It is absolutely no secret that summer is my favourite time of year and without doubt my fave season to dress for. Sure i love boots and fluffy gilets but ya can’t beat the cuteness and care free boho feel that summer style brings. I know this isn’t the same for everyone. Summer can be a really daunting time for some especially if you are plus size or don’t fit the norm of convention regular sizing. When i take on collaborations with brands i want them to be something. To have a purpose and put together something of use for you guys. I thought long and hard about this one and first and foremost i am a reader too. What would i wanna read, what are my struggles as a plus sized lover of sunny times. I came up with the Curvy Girls Cheat Guide To Summer Dressing.
The Curvy Girls Cheat Guide To Summer Dressing
I’ve singled out some particular pieces and trends that can be tricky for curvy ladies. I chose some options that i think could really work for lots of body shapes and through the rule book out the window this season. With some clever styling we can all wear the things we we like and get in on the Summer with confidence. Cheat your way through the trends and embrace carefree dressing.
Kicking things off with something that i know i personally struggled with for a few years. When i look back i used to own and wear lots of playsuits. I loved how cute and comfy they were. The added bonus of no knicker flashing too. As my body changed and got so much bigger, i found playsuits just weren’t high up on my list anymore. The ones i owned or tried on just seemed to do absolutely nothing for me and kind of framed my ‘problem area’. I’m not sure what it was, maybe my attitude towards fashion and my body but i went on a mission to integrate these back into my wardrobe. I have done so and been really happy to get back in the romper game. Minus the nakedness when you have to pee though.
To show a really wearable and non threatening option i went for this maxi with a surprise. Is it a dress? Is it a playsuit? Both actually, a little hybrid if you will. Playsuits are so fun but can be hard to find a style that suits. I thought this was a great option for those who want to try out a playsuit but have the so called problem areas covered. A gust of wind or a steep step reveals the shorts underneath. The comfort lads. You can wear it as a bardot or up on the shoulders if that suits you better. I added the belt to cinch in the waist with having volume in the skirt. There is an elasticated panel in the back and a generous fit. You get the look and feel of a playsuit but with an added element. The tummy, thigh and bum area has some more coverage that provides confidence for those who need it. Besides all of this, it is a really cute dress showing all kinds of modern prairie with the sleeve detail, button bust and print. Pure comfort while being seriously cute. What is not to love.
Continuing on we stick in the shorts dept. Simply Be actually have so many styles in shorts that i know i would feel really comfortable and confident in. It is all about the best choice of style to suit you. My issue with shorts is that my bottom half is on back to front. I’m belly heavy while seriously lacking a backside. Sizing is definitely an issue because of my shape i always feel like i’m either swampy jocks or framing my belly like here it is! I do love how they look though and really love the way shorts are going this season. Wanting in on the action i had to think what was my best option. I’m a skirt girl and high waist A-line shapes suit me best. Skorts were the answer. Still shorts but with the friendliness of a skirt. The faux wrap detail in the front skims just right over the mid section.
To demonstrate this look i wanted to do something a little different. I would usually opt for a black in something like this but i thought what the hell if i’m gonna do it i’m gonna do it. And do it i did. Go bright orange or go home? You thought i was gonna say orange is the new black didn’t you. I chose this bold skort and paired it with a mixed print bardot, top that i knew suited me and i would be comfortable in. Although bright in colour the skorts are still plain and tailored so could take the busyness of the top. I sized up in the bottom and i needed it. I could pull up the skort without undoing the zip but for comfort on i was glad of the room. Although there is a zip the waistband is part elasticated so is very comfy.
One of the main concerns with plus sized dressing in the heat is well the heat. When it is so hot the logical thing to do would be to wear less clothes right? This is a scary thing to do when you spend your time trying to cover up. There are so many ways around this. Covered vut not covered. A piece that is so figure friendly it skims over all of the ‘problem areas’ while leaving you cool and comfy. Drop waists are ideal for bottom heavy ladies and the little loose sleeve saves arm worries. With the base of the print being black it anchors the dress while the vibrant print does the work. It says Hi Summer without hiding behind your hands. I went up a size purposely to have the fit loose. It could of done with being a little smaller near the waist but that is just me i cinch at the waist where i can. The little peplum finish on the hem is super playful and perfect for a flirty Summer number.
I have gone on to wear this dress a second time but with a twist. You might have seen that i am partial to a belt or two for waist definition. The problem with drop waists is that a waist belt doesn’t always look right. Well this option worked. I popped my slogan chain belt around my waist and the caught the dress up slightly. It looked really playful and created a whole new shape. Like i said this isn’t a dress just limited to Summer. With the black background and the tones in the print this could easily be worn through the next season. Pop some tights under with boots as the cold Winter comes in. A no guilt buy that will get worn past S/S.
I suppose i kinda already touched on this above but it’s too amazing a dress not to include. Very much a statement and why the hell not. I do’t do plain as you might be able to tell. Why should i hide away in dark colours when i can embrace them with the help of clever styling. Get in on the tropical trend and live it up. The tiered pleats or frills if you like are a great way of figure friendly dressing. Lots of drama and volume without looking like you have extra volume. Ruffles , Pleats , Layers , Frills , Tiers – Whatever you want to call them they all do the same job. A dress or even a skirt that has tiers of fabric at least from the hips down is a cert to be friendly to the figure. Again the so called problem areas are given a camouflage of sorts. Now i am in no way saying that the body or these areas need covering. I am talking as a curvy girl myself and the tricks that help me feel better in my clothes. No different to wearing concealer or touching up your roots really.
This particular dress has the pleated tiers start at the bust. The pleats on the sleeves balance the shape out perfectly. Starting at the waist and following the classic A-line shape is a great silhouette for starters. The ruffled tiers lay over and no lumps or bumps are to be seen. Just a really nice shape to twirl the night away in. The arms are a tad bit too long for me but i have short arms so that is not a negative. I am going to take the second tier of pleats off i think it will work better for me. A really fun and tropical option to really get in the Summer mood. I thought it might work for those who would normally shy away from such a bold and loud print but having the frills back you up might make it easier to wear.
For the last piece i wanted to tackle a trend. This is one i have dabbled in myself briefly this year and really liked. Singular pieces have been appearing with at least two if not more different prints together in the one garment. A very statement trend at that which can again be quite scary to those with curves. We as bigger girls have always been told that we should wear black as it is slimming and to stay away from busy prints as they make you look bigger. Okay there is some truth that darker colours such as black to eye can make the figure appear slimmer and yeah with smaller prints the more of you there is the more print appears therefore seeming bigger. However this dress is a real winner. It is cut and made beautifully.
There are a few things that make this dress really work. I have seen it on a few different ladies all different sizes with different shapes and it looks equally as stunning on all. The combo of floral and spot prints work really well together mixed. The V shape at the bust draws the eye and makes the shape look so good on the body. Having a mix with the lighter colour in the main of the dress elongates the body giving the illusion of more height. The little puff on the sleeves balancing the length out. There are slits in the side of the skirt which help for those who are shorter in height. It allow prevents fabric from drowning you. The colours in the pattern give its of options for matching up or styling shoes, bags and accessories. Here i have gone for the obvious holiday vibe with natural accessories paired. I couldn’t help add in the hairband though to tie in a pop of colour. All in all a great dress that i would recommend for any upcoming events.
I gave up on high heels years ago. There is just no point anymore. I fall , they hurt and you look so silly staggering around at the end of the night as if you are walking on broken glass. Feels that way too. Luckily midi heels have made it into the style stakes in recent years. A pretty mid heel looks so much better because you are more comfortable and can actually walk in them. Especially for holidays , who wants to be uncomfortable on their jolliers. I chose two pairs and both served me well. You still get some height and they are dressy enough to wear out for dinner and or drinks.
Wedges are a popular choice for both Summer and holidays. Giving height without the crazy arch and are better to walk in than the likes of a stiletto. The mix of black and the natural fabric is not only on trend but they go with so much. The second pair are step up from a gladiator sandal. More of a 90’s vibe to these double thick straps with metal ring detail. Again pretty and dressy enough to wear with a night time look but the low block heel makes them really comfy. These sandals come in some other colours too. I have linked lots of other comfy heels in the carousel below but there are so much more on SimplyBe.ie .
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I had wanted to include swimwear originally but i feel swim stuff is so broad. One size nor style fits all and i wouldn’t be doing it justice featuring just what is good for me. This idea was something different that i wanted to try. Hopefully it will give some ideas to try more types and maybe solve some of your style dilemmas this Summer. I am by no means saying this is how curvy girls should dress or have to dress. You do you and F all of the rules and everyone else. These are just some types of clothing that at one time or another that i have wanted to wear but didn’t feel my best in. If you feel good in your clothes it leaves you free to relax and enjoy yourself.
This post is in collaboration with Simply Be. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am very proud to work with brands that are so inclusive and will be relevant to as many of you as possible. Thanks