Plus size guide to summer fashion with Karen Millen
This article is in collaboration with Karen Millen.
Shopping as a plus-size woman has felt more like a nightmare task than a leisure activity for far too long. When very few brands care to invest in their curve collections, the mission to find pieces that are of high quality, fairly affordable and on-trend is a feat. But, things are beginning to change. More and more brands are noticing an overwhelming demand, and as a result, are extending their lines and introducing curve collections. But who should be on your radar? Well, it just so happens to be Karen Millen.
Known for their occasion wear and chic silhouettes, the retailer has branched out and created a range of curve pieces available in size 18 to 24. No more are the days of settling for outdated styles that make you feel far more mature than you are or the other extreme of overly sexy styles and silhouettes that don’t always work for everyday looks. Karen Millen is filling a massive gap in the market by providing styles that take inspiration from what we see on the runway and in magazines. Thereby giving the fat fashion babes exactly what they need. So, I’ve pulled together some of my favourite looks that I think could work for you this season, no matter the occasion.
Pop of colour
As someone who is a proud member of the “go bold or go home” committee, there’s no better time than Spring/Summer to wear colour and Karen Millen isn’t lacking. Forget the muted tones and add a pop of colour into the mix, like this jumpsuit. Not only will you gorgeous in the sunshine, but it’s scientifically proven that wearing colour helps to boost moods. So, why not wear something that quite literally could spark joy? For some fun styling, I’ve mixed some prints by including my beloved Zebra print bag and gingham mules to take the look to the next level.
But if colour isn’t your thing. Allow me to introduce you to my friend. The safari chic trend is one that’s been around for years and, much like florals, pops up ever so often, and while many of us might not be going on the safari trip, we’ve always dreamed of. The chic adventurer style is happening, and it’s happening now. Thankfully for us curvy girls, Karen Millen has us sorted. Offering various styles from belted shirts to pleated dresses, KM is giving the girls sandy toned goodness this season. If this trend is exciting your inner traveller, I’d suggest creating a monochromatic look this season. Like the fashion IT girls of last season, try creating a head-to-toe beige/brown look. I’d advise incorporating lighter colours, but there’s no harm in keeping it dark this season.
Show off those legs
One of the difficult parts of entering Summer is the amplified body image issues many experience. Unfortunately, warmer weather can cause anxiety and trigger self-esteem issues. But this year, I’m really championing stepping outside of your comfort zone. As much as I worry about the appearance of my cellulite, stretch marks and stomach, the one thing I’ve learnt in the last year is just how short life is. Despite the hang ups I have around my body, I never want to look back on a moment and regret not experiencing, doing or wearing what I wanted. It’s minuscule in the grand scheme of things, but I know firsthand what it’s like to not want to go somewhere or wear something in fear that I’ll be judged. And this year it stops.
So, this summer, step out of your comfort zone! That doesn’t mean wear all the things you ‘hate’ at once but start slowly. A great way to do that is by incorporating more skirts into your wardrobe. As silly as it may sound to some, wearing a skirt can be a daunting experience. But as we start to make a conscious effort to own our bodies, wearing the things that once made us feel uncomfortable can become an empowering action. If you’re wondering where to begin, Karen Millen has a great selection of skirts. From denim to a-line, knit and mini, here are some of the best KM have on offer.
While the plus-size fashion industry still has a long way to go, the launch of Karen Millen’s curve collection feels like a step in the right direction. Rather than creating styles that can’t be found in their main range. The curve collection mirrors the style and feel of the main range. I look forward to seeing what’s next from the brand.
Photographed by Alise Jane.