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13 Extended Size Outfit Ideas to Inspire You Just in Time for Summer

Warm weather is almost here, so shop some looks for hotter days.

plus size summer outfits

As warmer weather rolls in, it's only natural that we start to really think about and plan our looks for summer. From flowy linen dresses perfect for garden parties and trips to the beach, to cropped knitted pieces ideal for road trips and afternoon gallery visits, use this list as inspiration over the next few months to ensure that your wardrobe is ready for fun in the sun. Whether you want a sports-luxe look or something more whimsical and romantic, we've got you covered.

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Short and Chic

The short and chic look is a must this summer—it can take you from day to night, and when creamy caramel tones are included, like Mikayla Klewer wears here, it instantly becomes the perfect look.

Lillet Dress Es
Reformation thereformation.com
Curve Leather and Knit Blazer
Karen Millen karenmillen.com
Tied Up

Grab your favorite bold shirt, tie it up, throw on some medium-to-dark denim, and you've got yourself a go-to summer look. Sophia Tassew shows us how fun and effortless this look can be, especially when styled with some cool gold jewelry.

Lounge Set
Wray wray.nyc
Poppy High Rise Sailor Skinny Jeans
Universal Standard universalstandard.com
Matching Knitwear

Julia Berit shows us that sweater sets are the way to go for a warm summer's evening. Easily made casual with sneakers or dressed up with mules, the sweater set trend is one you can rely on.

Sutton Cardigan
For Love & Lemons forloveandlemons.com
Sutton Cami Sweater
For Love & Lemons forloveandlemons.com
Neutral & Sophisticated

You can never go wrong with a tonal summer look, and when it's a soft leather two-piece, like the one Thamarr Guerrier is wearing, it takes business chic to a whole new level of sophistication. Oh, and make sure you accessorize well; the right shoes, bags, and even hat can ensure this look becomes memorable.

Faux Leather Puff Sleeve Top
Eloquii eloquii.com
Faux Leather Mini Skirt with Belt
Eloquii eloquii.com
Figure-Hugging Go-To

We're often told as plus-size individuals that we shouldn't wear figure-hugging pieces, but I think we all know by now that's not true. So follow in Isabelle Cohen's footsteps and find a fitted dress that makes you happy and truly celebrates your body.

V-Neck Floral Dress with Ruching
Dolce & Gabbana 11 Honoré
Hosby Dress Es
Reformation thereformation.com
Sporty & Fun

The recently launched Hugo Boss X Russell Athletic collection is filled with pieces that will see you through your summer workouts all the way to those casual yet unforgettable road trips. Also, be sure to do like Ashley Graham and shop both the women's and the men's sections of the collaboration; it'll take preppy to a new level.

Nambeth Shirt
BOSS x Russell Athletic giuliofashion.com
Jaco Navy Shell Shorts
BOSS x Russell Athletic harveynichols.com
Next-Level Business Casual

Suits in summer might not sound like the best idea, but taking a page out of Carla Ortiz's book, the combination of a sports bra/vest, knitted cycling shorts, and a blazer is the new take on business casual you've always wanted.

Knit Compression Shorts
Henning Henning
Medium-Support Nike Swoosh Icon Clash Sports Bra
Nike nike.com
Bank Blazer
Henning Henning
Romantic in the Park

The months we are about to enter will see us be our most sociable. So for all those garden parties and picnics in the park, why not consider a romantic, floral number like Ana Rivera?

Theodosia Dress Cotton Fil Coupe
Erdem erdem.com
The Bold & the Beautiful

I'm sure there will be a couple events this summer that will require you to take your outfit to the next level. And when they arise, you'll be ready. Sure, Lauren Nicole Campbell always look incredible, but I'm fairly sure that this two-piece from Kai will turn us all into showstoppers.

Amanda Top
Kai kaicollective.com
Xyla Skirt
Kai kaicollective.com
Chic but Casual Date Night

Is there anything better than a silk shirt on a breezy summer evening? I genuinely don't think so. And pairing the shirt with whitewash denim, as Ali Tate Cutler does here, means the look will be equal parts sultry and practical.

When it comes to choosing the right denim, why not go for something a little different like Erdem x Universal Standard's wide-leg boyfriend jeans with fray detailing (below)? Bonus: They're available in sizes all the way up to a US40.

Satin Pajama Blouse
Vince vince.com
Hana Patchwork Jeans
Erdem x Universal Standard universalstandard.com
Pretty in a Pattern

Patterns aren't for everyone, but if you are open to integrating them into your summer wardrobe, perhaps explore a bold pattern in a pastel color like Yumi Nu does here. Or look for a pattern that is brimming with color but that has a delicate nature, like the Lisa Says Gah one below.

Lena Babydoll Mini Dress - Painted Ladies Rainbow
Lisa Says Gah lisasaysgah.com
Just Like Air

We all know lighter colors are always better in the sun, as they don't hold onto the heat as much, so find a light, go-to look, like Charlotte Zoller's, that'll keep you cool on those sun-filled days.

Extended Lorelei Dress
Mara Hoffman marahoffman.com
The Effortless Piece

We all need a dress that is easy to wear and yet will make us look like we spent hours getting ready. Faithfull the Brand is known for its effortless and summery pieces. And with its latest collection, Le temps des fleurs, introducing the new size, XXXL (that from my own experience is a size US18, fits perfectly), it's time to add some of the brand's signature, nostalgic pieces to your wardrobe.

Go for a bolder look, like the Sable Paisley Print Dress I'm wearing here, or try something a little more understated, like the Bendita Floral Print below. Either way, be sure to choose a dress that features built-in stretch for ease.

Flora Midi Dress Bendita Floral Print
Faithfull the Brand faithfullthebrand.com
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