The 6 Worst Trends That Ever Happened To Plus-Size

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Thankfully, we're way past the dark ages when plus-size women had few fashion options, and even fewer place to buy them. In 2015, new plus brands are offering fashion-forward designs, while existing companies are embracing inclusivity, and showing expanded size offerings. And yet, there are still some super-hideous options that seem to be targeted only to the plus-size market (we're looking at you, egregious cutouts and superfluous bedazzling). What gives?

Ahead, we're counting down our least favorite nightmare-inducing “trends” that are, for some reason, still being offered to size 14+ women. This is why we can't have nice things.
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Migraine Tops
Gobs of glitter. Prints on prints on prints. Lace and trim and beading, oh my! It seems that most plus-size tops come one of two ways: either totally basic or with embellishments up the wazoo (and sometimes on your wazoo).

There's nothing wrong with injecting a little color into your life, but a shirt that's covered in multiple clashing patterns, a sprinkling of sequins (or crystals, or studs), and a random frill or lace insert is bound to give everyone a headache — especially you.
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Swimming In Flowers
As a chubby teen with a bit-more-than-chubby mom, I grew up thinking that the only options for swimwear were skirted suits in large, garish floral prints. Maybe that was true back in the day, but now there are more plus-size suit options than Kardashian selfies.

Whether you're picking up the perfect plus-size bikini, a super-chic one-piece, or fashion-forward swimsuits designed by your favorite bloggers and models, there's literally no reason to settle for matronly swim-dresses anymore.
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Melancholy Muumuus
There is just no winning with a muumuu. No matter your shape or size, it's one of the least attractive garments on earth. As if the sad, sack-like shapelessness of it all weren't depressing enough, they also seem to be doused in the ugliest prints imaginable.

We get that these are meant for around the house, and we love being comfy. But, does comfort have to be so...hideous? Sleek leggings, yoga pants, and activewear can do double duty as loungewear, and with the athleisure trend still going strong, you can easily go from sun salutation to Sunday brunch without changing a thing.
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If You Got It, Flaunt (All?) Of It
If there's ever a place to break out your sexiest self, the club is clearly it — so nothing against flaunting your figure. But for some reason, many fast-fashion brands have interpreted women embracing their fuller figures as an excuse to throw some sheer mesh inserts and an abundance of flesh-baring cutouts into every skintight, stretch-polyester piece they make — thus crossing the line from "a good thing" right into "too much of a good thing."
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Gnarly Hems
We love a good asymmetrical hem. When done right, it can be a thing of structural beauty. When done wrong, it's a shark-bitten mess.

This uneven hemline adds droopy bulk to your sides while simultaneously drawing the eye up toward your crotch. Combine all those elements with a "Migraine Top" print, and you've got the saddest shirt that money can buy.
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The Worst Trend Of All...
But the absolute worst trend to ever pervade plus fashion is an antiquated notion that so many women still follow: The idea that women above a certain size cannot wear a certain style or print. We call bullshit.

You can rock horizontal stripes, crop tops, bold colors and patterns, or even pristine white, no matter the number on the tag. Finding your sartorial sense does not mean having to sit out trends you love in order to hide “flaws” in more “flattering” silhouettes.

Those fashion “rules” that we've all seen are just begging to be broken. Your body is not defective, nor meant to be hidden away until you hit some imaginary ideal. Love your body and dress it well — which, if you've pocketed the tips on the preceding five slides, you're probably already doing.
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