Not only does [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Adele[/lastfm] have one of the top albums in the country, but she is a plus-size beauty with fiercely real curves and a killer style to match both her gorgeous, voluptuous body and her equally voluptuous voice.
Adele is the real deal and she represents the figures of average women all over the country; women who want to be just as stylish as their thinner sisters, but are often overlooked by designers. With women like Adele breaking through the size barrier, we think that this ultra-skinny trend will end and designers will gradually start designing for the more curvaceous figure.
Now that spring is upon us, shopping for the plus-size physique is a lot more difficult with the skin-tight, body-baring silhouettes that accompany hot weather. Don’t let mall fashion discourage you! You can wear the current spring runway trends easily. Check out our five awesome outfits!
The Look: Pretty In Punk–-Military & Neutral & Chartreuse.
Both military styled clothing and variations on neutral are in for Spring 2011 so this drapey, camel-colored parka from Little Woods is a great light-weight accompaniment to your prettiest springtime florals.
Speaking of springtime prints, this tea-length, floral dress from ASOS Curve is a perfectly bright accompaniment with flowers in on-trend chartreuse.
Stay away from looking too preciously pretty by edging up your look with a skinny, brown braided leather belt, some burnished gold jewelry, and these sexy chocolate-brown studded gladiator sandals by Jeffrey Campbell.
The Look: Urban Warrior—Neutral & Grunge Revival & Animal Print
Get ferocious with trendy leopard print, acid wash denim, and this gorgeous little distressed cream tunic from Evans.
This Mink Pink Leopard Lovers Cardigan might come in sizes for the smaller frame, but with its loose drape is a good example of how you can buy smaller pieces that look perfectly proportioned to your body.
And don’t be afraid to show off a little leg. Just because you don’t have toned, thin legs doesn’t mean you shouldn’t show off what mother nature gave you. Rock these ASOS Curve denim shorts with pride.
A good way to wear shorts and give your legs a longer, sleeker look is to pair them with heels or these black strappy wedges from Pretty Pennies for extra drama. These wedges might look impossible, but they are made in breathable, washable, comfortable canvas.
The Look: English Countryside Boho Chic—Floral Print & Maxi & Neutral
If you can’t get behind short shorts for spring, luckily maxi dresses are in style and they are a perfect way to stay cool and effortlessly glamorous while staying on trend. We love this sunshine-y, pretty floral print maxi from ASOS Curve that evokes a sense of the English countryside. The tiered chiffon cuts in all the right places to give the illusion of a slimmer waist.
Pair this already slimming dress with these nude Garcelle cut-out wedges from Nasty Gal. Not only are sky-high wedges sexy and on-point for spring trends, the nude suede makes your legs look extra long.
The Look: Tribal Bohohemian—Blue Print & Maxi & Giant Jewelry & Mixed Patterns & Orange
It might look like a lot of different patterns, but trust us: this look is fab and incorporates five of the current spring trends. We are considering purchasing this Mink Pink silken, dark blue print maxi dress when payday comes. It’s impossibly beautiful.
We especially love the edgy dark blue print and the billowing silhouette–another example of how smaller sizes can work for you.
Another spring trend is giant jewelry. This giant gold feather necklace from Erica Weiner would go great with the length of this maxi, drawing a slimming, vertical line down the body.
You probably think we are crazy suggesting these fun, mixed pattern shoes with another pattern. Why not live it up a little and add a pop of trendy orange and beads with these ALDO orange patterned Wyatta sandals to a generally dark-toned outfit.
Pile your hair on top of your head, slather on some gold-shimmer lotion, and be a bronzed-up boho goddess.
The Look: Preppy Parisian—Full Skirt & Stripes & Espadrille Wedge & Color Block
We love this look so much because it has a little retro flair, some tongue-in-cheek color-block sass, and a laid-back prep school vibe. Full skirts like this ASOS full-skirt with vertical black and white stripes are totally hot for spring.
They do an awesome job of covering up “problem” areas like wider hips and this skirt doubles the effect with slimming vertical stripes and a high waist.
A great way to pair a high-waisted skirt is with an asymmetrical top like this Rebel Yell J’Taime blue distressed hanky-tee. You don’t have to feel uncomfortable tucking your shirt in, plus you can show off a tiny bit of skin with your upper waist–usually one of the smaller parts of the body.
Don’t be afraid to show off parts that you think are chubby. Just do it with precision and acquaint yourself well with what works on your body and what doesn’t.
These sassy little Payless Vespadrille wedges by Isabel Toledo fall into the Espadrille wedge trend, the t-strap shoe trend, and are just freakin’ cute. You could pair these with jeans and a black top and you’d have winning outfit. Such a perfect pair of springtime shoes!
If you want some extra style, get courageous by pairing these yellow ankle socks from WESC with the espadrilles. Socks with heels of any kind seem strange, but keep the socks sheer and remember that sometimes you have to be bold to be a taste-maker.
If you go the yellow sock route, grab this glossy yellow Cheap Monday Half-Moon bag and prepare to be the most adorable girl in the room.
- What are some of your favorite spring trends? What kind of outfits would you like to see us break down for the plus-size figure? Let us know in the comments!