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Great plus size style is about letting your essence shine through–what you love, what looks good on you and what works for YOUR lifestyle. Ditch the “have to’s” and find your own must haves!

Swap: Form-Fitting Fun Without the Fuss!

Love the sleek look of form-fitting pants or tights but hate the constraint? If this is so, think about leggings! Leggings are everywhere—and everywhere is exactly where plus size fashionistas can wear them. Check out our style swap guide the next time you want some style but you don’t want to mess with pants or tights.

Lafayette 148 Ponte Knit Pants

Perfect for…Casual Fridays

Think leggings are too casual for the office? Think again. Worn right, leggings are the perfect weekday go-to. Hue provides leggings with a very skinny rib to them available in sizes up to 3XL, and you’ll find that these leggings pair perfectly with a stylish, structured dress and a pair of ankle boots. Leggings only look soft if you pair them with other soft items, so explore your closet! Check out the simple and sexy, chic look of Lafayette 148 New York’s Punto Milano leggings in Merlot.

Wolford Velvet Leggings

Perfect for…a Coffee Date!

Don’t pull back from the layered look when it comes to date night. Think West Coast-style: stick with thin layers, and use a pair of brightly-colored solid leggings as your foundation. Throw a lacy camisole top over the leggings, and a longer wrap-around top, then finish it off the outfit with a light scarf and your favorite flats and you’re good to go. For just a touch of decadence, consider Wolford’s luxurious velvet leggings in an array of perfect-for-fall colors.

James Perce Black Leggings

Perfect for…Heating it Up

If you’re anything like us, there is one outfit in your closet that you love, but it’s a little too…short. If you’re a more modest plus size fashionista who is worried about showing it all, leggings are the perfect add-on. Black leggings are a go-to staple, and can pair with just about anything. Check out the lacy, the ribbed, the patterned and the textured, and you’ll find one that’s perfect for any outfit. We can’t live without James Pearse’s simple black leggings.

Perfect For…Going Artsy

Part of the fun of gallery showings, art events and fundraisers is dressing up. Colorful tights paired with shorter dresses are a big deal right now, but you can skip the hose and throw in a pair of bright leggings instead. Think floral leggings, a short shift dress and a pair ballet flats, or a fun, bright pop of color underneath a black or charcoal skirt. Check out these great floral leggings from Johnny Was.

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