5 Great Plus-Size Fashion Trends for Spring 2011

For plus-size women, like myself, finding a way to work the season’s latest trends into your own daily look can be a challenge. Often, I try on shirt after shirt or dress after dress in the fitting rooms, only to be disappointed that none of the trends work with my curvy figure. It can be frustrating to feel so limited by what clothes fit me, and I’m sure it’s the same for many other plus size fashionistas out there.

This spring 2011, however, many of the top trends right off the runway are full-figure flattering as well. In fact, many seasoned “style reporters” now release specifically targeted “Plus-Size Trend” lists that can save you the trouble (and the tears) in that fitting room. Here are the top 5 trends that will fit you, flatter you, and turn you into the fashionable woman you know you are.

Sequins
Not just for Vegas showgirls anymore, sequins are everywhere in this season’s fashions. From trimmed tops to sexy sheath dresses covered in them, sequins are fun and eye-catching, but feminine at the same time. Even better, you don’t have to be a size 0 to pull them off. Shop sequin tops and dresses from all your favorite clothing retailers, because just about everyone has them right now. From Avenue to Woman Within, you’ll find figure-flattering styles that dazzle with sequin details.

Peasant Tops
Light, blousy, and really comfy, peasant tops have circled back around the runway for another season. If you’ve got some retro peasant tops, circa 1975, these are definitely in high demand, so dig them out! If not, you can buy new plus-size peasant tops in fun, modern florals and bold, bright colors from stores like Newport News, Woman Within, Silhouettes, Avenue, and even Izod. In fact, peasant dresses are also in style this spring, so give a new trend a try with a long, flowy skirt. Shop peasant tops and peasant dresses for a hip trend that’s ideal for a plus-size body.

Maxi Dresses
Speaking of dresses, peasant or otherwise, maxi dresses are still hitting the clothing racks at lightning speed. This fashion trend has been hanging around for a few seasons and, luckily, it suits just about any figure. And in a season where bold colors, floral prints, sequins, and animal prints are dominating designer collections, you can find a maxi dress suitable for the season almost anywhere. I’m a fan of the maxi dresses from Roamans–simple and feminine, the perfect look for the warming spring months. Pair these sleeveless creations with a lightweight sweater and long, dangling beads for a figure-flattering look.

Tassles
Yes, tassles are fashionable this spring. Whether you’re wearing tassles on your clothes or carrying them on your handbag, the tassled look is in. Personally, I prefer to keep the tassles on accessories, but tassled plus size clothing is also available. Shop handbags with tassles from top designers like Dooney & Burke or Betsey Johnson to make a big fashion statement with that maxi dress, just as a suggestion. And the greatest thing about tassled accessories is that there’s no sizing involved and no wondering if it slims your hips.

Kimonos, etc.
Asian-inspired clothing is another big trend that’s easily adaptable no matter what your size. In fact, the cinched waistlines and cross-front fabrics of a kimono-styled shirt or dress are ideal for flattering your curves. So yes, that’s great news for plus-size fashionistas who can keep their fashions mainstream and their looks impeccable with this trend. Shop kimonos or other Asian-inspired clothing, like an adorable short kimono dress from Jessica London that I just love! You can also get great kimono robes for lounging around the house–comfort and style all at once!

Enjoy these great spring trends this season’s and rest assured that you’re making smart choices that work with your fuller figure. I’ve had great luck mixing and matching the above styles into my current wardrobe. They’re comfortable, fashionable, and also lots of fun to try out!

References:

The Curvy Fashionista. Spring 2011 Plus Size Trends.
Sale Alert Shopping. Summer and Spring 2011 Plus Size Fashion and Clothing Trends