Despite the fact that a majority of American women are plus size, finding plus size professional clothing can be a challenge.
I help my plus size styling and image consulting clients create simple, streamlined wardrobes that make getting dressed for any occasion easy.
Read on for five plus size CEO outfits to suit any occasion, from Zoom meetings to a formal office look.
If you work in a formal office, having a few reliable suits in your closet will make getting dressed in the morning incredibly easy.
A matching jacket and pants is a powerful look that commands respect for any CEO.
For maximum versatility, look for a suit in a core color like black or navy, which can be mixed and matched with shirts in other core colors (think white) or tonal shades.
Once you’ve got the basics covered, feel free to branch out with a suit in a bold color or pattern, like the subtle brown check pattern worn above by Megababe CEO Katie Sturino.
A button down blouse is the classic pairing for a suit, but it can also be paired with different style tops depending on the season, like the knit turtleneck seen on Sturino.
Business casual can be interpreted many different ways, but by stocking your closet with versatile separates in core colors, you’ll never be at a loss for what to wear.
A monochrome, head-to-toe black look like the one above on Henning CEO Lauren Chan is sleek and instantly stylish.
Try pairing ankle-length pants with a lightweight sweater in a luxurious fabric like cashmere, then add a great pair of heels to finish off the look.
Looking for more business casual inspiration? Check out my article on business casual looks for plus size women.
Casual/No Dress Code
While casual and CEO style might seem like opposite ends of the spectrum, you can still dress down like a CEO.
Sticking to core colors like black, white, navy and gray will ensure that your casual looks are perfectly put-together.
For this stylish casual outfit above, Melissa McCarthy pairs jeans and a graphic tee in similar shades of gray with a fun pair of metallic oxfords.
Adding a navy blazer on top brings the whole look together and dresses it up, making it a perfect casual CEO look.
Video calls are integral to our professional lives now more than ever, so knowing how to dress for Zoom is vital for CEOs.
Consider how your outfit will look from the chest up, as that’s all your Zoom audience will see.
A blazer or collared shirt is ideal, and you also want to pay close attention to your accessories.
A look at Oprah’s Instagram reveals she’s a pro at Zoom dressing: Here she wears a great core color blazer and makes sure to accessorize with drop earrings and a great pair of eyeglasses.
Need help shopping for plus size professional clothing so you can look (and feel) your best? Check out my plus size CEO styling and image consulting services.
Cassandra Sethi is a NYC Personal Stylist and Image Consultant. After working over 15 years in the Fashion Industry, most recently as a Senior Buyer for Equinox, she created her business, Next Level Wardrobe – a luxury personal shopping service for successful professionals. Cassandra’s been featured in Greatist, Livestrong and NY Mag.