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Regardless of where you live, chances are the weather can be a bit fickle at times, especially when the seasons are transitioning from one to the next. Unpredictable temperatures can make choosing an outfit tricky, to say the least. After all, what’s a girl to do when it’s cool in the morning but sweltering by noon? The key to this age-old dilemma is to create an ensemble that revolves around layers, allowing you to easily lose or add items, depending on the weather. Use these simple plus size base pieces (that you probably already have hanging in your closet!) to build an outfit for any time of the year, taking your wardrobe effortlessly from one season to the next.

Tunic

Tunics are a must have at any time of the year, but this style is also particularly handy when it comes to creating transitional outfits for us plus size ladies. As Refinery29 points out, the tunic is an easy choice for anyone who wants something that won’t cling to her middle – one reason to love this all-season piece even more. Choose pieces that hit at mid-thigh or just above the knee to get the biggest (and most flattering) bang for your buck. At this length, tunics can be worn alone or with a pair of skinny jeans during the summer, and then paired with a cropped sweater and leggings (aka the curvy girl’s best friend) for fall. To give your look an instant boost, opt for a pair of faux lather paneled leggings for a trendy touch that’s both comfortable and sophisticated.

Pencil Skirt

A timeless wardrobe staple, the pencil skirt never goes out of style, and it’s not hard to see why. With its curve-enhancing silhouette and endless choices of fabrics, colors, and accents, this particular piece can do no wrong. If you’re worried this type of skirt will look too “buttoned-up” for your liking, just know that it’s all about how you wear it. First, choose a fabric that suits your style and shape – a structured ’70s-inspired suede and slimming ponte knit are both top picks in my book. Then, pair with a turtleneck, chunky sweater, or slouchy crew neck sweatshirt for a fall-friendly ensemble.

Fit and Flare Dress

If you’re like most plus size ladies, you have at least one fit and flare dress that has become your go-to for most occasions. Versatile and chic, this style is just as ideal for a cocktail party as it is for running errands on the weekends. Plus, this particular cut does wonders for accentuating all of your best features while downplaying the ones you aren’t crazy about. By now, you can probably guess where I’m going with this: the fit and flare dress makes a great piece for bridging the seasonal gap. Top with an oversized cardigan, layer over tights, add riding boots, or wear with a cropped denim jacket—the options are endless. For inspiration, browse the dress options from Lyst. The collection of different designers highlights a variety of styles that makes it easy to find just the right addition to your transitional wardrobe.

Trench Coat

The last transitional piece on our list just so happens to provide the perfect finishing touch to almost any ensemble: the trench coat. Effortlessly chic when worn open, this outerwear can also be cinched close when temperatures drop, keeping you warm and defining your waist all at once. Not only does the trench coat come in virtually every colour, length, and material that you can imagine, it pairs well with everything. As Vogue writes, it almost doesn’t matter what you have on underneath because the trench is what makes that first great impression. Dresses, trousers, skirts, rompers, and more—you name it, the trench coat will go with it, making it a very complementary, and very essential, transitional piece for any plus size wardrobe.

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