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The Best Plus Size Summer Outfit Ideas

With a summer of invitations ahead, the challenge of curating a wardrobe filled with pieces that encourage confidence and thrive in the hot weather arises. Taking into consideration the everyday as well as special occasions, discover the guide to Plus Size summer dresses that promise to exude instant sophistication.


The summer season naturally draws high-octane hues to the forefront, and this is especially true for wedding celebrations. Whether for traditional countryside nuptials or a glamorous destination wedding, opting for a radiant colour palette promises to elevate warm-weather ensembles. Ablaze with vibrant orange hues and floral motifs, this midi dress instantly encapsulates a sense of summer optimism. Crafted from luxurious guipure lace and soft pleats, this piece elegantly falls in soft pleats to a midi hemline, creating a flattering silhouette that can be relied on for years to come.

Karen Millen Plus Size orange floral dress
Plus Size Guipure Lace Mirrored Floral Pleat Midi Dress


With upcoming getaways imminent, it’s time to invest in pieces that provide both effortless style and endless comfort. A flowing design crafted from lightweight fabric is a failsafe option for holiday destinations. Add a playful spin on summertime dressing by choosing a tropical palm print design and style it with sandals for an easy day-to-evening look. This piece has been updated with a ruched waist for a universally flattering effect, while a maxi hemline ensures elegance.

Karen Millen tropical print ruched maxi dress
Plus Size Palm Print Halter Jersey Maxi Dress


If embarking on a quick weekend break to a European city, consider adding a timeless linen dress to your capsule collection. Boasting a lightweight composition and natural texture, a linen piece promises to deliver effortless elegance throughout the warmer months. Other airy fabrics, such as cotton and satin, are also ideal for summer breaks. In terms of silhouettes, a shirt dress is a classic and versatile staple that can be dressed up or down with ease. Choosing a style that can be elevated for the evening will save precious time and luggage space.

Karen Millen plus size white linen halter neck maxi dress
Plus Size Palm Print Halter Jersey Maxi Dress


Perhaps the most challenging sartorial dilemma faced by many is how to style out a heatwave in the office. For this scenario, lean towards floaty designs that ensure comfort throughout the day, rather than bodycon styles that may feel restrictive as the day goes on. Although styling options may feel limited in humid conditions, there are still plenty of ways to differentiate day-to-day ensembles. For instance, showcase a penchant for contemporary dressing in a sleek colour block design or opt for a white linen dress for a classic look. Alternatively, inject workwear wardrobes with a dose of dopamine with a striking, brightly coloured piece.

Karen Millen colour block maxi dress
Plus Soft Tailored Colour Block Midiaxi Dress


From grilled cuisine to home-made cocktails, garden parties are a quintessential British summer tradition. For these afternoon affairs, exude a joyful mood in a vibrant floral print dress. This piece features ruffle details and balloon sleeves, exuding a romantic aesthetic while also creating a flattering silhouette. Alternatively, add a touch of artisanal allure to garden party ensembles in an embroidered maxi dress paired with sandals.

Karen Millen green floral midi dress
Plus Size Graphic Lace Trim Floral Woven Plunge Maxi Dress
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