When buying plus size leggings, it is important to take into consideration fit, quality and the opaqueness of the material. Leggings are a staple in the wardrobes of many women, and because of some special considerations unique to plus size women, focus on the construction can be particularly important in finding a good pair. Also important is finding leggings that are both affordable and durable, particularly if you often wear leggings.
Many women wear plus size leggings year-round, though often prefer to select their leggings on the basis of fabric weight according to season and the temperature outside. In some cases, women who wear plus sizes may find that wearing leggings made of very thin fabric can have disadvantages. The first problem is that some of these women find that their legs rub together while they walk or run which can cause premature wear on the seams and fabric on the inside of her leggings. To reduce this, you may wish to buy a more expensive pair of leggings with high quality seams and made from sturdy fabric so as to slow down the possibility of inner-thigh wear.
Another concern is when the material used to make plus size leggings is not particularly opaque, which can make the leggings function more like tights. If you prefer opaque coverage, select leggings made from a thicker fabric, and try wearing the legging outdoors. If you can see your leg through the fabric, either return the legging to the store or wear the legging with outfits in which tights are more appropriate.
As is true with most of women's clothing, there is no one sizing standard for plus size clothing. This means that you need to pay attention to size charts when selecting plus size leggings, particularly if you're making your purchase online or from a catalog. Once you get your leggings home, or after they arrive in the mail, try them on and spend some time walking around your house. If the leggings feel like they are going to roll off your body, it may be that they are too small or that the elastic isn't very good. In either case, exchange them for a larger size or ask for a refund.
Flattering plus size leggings will typically enhance the length of your leg and make you appear taller. While patterned leggings can be cute, they have the potential to "chop up" your body, which can make you appear shorter. They can also draw attention to your legs, which may be what you want if you have relatively thin legs along with a larger upper body, but can be counter-productive if you carry most of your weight on your bottom half. Instead of patterned leggings, buy plus size leggings in dark, neutral colors that you can match to the dress, skirt, or long tunic under which you wear them.