Summer Trends Every Plus-Size Woman Should Know

Photo: Courtesy of ASOS.
As the humidity hits an all-time high, and you’re subjected to a temperature dichotomy as you switch from indoors to out, chances are, the last thing on your mind is fashion. But it shouldn’t be. Sure, brunches, afternoons in the park, and jaunts to the beach may be at the top of your priority list, but what you choose to wear to said events is really just as important.

Since summer dressing can be tricky, we've rounded up the best of the best of every trend, and curated a collection of the only things you’ll need for a stylish summer. From hippie-approved embroidered denim and flirty off-shoulder tops, to culottes (yes! they're still very much a thing) and bodysuits that will become your layering saviors, click through to find your ultimate warm-weather shopping list.
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Non-Basic Sundresses
A sundress should embody the three S’s — strappy, swingy, and soft. It should feel like a light breeze on the skin, and require that you clutch it as the subway speeds by. The best styles this season have all that in spades, plus a little feminine frill, like ruffles, pleats, and cold shoulders.

Lane Bryant 6th & Lane Flare Dress, $108, Available at Lane Bryant
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Throw a little cold shoulder in the mix.

Lovesick Rose Print Cold Shoulder Dress, $35.92, Available at Lovesick
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First buy: This dress. Second buy: A one-way ticket to Mexico.

ASOS Curve Strappy Back Maxi Dress in Oversized Floral, $49, available at ASOS.
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Cropped Hemlines
We love the one-and-done ease of a jumpsuit, and although rompers still rock, cropped, midi-length one-pieces are what we’re gravitating toward this season. The silhouette is perfect middle ground: It's not as casual-cute (or beachy) as your typical shorts romper, but still gives your legs a bit more breathing room and your shoes the chance to shine.

Eloquii Tie Front Jumpsuit, $110.90, available at Eloquii.
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Low-maintenance fabric, low-maintence cut. Can't lose.

ASOS Curve Denim Jumpsuit with Belt, $73, available at ASOS.
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We're calling it now: You can wear this to a summer wedding.

eShakti Slim Strap Chambray Jumpsuit, $56.95, available at eShakti.
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Add some textural interest with ruffles (and some color, while you're at it).

Simply Be Ruffle Wrap Jumpsuit, $89.99, available at Simply Be.
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Ringer Tees
'70s-inspired pieces are no longer just for vintage-lovers. The styles of the decade have made their way mainstream once again (we're talking peasant tops, wide-legged bottoms, and all other things hippie-chic), so it’s no surprise that it has even infiltrated T-shirts. For a more authentic look, find one that features a ring around the collar and cuffs (and preferably some fun graphics, too).

ASOS Curve T-shirt with Stripe Print and Contrast Tipping, $23, available at ASOS.
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...to death.

Forever 21 Fresh Ringer Tee, $14.90, available at Forever 21.
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Who doesn’t like pineapple print?

Lovesick White Pineapple Tee, $21.52, available at Lovesick.
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Colorful Cross-Stitching
Consider embroidery the cousin of crochet; a crafty-chic look that will bring out your inner boho. From festival-ready off-the-shoulder tops to satin bomber jackets, embroidery is the embellishment of choice for this summer.

Alice & You Denim Shorts with Floral Embroidery, $49, available at ASOS.
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Members only.

Boohoo Ciara Embroidered Satin Bomber Jacket, $44, available at Boohoo.
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For those who wish Coachella would last all year round.

River Island Red Embroidered Festival Bardot Top, $60, available at River Island.
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Bohemian brides, rejoice.

ASOS Curve Maxi Dress with Cross Stitch Embroidery, $106, available at ASOS.
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Off-The-Shoulder
Yes, this trend is still going strong — and it's no longer just relegated to tops. Flirty off-shoulder necklines are taking over dresses, too. So whether you’re going for full-on Brigitte Bardot realness or just want to let your upper half have some breathing room, this is one style that just screams summer.

Rachel Rachel Roy Off The Shoulder Ruffle Top, $99, available at Rachel Roy.
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Who doesn’t love a dress with pockets?

Rebdolls "Often" Over The Shoulder Skater Midi Dress with Pockets, $39.99, available at Rebdolls.
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Alternative shirting done right.

Eloquii Off The Shoulder Oxford Dress, $99.90, available at Eloquii.
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A summery button-up that's still office appropriate.

eShakti Off Shoulder Cotton Poplin Top, $44.95, available at eShakti.
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Unconventional Maxi-Dresses
Yes, maxi-dresses are as ubiquitous to summer as florals are to spring, but why waste your hard-earned dough on just any floor-length frock? Look to the other trends from this season when you’re selecting your style; you can’t go wrong with off-shoulder necklines, embroidery, and cold-shoulder cutouts.

City Chic Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress, $89, available at Fulbeauty.
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Easy, breezy, beautiful.

City Chic Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress, $89, available at Fullbeauty.
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It’s all in the details.

Lane Bryant Embroidered Maxi Dress, $69.96, available at Lane Bryant.
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Outshine the sun.

Ashley Stewart Lace Trim Off-shoulder Maxi Dress,$49.50, available at Ashley Stewart.
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Culottes (& Lots)
There’s something gorgeously geeky about the crop of culottes. The fashion flock has fully embraced this awkward-cool length, and summer is the ideal time to try them if you’ve been phobic thus far. Airier than a palazzo, but with more coverage than a Bermuda, this calf-grazer is the top of the crops.


Forever 21 Denim Culottes, $17.43, Available at Forever 21.
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Look sharp with stripes.

River Island Stripe Cropped Pants, $64, Available at River Island
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Dreamy denim.

Simply Be Denim Culottes Reg, $34.49, Available at Simply Be
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A paper bag waist adds a dressy touch.

Lane Bryant Paper Bag Waist Linen Culotte, $45.46, Available at Lane Bryant
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Bodysuits
Basic bodysuit styles have run from the racks, replaced by in-your-face fashions that command attention. From snakeskin lace-ups to flirty frills, these are serious statement-makers.

Forever 21 Cherry Bodysuit, $17.90, available at Forever 21.
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Zip up your look.

Boohoo Plus Katrina Zip Detail Bodysuit, $26, available at Boohoo.
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Lace up and take over the world.

Boohoo Plus Francesca Lace up Bodysuit, $26, available at Boohoo.
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La Vie Boheme
Running hot on the heels of fringe, crochet is back this season. Thanks to its airy construction, crochet is optimal for steamy days and sultry nights. You can find little lacy details scattered across so many styles, or even find entire pieces made up of the knitted netting. Let’s keep the festival flow going all summer.

Lane Bryant Crochet Off The Shoulder Top, $59.95, available at Lane Bryant.
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High necklines take this trend to the top.

Forever 21 Crochet-trim Cami, $15.90, available at Forever 21.
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If you've found yourself shouting that you NEED an LWD...

Addition Elle Long Sleeveless Crochet Dress, $105, available at Addition Elle.
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