Summer is a time for release. Freed from school, left work a little early on a Friday afternoon, the kids eating pizza outside in the cul-de-sac. A second glass of wine. Feeling, if only for the doctor-ordered quick 20 minutes, the sun on your skin in the late morning.
Summer is also time to bust out your enthusiastic patterned clothing, even in cultures that are somewhat pattern-averse.
Today we focus on High WASP Plus Size style. And, as it has been pointed out that we gravitate towards the high end here, the sets below include items that can be had, online now, for less than stratospheric prices. Hint? Target. Summer is nothing if not inclusive.
High WASP Plus Size Summer Patterns, Three Ways
Each High WASP Style Archetype has her own preferred set of patterns. The Grande Dame suits up in plaids, stripes, and the stylings of Emilio Pucci. She takes a basket of Mr. Pucci’s scarves to her tailor and has him make her a custom caftan. She’ll arrange flowers for the table, but let others do the cooking, descending at the last moment to make her famous sauce.
The Artsy Cousin likes patterns that remind her of her travels. Paisley, ikat, batik. And she’ll stretch the definition, as she always does, to tell you, “Velvet absolutely IS a pattern, to those with heightened sensibilities.”
The Sturdy Gal prefers polka dots and vivid florals. That’s why she doesn’t wear patterns very often. She knows she’ll wind up in dangerous territory. But she’ll be cooking, and gardening, right up until the guests arrive.
And if she’s getting married this summer, that plus size High WASP, what then? In that case she hies herself over to east side bride and her “evil club of mean hipster brides,” where this discussion discovers all kinds of sources. It may fortify you to know, even hipsters decry the dearth of decent plus size clothes.
Here’s to inclusion.