Choosing the best summer styles for plus size women can be daunting, especially when faced with so many selections available for all figure types, rather than those designed with full figured women in mind. With a little caution and a hearty helping of common sense, plus size women can stay crisp and cool throughout the warmest days of summer in styles that are well fitting, comfortable, flattering to their figures and on-trend. They can wear many of the newest looks, coolest fabrics, lightest weights and most-wanted styles, without having to worry about accentuating the negative and embarrassing themselves and others who see them.
When choosing tank tops, both scoop and V-neck styles are attractive for plus size women. Look for shoulders that are at least two inches wide to hide unsightly bra straps. Be careful in choosing halter and racerback styles. Tank tops made with spaghetti straps and built-in shelf bras may be fine for small women, but do not work well for plus size women. Always wear a well-fitting bra that provides the support you need to look your best. When choosing tees, the new longer lengths and those made with longer backs for great. As you stretch, bend or reach, they will stay tucked in, saving you from exposing embarrassing bare skin at the waistline.
Shorts and capris are a summer must-have for every woman. Look for tailored flat-front and pleated styles rather than inexpensive stretchy jersey that will show every humiliating line, crease and bulge. Cotton, cotton blends, seersucker and linen are all excellent choices for summer weather and will help you stay crisp and fresh through the hottest days. Shorts and capris made with button-zip fronts are always good choices and can usually be worn with or without a belt. If you like the new prints, patterns and polka dots, enjoy them, but use caution when considering horizontal striped or large, splashy prints.
Dresses are ideal for corporate or business wear and are available in a wide range of styles, sizes nd prices. Summer dresses to avoid are strapless sundresses with elasticized or smocked tops and stretchy jersey dresses that are often too tight and short. Sheaths can be worn if you choose carefully; look for styles with ruching, side-draping and contrasting front panels for figure flattering looks. The best choices for summer are generally loosely fitted shift dresses and A-line dresses that flare away from the body, minimizing the hips and thighs. If you want to add a chic maxi dress this summer, choose one with a neckline that is not too low and one with a gracefully flared skirt. Fit and flare dresses are good choices for plus size women, defining the waist and swirling over the hips for a youthful look.
Choose swimsuits especially carefully. It may be well worth spending a little more to get the style you want and the support you need. One piece suits are generally the best choice, and those with shirted or sarong-style bottoms are especially flattering to plus size women. They hide creases, lines and bulges for a stylish, self-confident look. Swimsuits with side ruching are great as are those with contrasting front panels that create the illusion of a slimmer silhouette. Be extremely careful when choosing two-piece suits. If you’re determined to wear one, avoid bikinis in favor of a tankini top with coordinating or contrasting briefs. The tankini top is very much in the summer fashion spotlight and falls easily over the waist and hips while giving the support you need to look and feel your best.
Make your choices wisely for a wardrobe of flattering pieces you will wear throughout the summer. Good places to shop for plus size styles and very affordable prices are Lane Bryant, fullbeauty.com and Cato Fashions. Most major department stores, including Kohl’s, Belk and JC Penney offer many stylish selections in women’s sizes. Follow the trends, but never sacrifice good taste and comfortable style to do so. Every figure has special needs that can be met in a variety of ways to increase your self-confidence and to look and feel your best.
As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending~