior pockets and the one on the outside have sold me. And it’s lightweight even before you put anything in it which is a plus for me. Here’s the link:
I Love the plaid pants. I never would have thought about wearing plaid until now. I’ve always shied away from them because of my big “bohuncus” (affectionately named by my son who was 5 at the time) but I feel like I could totally do this ! Thank you for showing how Awesome plaid could be.
Mich, you will LOVE these! Just keep the fit tips in mind and keep looking. I’m excited to hear what you think! Send me a picture through a message on FB or on Instagram.
They look fabulous on you Paula!!
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Look who’s talking you gorgeous woman you! Thanks so much!
I just want to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog and seeing the outfits you put together. I follow many blogs (it became a bit of an obsession after retiring from teaching), but most of those ladies seem to be skinny minnies, Not that there is anything wrong with that, it is just not who I am. Your sense of humor and sense of style drew me in. I love that you find ways to wear trends and never look frumpy. Thanks so much for showing us mature fluffy girls how to look FABULOUS!
Robin, you need to right by little bio under my photo! You have perfectly described my target audience. Thank you and I hope you enjoy things to come.
Love this look! These plaid are soooo good for Fall! You styled them perfectly!
Thanks so much Cindy! I’m really excited about them.
Oh my friend those pants are FAB-U-LOUS!! Of course curvy girls can wear plaid…or anything else that strikes their fancy. And the fact that you talk panties at every opportunity is one of the thousand things I love about you!
And THAT’S why I live YOU! 💕
Hey Debbie, I’m responding again because I’ve once again been having some blog issues, which I know you’ll understand. 😉 So this is simply a test response. 😬 But, let’s just make it extra clear that I’ll never kiss up an opportunity to talk to my festive hair friend!