Fact: You can wear anything you want. Confidence and comfort over everything, right? Right. And if you do want to accentuate your body type and highlight your curves, there are a few style tricks to do so. We reached out to several tastemakers, including Rochelle Johnson and Chastity Garner Valentine, to get their best summer outfit ideas for curvy women—and the #OOTDs are fire. Not to mention, they're super easy to recreate. Ahead, the looks you'll want to live in this season.
"This is one of my favorite summer looks because it's colorful, and bright. I love the way the top accentuates my waist and the layers in the skirt elongates my stature." —Rochelle Johnson of Beauticurve
"We are in such a bright color cycle in fashion and most of my summer looks reflect that. This summer ensemble is full of neon and printed accents that flatter every part of my body, without hiding my curves. I’m proud of my curves and never want to hide them under boring clothes." —Victoria Monitzer of Rosewood Avenue
"I love this outfit because it's so clean. I feel sexy without being too revealing and it's comfortable. The slip skirt is body skimming so it shows off my natural curves and feels airy, so it's great for walking around the city in the summer. I can never buy enough tanks and this skinny strapped top lets me show off my shoulders. The hint of skin around my midsection is more of the 'meet and greet' instead of a full blown crop. I think anyone can wear this and feel chic and effortless." —Crystal Clement of crystal_alexis
"I'm in love with these jeans. They are high-waisted, which is complementary to my shape and my waistline. The stretch and pocket placement make my butt look great. The wide leg gives me some airy comfort for warmer temperatures. I paired it with this afro-centric crop top. Most would say 'plus size women' shouldn't wear crop tops, but I find myself throwing caution to the wind—especially when I have a piece that I know I'll look great in. For me, I like to highlight my shoulders, so off-the-shoulder tops are something I reach for often. Highlighting the attributes that you love will always have you leaving the house feeling and looking good." —Chastity Garner Valentine of Garner Style
"This top and skirt set is so nice, I bought it twice (I have it in navy and white). I'm expecting my first baby in the fall, so finding pieces that are comfortable and trendy for summer is key! I love this set because it comes in sizes XS to 4XL, is budget friendly, and comes in a few colors. It's not maternity, but the smocking is perfect for curves—it hugs my shape without being tight." —Sarah Tripp of sassyredlipstick
I’m so glad Veronica Beard has expanded their size range to include plus. When I created my #plussizeplease movement five years ago they were high on my personal brand wishlist. This dress is so good for summer because the fit is spot on and the ruched detail on the front is totally adjustable, so the cut works for a variety of heights and body shapes."—Sarah Chiwaya of Curvily
"I tend to shop for dresses that allow me to look chic, but are especially very comfortable. Before I purchase anything online, I read about the materials. I want to make sure that I'll look good and be able to move in it. This extra research also helps me in deciding if have to size down or up for an item. At the moment I am very into black and white animal prints." —Jessica Torres of thisisjessicatorres
City Chic maxi dress, $119
Torrid black t-shirt, $18
Susan Alexandra bag, $385
Zara white mules, $50
For more stories like this, including celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter.