Summer: a season of backyard barbecues, poolside parties, and baring a whole lot of skin by way of denim cut-offs, crop tops, and flirty sundresses. But, for those of us on the curvier side, certain fashion trends can be a tad trickier to style. It’s not because we’re intimidated or afraid to show off our (fabulous) shapes, but because not every piece of clothing is designed with plus size women in mind. Take those notoriously difficult-to-style trends and make them work for you with a few chic and easy styling tips that will have you rocking these summer fashion staples all season long.
The Midi Dress
With a feminine silhouette and demure length, the midi dress is appropriate for a number of summer events, from baby showers to bridal luncheons to birthday parties. However, styling the mid-calf hemline can seem daunting, especially if you’ve never worn this particular style before. If you’re curvier on the bottom half of your body, opt for a loose and shift-style midi worn over straight cut jeans. The streamlined silhouette will elongate your shape, especially when paired with a chunky heel. Then, Lyst notes, that you finish out your outfit with a hint of edge and can’t go wrong with chunky mules and statement accessories.
Equal parts sexy and glamorous, the jumpsuit looks luxe but is just as easy to wear as a maxi dress. To get the most flattering look, it’s all about choosing the right cut for your shape. As Cosmopolitan writes , cinching in the waist of a jumpsuit is a great way to define your figure and add a little extra femininity to your look. If the style you love doesn’t come with a built-in sash or belt, add one of your own or try tying a lightweight jacket or button-down shirt around your waist for a chic, 90’s-inspired effect.
The Crop Top
Contrary to popular belief, women of all shapes and sizes can—and should—rock the crop-top trend. Not quite ready to bare quite so much? There are plenty of options for making this cropped style work for you, whether you want maximum midsection exposure or just a hint of skin. Pair a shirt-to-midi length crop top with a high-waist skirt (whether a pencil or fuller A-line silhouette), letting just a sliver of skin peek through. Add a sleeveless vest in a contrasting color to further draw the eye to your midline for an extra slimming effect.
The Staple Shorts
A staple of any summer wardrobe, shorts are versatile, comfortable, and completely wearable, whether they’re your favorite pair of denim cut-offs or a breezy linen style. For those of us who have a little more to love in our tummy area, Real Simple recommends looking for shorts that feature a wider waistband and subtle pleats, which focus the eye lower and away from the stomach). Pair with a flowy, empire-waist top to highlight the smallest part of the body. Love shorts but not the amount of thigh they show off? Try longer boyfriend shorts in a relaxed but streamlined fit instead of itty-bitty cut-offs.