What works best: Think forgivingly flowy, not oversize; lots of excess fabric makes you look bigger. Pair softer pieces with items that have built-in structure, like blazers or slightly bootcut pants, in areas where you need to be reined in.
What to keep in mind: There is a sizable difference between a 16 and a 16W. If you see that extra letter, you’ll get more generously cut armholes, a roomier bustline, and a larger waist-to-hip ratio.
Where to shop: Asos Curve, Donna Ricco, Eloquii, INC International Concepts, Igigi, Lafayette 148, Madison Plus, NYDJ.