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I previously wrote a survival guide for fat girls who want to enjoy festivals in as comfortable an environment as they can. Let’s be honest, can festivals ever really be comfortable for anybody?! But if you have any concerns that are holding you back from buying a ticket – other than, y’know, the astronomical costs, which I can’t help you with! – then please hop on over and read that post.
Today I’m lusting over the very best of 2017’s plus size festival fashion. Trends this year include jackets which shimmer and shine for England’s rainiest festivals, but with the very welcomed (to me, at least!) addition of denims and leathers with a healthy dose of fringing. This year sees the return of the logo t-shirt, which I haven’t worn since I was 16 and dressed exclusively in tacky logos. Basically I am in love with festival style this year, and am going to spend my summer adding as much of it as possible to my wardrobe. The colour schemes are looking very late 70s/early 80s with a return to bright mustard yellows, white leather and a whole load of gingham. Let’s take a peek at the best of this year’s plus size festival fashion!
TOP LEFT TO BOTTOM RIGHT: Alice & You Shorts, £30.00; ASOS Floral Shorts, £25.00; Drawstring Linen Shorts, £22.00; Pink Clove Logo Tee, £15.00; Shredded Denim Jacket, £50.00; Cropped Metallic Jacket, £45.00
ASOS are killing it in the shorts game this year. I am absolutely loving the pom-pom trend, and it is well-known in the plus community that ASOS are the pom-pom kings. Unfortunately, their reign ends when it comes to the sizing. ASOS sizing can pretty hit-and-miss as it is, in my opinion, and the majority of the items above might technically go up to a size 28, but they are generally SOLD OUT above a size 24. This means one of two things: the brand threw out a few token 28s to be labelled inclusive, and those have been snagged already, or there is a greater demand for the top end of plus size ranges. Either way, ASOS remain pretty to look at but out of my reach. And that’s without even talking about their prices.
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TOP LEFT TO BOTTOM RIGHT: Frayed Hem Skinny Jeans, £15.00 down from £29.99; Snake Print Lace Trim T-Shirt, £17.99; Gingham Cropped Trousers, £24.99; Rose Gold Anorak, £49.99; Yellow Bardot Top, £19.99
New Look’s Plus Size range is definitely my personal dark horse. I feel like the styles are much younger and on trend, the sizes are much more diverse and the prices are just generally better. Again, there is the issue that some of the larger sizes are selling out more quickly, and it is difficult as a consumer to know if this is an issue with supply or demand. New Look are getting hits all over the place at the moment for their lace additions to t-shirts. Admittedly some of them are absolutely hideous, but the lace sleeves on the above tees are a great way to make a punky t-shirt more femme. And forgive me for saying it, but I’m kind of loving the v-shaped fringing on that white t-shirt.
TOP LEFT TO BOTTOM RIGHT: Patch Boyfriend Jeans, £40.00; Acid Wash Denim Jumpsuit, £40.00; Love is Love Shacket, £49.00; Tassel Trim Fluted Sleeve Jacket, £45.00; Daisy Street Oversized T-Shirt, £20.00; Girl Power T-Shirt, £20.00
I’m going to be totally honest here: Simply Be was underwhelming. It took a while to even source these items, because most of the clothing was straying into old-lady or evening-wear territory. I’ve always stayed loyal to SB because they’re like the hipsters of size inclusivity – they were stocking size 32s before it was cool – but it’s really hard to say good things when the prices are rising and the clothes aren’t looking particularly great. The ‘Love is Love’ jacket (I’m sorry, I’m not saying ‘shacket’), however, is one of my favourites from across all of the websites I looked at. And though I’m not super keen on those jeans with the patches myself, I see them appearing on a lot of blogs over Summer 2017.
TOP LEFT TO BOTTOM RIGHT: Denim Harem Trousers, £26.99; Aztec Print Shorts, £16.99; Palm Print Harem Trousers, £19.99; Rock Chick Mesh Top, £19.00; Gingham Cami Top, £19.99; Indigo Denim Long Shorts, £19.99
A lot of plus size people don’t like Yours Clothing (because butterflies) but if you can get past the smock tops there are actually some staple pieces on there. I get all of my plain black leggings from there because they’re cheap, comfortable and durable, and I know they will always carry my size and beyond. The denim long shorts look super comfy and perfect for chafing, while the harem trousers come in some funky colours and are built for being comfy and lightweight: perfect for a festival.