Festival Chic for Plus Size Women – Top 5 Tips – Summer Fashion Trends

No, we’re not talking wellies at Glasto, don’t panic! We’re using Festival Chic in a fashion trend rather than a literal sense!

We’re talking about that carefree, relaxed, effortless sort of look that the glossy mags would have you believe everyone is rocking at the summer festivals. (The reality, is most are probably wearing huge sunglasses to cover 2 day old mascara and big floppy hats to hide greasy festival hair!).

That said, festival chic, or boho-chic, or hippy chick style, or boheme style depending on what era’s fashion magazines you’re reading, is a perennial favourite for a reason. It’s easily achievable, perfect for summer, and ultimately, it looks great and it works really well for girls needing plus size clothing.

And, it’s for everyone. Even if you have no desire to stand in a field or queue for a questionable port-a-loo, you can definitely still indulge in a spot of festival fashion – even if your idea of outdoorsy is just a barbeque in the comfort of your own back garden!

So, here are our top tips to inject a little festival style into your wardrobe.

Plus Size Clothing Festival Chic Tip 1

Layers are Lovely: Think pretty summer dress with a cute vest peeking out underneath, perhaps a vintage denim waistcoat on top? (We love this one: Or, try layering two contrasting vest tops together with your favourite designer jeans (if you are a plus size try stretch jeans which have elastane woven in, usually about 2% of the fabric mix, perfect for girls with curves, very comfortable to wear and you’ll look fabulous!) – mix and match to your heart’s content.

Plus Size Dresses for Summer: Tip 2

Floral prints are your friend: Floral summer dresses are all over the high street right now, in all sorts of styles to suit everyone including plus size girls. Find one you love and have fun accessorising it dozens of different ways. Alternatively, spruce up plain outfits with delicate floral scarves, either loosely draped around your neck, or used as head scarves for real hippy style. Artificial flowers are in to – the bigger the better, in all the colours of the rainbow, clip them in your hair, on your jacket, on your bag, on your belt, let your imagination go wild!

Festival Foot Wear: Tip 3

Espadrilles are excellent: Espadrille’s are like a more grown up wedge, and they’re very now. As luck would have it, they’re also very comfy, so definitely worth investing in to wear with your festival inspired finds. They look best with shorter styles though – so if you’re happier in a midi/maxi style summer dress, you’re better off choosing some strappy wedges instead. But be wary of the weather, if it is going to be a muddy festival you either need to be prepared to throw away those espadrilles after the festival!

Vintage Style Summer Dresses: Tip 4

Vintage is in vogue: The reason most Boho-Babes look so individual, is because they really are – they spend hours scouring charity shops and vintage fairs for all the quirky elements to their perfect ensemble. If you don’t have time for that, don’t worry – a few carefully chosen new pieces can easily work together to create a vintage inspired illusion. A belt with an antique style buckle would look fabulous nipping in the waist of a floaty summer dress. Or a stretch denim waistcoat would work brilliantly over those layered vests to add a vintage looking twist.

Access(ories) All Areas: Tip 5

Accessories can make or break a festival inspired look. Take a simple sleeveless Plus Size Dress – it’s pretty, yes, but it’s not festival chic. Yet. Add a 60’s inspired floppy hat, some massive sunglasses, a string or two (or three) of beaded beauties, a funky belt (we recommend tan), a stack of boho bangles, and voila – true Glasto-style Glamour.

The most important key to the trend, is to make it your own. It’s all about being relaxed, comfortable in your own skin, and rocking your own style – whether that’s in a field into the wee small hours, or in your garden listening to your iPod!

So embrace your inner Festival Fashionista, strut your plus size style & have a fantastic summer!

3 Tips To Stay Up To Date With the Latest Fashion Trends

Fashion trends constantly change and can be difficult and time-consuming to follow. Each season, a new color or style will become the must-have look. Luckily there are several ways to stay in touch with the latest fashion trends, including:

Read the fashion magazines on a regular basis

Lifestyle and fashion magazines offer a perfect opportunity to get the latest news on what is taking place in the fashion world. Magazines keep up-to-date with the latest seasonal hits to ensure you are always mindful of the most popular styles. Whether you are reading the fashion magazine or lifestyle magazine with a dedicated fashion section, you will have a simple, yet effective option to see the latest and upcoming fashion options. Also, these magazines often highlight the best fashion stores or brands to make sure you are able to get the best prices in the market.

Visit the local retail and department stores

A further great option for checking out the latest fashions is visiting the local retail and department stores to see what is on display. A favorite high street store is certain to highlight the latest and upcoming fashions for the current season. For instance, many of the large stores start to advertise the clothing lines for the spring and summer well before the season starts to arrive. This makes it possible to get prepared for the warmer weather and save up enough money to buy the seasonal clothes. Also, by visiting in store, it is possible to try on a variety of clothing lines in different colors and styles. This gives the option to try garments that you don’t often wear and appreciate the feel and fit of these unique articles of clothing.

Go online and search the fashion websites

The internet offer endless opportunities to enjoy the latest fashion designs and styles. Many of the major retailers, style experts, and designers have well established web sites highlighting the latest fashion trends. If you have a preferred fashion label, you can always search for their fashion blog to get information on the upcoming and current clothing lines. Favorite designers like Gucci, Kate Spade and Ralph Lauren have sites dedicated to highlighting their take on the latest styles in the industry. You can easily visiting a varied mixture of website and blogs to get a complete idea of what styles are most relevant for the present season and what may be available in the future.