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How Do I Choose the Best plus Size Clubwear?

Lainie Petersen
Lainie Petersen

When choosing plus size clubwear, it is important to consider your body shape, your clothing budget, and the clothing styles available to you through brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers. You should also consider the dress code and standards at the clubs that you want to visit. Therefore, it's a good idea to allow yourself plenty of time for shopping so that you can get the plus size clubwear that best suits your needs. One thing to consider is that clubwear can be somewhat limited in that you may only be able to wear it when you visit nightclubs or go out to a party, as it is typically not suitable for wearing to the office or for many social events. Unless clubbing is part of your normal lifestyle, you may wish to be cautious when budgeting for this type of clothing.

In some cases, it may be a challenge to find plus size clubwear even at the plus size retailers that you usually patronize. You may need to locate a specialty boutique either online or in your area to find garments that are suitable for going out clubbing. There are some lines of clubware designed for plus size customers, so you may just have to hunt for a bit before finding places where they can be purchased. Keep in mind that some stores sell both regular and plus sizes, or their regular sizes may include some larger garments. It often pays to at least have a look at a store's selection or the size charts available from an online store, even if the store doesn't specifically cater to plus sizes.

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When selecting your plus size clubwear, it's important to consider your own figure and which styles are most flattering on you. Clubwear in many instances may be more revealing than other styles of clothing. If you are uncomfortable with showing a lot of skin, you may need to seek out items that are less revealing, or you may want to pair traditional clubwear with other garments that can provide you with more coverage. For example, if you purchase a very low-cut dress or top for clubbing but fear that it may be too revealing, wear a cami underneath. The same is true for short skirts and dresses. If you have large thighs and there is a risk of your skirt riding up too much, choose a lower hemline or pair the garment with opaque tights or leggings.

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I think if you choose clubwear that looks good to you and you think you'd be comfortable wearing it, go for it. There are a lot of great online sites that you could browse club clothes in the comfort of your own home.


A few weeks ago I decided to go out and see my friend who is in a band, play at a local club. I had heard my friends go on about what a great club it was and I was quite happy to be finally going to see it.

Unfortunately, I dressed the way I usually would when I was a teenager and going out to dance, with a nice sparkly top, and didn't realize that it was a hipster bar.

I was at least nice and cool, in my short skirt and tube top, but everyone else was wearing flannel.

Now, I think that the hipster look might be good for women who wear plus sized clothing, so maybe I should have welcomed the chance to relax into an old shirt, but it just felt weird.

Make sure you know what kind of club you're going to before you choose your clothing.


@croydon - I actually find wearing a light, moisture-wicking camisole underneath my clubbing dress can help with feeling cool and dry when I'm dancing. I know it adds an extra layer, but I prefer it, to be honest.

And, as long as you drink a lot of water along with your alcohol you aren't going to end up in too much trouble. I would mostly look for something that is going to make you feel good.

But then, I don't do all that much dancing. I much prefer to go and hang out with my friends and have a chat listening to some good music rather than tear up the dance floor.


The problem with buying plus size club wear is that you really don't want to reveal too much, but you also don't want to dehydrate at the club.

I know I always try to wear the lightest, most revealing clothes, not to look too easy, but in order to make sure I don't overheat, particularly if I'm going to be dancing.

But, as a plus sized woman, it's pretty difficult to dance without some major support from my bra and so forth and that means it's going to be quite wide straps. I can't even really contemplate wearing a strapless unless I'm not going to dance, since that would be quite uncomfortable and could end up in disaster if I bounce free of the bra!

I always try to get very light, cotton or bamboo dresses with wide straps but that are otherwise sleeveless and relatively short.

Clubs are always going to be hot and you want to be prepared for that.

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