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5 Fashion Trends in Plus Size Clothing for Women Over 60

By Stephen Hadley June 22, 2016 Beauty

Stylish, mature women see trends come and go. You follow the ones you love and you patiently wait out the ones you don’t.

There’s a special challenge for plus size women looking for stylish clothes. Fashion trends rarely flatter a curvy figure. Even if there’s a style you love, it can be hard, or even impossible, to find it in your size. This makes feeling comfortable and looking stylish even more difficult.

Fortunately, some things have changed for the better. Online shopping has made finding beautiful, well-designed plus size clothing easier than ever. Shopping from home, you don’t have to deal with judgmental looks and body shaming from salespeople with an attitude about “plus size”.

Let’s forget the misery of shopping for plus size clothing in local stores. Instead, celebrate the fact that there are more online options for you than ever before! One great way to look your best and maintain a healthy, positive body image is to add fresh looks to your wardrobe.

Here are 5 flattering plus size trends to try.

Kimono Cardigans

Cardigans are a must-have in every woman’s wardrobe. They are simple, comfortable, and versatile. You can find them in endless styles, from handmade batik prints to basic colors. One specific type of cardigan ideal for plus size women is the kimono cardigan. It will step up your style and make you stand out while still flattering your fuller figure. What should you look for in choosing the right one?


Whether you try on your kimono cardigan in store or order online, make sure the fabric is light and the sleeves are not cut too slim. Wide kimono sleeves are comfortable and bring visual interest without exposing your upper arm.


The biggest fear with plus size cardigans is getting stuck with a sheet-like muumuu. Shapeless garments are flattering on no one. Make sure you choose a stylish cardigan that accentuates your body’s best parts.

Vertical Lines

An open cardigan creates a vertical line that draws attention up to your face and elongates your figure.

Bold Prints

Do you think that plus size clothing just means solid black and navy? No way! Bold prints in expressive colors are flattering for all women, not just the slim and trim. Embrace your personal look with plus size clothing in bold prints that get attention and show off your mature style.

Plus size clothes are now available in prints of all kinds. They can be large, small, bold, and colorful, so feel free to explore your options. Floral prints are beautiful for spring and summer. Bold print jackets in darker colors add a unique touch to a dressy solid color ensemble. Don’t be afraid to try something new like batik, art prints, large geometric patterns, or even tie dye!

Tie Dye

The 60’s won’t come back, but tie dye is here to stay. When I design clothing for plus size women, I love using tie dye. It’s a beautiful throwback to the style and culture of one of the most important decades in history.

Did you know that women around the world have been wearing tie dye garments for thousands of years? Ancient evidence of tie dyed fabrics have appeared in Africa, India, China, and Indonesia.

Keep in mind, tie dye doesn’t necessarily mean loud, bright colors. My favorite part of designing with tie dye is seeing the one-of-a-kind colors and patterns that this method creates. If you want a more subdued look that still features the unique qualities of tie dye, try a white top with light tie dye touches, perhaps in just one color. The basic color keeps a light, clean look with a splash of fun style.

Tunic Tops

Tunics, which are truly ancient garments, are long flowing tops that flatter women of all shapes. If you want to balance your bottom half, choose an open sleeve tunic with a wide neck opening. If you are wider up top, choose a plus size tunic top with a deep V-neck and small patterns.

Tunic tops have resurged in popularity in the past few years. Why? These versatile, comfortable tops are easy to dress up or down, making them an ideal addition to every woman’s wardrobe.

Big Accessories

Big, bright, beautiful accessories are nothing to be afraid of. They complement plus size women perfectly. If you think these pieces will make you look bigger, have no worries! Chunky accessories do exactly the opposite, creating focal points that draw the eye away from problem areas.

Trends come and go, but fashion is forever. Choosing plus size clothes that help you to create a personal style will keep you looking and feeling your very best.

Have you had difficulty finding clothes for your curvy body? Do you like to try out the latest fashion trends but find that plus size options are not available? Have you added any of the suggestions above into your wardrobe? Let us know in the comments section.

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How about some ideas for us short gals 5’4″ and less
Can petite and plus size go together successfully?

The Author

Stephen Hadley, founder of Generous Fashions, has been exclusively creating plus size clothing for women (XL to 4X) since 2002. He designs fabric and garments for and his Etsy shop, which offers Sixty and Me readers a 10% discount here Sign up for the Generous Fashions newsletter for new arrivals and member discounts.

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