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Step Into Spring with These Plus Size Essentials

It is time to leave that cold, dark winter season behind us and step into spring. Spring is a time for change and renewal, and we all know how hard change can be for some of us at times. It’s a time to peel off all those winter layers we subconsciously hide behind and show our true inner beauty.
Spring means warm, gorgeous weather and that will mean less clothing, more skin which can be a little scary. It means that us women begin to wear tank-tops, shorts, sun-dresses, open-toed shoes revealing all of the things most of us dread showing and hide all winter long. So what do we do? We can’t just spend another season hiding in our cozy “cover-all” clothing. It’s a time to reevaluate our thoughts and put them into a whole new positive perspective and celebrate the skin we are in. Thinking that just because I am carrying a few extra pounds does not mean I can’t enjoy this weather as much as the next woman.
This season I’ve decided that as the weather begins to warm up I will integrate essential spring pieces into my wardrobe slowly. Here are some great plus size fashion “must have” items for spring that I love from some of my favorite plus size boutiques that just might help you get your spring wardrobe off to a great start.
Start off by picking up a couple of basic tee’s. My favorite tee right now is the Sunwashed T sold at Gap for $19.95. They are available in a variety of gorgeous colors (my fav Neon Double Pink) perfect for Spring up to size XXL. These are perfect to mix and match with your favorite plus size jeans, shorts, or skirts depending on the weather.

Sunwashed T

As for bottoms to mix and match with, my first choice would be a rolled up pair of plus size jeans like these by James Jeans sold at Nordstrom. I love this style because it is perfect for those laid back, warm weather beach days and you can dress them up or down. My favorite thing is to add a colored skinny belt for little extra pop of color.

Boyfriend Jeans

My second choice in plus size bottoms for Spring would have to be a super cute pair of bright, colored, cropped skinny jeans like this style I love from Gap. These Skimmer Jeans are not only super stylish but they STRETCH which I love and are available in a variety of colors and would go perfect with a simple pair of ballet flats or sandals.

Skimmer Jeans

These are just a couple of great, basic, essential pieces that will help you get your spring wardrobe up and running and get you comfortable in showing off some skin.

To dress these items up throw on an easy, distinctive plus size jacket like these super cute styles available at Macys.

Jessica Simpson CollectionMacysMacys

To accessorize the look you can add a statement necklace (like the styles above) or perhaps a stylish scarf like this one I love by Passigatti available in 2 colors at Navabi and pair of sexy heels like the ones pictured above by one of my favs Marc Fisher available at Macys.

Passigatti Scarf

So there you have it, some easy tips for transitioning into this season of change and renewal. Be sure to go into it with a positive perspective and pick up some great basic essentials to layer into your already fabulous wardrobe. Just remember no matter what you do, always love yourself and the skin you are in!

My Guest Appearance on The Stylish Sessions with Celebrity Stylist Daniel Musto

This past week I had the opportunity to be a guest and chat about plus size style on The Stylish Sessions with my pal Celebrity Fashion Stylist Daniel Musto and Contributing Editor to Marie Claire Magazine Marcy Guevara. On The Stylish Sessions viewers receive free style advice from Daniel and his guests live and in person using Google+ Hangouts. The Stylish Channel on Google+ Hangouts is such a cool way to meet, chat, and interact with people from all over the world who share the same interests and love for fashion.

Everyone was super fun to chat with and it was very casual/comfortable just like chatting with a group of friends. The only thing missing was my favorite glass of wine in my hand…next time;) I think we make a pretty good team. Check out the show below. I come in around 59:35:)

Daniel really knows his stuff when it comes to fashion and is one of Hollywood’s leading wardrobe stylists. He is currently styling NBC’s Fashion Star and Ready for Love. Can you say talented? I was lucky enough to have Daniel style me on a recent shoot I did for JessicaSimpson.com plus size collection and we instantly hit it off. He is amazing to work with and has some sick dance moves!  With that being said…it was very smart for The Stylish to pick Daniel as the host of their show.

Marcy was also a pleasure to chat with and she really knows the in’s and out’s of the plus size fashion world. She has an awesome video blog called The Marcy Minute that discusses everything from beauty tips to the latest celebrity gossip from around the world! Be sure to check it out!

Here’s a little bit about The Stylish:

Apart we’re fashionable. Together we’re The Stylish. Join the best dressed social network. The Stylish is a premium YouTube channel owned by Magical Elves, the producers behind Project Runway and Top Chef. It is the leading online source for fashion, beauty and personal style videos and is affiliated with InStyle Magazine.

To learn more about Daniel Musto and to see some of his fabulous work be sure to follow him on Facebook. Also, be sure to visit TheStylish.com to sign up via email to receive updates on everything STYLISH. You can also subscribe to The Stylish Channel to stay connected and/or if you are on Google+ and take part in the next Hangout. I know I will be there!

~Danielle