As summer approaches, shoppers are itching to refresh their wardrobes with the hottest Summer Essentials for Real Women. For women who don’t fit into the glossy magazines’ size 6 stereotypes it can be frustrating when it seems that making “plus size” styles fashionable is pretty low on the high street’s list of priorities.
However, thankfully in recent years more high street brands have seized upon the potential to expand their collections, meaning that the days of struggling to find a stylish summer wardrobe are numbered. This season, you certainly don’t have to be a size 16 or smaller to bag some of the top trends.
One of the key pieces in any summer wardrobe is, of course, the sundress. As with past years, summer dresses come in many different shapes and styles this season, so opt for the cut that you find most flattering. For those women that suit 20s cuts, New Look are currently selling a great party dress in their Inspire range of plus size clothes with a dropped waist, scoop neck and pretty embellishment, this coral number is bang on trend for a season that has seen brights come to the fore. For women wanting a bit more coverage, maxi dresses are back again this season (and hopefully here to stay).
For those days when a sundress won’t do and you need to dress a bit more practically, a pretty vest teamed with some stylish shorts can be a great way to go. You’d be surprised at how many different uses shorts can have. For times when you want to be active, for example, try a cargo style or a jersey crop. If you want something pretty and girly to wear during the day, opt for something like New Look’s Inspire Rose Denim shorts. And, for sophisticated evenings out when it’s just too hot for trousers, try ASOS Curve’s Exclusive Chino short.
Finally, to top off any new summer outfits, every woman needs a good cover-up for cooler evenings. Given the unpredictable nature of weather in Britain, you may want something that can keep you warm whilst still looking stylish and summery.
Women with curves shouldn’t be restricted by their dress size, and it seems the high street has cottoned on to that fact. With ever expanding ranges of plus size clothes, shopping for the summer season can be a treat, not a trial.