It’s summer! Or at least in my opinion it is. According to me, summer starts the first day it’s over fifty degrees, otherwise known as shorts weather. Shopping for fashionable clothes can be especially tough if you’re fat; a lot of designers and stores don’t carry any clothes that fit us, and if they do, they aren’t exactly up to date on the trends. At A-Camp, El Sanchez and I run a workshop called Destigmatize Your Size where we talk about body issues, being fat in queer spaces, and some fashion tips. Here I’m gonna focus on that fashion tip part. Other great trends for this fat queers this summer include aliens, tweed, Bodysuits and beachwear as formal wear.
Crop tops are timeless, like a sunny day, and more and more fashionable fat people have been wearing them the last few years. That’s definitely a trend I want to see continue, but I’d especially love to see it on fat masc of center people. This Autostraddle Soft Butch Grey Tri-Blend tee comes in sizes up to 4x and can easily be altered into a crop top. I personally own and love the Asos Curve Crop Top with Off Shoulder Tab and I think you should too. Later I’m going to talk about oxblood, my favorite color for this summer, but the two other best colors are blush and marigold, which is essentially what color this Lace Off-The-Shoulder Crop Top is. For a more racy look that’s perfect for a summer picnic, I’d go with this Floral Lace Crop Bralette.
Maybe you live somewhere where a light jacket is still needed, in case you do, windbreakers are a super great look for masc, femme and all other queers. For a few modern options, I’d go with the ASOS Zip Through Windbreaker with Cloud Print and Overhead Windbreaker in Palm Print, both come in sizes up to 4XL in Men’s. There’s also this great Overhead Windbreaker with Cut and Sew Panels in Blue that goes up to men’s 2XL. You can also look at Etsy for plenty of super great vintage windbreakers. Those are the ones that are really pushing this look forward.
Just like most fashion, this comes from Black and Brown people and from hip-hop fashion, so make sure to be respectful. These vintage Denver Nuggets jerseys are, in my opinion, the best-looking basketball jerseys ever. I’m personally a Memphis Grizzlies gal, I know some people who prefer Lebron James and the Cavs, though. Maybe you’re more of a college basketball fan, and you’d like this Custom UConn jersey, or maybe you’re a Tune Squad fan and want this Lola Bunny #10 jersey.
Like I said, summer is defined by shorts weather, and true summer is defined by short shorts weather. These ASOS CURVE Shredded Denim Shorts in Black are exactly the kind of shorts I’d wear. Look at these Runner Shorts in Beige Velour — let’s say that again, VELOUR RUNNER SHORTS. If that’s a little too bold for you, these Navy/Gray Marl Jersey Runner Shorts are a great look too. If you’re a floral type of gal, I’d go with these Floral High Waist Shorts.
Now we’re getting away from specific pieces of clothing and into styles. Food prints are super in right now, and they should be especially in for fat people, as we’re often the ones who eat the most food. This Fried Egg Boob shirt is really cute, and so is this Strawberry Beefcake Tee. For a simpler look, this shop has cute tees with foods like Pizza, French Fries and Donuts. For something that’s the opposite of simple, this shop has Full Printed Sweatshirts with fruit patterns like Bananas, Kiwis and Berries.
Oxblood is The Hottest Color this year. Dress-wearers can go with this Oxblood Floral T-Shirt Scuba Bodycon Dress or Deep Bardot Mini Skater Dress with 3/4 Length Sleeve. This Plus Size Velvet Caged-Front Bodysuit is absolutely gorgeous, and these Plus Size Refuge Hi-Waist Shortie Denim Shorts are super great and would go great with this Lover + Fighter Bomber from Wildfang.
This is a trend I’m totally loving right now. I own this Red Plaid Print Pleated Mini Skirt and Plaid Pleated Mini Skirt in Black. This Column Pinafore Dress is also super cute. For Outerwear, I’d suggest the Wild Feminist Essence Bomber, or Lend Me Your Yesteryear Jacket. To finish off the look, you can’t go wrong with these Ribbed Knee-High Socks.
I asked my great friend Maddi for a summer fashion trend she loves and she said “Big fancy European hand fans” and then followed up with “or carrying around a big leaf to fan yourself with.” I love it. Buy some hand fans and fan yourself all summer.