4 Ways to Dress Up Casual Summer Plus Size Clothing
Summer is full of fun outdoor events. Picnics and lunches. Brunches and garden parties. Casual gatherings that make summer such an exciting, enjoyable season.
Many women run into one problem. It can be hard to decide what to wear to these casual events. You’re certainly not going to a brunch with friends in full on formal wear. But many women don’t want to look like they just threw something on either.
This gets even harder for plus size women. Your options are limited, especially in local stores. You don’t want to add layers and become uncomfortable. But these special events call for something a touch above casual.
Feel Like Dressing for Outdoor Summer Gatherings Is Often Challenging
Good news! It doesn’t have to be. In fact, it can be easy to dress up casual plus size clothing.
Start with a basic top like a solid button-up blouse, tunic, or tank top. Then match it with easy, comfortable bottoms. These can be lightweight jeans or a summer skirt. Then use these three ideas to turn your outfit into something amazing. It doesn’t take much to make your outfit stand out while still staying casual.
Wear Unique Statement Accessories
You can use accessories to add color and interest to a simple outfit. For summer, bright colored tops are best. A few well-chosen accessories can take a plain ensemble to a whole new level. This simple look is much improved with a few smart statement pieces.
One idea is to wear a long necklace. Your eye is instantly drawn to the long necklace. Its classic colors keep things casual. The length helps create a vertical line that is flattering and slimming.
Alternatively, why not try bold bracelets. If you think big jewelry won’t work for plus size women, think again! Large, colorful bracelets create a sense of surprise, and add length to your arms. Don’t worry about matching your accessories perfectly. Just choose similar colors that work together.
Add a Lightweight Infinity Scarf
Infinity scarves are simple, stylish, and super versatile. Choose one in lightweight silk for the summer season. A solid, neutral scarf adds texture to your look and balances bolder accessories. A colorful scarf – like this rainbow scarf in floral pattern – creates a standout look that complements a basic casual outfit perfectly.
Not sure how to wear your infinity scarf? No worries. Thanks to their amazing versatility you have plenty of options:
- Long, single loop. This is comfortable, relaxed, and creates a slimming line (like a long necklace)
- Double loop. Less length, more texture
- Single loop knot. Keep the simplicity but shorten the length by knotting the end of your scarf
- A simple tie knot – like a four-in-hand – creates a vertical line and a stylish look
- Add a touch of regality by draping the scarf from the shoulder, tying it at the opposite waist
Show Off Your Sandals
Keep things cool and casual with a stylish pair of sandals. Go bold with bright colors that match or complement your outfit. Remember, sandals are not the same as flip-flops. Sandals step up your style game and add a lovely touch to a casual outfit. Flip-flops take a casual outfit and drag it into around-the-house wear.
Summer fashion sandals come in lots of styles. Keep it simple with basic, slip on sandals. Or add interest such as an ankle strap, closed back thong, or closed toe sandals. They each lend their own appeal. Each style gives a fresh look to an otherwise simple ensemble. Mix and match sandal colors and styles to create unique outfits with bold details.
A Fresh Approach to Casual
Not sure you’re ready for bolder accessories? No problem! Start with a basic, casual outfit in neutral colors. Then add one statement accessory with a splash of color – perhaps an infinity scarf or necklace. Next add a neutral accessory like a chunky bracelet. Finish the look with complementary colored sandals.
Take a fresh approach to casual plus size clothing. Don’t think of these outfits as plain or dull. Dress them up with simple accessories to create looks you’ll love to wear.
Show off your new outfits during casual summer events. You’ll take your fashion to a whole new level – while still staying cool and comfortable.
Do you have any special touches to dress up casual plus size clothing? Do you have a signature piece of jewelry that you love to wear? Do you have a pair of sandals that changes the entire outfit for you? Please join the conversation.
Stephen Hadley, founder of Generous Fashions, has exclusively designed plus size clothing since 2002. In 2009, he relocated to Bali to handcraft fabrics and garments from his home studio for generousfashions.com and his Etsy shop. Sign up for the Generous Fashions newsletter for new arrivals and member discounts.