Note: This article was originally posted as a Guest Post at Sixty & Me.
Summer might just be the perfect season. The sun is shining, people are smiling and flowers are blooming. Everything seems to pull you outdoors. Enjoy the beauty of these precious months!
Summer is also a great time to update your wardrobe and try new and stylish casual plus size clothing. Are you uncertain about showing a little skin this summer? Perhaps you are afraid that all the bright, light styles of summer are only for thinner women?
No way! Women over 60 should not give up on summer plus size fashion! Try these six smart, chic, and sexy summer styles that are perfect for plus size women.
Summer is the time to embrace bright, jewel colors and align them with your personal style. Don’t let the common belief that “black is slimming” hold you back. Express yourself with pink, turquoise, sky blue, lilac, and other fresh, summer colors.
Do you want to add more color to your outfits but not sure where to start? Small splashes of color here and there will help you gain confidence. Try wearing bright chunky accessories or an aquamarine top with white skinny jeans. Soon you will find the colors that resonate with you personally. You will soon be sporting colorful ensembles that stand out and make you feel vibrant and alive!
Tank tops are perfect for summer – light, cool, and comfortable. They can be dressed up or down, matched with jeans, leggings, skirts, and slacks. Add a few colorful tank tops to your summer wardrobe, and you’ll look and feel fabulous!
Afraid to show your arms? You don’t have to hide them! Women, especially plus size women, have been judged and stigmatized for too long about showing their arms. Embrace your beauty and refuse to be invisible. Don’t be afraid to show off your arms this summer. What about an open shoulder top like this one? You still get the summer style with a bit more upper arm coverage.
Don’t be afraid to show a little skin. Stay cool on those hot, humid summer days and create a slimming vertical line with a plunging neckline. A deep V-neck top is especially flattering for an apple shape body with its wide shoulders and torso, thinner arms and hips. If you want to keep things a bit more conservative? Get the same effect with an open tunic top over a white tank top.
Floral and nature prints are inspired by summer. They fit the season perfectly – whether it’s a tunic top with a big floral stamp or a dress with an understated nature pattern. Again, branch out with bright, seasonal colors. While a more formal event might call for a toned-down print, go big and bold with your style at outdoor festivals, beach getaways, and summer barbecues.
Casual plus size clothing style comes from the smart combination of form and function. To look (and feel) your best this summer, choose lightweight fabrics that breathe easily and won’t stick to your body.
Cotton and linen are best – they stay comfortable even in the dog days of summer. They’re also very easy to care for; most can be laundered without any special steps.
Keep in mind, though, that some cotton and linen blends do contain other fabrics. Always check the tags before laundering to keep your garments in top shape.
Summer layers are simpler and lighter than what you might wear during other seasons. After all, you need to stay comfortable if you’re outside in warmer temperatures.
For a transitional outfit – from a casual lunch to a dressy dinner event – summer layers give you the perfect look. Add a lightweight jacket to a basic tank top and skirt for a comfortable outfit with a dressy layered look. Cool night? Add an open tunic top over your colored tank for more coverage without getting hot.
Enjoy the Summer Season
Stay stunning all summer long with these 6 plus size clothing styles. They’re easy to implement and extremely versatile. By mixing and matching your current wardrobe with a few seasonal additions, you’ll be able to create a unique and beautiful summer look to express your personal style.
Do you like to wear bright colors during the summer season? What is your go-to outfit when the weather gets a little warm. Do you wear sleeveless tops or a plunging neckline?
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