After a long, cold winter, the sun is finally beginning to shine again. You know what that means - it’s time to ditch your heavy winter coats and oversized sweaters in favour of some cute, contemporary summer outfits. With the weather picking up and stacks of gorgeous plus size fashions hitting the stores for summer 2014, there’s no excuse to hide away. It’s time to celebrate your body. We’re going to show you to flatter all your favourite features with these 4 cute summer outfits for plus size babes!
1. Beach Babe
With the perfect beach weather coming up, most of us are looking forward to enjoying the surf and sand this summer. However, many of us fuller figured ladies have probably spent almost as much time worrying about what to wear. If you’re not quite confident enough to strut your stuff in a swimsuit, you’re not alone. Fortunately, we’ve got some great alternative summer outfit options that will ensure you look your beachy best and feel confident as hell in the process.
Start with a maxi dress. Maxi dresses are perfect for the beach, because they’re really easy to throw on and their sensible length will keep you from getting burnt to a crisp in the sun. For plus sized women, another benefit of this style is the formfitting bodice and free flowing skirt which effortlessly flatters most body types. We love the Torrid Colorblock Knit Maxi Dress (Torrid - $68.50) for its fresh and trendy blue and white colorblock colour scheme.
Maxi dresses look extra fab and beach-chic when paired with cork wedges or sandals. The Jellypop Ego Wedge Sandals (Famous Footwear - $29.99) in white are a super stylish option, sporting a casual open toe and a rustic jute-wrapped buckle accent that’ll really set you apart from other holiday makers.
Stay sun-smart with a wide-brimmed hat. A plain straw coloured sun hat is always a safe choice, but if you’re feeling bold, why not go that extra mile? Complement your ocean inspired maxi dress with a Merona Striped Floppy Hat (Target - $14.99) in dazzling shades of sea blue.
Complete your cute, beachy summer outfit with just a hint of bling. This Silver Cubic Zirconia Starfish Necklace (Target - $16.99) is both unique and fashionable. Best of all, it embraces your seashore style completely.
2.Chic in Shorts
When you’re updating your wardrobe with summer outfits, keep an eye on the season’s hottest colours. One of our favourite summer 2014 trends is dazzling blue. Paired with lashings of white, it effortlessly creates a fresh, chic and comfortable look that’s as suitable for a day lazing around the house as it is for lunch out with friends.
Start with a short-sleeved dark blue tee-shirt, like the Style&co Sport Plus Size Polka-Dot Tee (Macy’s - $23). The white polkadots add interest and modern elegance to this otherwise plain top. The perfect companion to your on-trend dark blue tee is a pair of crisp white shorts. Nervous? Don’t be! It doesn’t matter whether you’re size six or sixteen – you can still rock shorts. The Torrid White Label Short Shorts (Torrid - $38.50) are designed especially with plus size beauties in mind. Their flattering mid-rise style is combined with a slightly edgy frayed hem for a totally sexy overall cut.
While you’re showing off your pins, a generous heel is an easy way to elongate your legs and give the illusion of added slimness. Keep to your classic navy and white colour scheme with the Carlos Santana Moneta Wedges in blue (Famous Footwear - $78.99).
No fashionable, modern look is complete without a bag to toss all your must-haves into. The avant-garde Milanoo Simple Canvas Tote Bag (Milanoo - $22.49) certainly fits the bill - its sophisticated French script and quirky concept art will have all your friends saying ‘ooh la la!’.
Finally, add an intense pop of colour to your dual-hued ensemble with a sweet necklace. This Gold Plated Emerald Heart Necklace (Target - $99.99) is our top pick. The combination of the gold and the emerald works beautifully against the blue and white backdrop, while the heart shape creates a captivating symbol of femininity.
3. Simply Stylish
Some days, you just want to throw on your clothes and go. Next time you’re having one of those days, don’t settle for sweatpants and a well-worn tee. We’ve got a summer outfit for you that’s just as comfortable and a thousand times more stylish!
A graphic tee is a great way to make a subtle statement about your personality while staying cool and comfy in the summer heat. For example, this Lane Bryant Never Stop Dreaming Tee (Lane Bryant - $39.95) gives off an air of sophistication and worldliness with its stunning pictures from around the globe, while the “Never Stop Dreaming” script offers a touch of youthful playfulness. No matter what imagery you choose for your t-shirt, stick to cream, white or grey background colours to preserve that fresh summer feeling.
Jeans are another absolute wardrobe staple. Many of us curvy girls stick to dark colours, but this season, it’s time to break out of your comfort zone and invest in a trendy pair of light-washed jeans. The Torrid White Label Relaxed Boot Cut Jeans (Torrid - $39.95) are ideal for pairing with a simple tee to create a contemporary, cross-seasonal look as the easy-going boot cut style flares in all the right places to flatter your figure.
Dress up this casual look with some stunning neutral pumps. The Aerosoles Dolled Up Pumps (Famous Footwear - $78.99) in bone leather sport a round toe, scooped vamp and just enough of a heel to beautifully elongate your jean-clad legs.
Complete this Euro-inspired summer outfit with a classic Parisian accessory, like this cute Sterling Silver Eiffel Tower Necklace (Amazon - $24.99). Et voila!
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4. Tropically Trendy
Of course, no list of summer outfits would be complete without a vibrant sun dress! Effortlessly channel all the vibrancy of the sweetest season with a bold print. The intense explosion of colour and tonal stripes make this knitted Graffiti Print Skater Dress (Torrid - $54.50) our top pick to achieve that fab tropical look. The dress cinches in at the waist while the circle skirt flares outwards to create a fun, flirty silhouette.
Jazz up this gorgeous dress with a pair of feminine heels in radiant orchid, Pantone’s hottest colour of 2014. These Elegant Bow Stiletto Heels (Milanoo - $39.59) offer the playful femininity we’re looking for in abundance, with their decadent hue and charming bow detailing.
Be brave and add another powerful, complementary colour to the mix with this stylish Yellow Quilted Suede Wallet (Milanoo - $26.09). The quilted design whispers luxury and sophistication in teasing juxtaposition to your very carefree summer look. It’s also just the right size for carrying essentials without weighing you down.
Bring everything together with a cute fashion necklace, like this adorable Tressa Cubic Zirconia Love Pendant (Target - $29.99). And don’t to save on your new outfit with Torrid coupons, Milanoo coupons and Target coupons!
And there you have it, ladies. Using these four sexy summer outfits as inspiration, you’ll be sure to get all the attention your gorgeous self deserves this season, whether you’re at the bar or hitting the beach.