While there’s always more that can be done, it feels like the shopping landscape for plus-size ladies is definitely improving.
Stores finally seem to have woken up to the fact that women really do come in all shapes and sizes! Plus, curvy celebrities like Ashley Graham and Rebel Wilson are throwing their own hat into the plus-size ring with their own fashion collections.
So, thankfully, there’s no need to miss out on the latest trends anymore because there are some fantastic plus size tops in stores for spring and summer.
Here are 7 styles of some of the hippest, most flattering plus size tops to choose from this summer.
Plus size shirts and blouses
Embroidery is a huge trend for SS18, so shirts featuring embellishments will instantly update your style. Meanwhile, pussy bow blouses are a true style staple which are always on trend, whether you team with jeans or wear with pants or a skirt.
I’m noticing lots of zip-style shirts this season, which are great for layering as you can wear unzipped to create an elongating effect with a column of color underneath.
Plus size dressy tops
Anyone who has ever been stuck for an outfit choice knows how well a dressy top goes with everything from jeans to cropped pants. The Vince Camuto black top with the white florals reminds me of Sylvia’s DVF top in her piece on how Diane von Furstenberg is her latest style crush.
Plus size tunics
Easy to wear, tunics are great for vacation time as you can wear them as beach cover-ups if you choose a longer style, or over white pants for sight-seeing. The white detailing down the middle of the v-neck top here creates a nice slimming effect, while coral is one of THE colors for this summer.
Plus size peplum tops
From casual wear to dressed up, peplums can be incredibly flattering. If you’re plus-size and hourglass then styles which cinch in at the waist could be for you, while apple shapes may want to look at peplums which are asymmetrical and which skim over the tummy area.
I love the pearl detailing on the arms of the black peplum.
Plus size off the shoulder tops
No matter how body conscious or body confident you are, there are sure to be parts of your body that you love more than others. Showing off beautiful shoulders can be sexy, as well as drawing attention upwards away from the tummy area. My favorite is the blue printed Michael Kors blouse, which would look lovely with white jeans and silver accessories for summer.
Plus size tank tops
A staple of every vacation capsule, tank tops don’t have to look boxy or shapeless. you could opt for a cross-over wrap style to accentuate your waist, or choose subtle stripes and ruffles or an asymmetric hem to draw attention downwards away from the tummy area. There are more great tips here on how to hide a belly.
Plus size cardigans
Perfect for covering up on cooler nights if you’re heading off on vacation, these cardigans can be worn over everything from summer dresses to tank tops. I particularly love the floral kimono style, which is very on-trend and incredibly versatile for vacations. You could wear over jeans and a tee like the model here, or as a pool-side cover up.
What is your favorite style to wear for summer? Which plus size top brands do you find most flattering?
Author bio: Liz Hands is a fashion journalist and stylist from the UK who has styled fashion shoots for newspapers, magazines and high-end clients including 5* hotels and BMW. She’s now happiest either blogging about style, or donning her favorite Barbour jacket and Brogini boots for a hack out on her crazy ex-racehorse.
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