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Plus Size Tops: Warm Weather Style from Kiyonna

Are you a jeans and t-shirt type of girl? Prefer to keep your fashion casual and easy? Kiyonna Clothing loves your style, and has you covered with flattering plus size tops no matter the occasion. A leader in the plus size industry since 1996, they really know how to dress a women’s curves and our GrandStyle editors have included some top sellers from Kiyonna for you to browse as you update your warm weather wardrobe.

Stylish Plus Size Tops with T-Shirt Comfort

Kiyonna Promenade TopUpgrade your t-shirt game with their best-selling Promenade Top. Available in a NEW navy and ivory striped print, this flowy top is relaxed enough for errands and stylish enough for brunch with the girls. Thanks to a crossover bodice, kimono sleeves, and a slight peplum silhouette, you’ll get ample coverage for all-day comfort.

Kiyonna Destination Daydream Top
Another option that feels like a tee but takes your wardrobe to the next level is the Destination Daydream Top. With peek-a-boo neck straps for added interest and a gathered center with delicate pleats, you’ll love its flattering silhouette. If you’re feeling daring, you can also choose to wear the sleeves off the shoulders to really turn heads.

Kiyonna Callista Crepe TankWant to beat the heat in style? Check out the Callista Crepe Tank in classic black or a pretty nude. Made from a lightweight bubble crepe fabric, this tailored tank offers comfortable stretch and feminine appeal. Perfect for jeans, dress up for work with a blazer or dress it down with your favorite sandals.

Kiyonna Lori Printed BelliniIf you’re looking for something easy and fashionable to throw on during a cooler night, take a look at the Lori Printed Bellini in a merlot stripe. Featuring a drawstring close for adjustable coverage, layering just got easier with this soft tunic style cardigan.

From picking up the kids at school or summer travel or a special occasion, you truly don’t have to worry if you’re not one for a dress. Kiyonna Clothing has everything you need to look and feel your best. So, for more top-notch styles in plus size tops, be sure to check out Kiyonna’s entire collection.

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

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Building a Plus Size Spring Wardrobe: Tips and Ideas

It’s that time of year when retailers are showing plus size spring wardrobe ideas (including pastels!) and you’re still trying to get the heater adjusted for winter! No, you haven’t lost your mind. It IS still too cold for gauze dresses. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a head start on getting your Spring wardrobe ready for that first warm sunny day!

Get Ready with Your Plus Size Spring Wardrobe

While you’re cooped up inside fighting with the heater, why not use this time to unpack last year’s warm weather clothes and get your wardrobe ready for Spring, even if you’re not! You can get a head start if you:

  • Give away, sell or toss anything that doesn’t fit or that you didn’t wear last year. Toss stained and stretched t-shirts! Face it, mustard WILL NOT wash out!
  • Fix any loose buttons or ripped seams.
  • Check shoes for repair. Toss or give away any shoes you did not wear last year.
  • Hang your warm weather clothes in categories – pants together, skirts together, tops together, etc. (Divide the outfits and suits into categories!) Reason: This lets you “shop” through your closet and rethink combinations that go together both now and as a starter for Spring fashion.

Make a list of the basics you will need to replace. Basics that most often need replacement:

  • white pants, shorts and t-shirt (dump the ones with the mustard stains!)
  • navy or khaki blazer and slacks
  • camisoles for sheer tops
  • light-colored shoes and sandals
  • summer weight lingerie and hosiery

Build your wardrobe by buying “fill in” items to work with what you already have in your closet. Look for items that expand your wardrobe possibilities, not just a new outfit. For example: Consider buying a new blazer to go with your navy skirt and three of your favorite print shirts. Or, maybe your purchase should be a neutral color silk tee that looks great with your jeans and skirts.

Start looking through fashion magazines and search out those special ideas that match your personal style. You don’t have to be a slave to the fashion trends. But, whether you are at home or traveling, it is smart dressing if you look “up to date” in the way you dress. So, watch for trends and adapt those you like to your particular body type and lifestyle. For example, the v-neck tunic look is a great style for most curvy bodies. It incorporates a figure-flattering open neck and is loose with a tunic length that slides over your hips.

Consider a new shopping venue to add to your plus size spring wardrobe. News bulletin: The best deals ARE NOT in the big department stores or the small specialty stores! Places to explore:

  • discount stores (e.g., Wal-mart, Target)
  • off-price retailers (e.g., Ross, Marshall’s) for great deals on t-shirts, undies and hosiery.
  • television shopping (e.g., QVC, Home Shopping) for classics and up-to-the-minute trends
  • internet and fashion catalogs. Some of my favorites: Zully, Chadwicks, and Ulla Popkin.

Three Final Money Saving Tips

1. Shop while the inventories are highest. Buy what you need early in the season while it is still in stock. You can’t afford to wait … it will be out of stock!

2. Design your plus size spring wardrobe around basics. Pick longer lasting clothes in basic colors (like taupe/white/navy blazers, skirts, pants and shoes). Add color and print with lower cost wardrobe pieces (such as tops and tanks). Examples:

  • Matching jacket, skirt and pants in a basic color like navy, taupe, black or grey.
  • Silk shell or short-sleeved tops to match your jackets.
  • Comfortable pair of casual pants or jeans.
  • Solid color, loose fitting shirt that can also be worn as a light jacket. This will also be great for travel
  • Solid color, short sleeved knit or T-shirts in two to three of your favorite colors.
  • Weekend super casual outfit like a cotton flood-length set or sweats.
  • A casual, loose fitting dress or skirt and top set.
  • A special vest, blouse, top or jacket for Spring/Summer “dress up” or weddings.
  • Three pairs of shoes – one for skirts, one for pants and one for super casual.
  • A casual, fun hat.
  • A solid color lightweight coat or raincoat.

3. Spark up your wardrobe with current trends. Check out the new looks and colors. You don’t have to be a big slave to fashion; but, you should try to look updated … not like time has marched right past, or over you! One way to do this is to build a classically-styled wardrobe which you can freshen each season with new accessories and a few separates in the new looks and colors. Lucky for us plus size women, the look for Spring is often free flowing and less structured clothing. Flowing long skirts, longer tops, matching dresses and coats all look terrific on our larger silhouettes.

Now, get out there and get ready for Spring. It’s almost time to start worrying about the air conditioner! Websites, Pinterest and magazines are jammed with the new Spring cool fashions and looks.

Remember: You don’t have to spend a lot to have a great Spring wardrobe. No matter how casual or formal your lifestyle, well-made, coordinated separates and accessories will give you the stylish, together look that you deserve to have everyday, no matter what’s on your calendar.

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How to Build a Low Cost Plus Size Wardrobe for Spring

The real key to building a low cost plus size wardrobe is having clothes that work for you in a lot of ways. In other words — avoid buying clothes in specific “outfits” – instead build your wardrobe around mix and match separates. Then, use accessories to create many more looks.

Step-by-Step: Building a Low Cost Plus Size Wardrobe

To save money and to avoid buying clothes you don’t need, you need a plan of action to evaluate what you have before you shop for Spring and Summer clothes you don’t need:

    1. Go through your warm weather clothes, laying them out onto your bed.
    2. Give away everything that doesn’t fit.
    3. Wash and mend any problems.
    4. Sort the remaining clothes into two piles – the clothes you wear and those you don’t.
    5. Hang the clothes you wear back in your closet in categories – dresses, skirts, pants, tops etc. (Don’t hang them as outfits!) Be sure to include the clothes you plan to wear for travel.
    6. Go back and look at those clothes you don’t wear from #4. Hang them in your closet in their appropriate category next to the Spring clothes you plan to wear regularly.
    7. “Shop” through your closet and rethink combinations that go together.
    8. Make a shopping list of three or four items that, when added to what you have, will really give you a lot of possibilities. Like: A linen or linen-like blazer to wear with jeans, skirts, pants etc. A neutral-colored (black, beige or ivory) skirt that will go with two patterned jackets in your closet and three of your favorite print shirts. A necklace or scarf that has colors that will tie two or three separates together.
    9. Prioritize your Spring shopping list based on the number of possibilities each item will give you.
    10. Don’t try to buy all the items at once. Buy priority #1 item first, then, #2 etc. Need vacation clothes? Hold off buying them until your vacation.
    11. Shop the pre-season sales. Watch the clearance racks at Ross (great classic blazers show up for cheap at Ross, particularly early in the week!). And don’t forget vintage clothing. It’s great stuff that just needs a new home. Their are a lot of plus size consignment shops. Check your phone book.