Spring Trends for the Plus-Size Set

Go bold or go home! Full-figured fashionista Nicolette Mason picks the best spring trends to revive your winter-weary wardrobe.

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Go bold or go home! Full-figured fashionista Nicolette Mason picks the best spring trends to revive your winter-weary wardrobe.
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I often get e-mails from readers complaining about their fashion ruts. Because it's so hard to find stylish, trendy pieces in plus-sizes, these big girls opt for a uniform of shapeless, monochromatic basics that are about as fun to wear — and just as flattering — as a drugstore rain poncho. That always makes me sad, especially since clothing for me has always been about transformation. I never look or feel more amazing than when I'm rocking a killer outfit that turns heads, whether it's a Miu Miu — inspired pretty-girl frock or a Debbie Harry — watch-your-back lace-and-leather ensemble. It's true, most designer fashion doesn't come in my size (16 to 18, depending on the brand). But looking chic doesn't require a barely there waist, just a willingness to step outside your comfort zone. With that in mind, I've scoured the spring runways for the top trends guaranteed to bolster your wardrobe — and your confidence — this season. You can't go wrong in these pieces, I promise. They are designed for all shapes and sizes, so go for it!
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Electric colors
It takes guts to wear Day-Glo. But try a hit of ultrabright color to instantly perk up an otherwise ho-hum ensemble. The neon ASOS Curve tee in lime is a perfect peekaboo piece — wear it under a strong black blazer with strappy heels. Or get the same effect with eye-popping neon accessories. TOP, $45, ASOS Curve; asos.com.
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EARRINGS, $250, Tom Binns Design; (917) 475-1412.
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Leather
You may not be used to seeing leather this time of year, but more designers (Prabal Gurung comes to mind) worked it into their spring collections. Splurge on a leather skirt from Carmakoma — it goes with pretty much everything, and, best of all, you can wear it year-round. Also definitely worth it: Kmart's ridiculously inexpensive black tank with leather detail from the retailer's must-have Love Your Style, Love Your Size line. SKIRT, $123, Carmakoma; carmakoma.com.
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TOP, $21.99, Love Your Style, Love Your Size; kmart.com.
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SHOES, $795, Christian Louboutin; christian louboutin.com.
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Orange
The bright citrus shade is having a big moment. Damn You Alexis, the superhot contemporary label out of Australia, has you covered with a sheer, loose tunic that looks incredible (and is incredibly slimming) over white or light-washed jeans. (A skinny or straight-leg fit works best with the billowy shape of the top.) TOP, $219, Damn You Alexis; damnyoualexis.com.
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RING, price upon request, Simon G Jewelry; simongjewelry.com.
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Modern florals
True, florals for spring are a bit of a no-brainer, but this season's take on the trend is all about hyper-saturated color and unexpected neon hues. This stunning ASOS Curve floral-print pencil skirt (up to size 22), evocative of Céline's resort collection, is totally young and vibrant and will make you feel like walking to work (anything to be seen in it!). Pair with a blue or yellow top, tucked in to accentuate the pencil shape and your natural curves. SKIRT, $73, ASOS Curve; asos.com.
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