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Plus Size Summer Style: Cool Clothes and Sleeveless!

Plus Size Style from Ulla Popken: Classic Cotton TankLook out ladies. It’s time for plus size summer style. Warm weather is here … the time of year that a lot of curvy women hate. No more hiding behind baggy clothing. This is the season of bareness – bare necks, bare legs and, the scariest of all, bare arms. But don’t panic. Here are a few tips to build your summer style (and stay cool!) without spending a lot of money.

Plus Size Summer Style Tips

Here are a few thoughts to get you through any summer style fashion crisis you may be feeling:

  • Buy a new white tee and white pants. Even if you decided not to buy any new summer clothes, the ketchup and mustard stains in last year’s white tee and pants will never come out. Just toss ’em. You don’t need to spend a lot to replace them. Check out JustMySize, Target, Woman Within and JCPenneys for great prices.
  • Simplify. Remove from your closet all the clothes and shoes that you don’t (or can’t!) wear. Give them to the local women’s shelter. Stop squeezing your fluffy arms into those skinny sleeves! Also, only keep what you really love to wear – give away anything you didn’t wear at least 20 times last year.
  • Give up trying to dress to look thinner. Instead, concentrate on feeling great, showing your individual style and staying cool … even if it means sleeveless tops and dresses!
  • Buy basics. If you are going to buy this season, spend most of your money on basic colors and styles. Then you can splurge on one or two trendy styles and colors. Look to JustMySize, Junonia and Ulla Popken for 100% cotton and rayon shirts, twill skirts and pants.
  • Jump into summer with joy. Buy yourself a girlie-girl treat. Get a haircut. Buy a new pink lipstick. Get a pedicure. Buy a fun sun hat. Learn to ride a bike. Take your kids (or grandkids!) to a theme park or to the pool or shore.

Enjoy this great new season. Get out there with your family and friends. Remember: Your personal style is what you do and how you do it — not just what you wear.

Need more info on plus size clothing? Check out GrandStyle’s recent plus size clothing posts.

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Big & Tall Guy Gifts: Give Him Fun & Comfort

Get the perfect big & tall guy gifts for the big or tall guy in your life. Finding the perfect gift or the perfect fit can sometimes be difficult for big & tall guys; so, a gift from you that fits him and his lifestyle will really be appreciated.

Big & Tall Guy Gifts: Big & Tall Clothing & Accessories

Amazon and DestinationXL are awesome sources for clothing for the big & tall guy. Here are a few ideas:

Big & Tall Guy Team Logo Tees
DestinationXL TeeGuys of all ages who actively follow professional sports love to wear their team’s logo on their tee. Don’t let your guy’s size keep him from supporting his favorite team. Check out the team logo tees at Destination XL.

Big Head Cap
Big & tall guys often have big heads and can’t find fun caps and hats. Pick up one (or more!) for your favorite guy. Whether he enjoys a team logo on a baseball cap, a trendy cap or a fishing hat, he’ll enjoy your gift every time he wears it!

Sizing tip: If standard size caps are a real tight fit on your guy, look for a size 8 or a XXL cap.

If he has fuller hair or if you are unsure of his hat size (except that you know he can’t wear the regular “off the rack” sizes!), look for an XXL or size 8 cap with an adjustable band – either at the back or on the inside band.

Long Belts for Big & Tall Guy Gifts
DestinationXL BeltWhether he needs a casual or a more formal belt, it can be hard to find one that is attractive and long enough. DestinationXL and Amazon both have several styles in a wide range of prices. For example, check out the military-style web belt, a belt that looks equally good on jeans and slacks and the Durabelt leather belt at DestinationXL.

Sturdy Seating

Surprise your guy with a chair, stool or seat that he can be comfortable in while he enjoys his outdoor or indoor activities.

Soccer dads, fishermen and outdoor loungers will enjoy having a comfortble portable chair that is designed for a larger body. Check out the Coleman chair from Amazon as well as the folding beach chair from DestinationXL.

If your guy like to be “in-person” at sporting events but the bleacher seats are killing his back, he will appreciate the stadium seat from DestinationXL that provides comfortable support through the entire game.

DestinationXL Mesh Back SupportBig & tall guys who sit for long stretches in office chairs will enjoy the mesh back support from DestinationXL. It provides back support combined with lots of space for cooling air.

Car and Truck Seat Belt Extenders

Sometimes just a few inches can make a difference between a too-tight seat belt and a comfortable ride. Your big & tall guy doesn’t have to sacrifice comfort for safety. Buy him a seat belt extender for his car or truck.

Amazon and Destination XL both have great options for seat belt extenders.

You can also obtain seat belt extenders from your car or truck dealer. Just place an order in the parts department.

OK gift givers. Start your engines and pick the perfect gifts for the big & tall guy. He will appreciate your gift for many years as you make his life easier and more fun.

Need more tips on living as a plus size woman or big & tall man? Check out GrandStyle’s
recent plus size living posts and recent plus size clothing posts.
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Summer Hats: Comfort & Style for Larger Heads

It can be really hard to find great summer hats if your head or hairstyle requires a larger hat. The standard “One Size Fits Most” hat only fits a head that measures up to 22 3/4 to 23 inches – this is a size 7 3/8 for men or a size 7 1/4 for women.

Good news: You don’t have to wear a hat that’s too small, rely on a plastic adjustable tab or spend a lot of money to add a hat to your warm weather wardrobe. There are online retailers that offer larger sizes in fun styles and a wide range of prices – Big Head Caps, hats.com and e4Hats.com.

Shopping Tips for Summer Hats

Finding the Right Size

Check out the sizing charts to be sure that you get a perfect fit.

Choosing a Flattering Style

Basically, a bigger body tends to look best in a bigger hat. Whether you are buying a hat as a gift for a woman, a man or for yourself, bigger bodies tend to look better in caps with longer visors and hats with wider brims such as a panama boater, a fedora, a boonie, or a breezer.

Bottomline: Don’t settle for spring and summer hats that don’t fit your head or your style. Wearing hats should be comfortable and you should enjoy the added style and sun protection of the hat.

Need more info on plus size clothing? Check out GrandStyle’s recent plus size clothing posts.