Summer is a beautiful time of year. You can enjoy the sun and breeze, even if you only feel like venturing as far as your own backyard. When you do decide to head out for a day at the beach, an afternoon out with friends, or a family vacation, staying comfortable in the sun and heat can be tricky. Prepare ahead for comfort and style by understanding which fabrics and fits are best for plus size clothing during the summer months.
Lightweight, breathable fabrics are your best choices when you are choosing what to wear on a warm summer day. Make sure your summer wardrobe includes blouses, skirts, pants, and dresses in these fabrics:
• Cotton: This common fabric is one of your best choices for beating the heat in casual plus size clothing. Cotton breathes well, keeping heat and sweat away from your body. Since cotton does absorb moisture, however, make sure you choose lightweight cotton garments during the summer. Heavier cotton takes longer to dry and can be uncomfortable on a hot day.
• Linen: You are sure to look and feel great in a lightweight linen outfit. Linen is cool and moisture absorbent while also allowing that moisture to evaporate quickly. If you are worried about being hot and sticky out in the humid sun, dispel your fears with a cool linen ensemble.
• Rayon: Though rayon is technically a partially synthetic blended fabric, it will not trap body heat and remains cool and comfortable even in hot conditions.
A clingy, tight dress or blouse can quickly become an uncomfortable nightmare in hot and humid conditions. Beat the heat with loose fitting dresses and skirts that do not stick to you when the summer sun gets hot.
Dresses and skirts tend to be much cooler and more comfortable than shorts or pants during summer. A cute plus size clothing dress or a bright top with a loose summer skirt will give you a great look for hot, sunny days.
Stephen, Your Designer
“There is an amazing feeling of artistic accomplishment when all the parts come together into one harmonious aesthetic. It's a connection with who you are and the elements you choose to express yourself visually. This is what making clothing is all about for me. It's like when a songwriter hears his first written notes from a voice or a baker who has practiced a recipe and nails it or a figure skater who exceeds her own expectations. I express my sense of art in clothing. I see things in color, shape and texture. I react to the touch of silk on my skin and my eyes are aware of how color combinations make me feel. My goal is to bring all of these intuitive notions to garments that are sized for larger women. If I can accomplish this then I have reached my goal.” – Stephen