Updated on October 23rd, 2023 at 07:37 pm

We live in a world where clothes are designed for the size 0’s of the world, and there is very little choice of clothing for plus sizes! When you add being over 50 into the mix, there are even loss options out there. However, if you’re over 50 and overweight, there are so many great ways that you can dress to impress and feel good!

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You shouldn’t have to restrict the way you dress because of your age or size and it’s easy to find flattering clothing if you know what to look for! Worry no more and read on to find out about some great tips for how to dress if you are over 50 and overweight!

Choosing a flattering outfit can be difficult, but once you’ve finished with this article, you’ll be super excited to hit the shops and find some great clothes for you! We also have a quick guide on how to dress as a curvy woman.

How to dress flatteringly

There are many ways to dress flatteringly as someone who is over 50 and overweight.


The first step when figuring out how to dress when you’re over 50 is, in my opinion, the most important one! Before you start, you should tell yourself to feel confident in whatever clothes you put on. Being overweight should not mean that certain types of clothing are off-limits for you. Wearing things with confidence is the best way to carry yourself. Embrace your curves because you look great in what you’re wearing!

Avoid light jeans

Opting for darker jeans, instead of the light colored blue jeans is a good idea if you’re looking to take attention away from your thighs. Lighter colors can draw attention to these body parts and the darker shades can distract from these areas. Having a staple pair of flattering dark jeans will act as a perfect go-to pair of trousers to wear which you can easily pair with lots of different styles of top. You should avoid things that have a tight waist as you may find these uncomfortable. Elastic waists are much more comfortable.

Find some shapewear

Undergarments like the best Plus-size shapewear can really transform the way that clothes look on you! You can get shapewear in many different styles and sizes to shape just about any body type. Some shapewear is available for just certain areas of your body – such as your waist, hips and thighs. Or it is available as an all in one bodysuit.

Define your waist

You should ensure that you have defined your waist well. Wearing a belt around your waist, or some clothing that pulls in at the waist is a great way to do this.


Prints look great on everyone, and plus sized figures are no exception! Any pattern will make you look and feel bright, vibrant and beautiful. Floral prints and stripes will look fantastic on you. Color is also a great tool if you are hoping to look slimmer. Black is a very slendering color, as well as darker colors such as navy and maroon.

You can carry any type of dress really well. Particularly wrap dresses, maxi dresses, pencil skirts and tunics! If you don’t want to add more volume to the outfit then you should avoid things like fur or fringes. Round necks also give the outfit more volume so if you’re looking to avoid this, round necks should be avoided.

Dressing for different occasions

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If you are over 50 and overweight, choosing great casual wear is not too hard a task! If you want some plus size casual outfits, the staple pair of dark jeans will be your savior.

When you are wearing these jeans, you can pair them with a nice colored jumper, or some tunic tops to look great in your casual wear!

Party wear

If you are looking for a great outfit to wear to a party, you should ensure that you are emphasizing your hourglass figure. You were blessed with curves, so you should embrace them!

Flowing skirts with a belt around the waist look great to wear to a party. Pair this with a fitted top and you’re good to go! You’re highlighting your assets, and embracing your curves with this look!

Day time date

If you’re preparing for a date, it can be a very nerve-wracking experience and choosing what to wear is the biggest part of this stress! A great summary dress is perfect for a daytime dress. Opt for one that is tight on the top, pinched in at the waist, and flows out at the skirt. A nice bright print is a great addition to this look!

Wedding attire

Are you heading to a formal do or a wedding? Formal clothing is something that many people find a lot more difficult.

You could opt for a tailored suit here, sporting a pencil skirt on the bottom half and a fancy blazer on the top. Having said that, you can’t go wrong with a dress on these more formal occasions, so perhaps keep an eye out for a great tunic! Perhaps go for a few less colors and prints for your formal occasion and pair whatever you choose with a pair or short heels!


Incorporating accessories to your outfits are a great way to add some personality to your outfits. Adding necklaces, earring and bracelets will also help you to draw attention away from an area that you may want to minimize. For instance, if you’re hoping to make your neck look slightly smaller, wear a statement necklace to divert attention away from it.

If you feel like you want to draw attention away from your fingers, wear a statement ring to make your fingers look slimmer.

Final thoughts

You should now have some great ideas for ways to dress if you’re 50 and overweight. You shouldn’t have to feel as if you should cover yourself up just because you carry a bit more weight than some people! There are many ways that you can look and feel great in what you wear! For more info be sure to check out Extra Large Living.