Once the weather starts getting warmer many of us may instantly reach for our favorite flowy dresses but as far as summer staples go, we often forget shorts. To be fair there are many different types of plus size shorts for women, and figuring out what to wear with them can take a bit of trial and error so it makes sense that these aren’t considered to be much of a summer style fail-safe as sundresses are.
But shorts are perfect for any summer activity you can think of—from rooftop parties, a night out with friends, a stroll down the beach boardwalk to even days at the office. Here are just a few types of this timeless summer staple that we’ll be buying this year.
I’m the kind of person who will wear skinny jeans well into summer but there comes a time that it is just too hot for full-length jeans. These are the moments that I reach for a pair of Bermuda shorts as these fit like a traditional skinny jean throughout the length of the thigh. Usually stopping at the knee, if not a little bit over, the length of this short is great for anyone who wants to wear shorts without exposing too much of their legs.
If you’re going on vacation aboard these are definitely the shorts to pack as they are long enough that you don’t have to worry about potential chub rub as you go sightseeing or running to rides at your favorite theme park with the family.
This is not to say that you can’t wear this plus size summer style to work as well. For a more on-trend and chic office-appropriate look, go for a dark wash or solid black option, like these Ashley Bermuda shorts, tuck in a lace trim cami, throw on a lightweight blazer and strappy sandals. Don’t forget your tote bag to carry all of your office essentials such as your laptop, and you’ll be set to conquer that warm and humid commute in style.
The boyfriend shorts are a silhouette that is fairly new even for me. Though shorter than Bermuda length, you don’t have to worry about these being too short. It is a slouchy-yet-stylish fit usually with an affixed cuff that gives it a vintage, almost lived-in look that’s perfect for laid-back days in the sun. There are even options with distressing and frayed hems that lend itself to a more edgy style you can play up with combat boots and a band tee.
Personally, this short style lends itself for more of a boho aesthetic. For example, this Catherine Boyfriend Short with a flowy off the shoulder top like the Chrissy Peasant Top, some espadrille wedge sandals, metallic bangles and a layered necklace for a comfortable, and sexy standout boho look great for a date at twilight by the pier.
Or if you are planning a full day at the beach, consider wearing one of your favorite plus-size swimsuits with shortslike these, be it using the top from a two-piece as crop tops or simply a one-piece as a bodysuit. The Andi Swim Malibu One-Piece for instance would be perfect for this, with an adjustable snap-front closure style and built-in full bust support. I mean is there anything better than a total effortless and versatile summer style that calls for no bra?
Of course denim isn’t your only option for plus-size shorts this summer. If athleisure and leggings are more to your style, I highly recommend giving biker shorts a try this summer. They are just as comfortable and versatile as your traditional full-length leggings, only shorter. Great for those days when the thermometer goes higher than 70 degrees which is about when I start breaking a sweat without even trying.
Simply pair it with a loose-fit graphic top and some colorful sneakers. Or even with a fitted tank and an oversized third piece like a kimono.
If you’re a fellow member of the chub rub club, skorts are a God-send, particularly those like the Christina High-Rise Skort from Girlfriend Collective. With lightweight shorts hidden underneath an outer skirt layer, these help protect against thigh chafing while also allowing for greater movement without worry of a possible wardrobe malfunction as the fabric moves with you. Also pockets big enough to carry your phone! Need I say more?
As for how to style these, the most popular trend this year has got to be pairing activewear shorts like these with a sports bra in a matching color to wear as a set. Personally I love pairing these with a sleeveless button front top, like the Diana Sleeveless Top, tied at the waist or a cotton knit halter tank with a cute pair of sandals for a chic, minimal vibe.
With longer days, and ever-rising temps, shorts are the must-have item for your summer wardrobe that you can never have too many of. Find your new favorite on Dia.com!
While inclusive sizing has become more mainstream over the past few years, it’s also become a bit more…confusing. Traditionally straight-sized retailers have extended up to sizes 22 via “extended sizing,” while “plus sizes” run from 12-22 (or with even more offerings, 12-32). Caveat: traditionally, most plus-size retailers started at size 14 and some straight sizes go to size 12. Needless to say, sizing has a lot of nuance.
This leaves a question for those teetering between straight and plus sizes, a group of in-betweeners called “mid-size.” So, what is considered “mid-size”? Generally speaking, if you fall into sizes 10-14, you may be mid-size. Here’s why it matters and how to understand the nuances in sizing and how you can be a savvier shopper.
Juicy industry info alert! All clothes are made based on a system of body measurements and sometimes the difference between sizes is just a matter of about 1 or 2 inches. Designers start with a sample size (usually an 8 in straight sizes that have extended sizing) and an 18 in plus sizes. Based on these sample garments all other sizes are created by adding or subtracting a few inches of fabric. This is also known as grading.
What does that mean?
A size 18 will accommodate a body as a starting point much differently than a size 8 will—in short, an 18 will likely take your curves and proportions into account in a completely different way than straight sizes. So, for those who can wear a plus size 14 might wear an 18 in a brand with inclusive sizing. In short, it can become really hard to find your size across brands
Since we carry sizes 10-32 across several different brands, sometimes the best way to understand the nuance across brands (and size runs) is by trial and error—especially if you are mid-size and don’t always wear plus sizes. This is one of the reasons we launched Try Before You Buy. Nearly every product we sell at dia.com can be tried on at home and returned risk-free. Test drive a few sizes to see what works.
Celebrate Pride by reading stories that center the LGBTQIA community. For June’s Summer Book Club, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite authors and groundbreaking characters you should bookmark, stat. Happy Pride!
1. Faith Taking Flight, by Julie Murphy
Attention YA fans! Julie Murphy’s recent book centers around Faith, a bi teenager who discovers she can fly. The character, Faith Herbert, is one of Valiant Universe’s most prominent superheroes, and Murphy’s book explores her origin story, so this one will appeal to comic book fans as well. Here’s to the superhero powers of being an awesome teen (and the main character we’ve been waiting for).
2. All Boys Aren’t Blue, by George M. Johnson
Activist and journalist George M. Johnson takes an enlightening look at gender, sexuality and societal pressures to fit into the binary constructs. Pulling from his own upbringing as a gay Black boy in America, he explores topics like toxic masculinity, family and Black joy. Voted an Amazon Best Book of the Year in 2020.
3. Wow, No Thank You, by Samantha Irby
Samantha Irby’s essays are equal parts hilarious and honest, as she explores everything from pop culture to a middle-aged girls’ night out. This one is a New York Times Best Seller for a reason. If you get hooked on her candor, see her other two essay collections, Meaty and We Are Never Meeting In Real Life for further reading.
3. Bad Feminist, by Roxane Gay
This collection of personal essays and critique explores race, gender and the political and social landscape of issues affecting women. A perfect primer for someone new to Gay’s work, she is also the bestselling author of beloved books Hunger: A Memoir of My Body and Difficult Women.