With summer winding down, it’s a great time to stock your swimsuit drawer. I know that sounds strange, but this is the time of year when bathing suits are discounted and you can get some great deals. Also, if you get a chance to take a winter beach vacation, you can pull out a brand-new swimsuit without having to hunt one down in February!
The Delta Burke ® shirred halter is a retro plus-size bathing suit that I really like. It’s got a concealed tummy control panel, a high back, and a built-in soft cup bra, all of which work together to slim the body and make you look fabulous!
If you like a skirt option, the tie-front swimdress gets the job done in style. Empire waists are one of the most flattering dress styles. The animal print on top draws the eye, and the ruffled skirt is flirty and feminine. Definitely a good choice.
And for fuller coverage, the plus size Swim Short is lightweight while still providing tummy control and support. Just pair this with a tankini top for complete swim outfit!
One fun trend that I’ve seen around lately is the “boyfriend” style clothes. Boyfriend clothes are the looser-fitting, comfortable pieces—like stuff you might swipe from your man when he leaves them lying around
Boyfriend-style pieces are nice for relaxing weekends, but they can be appropriate for work settings too, as long as they’re not too casual.
The boyfriend v-neck tunic is one of these adaptable pieces. It’s light cotton, so perfect even for days that are a little warm, especially if you’re spending time in air conditioning. It’s got a v-neck so you can layer it over a tank or cami. The khaki color works well with jeans, but you could also pair the other colors with khaki pants.
The boyfriend roll sleeve cardigan is another comfortable piece that’s good for layering. It’s long, with pockets to keep your hands warm or to hold your valuables. Throw it over a t-shirt or a tank top when you get chilly…it’s like a jacket, but a bit lighter and more casual.
Another boyfriend piece that’s perfect with jeans is this seersucker boyfriend jacket. It’s inspired by guys' clothing, but it’s cut and tailored for women. The light fabric makes this a wonderful summer jacket, and you can roll up the sleeves for contrast and a relaxed look.
Boyfriend clothes make a fun and comfy addition to your summer and your fall wardrobe. Keep your eyes peeled for this relaxed clothing style!
Sandals are my favorite summer shoe. Of course you can pop them on to run to the store or whatever, but sandals come in formal styles, too. They’re basically appropriate for every warm-weather occasion. So here are some formal-style sandals you can try for your next big event!
This strappy gold or silver dress sandal is just beautiful. And very feminine and delicate. You can pair these with a long evening dress, a short cocktail dress, or a skirt set for an evening of dancing under the stars. (Or wherever you’re going.)
The patent buckle sandal will shine wherever you go. The ankle straps give this sandal a more secure fit, but they’re still fun and feminine. I love the look of patent leather with dresses or skirts.
Another t-strap sandal, but this one is a slide, so you can just slip your feet in and go. The heel is low enough to be comfortable and high enough to be flattering. These slides work with dresses, and the metallic neutrals are nice to pair with brown or gray pants, too. But don’t forget the patent black!
I love long shirts. No worries about whether or not to tuck them in, plenty of coverage, and they’re just plain comfortable! Tunics are a perfect example. Fortunately they’re also something that’s “in” this season, and there are so many variations.
For example, this embroidered tunic. A cotton linen blend keeps you cool, but the real treat is the beautifully embroidered flowers across the front. It comes in navy, black, grass, and natural.
Another idea: this bead-trim tunic. Wooden beads and coral-like trim make it fun, and the three-quarter length sleeves make it nice for summer or fall weather.
For something unique, try the peachskin asymmetrical tunic. The flutter-sleeves, deep side slits and asymmetrical hem equal instant drama! And the colors, either watermelon or kiwi, make you stand out.
Tunics are great with pants, leggings, or capris. Since they are loose, they work best when pants are slightly more fitted. Check out more plus size tunics here.
So you’ve heard of the maxi dress (it’s a great option for summer), but have you heard of the shirt dress? It’s another awesome option.
Shirt dresses are a nice mix of casual and formal. The collars and button-up style are professional without being fussy. You can wear them to the office, and then out for a casual drink afterward. And cuff bracelets are a perfect pairing with this style.
Two amazing plus-size shirt dresses: 1) this wrinkle-resistant tailored cotton dress comes in raspberry or French blue stripe. It’s washable and easy fitting, but still fitted enough to be flattering and give a nice shape. 2) This printed cotton voile plus-size shirt dress. It’s also tailored and fitted, and the print is a fun way to mix it up. If you want to go extra casual, you can throw on a pair of leggings underneath.
When you’re looking for a new addition to your wardrobe, these plus-size shirt dresses are a stylish and trendy choice, but still really classic. Check ‘em out!
When you think about the clothing that works best for mixing and matching, is there anything more versatile than a camisole? I love them! If you aren’t using camis, you are missing out on an amazing piece. Layering is a major trend right now, and camisoles can form the foundation for just about any outfit.
This lace-trimmed plus-sized camisole could be worn by itself, but the pretty, feminine trim works especially well when peeking out from underneath a jacket or a plain blouse.
This highneck cami has an underwire bra built right in! It’s sometimes hard to find built-in bras that offer real support (they’re usually just shelf bras), but this camisole has got a real underwire. The high neck makes it great underneath shirts or jackets, and it’s constructed to lay smoothly without wrinkles.
The rib-knit camisole is looser, with a more relaxed fit. Like the lace-trimmed cami, it can be worn alone, but it also works under a cardigan or blazer. This cami comes in a wide variety of colors… neutrals like black or white work great for pairing, but for a fun change, try mango, raspberry, or sky blue.
Camisoles really are the basis for dozens of great outfits. Get started mixing and matching!
Sometimes it’s fun to really show off your jewelry. To wear something big and fun, like a ring. These big pieces don’t work for every occasion, but when you’re going out for a drink or hitting a cocktail party, sometimes it’s fun to use a piece of jewelry as a conversation starter or just as an accent to your outfit.
This jade and sterling cabochon ring is one example of a beautiful (and big) piece of jewelry that stands out. The yellow stone is bright, bold, and perfect for making a statement.
Slightly smaller, but still stunning, is this green jade and pearl ring. The color is so eye-catching! And the pearl and peridot combo is really unique …you’ll be the only one in the room with a ring like this.
Turquoise is a big deal right now, and this big simulated turquoise and silver ring really pops! The bold design makes this a great option for when you want to try something new and different.
Check out more plus-size rings by clicking here.
Today we’re going to talk about thongs.
No, not the underwear. The shoe! (They’re also known as flip-flops.) Basically any shoe with a little piece that fits between your first two toes.
Thong sandals used to be what you wore to the beach or when you were really dressed down—a piece of foam and a couple of plastic straps. But now you can find a huge variety of thongs for pretty much any occasion. And they’re so in-style right now!
For casual days, I like these plus size buckle thongs. So easy to slip on with a pair of jeans, shorts or capris, and the real leather straps will last a long time.
For work days (if you’re allowed to wear open-toed shoes), these ornament thongs are a great choice. Simple, but with just enough “bling” to be fun. Another fun work option is the medallion thong. The medallion nearly covers the thong part, so no one will even know you’re wearing “flip-flops” (if that’s an issue).
And finally, thongs can even be dressy enough for fancy occasions. This Grecian thong makes use of the “gladiator” style that’s so popular these days, plus the pretty metallic colors really sparkle. And the Jeweled thong is another dressy option for those hot summer nights.
Have you visited the denim shop? Silhouettes.com has a whole section devoted to flattering plus-size jeans. Jeans are an essential part of almost any wardrobe. Dress them up, dress them down …they work for whatever you need!
The control-fit jean sits just below the waist and has a power-mesh panel that helps with tummy control. Five pockets, indigo wash, and a bootcut style make these plus-size jeans a great choice for running around town or heading out for the evening.
Wide-leg jeans are the perfect option for pear-shaped women, because the wide legs help create a long line that takes the eyes away from the “bulges” around the hips and thighs. These plus-size jeans have a traditional five-pocket style and fun embroidery on the back pockets.
Relaxed jeans are loose and comfortable, but flattering at the same time. These are a nice weekend jean—you can wear them without thinking about them, but they still look great!
Trouser jeans are relaxed jeans that look more like trousers—but still with that casual denim feel. They help de-emphasize wide hips and make for a smooth, sleek silhouette.
No matter how hot it is outside, some offices keep the air conditioning at sub-arctic levels. If that’s the case where you work, you probably want to wear something a tiny bit warmer inside—and something that you can shed quickly when you walk outside.
I found some plus size coordinates recently that work really well for office layering. Like the lace trim cardigan and lace trim tank. The ribbed fit of the tank is slimming, and the length and coverage of the cardigan makes it professional enough for work. Plus it’s got a really pretty lace embellishment and a fun swing style.
The other set of coordinates is the peachskin tank and peachskin big shirt combo. The brushed and sueded soft texture makes these two pieces amazing. You can wear the tank on its own, or throw the big shirt over it (or any other shell) for a warmer feel and layered look.
If you need more ideas for cardigans to wear in your super-cold office, check out the options on the Plus Size Sweaters and Cardigans page.