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Elegant Plus Fashion Trend Report
Winter Vacations & Spring Break
February 6, 2016

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All Editor's Picks clothing featured is hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of fashion business partnerships and available at date of posting.  Please be advised that popular selections can sell out quickly, especially at trendier Fast Fashion outlets. Options are available in all size ranges, although we specialize in hard-to-find sizes 12 and over. 
 

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CHRISTOPHER & BANKS
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NORTH STYLE
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LANE BRYANT
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ULLA POPKEN

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Top & Bottom Sold Separately
$24.95 $49.95 $69.95 $59.95
Striped Cotton Tee
Size S - 3X
Striped Cotton Shirt
Size S - 3X
Water Sports - UV Protection
Rash Guard & Leggings
Size 14 - 28W
Mixed Print
Poncho Swim Cover Up
Size 12 - 34W
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School vacations mean frolicking in the sun and sand for many teenagers.  Whether it's a family cruise or heading to Florida beaches with friends, winter breaks and the famous Spring Break of March or April at many colleges across the country is a welcome respite from books and studying. 

It wasn't that long ago that younger curvy fashionistas had few choices that didn't look like something their mother would wear.  Today, staying on trend in fresh styles is a breeze with more and more shopping hotspots extending sizes.

 

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AVENUE
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LANDS' END
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SWIMSUITS FOR ALL
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MACY'S

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$60.00 $49.00 $82.00 $54.00
Striped Knit Dress
Size 14 - 32W
Chino Shorts
Size 2 - 26W
Petite & Tall to 18
Underwire Support
High Waist Bikini
Size 10 - 24W
Ombre Swim Cove Up
Size XL - 3X
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Several trends are evident in youthful resort wear for 2016.   The sleek, modern lines favored by sporty women is translating into bold color blocking and stripes.   More recent seasons have seen crisp black and white, but this year brighter colors and multi-colored stripes are favored by the most fashion forward. 

Rash guards and swim tees came on the fashion scene last year and are gaining momentum with women who enjoy water sports such as surfing and jet skiing while on vacation.  This year matching swim leggings and capris as joining more traditional swim bottoms. 

 

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FOREVER 21
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NORDSTROM
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NEIMAN MARCUS
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TORRID
$14.90 $99.00 $215.00 $38.50
Floral Shorts
Size S - 3X
Chiffon Print Maxi Dress
Size 14 - 26W
Johnny Was
Eyelet Tank
Size 1X - 3X
Cold Shoulder
Floral Peasant Top
Size XL - 6X
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Playful polka dots mixed with softly feminine fabrics such as chiffon and lace tap the mid-twentieth century vintage trend that has been popular with many more voluptuous women for several years.  The high waisted retro bikinis in bold floral prints are fun and flirtatious.  The newest twist this year is the addition of swim skirts to the look.  Sailor shorts and pants are cute with bikini tops, polka dots, and nautical striped tops, and are an especially versatile choice this season.

Other periods are beginning to heavily influence trendy fashion with cold shoulder and off-the-shoulder tops reminiscent of  1970's disco chic an easy-to-wear tropical weather style that combines upper arm coverage with just the right amount of skin.  Other shapes from the era include swingy trapeze silhouettes in both tops and dresses in floaty chiffons.  These make both good beach cover ups and day-to-night ensembles.

 

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ELOQUII
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ASHLEY STEWART
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MOD CLOTH
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ASOS

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Solid Colors Available
$69.90 $44.50 $17.99 $45.00
Striped Shorts
Size 14 - 24W
Fringed Lace
Swim Cover Up
Size 12 - 26W
Lace Trim
Polka Dot Bike Shorts
Size XS - 4X
Chiffon Beach Dress
Size 14 - 24W
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SHOPTIQUES
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ALLOY
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LA PALAZZO
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MAURICES

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$45.00 $33.90 $27.99 $54.00
Crochet Sleeve Shift
Size
M - XXXL
Lace Sleeve
Off-the-Shoulder Blouse

Size XS - XXXL
 
Knit Print Palazzo Pants
Size
XL - XXL
Floral Texture Sun Dress
Size XL - 4X
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The influence of the Festival Season is extending into winter resortwear.  Fringe hems, crochet lace, and floral prints mix with bold ethnic prints in punchy, eclectic ensembles.   Tie dye and ombre dip dyes color  tops, maxi dresses and skirts. Floral prints range from vintage ditsy to bold retro splashes across shorts, tops, and dresses, and are worked into colored laces meant to be worn during the day.  Easy knit palazzo pants in bold global patterns pull on easily over swimwear and combine with free flowing tunics for laid back beach looks.

No matter what your style tribe, much of the resort seasonal fashion is drawing color inspiration this year from sunny Mexico and traditional Talavera tile.   Blues are joined by cool greens, mixed with brighter coral reds and yellows, and splashes of pink to color the resort palette.  The strong black and white trend of past seasons is still reverberating as an influx of color infuses looks with more vibrancy in juxtaposition.

 

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RUE 21
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KOHL'S
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PYRAMID COLLECTION
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MONROE & MAIN

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$21.99 $89.00 $59.95 $65.99
High Waist Sailor Shorts
Size 14 - 24W
CHAPS
Tie Dye Hoodie
Size 1X - 3X
Polka Dot Chiffon
Tank Top
Size 2 - 28W
BoHo Sun Dress
Size M - 3X
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