It’s that time of year again; the days are gradually getting longer and we’re on the cusp of a new season in fashion with all the new trends that it brings. Not all of the new seasons trends are included here, just my favourites (I’m avoiding kitten heels, I’m afraid!) And whilst there does seem to be a lot of carry over from AW16, such as ruffles, mesh and embroidery, the new season looks really fun. So if you fancy getting a head start on SS17 here are some of the best, on trend plus size pieces that are available to buy right now!
Big Ol’ Sleeves
Flare Sleeve Top / Blue Stripe Shirt with Embroidery / Black Bell Sleeve 3/4 Sleeve Top / Alice & You Ruffle Sleeve Tea Dress
Whether they be voluminous, knotted, fluted or ruffled: sleeves are making a statement in SS17. This is one of my favourite trends, as it’s fun to wear and can be played up or down as much as you’re comfortable with. The black 3/4 bell sleeve jumper from New Look Curves is a great way to try out the trend in a subtle way, and for more impact the Alice & You floral ruffle sleeved dress (via ASOS) is a great piece. This season Eloquii have an amazing array of flared sleeves in every colour you can think of too!
Premium Red Tutu / Embroidered Mesh Top / Embroidered Mesh Dress / Lace Mesh Kimono
As my fellow plus size babes will know, tulle skirts are amazing. Lots of us have been wearing these tutus for years so we’ve truly been ahead of the curve with this trend! Tulle is here in a big way this season and you’ll find lovely tutu skirts everywhere just now. On the SS17 catwalks the trend also includes using tulle and mesh to layer in new ways. The lace kimono from Forever 21 Plus is a great piece for this layering, as is this lovely kimono by Viva Voluptuous which is available in more sizes. Of course I had to include the Society+ tutu, one of the originals and best, in this section; especially as they are one of the few places where you’ll find plus size tulle pieces in colours other than black.
Hanky Hem Pleated Skirt / Chiffon Dress / Floral Print Shirt / Shimmer Pleated Skirt / Overlay Hem Midi
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but it looks like the hanky hem might be back, if only for a short while; along with high-low, asymmetrical and deconstructed hemlines. I particularly love the subtle asymmetrical hem of the beautiful Manon Baptiste chiffon dress, and if you like the high-low but aren’t sure about the skirts, this floral shirt from Yours Clothing is a great way to get in on the trend. I also came across this extremely deconstructed skirt from ASOS while browsing and… well… it still puzzles me.
Lace up Corset Belt
Corset Waist Midi / Pink Rose Fabric Belt / Lace Up Corset Belt / Corset Detail Shirt Dress
I absolutely love these lace up, corset style belts. I’ve been coveting them since seeing them worn at various fashion weeks last year, and worn with oversized garments like shirts or dresses they look effortlessly stylish. I was determined to include this trend but my word are they difficult to find in plus sizes. At the time of writing I could only find one brand actually makes a ‘curve’ option, Boohoo Plus. I did turn up a beautiful floral option on Etsy though, where the seller custom makes each order to your measurements so it’s available in any size. The lace up belt trend also shows up actually built in to a couple of dresses this season too, like these ones from ASOS Curve and Missguided Plus, but I’m definitely keeping an eye out for more.
What trends are you looking forward to for SS17? Or are there any that you’re just not sure about? Let us know in the comments!