19 Plus-Size Hot-Weather Basics That Make Getting Dressed A Breeze

19 Plus-Size Hot-Weather Basics That Make Getting Dressed A Breeze

Being a human adult is hard. You are solely responsible for your well-being. From making sure you replace your toothbrush and underwear regularly to deciding what to eat on a daily basis, the simple things can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. When my mind is racing a million miles per minute and the executive dysfunction kicks in, I find it helpful to have a substantial collection of rotating staples. Finding solid plus-size basics can be a pain, so I’ve rounded up options across categories that I really like or even personally own that’ll make getting dressed on the toughest, hottest days that much simpler.

I have been known to find joy in putting on funky statement pants or wearing a top with a loud vibrant print. However, when your brain fails to compute, you can’t go wrong with one of my favorite combos: a white-button-down, bodysuit, and a pair of jeans or pants. I love basics because they’re a simple, easy way to look put together no matter the temperature. Keep reading for my personally approved list of basics, including my favorite go-to plus-size button-up and a tank top I’m immediately adding to the cart.

Plus-Size Button-Downs

H&M Linen-Blend Shirt, $34.99

You’ve heard it a million times, and I’ll say it again: Layering is king, especially when you need a more versatile outfit. In the warmer months, I like to use a button-down shirt as my top layer. This is great for transitional days that can be both cool and toasty or near bodies of water where the temperature tends to drop a bit. Cotton is always a solid choice, and I think having at least one linen option in your wardrobe is important.

In the intro picture, I’m wearing the oversize poplin button-up shirt from Abercrombie & Fitch. However, I will be buying at least two of the options linked here to be very prepared for all the days ahead.

Plus-Size Tank Tops

Skims Cotton Rib Tank, $34

I am all about rocking a cropped tank top. I personally love showing my midriff as much as possible. Skims makes really solid basics, and its cotton rib tank is a fan favorite. I threw in a halter neck for more sexy looks and the full-length two-pack of tanks from Old Navy for the ultimate budget-friendly option.

I personally own the Athleta Consious Crop in two colors, and I swear by it. It has a built-in bra and can be worn for everything from exercise to getting drinks with pals on the weekend!

Plus-Size Bodysuits

Pretty Little Thing Plus Black Cut Out Detail Bodysuit, $38 $17

If I want to wear a full-coverage under-layer, I tend to go for bodysuits because I don’t have to worry about keeping them tucked in all day. I love how the Parade bodysuit and the one from Pretty Little Thing have elevated details. However, for simple, no-fuss options, the ones from A&F and Old Navy are perfect. I’m wearing the Abercrombie one in my picture at the top.

Plus-Size Neutral Dresses

Skims Soft Lounge Cut Out Long Slip Dress, $88

The sun is out, so it’s time to show a little leg if that’s your thing. Skims makes a killer everyday slip dress. Many of my coworkers and I have test-driven the original long slip design, so I’m eager to get my hands on this cutout version. If you are looking for something shorter, Old Navy has a beautiful (and super-affordable) halter rib for under $40. If you love a breezy summer frock, the tiered seersucker maxi dress is for you.

Plus-Size Everyday T-Shirts

Old Navy Short-Sleeve UltraLight Ribbed Cropped T-shirt, $16.99

T-shirts are an absolute must-have. I’m a big fan of black and brown T-shirts; however, I do think a light-blue tee is a nice option to have in rotation. I’ve owned various Madewell tees, so I can definitely vouch for the quality. I do really love how the Old Navy one is ribbed and a little cropped too.

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