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Summer Fashion for Plus Size Over 50

Summer is fast approaching and that means sundresses, shorts, and sandals. Bring it on! We here at Sixty and Me are pro-aging and all about body positivity. 

Typically brands categorize their plus size range from size 14 on. The good news is that more and more plus-sized specialized retailers are being created. Brands are rising to the demand. Also, many big chain stores now have excellent selections in this category.

  1. Signature Fit High-Rise Skinny Pedal Jean at Lane Bryant – The Signature Fit High-Rise Skinny Pedal Jean at Lane Bryant is a stylish and comfortable denim option designed specifically for plus-size women. With its high-rise waist and skinny fit, it provides a flattering silhouette while offering a comfortable and flexible feel.
  2. Plus-Size Tie-belt Dress at H&M – The Plus-Size Tie-belt Dress at H&M is a chic and versatile option for curvy women. Featuring a flattering tie-belt waist, it accentuates the figure while offering a comfortable and fashionable look for various occasions.
  3. Large-Sleeve Buttoned Down Tunic at Penningtons – With its voluminous sleeves and button-down front, this tunic combines fashion and comfort, allowing for a chic and relaxed look that can be easily dressed up or down.
  4. ALFANI Plus & Petite Plus Size Curvy Bootcut Tummy-Control Pants, Created for Macy’s – These pants offer a flattering and comfortable fit for curvy and petite women. They feature a bootcut silhouette and tummy-control technology, providing a slimming effect while maintaining comfort throughout the day.
  5. CONNECTED Plus Size Printed Faux-Wrap Dress at Macy’s – With its faux-wrap design and vibrant print, this dress offers a feminine and elegant look that enhances curves and provides a comfortable fit for various occasions.

Our article Where Are The Plus Size Clothes For Women Over 60? Rounds up the best plus size fashion brands in the USA, Europe, and elsewhere. 

Below I’ve put together a list of some of the best summer plus-size fashion trends for women over 50. 

Summer Plus Size Fashion Trends for Women Over 50

Plus-size fashion trends for women have evolved significantly over the years, with a greater emphasis on inclusivity, body positivity, and diverse style options. Designers and retailers have recognized the demand for fashionable clothing in extended sizes, leading to the development of a wide range of trendy options for women of all body types. 

Body Positivity

The body positivity movement has had a significant impact on plus-size fashion, promoting self-acceptance and encouraging women to embrace their bodies. This has led to the emergence of styles that celebrate curves, such as form-fitting dresses, crop tops, and high-waisted bottoms.

Signature Fit High-Rise Skinny Pedal Jean at Lane Bryant

Signature Fit High-Rise Skinny Pedal Jean at Lane Bryant

Twist Detail Organic Cotton Dress at Nordstrom

Twist Detail Organic Cotton Dress at Nordstrom

Bold Prints and Patterns

Plus-size fashion has embraced vibrant prints and patterns, moving away from the notion that larger bodies should only wear dark, solid colors. Floral prints, animal prints, geometric patterns, and abstract designs can be found in various clothing items, including dresses, tops, and skirts.

KASPER Plus Size Dahlia Dot-Print A-Line Midi Dress at Macy’s

KASPER Plus Size Dahlia Dot-Print A-Line Midi Dress at Macy’s

Plus-Size Tie-belt Dress at H&M

Plus-Size Tie-belt Dress at H&M

Art-To-Wear Blouse at Catherine’s

Art-To-Wear Blouse at Catherine’s

Statement Sleeves

Dramatic and voluminous sleeves have become a popular trend in plus-size fashion. Bell sleeves, bishop sleeves, balloon sleeves, and ruffled sleeves add a touch of elegance and femininity to tops, blouses, and dresses.

Eyelet Trim Top at Catherine’s

Eyelet Trim Top at Catherine’s

Large-Sleeve Buttoned Down Tunic at Penningtons

Large-Sleeve Buttoned Down Tunic at Penningtons

Athleisure Wear

The athleisure trend, which blends athletic and leisurewear, has extended to plus-size fashion as well. Comfortable yet stylish activewear, including leggings, sports bras, and hoodies, is designed to accommodate different body shapes while offering functionality and fashion-forward designs.

Adidas Responsible, Tiro Suit-Up Jacket at Penningtons

Adidas Responsible, Tiro Suit-Up Jacket at Penningtons

LIVI High-Rise Wicking Capri Legging at Lane Bryant

LIVI High-Rise Wicking Capri Legging at Lane Bryant

LIVI Seamless Fitted Marl Top at Lane Bryant

LIVI Seamless Fitted Marl Top at Lane Bryant

Wide-leg Trousers

Wide-leg trousers and culottes have gained popularity among plus-size women due to their flattering silhouette and versatility. These bottoms provide comfort, enhance the figure, and can be dressed up or down for various occasions.

ALFANI Plus & Petite Plus Size Curvy Bootcut Tummy-Control Pants, Created for Macy's

ALFANI Plus & Petite Plus Size Curvy Bootcut Tummy-Control Pants, Created for Macy’s

Cropped Wide-Leg Pleated Pull-On Pant at Penningtons

Cropped Wide-Leg Pleated Pull-On Pant at Penningtons

Wrap Dresses

Wrap dresses are universally flattering and continue to be a staple in plus-size fashion. They accentuate the waist, create an hourglass shape, and are available in various prints, lengths, and sleeve styles.

ANNE KLEIN Plus Size Printed Wrap Dress at Macy’s

ANNE KLEIN Plus Size Printed Wrap Dress at Macy’s

CONNECTED Plus Size Printed Faux-Wrap Dress at Macy’s

CONNECTED Plus Size Printed Faux-Wrap Dress at Macy’s

Statement Accessories

Accessories play a crucial role in completing any outfit. Statement belts, chunky jewelry, oversized sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats, and stylish handbags can add personality and flair to plus-size fashion looks.

Black & Tortoise Dramatic Cateye Sunglasses at Lane Bryant

Black & Tortoise Dramatic Cateye Sunglasses at Lane Bryant

Faux Leather Handbag with Beaded Handle - Addition Elle 

Faux Leather Handbag with Beaded Handle – Addition Elle

Layering

Layering is a versatile technique in plus-size fashion that allows for creative outfit combinations. Layering different textures, lengths, and colors can add depth and visual interest to a look, while also providing opportunities for personal style expression.

Chiffon Overpiece at Lane Bryant

Chiffon Overpiece at Lane Bryant

Button-Front Cardigan at Lane Bryant

Button-Front Cardigan at Lane Bryant

Remember, fashion is subjective, and personal style varies from person to person. It’s important to wear what makes you feel confident, comfortable, and expresses your unique personality.

Read our exclusive interview with a plus-size fashion designer – INTERVIEW WITH A PLUS-SIZE FASHION DESIGNER – HER STYLING TIPS FOR CURVY MATURE WOMEN

What’s your favorite summer look? Where are your favorite places to shop for summer plus-size fashion for women over 50? Tell us all about it in the comments below. 

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Sandra is the middle-aged woman you hear about who sheds everything she owns and sets out into the world to rediscover and redefine herself. After more than twenty years spent in the fashion industry designing collections for brands such as La Senza, Victoria’s Secret, and JACOB Lingerie, she shifted her path and pursued her longtime passion for writing, traveling, and photography. Sandra was published in the NY Times best selling book Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It. A deeply personal essay hand-picked by Elizabeth Gilbert about loss, facing fears, and going after dreams. Visit her website: www.sandraroussy.com

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