25 Outfits All Plus-Size Nerdy Babes Will Adore

25 Outfits All Plus-Size Nerdy Babes Will Adore
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If your schoolday experiences were anything like mine, chances are you were called a "nerd" on a regular basis. Maybe it was your chunky glasses or your encyclopedic knowledge of Marvel characters that gave it away. The term might've been cause for bullying or general shaming back then, but plus-size nerd clothing circa 2017 is one surefire way to start reclaiming it (if you haven't already). 

Much is often said about the evolution of plus-size fashion in recent years. Although a lot of positive, progressive improvements remain to be seen, the availability of nerd-wear above a size 14 has definitely made strides. Even if I'd wanted to wear my love of Harry Potter on my sleeve as a young teen, the simple truth is that I probably couldn't have. My soft arms, broad shoulders, and wobbly tummy never did fit into those junior's section Gryffindor tops, after all.

With adulthood (hopefully) comes wisdom, though -- and part of that wisdom can be owning your plus-size nerdiness with unapologetic flair. If you're ready to rock the hell out of a Wonder Woman romper or fess up to your love of quantum mechanics, look no further than these 25 styles. 

  • A Regular Old Harley Quinn


    Harley Quinn is the sociopath that so many of us hate to love and love to hate. Why not combine your appreciation of the fatkini trend with your adoration of the Suicide Squad antihero? Available in sizes 12 to 28.

    DC Comics Harley Quinn Swim Top Plus Size ($43, Hot Topic); DC Comics Harley Quinn Swim Bottoms Plus Size ($39, Hot Topic)

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  • Who Killed Laura Palmer?


    Celebrate the return of Twin Peaks, the gift that has kept on giving for over 25 years, with this understated tee. It's the perfect way to let folks know that you're a lover of dark comedy and campiness. Plus, you clearly enjoy spending a lot of time in deep thought. Available in sizes 10 to 30.

    Twin Peaks Crew Tee ($35, Torrid)

  • Cats in Space


    Who hasn't dreamt of moving to outer space with their beloved household pet? I know I have. Available in sizes 12 to 24.

    ASOS Curve T-Shirt With Space Cat Print ($23, ASOS)

  • A Most Excellent Combination


    Leggings are the best, most comfortable sartorial choice one can make. Harry Potter is the best, most life-changing YA literary series one can read. As for these Harry Potter leggings, well, I think they speak for themselves. Available in sizes 12 to 28.

    Harry Potter Hogwarts Leggings Plus Size ($39, Hot Topic)

  • For Vintage Nerds


    Nerd-wear needn't be obvious. If you much prefer signaling your passion for astronomy or curiosity about extraterrestrial life in a subtle manner, this vintage-inspired dress should be just the ticket. Available in sizes 12 to 20.

    Bernie Dexter Plus Size 1950s Style Black Outer Space Print Drive-In Cotton Swing Dress ($165, Unique Vintage)

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  • Death Eater Babe


    Some of us may align with Bellatrix Lestrange a little more than Hermione Granger. Should this be the case in your own life (no shame, no shame), checking out this Deathly Hallows–inspired coat should definitely be on your radar. Available in sizes 10 to 30.

    Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Coat ($109, Torrid)

  • Original Trilogy 4E


    True Star Wars fans know that the best Star Wars films are those of the original trilogy. Part of their charm was undoubtedly the relationship between R2 and C-3PO, which you can now shout out on your back for the world to see. Available in sizes 12 to 30.

    Her Universe Star Wars C-3PO R2-D2 Embroidered Girls Satin Souvenir Jacket Plus Size ($90, Hot Topic)

  • Dead or Alive?


    We may never know whether Schrodinger's cat is dead or alive, but thinking about it will forever be entertaining. This one's for the quantum mechanics nerds out there. Available in sizes 16 to 34.

    Shrodinger Cat's Dead Black Tee ($30, Cafepress)

  • Moon Child


    The stages of the moon are a captivating phenomenon. With a tee like this, you needn't ever be without lunar wonder. Available in sizes 00 to 30.

    All In A Phase Work T-Shirt ($30, ModCloth)

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  • Matt Smith Year-Round


    Matt Smith's doctor was undoubtedly the nerdiest doctor of them all. Although this jacket, inspired by the eleventh doctor, is meant to be worn as part of a Halloween ensemble, there's absolutely no reason not to rock the heck out of it year-round.

    Plus Size Eleventh Doctor Women's Jacket ($50, Halloween Costumes); Doctor Who Eleventh Doctor's Bow Tie ($30, Halloween Costumes)

  • Original 'Star Trek' Pride


    Kirk and Spock are the timeless sort of characters that you can always turn to regardless of how many decades go by. This skirt, featuring their enchanting visages, is equally timeless. Available in sizes L to 5XL. 

    Classic Star Trek Skirt ($26, Etsy/GeekOutFL)

  • Belle of the Ball


    The Disney nerd is among the most loveable breeds of nerd out there. In this Belle-inspired cape, you'll charm fashionistas and princess movie enthusiasts alike. Available in sizes 12 to 28.

    Disney Beauty And The Beast Belle Cape Plus Size ($69, Hot Topic)

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  • The Legend of Zelda


    Only old-school Nintendo gamers are likely to know the meaning of this quirky swimsuit. Rep your love of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask anytime you hit the seaside. Available up to a size 3X.

    Majora Cut-Out One-Piece Swimsuit ($55, Etsy/AngelyquesPixels)

  • For Any Occasion


    If we're being honest, formal-wear is often synonymous with boredom. Whether you're hitting up an engagement party, baby shower, prom, or cocktail party, you can give your ensemble a little extra something-something with the help of this magnificent Tardis dress. Available in sizes 12 to 26.

    Doctor Who Tardis Dress Plus Size ($89, Hot Topic)

  • Captain Janeway's a Babe


    Captain Janeway of Star Trek: Voyager is one of the most badass women in science fiction. Take your cues from Kate Mulgrew and remember to ask yourself what Janeway would do in any given situation. Available in sizes 16 to 34.

    What Would Captain Janeway Do Tee ($25, Cafepress)

  • Unapologetically Hufflepuff


    Hufflepuffs may sometimes get a bad rep, but they are known for their kindness, loyalty, patience, and dedication. Nymphadora Tonks was a Hufflepuff, after all, and we all know she was magical in more ways than one. Available in sizes 10 to 30.

    Hufflepuff Crest Scoop Tee ($35, Torrid)

  • For Baby Groot Fans


    Real talk: Baby Groot is the unsung hero of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But no more. No more. Wear this little nugget all over your body to give him the kudos he deserves. Available in sizes XS to 5XL and to custom measurements.

    Baby Groot Dress ($55, Etsy/AngelyquesPixels)

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  • Always Be a Dragon


    I mean, who wouldn't want to be a dragon? At least for a day. Available in sizes 12 to 26.

    How To Train Your Dragon Toothless Be Yourself Girls Ringer T-Shirt Plus Size ($29, Hot Topic)

  • A Manga Marvel


    Many lovers of anime believe that Sailor Moon is the ultimate heroine. Her courage is certainly worth embodying, whether you're in or outside of this tee. Available in sizes 10 to 30.

    Sailor Moon Raglan Tee ($39, Torrid)