Recently I was looking through my closet, trying to find something new to wear, and I stumbled upon a blouse that I hadn’t worn in ages. It was a gorgeous color, and I couldn’t for the life of me remember why I had stuffed this great blouse so far back in the closet. But I remembered the moment I tried it on. It fits great around the arms and chest, but it is way too tight in the hips. And that does not work for me.

It got me thinking about what features I look for in comfortable and casual plus size clothing. Because a nice outfit is about a lot more than just a pretty print. If I don’t feel comfortable, I don’t look comfortable. So I’ve taken this recent blouse discovery as a sign, from now on I will be sure to check the way my blouses fit around the hips before I buy them.

I got online and started checking out some of my favorite online clothing stores, and I was thrilled to see that designers have taken the hip fit into consideration on their new designs. Mature plus size clothing for women has to combine the right classic and casual style with a comfortable fit. If you’ve had a hard time finding tops that fit well around the hip, try shopping online using your measurements and online sizing charts to find the perfect fit for you.