Plus Size Fashion: Back to School Must Haves

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Picture this, you spent an entire weekend back to school shopping. There are only two plus size stores in your town, so you go inside hoping that there’s something you like that doesn’t look too… old. All summer you’ve been pulling out pages of magazines with outfits that are your style, so when you walk into the plus size store and see a denim dress with little rivets on it you get excited. This dress feels like it could be for someone your age.

You hang it on the back of your closet and plan the perfect shoes and hair do for the first day of school. You walk onto campus feeling good in your adorable denim dress.

Then you walk into your first class… and your teacher is wearing the same exact dress.

#mortified

Yes, this has happened to someone I know.

My job as your plus size fashionista friend is to make sure it doesn’t happen to you (or the plus size kids in your life).

So, whether you’re headed back to grammar school, high school or college, I thought I’d show you some of my favorite plus size back to school outfits.

For me, back to school shopping is all about mixing and matching– this is the time to buy a few favorites. A pair of cute sneakers, jeans you love and a stylish backpack. Then get a bunch of fun pieces to swap in and out, layer etc.

So lets look at a few fun back to school outfits for plus sizes!

CeCe Olisa Plus Size Back to School Outfits

Backpack: Rebecca Minkoff via Amazon | Plaid Shirt: Fashion to Figure | Jeans: Celebrity Pink | Wide Width Sneaker Wedges: Torrid via Amazon Fashion

This backpack is my go-to accessory, right now. I’m always working so I like to carry my laptop with me when I’m out and about in the city. This backpack is sleek enough to still feel like a purse and it holds my laptop along with anything else I need for the day. It even comes with a detachable long strap purse.

CeCe Olisa Plus Size Back to School

Peplum Top: Forever 21 |Backpack: Rebecca Minkoff via Amazon | Marble Laptop Case: Amazon | Lipstick: MAC So Chaud

Ever since my spring sneaker round up for big feet, I’ve been obsessed with wedge sneakers… I wanted these wide width sneaker wedges in blush but they didn’t have my size *single tear*. If you’re a size 10, go get them before they sell out!

CeCe Olisa Plus Size Back to School Wide Width Wedges

I’ve got a few more items you can use to mix and match for your back to school looks, hint: you don’t have to be headed back to school to rock these looks– click the arrows to continue!

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14 thoughts on “Plus Size Fashion: Back to School Must Haves”

  1. Hey CeCe,
    As a high school teacher, I have been fortunate to incorporate my style into my professional wear. Plus size fashion is a fairly serious hobby of mine, much to my husbands chagrin (as a professional musician and trumpet player, I just look the other way as he buys more mouthpieces – a nice tradeoff). I have to tell you that my kids and I share our love of fashion. My students inspire me! They’re so creative and thoughtful and that definitely does not stop at fashion – they are awesome vocalists and artists. Although it was not possible to launch last year, several of my students asked me to be a fashion club advisor. My straight sized kids told me that they loved my style; and not in a condescending manner. This is telling me also that a shift in perception has taken hold. The blurring of the lines between plus and straight sizes…so exciting. When we teach, we influence; and the students influence us. If you are wearing what your teacher is wearing…girl, take it as a compliment. We learn as much from you as you do from us!!! With love from NYC!

    1. What a fun relationship to have with your students. At the high school level that totally makes sense, but as someone who grew up in a small town was shopping at the same store as my mom/teachers at age 12/13 I wasn’t *quite* ready to feel cool about that lol

      What you’re describing is an ideal situation and I hope all the small town plus size kids get to a point where they have access to fashion as expression and community. That’s why I do the work I do… and it sounds like you’re doing the same! *high five*

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    Hey CeCe,As a high school teacher, I have been fortunate to incorporate my style into my professional wear. Plus size fashion is a fairly serious hobby of mine, much to my husbands chagrin (as a professional musician and trumpet player, I just look the other way as he buys more mouthpieces – a nice tradeoff). I have to tell you that my kids and I share our love of fashion. My students inspire me! They’re so creative and thoughtful and that definitely does not stop at fashion – they are awesome vocalists and artists. Although it was not possible to launch last year, several of my students asked me to be a fashion club advisor. My straight sized kids told me that they loved my style; and not in a condescending manner. This is telling me also that a shift in perception has taken hold. The blurring of the lines between plus and straight sizes…so exciting. When we teach, we influence; and the students influence us. If you are wearing what your teacher is wearing…girl, take it as a compliment. We learn as much from you as you do from us!!! With love from NYC!

    1. What a fun relationship to have with your students. At the high school level that totally makes sense, but as someone who grew up in a small town was shopping at the same store as my mom/teachers at age 12/13 I wasn’t *quite* ready to feel cool about that lol
      What you’re describing is an ideal situation and I hope all the small town plus size kids get to a point where they have access to fashion as expression and community. That’s why I do the work I do… and it sounds like you’re doing the same! *high five*

  3. I love a nice cute and comfy casual look any day. Those wedge sneakers are super cute. Unfortunately I prefer to try on before buying when it comes to shoes because sizing can run differently depending on the maker. I like a backpack too because you can pack so much more with you on the go and also have your hands free to carry more shopping bags if needed! Thanks for this helpful post. Ill have to look into the trendy backpack style as the backpack I have now is not so cute. It’s durable and well made but definitely not as stylish.

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    I love a nice cute and comfy casual look any day. Those wedge sneakers are super cute. Unfortunately I prefer to try on before buying when it comes to shoes because sizing can run differently depending on the maker. I like a backpack too because you can pack so much more with you on the go and also have your hands free to carry more shopping bags if needed! Thanks for this helpful post. Ill have to look into the trendy backpack style as the backpack I have now is not so cute. It’s durable and well made but definitely not as stylish.

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