Okay so first things first, in summer floaty and thin is your friend. What you want is something that is lightweight, isn’t going to stick to your body (let’s face it because we spend the majority of the summer sweating profusely) and that strategically drapes and falls in order to hide bits you don’t want seen and show off the few bits you may possibly be proud of. I have about 8 different maxi dresses in my wardrobe and I love them. We can go wild with patterns, they elongate us especially when they drop straight to the floor and they are one of the prettiest things we can wear in my opinion. There are so many stylish summer dresses to choose from and there are some for us too – may I suggest if you’re heavier up top like me, that you go for a v-neck as this looks much better and also try and look out for ones that synch in under the bust line and then drop as this creates a nice shape on the body.
Another tip is that designers are not your friends and as much as I’d love to be shopping in Gap, FCUK or hell even some regular stores like Top Shop it’s not going to happen if you’re anything over a size 16 which is pathetic (especially considering the average size of women in the UK is 14-16) but true. Anyway, someone who is your friend is the supermarkets. Did you know that both Tesco and Sainsburys go up to a size 24 and usually have those sizes in stock and won’t break your bank like most plus-size clothing. I am actually loving Sainsburys fashion this summer and have bought quite a few pieces from them. Palazzo pants are a good way to go as they sit on your hips and drop straight down, hiding that tummy and lengthening the body. Do try and avoid anything with horizontal stripes if you’re bigger as they will only make you look rounder.
Finally, for a touch of sexy and actually to generally make yourself feel good, I have found peek-a-boo tops to be my friend this summer. This is what I call tops that are partly cut-out in some way. I got a gorgeous cream open weave jumper from M&S that had thick straps and then part way down the arm a sleeve began – with a little strap top underneath this was gorgeous. I also managed to grab a gorgeous off the shoulder top with some beautiful flower details and short sleeves that literally only covered the bat-wing part and left my shoulders bare. I wore it for Alyssa’s birthday lunch and even managed to grab a compliment off the ex – bonus!