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How Do I Choose the Best plus Size Leggings?

Lainie Petersen
Lainie Petersen

When buying plus size leggings, it is important to take into consideration fit, quality and the opaqueness of the material. Leggings are a staple in the wardrobes of many women, and because of some special considerations unique to plus size women, focus on the construction can be particularly important in finding a good pair. Also important is finding leggings that are both affordable and durable, particularly if you often wear leggings.

Many women wear plus size leggings year-round, though often prefer to select their leggings on the basis of fabric weight according to season and the temperature outside. In some cases, women who wear plus sizes may find that wearing leggings made of very thin fabric can have disadvantages. The first problem is that some of these women find that their legs rub together while they walk or run which can cause premature wear on the seams and fabric on the inside of her leggings. To reduce this, you may wish to buy a more expensive pair of leggings with high quality seams and made from sturdy fabric so as to slow down the possibility of inner-thigh wear.

Women and juniors who wear plus size clothing may find a greater selection online or through catalogs.
Women and juniors who wear plus size clothing may find a greater selection online or through catalogs.

Another concern is when the material used to make plus size leggings is not particularly opaque, which can make the leggings function more like tights. If you prefer opaque coverage, select leggings made from a thicker fabric, and try wearing the legging outdoors. If you can see your leg through the fabric, either return the legging to the store or wear the legging with outfits in which tights are more appropriate.

As is true with most of women's clothing, there is no one sizing standard for plus size clothing. This means that you need to pay attention to size charts when selecting plus size leggings, particularly if you're making your purchase online or from a catalog. Once you get your leggings home, or after they arrive in the mail, try them on and spend some time walking around your house. If the leggings feel like they are going to roll off your body, it may be that they are too small or that the elastic isn't very good. In either case, exchange them for a larger size or ask for a refund.

Flattering plus size leggings will typically enhance the length of your leg and make you appear taller. While patterned leggings can be cute, they have the potential to "chop up" your body, which can make you appear shorter. They can also draw attention to your legs, which may be what you want if you have relatively thin legs along with a larger upper body, but can be counter-productive if you carry most of your weight on your bottom half. Instead of patterned leggings, buy plus size leggings in dark, neutral colors that you can match to the dress, skirt, or long tunic under which you wear them.

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@bythewell - The other option is to just make the leggings yourself. They are pretty easy to make and you can choose any kind of print that you want. You don't have to be an absolute expert on sewing, either, since most of the legging is going to be hidden anyway.


@KoiwiGal - Leggings are particularly good for plus sized girls because they are comfortable and versatile and they aren't that expensive, so you don't have to worry about being able to afford to keep up with current trends.

I have a friend at school who basically wears her personality on her legs, because she has managed to find all these cute cartoon leggings and just wears them with a plain dress or skirt and top combo. I actually don't know where she manages to get so many different kinds of leggings in plus sizes, but I do know it's a store online.


There are some really excellent places to buy plus sized socks and leggings online if you go digging in plus sized fashion blogs to find them. I have a Tumblr account where I basically just follow other people who are the same size as me and take their recommendations of where to shop.

It's good, because not only do you find places that you might not otherwise consider, you also often get to see what the items look like on a person who is a similar size to you, rather than the very thin models even plus size retailers often use to show clothes.

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    • Women and juniors who wear plus size clothing may find a greater selection online or through catalogs.
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      Women and juniors who wear plus size clothing may find a greater selection online or through catalogs.