Many of us want to look as great as possible on holiday. At first glance, being a plus-size woman can seem limiting when it comes to choosing holiday clothing, but actually there’s a lot of clothing options out there whether you want to cover up or go full fashionista. Whether you want to go with form fitting or full and flowing, there are so many options available now. Here are just a few examples of what to pack to make an impact.
Maxi dresses are perfect for a holiday in the sun. They come in all styles, colours, patterns and shapes. From dresses that you can team with sandals and go out for an afternoon excursion to the kind that you can style with heels for a evening out and a few local cocktails. Everything from your height to you shoulder width can affect how well a dress fits. I love to buy beautiful patterned dresses that are form fitted to the waist and then lovely flowing material. For a week's holiday I would normally take three that will work for a multitude of occasions.
Sundresses are another essential item. I tend to go with the cheap and cheerful kind when I just want to throw something over my swimsuit when the beach and fancy going for a walk. You can also get some lovely dresses that again, you can put over your swimsuit/bikini (when you have dried off of course!!) and take yourself out to lunch whilst still looking stylish with a fabulous pair of sandals.
Wide leg trousers
For years I avoided wide leg trousers because I thought that they would not suit my plus size shape. Last year I decided to try a few options and absolutely loved them. My favourite way to wear them is with a high waist and complement them with a sleeveless top or blouse.
Whether you go for the shorter version or full length, playsuits are perfect for a holiday in the sun. Light, airy and if you buy intelligently; easy to take on and off. I recommend replacing buttons with a popper option. Much, much easier to deal with and less fiddly.
Swimwear is the most challenging item of clothing to pick out. A lot of it comes down to confidence – you’re always going to be a bit exposed when wearing a swimsuit. However, there are some tricks that can help.
Many plus size swimsuits use ruffling, shirring or special prints. These features can also be used to accentuate the parts of your body that you want to show off and also those parts that you want less emphasised. Colour overlaps can help those with a spoon shape, whilst drop skirt ruffles can help those with a pear shape. On top of swimsuits, there are also swimdresses and tankinis to consider which can help to look flattering on certain body shapes. You may even be willing to try a high waist bikini. Take your time to try different swimwear to find something you feel most happy in.