10 Plus-Size Nordstrom Summer Styles That Are R29-Editor-Approved

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We are collectively trying to soak up as much sun as possible. Whether that's hitting up an outdoor concert, finding peace in tree-filled Airbnb cabin getaways, or hanging out poolside, the longer days call us to gather for fun times with our fellow humans. If you feel woefully unprepared in the what-to-wear-out-and-about department, you're not alone. I'm here to help. During my scouting of cute plus-friendly outfits with strong warm-weather potential, I landed on a bounty of excellent plus-size options at Nordstrom — a retailer that's been on my radar a lot more as the brand has continued to expand its range of size-inclusive offerings.

Ahead, click into my curated collection of plus-size Nordstrom clothing picks to rock as the temperature climbs. The fat-friendly styles I've been eyeing include simple, clean looks with splashes of color, itty-bitty dresses, and cool pieces stamped with unique prints.

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<h2>Skims Ribbed Long Slipdress <br></h2><br>When it comes to comfort, this lounge slip dress by Skims takes the cake. With over 800 reviews and 4.7 out of 5 stars, Nordstrom customers agree that this piece is pretty exceptional. One reviewer gushed, "I receive so many compliments on this dress. It is so comfy and such an easy throw-on with a sandals summer outfit. It is extremely functional too! I slide it up and am able to ride my beach cruiser in it...The best part is it is actually long enough!" <br><br>Bonus: <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2021/08/10620248/skims-viral-lounge-long-slip-dress-tik-tok" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:A group of R29ers put this infamous dress to the test" class="link ">A group of R29ers put this infamous dress to the test</a>, and let's just say it got rave reviews. <br><br><em>Shop<strong> <a href="https://www.nordstrom.com/s/skims-ribbed-long-slipdress-regular-plus-size/5897391?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FWomen%2FClothing%2FPlus-Size%20Clothing%2FNew%20Arrivals&color=249" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link ">Nordstrom </a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Skims</strong> Ribbed Long Slipdress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fskims-ribbed-long-slipdress-regular-plus-size%2F5897391%3Forigin%3Dcategory-personalizedsort%26breadcrumb%3DHome%252FWomen%252FClothing%252FPlus-Size%2520Clothing%252FNew%2520Arrivals%26color%3D249" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link ">Nordstrom</a>

Skims Ribbed Long Slipdress


When it comes to comfort, this lounge slip dress by Skims takes the cake. With over 800 reviews and 4.7 out of 5 stars, Nordstrom customers agree that this piece is pretty exceptional. One reviewer gushed, "I receive so many compliments on this dress. It is so comfy and such an easy throw-on with a sandals summer outfit. It is extremely functional too! I slide it up and am able to ride my beach cruiser in it...The best part is it is actually long enough!"

Bonus: A group of R29ers put this infamous dress to the test, and let's just say it got rave reviews.

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Skims Ribbed Long Slipdress, $, available at Nordstrom
<h2>ASOS Curve Cotton Beach Shorts & Button-up Blouse Set <br></h2><br>I love a set because it's an unfussy way to look put together with minimal effort. This cotton one is perfect for sweltering days because it's constructed with breathable natural materials, and it's a bit oversized for the perfect amount of added airflow. It's definitely worth packing for any beachside vacays you have planned, and it pairs well with almost any sandal because of its simple design and natural coloring. <br><br><em>Shop<strong> <a href="https://www.nordstrom.com/s/curve-cotton-button-up-blouse-plus-size/7025411?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FWomen%2FClothing%2FPlus-Size%20Clothing%2FNew%20Arrivals&color=900" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link ">Nordstrom </a></strong></em><br><br><strong>ASOS</strong> Curve Cotton Beach Shorts, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fcurve-cotton-beach-shorts-plus-size%2F7025399" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link ">Nordstrom</a><br><br><strong>ASOS</strong> Curve Cotton Button-Up Blouse, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fcurve-cotton-button-up-blouse-plus-size%2F7025411%3Forigin%3Dcategory-personalizedsort%26breadcrumb%3DHome%252FWomen%252FClothing%252FPlus-Size%2520Clothing%252FNew%2520Arrivals%26color%3D900" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link ">Nordstrom</a>

ASOS Curve Cotton Beach Shorts & Button-up Blouse Set


I love a set because it's an unfussy way to look put together with minimal effort. This cotton one is perfect for sweltering days because it's constructed with breathable natural materials, and it's a bit oversized for the perfect amount of added airflow. It's definitely worth packing for any beachside vacays you have planned, and it pairs well with almost any sandal because of its simple design and natural coloring.

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ASOS Curve Cotton Beach Shorts, $, available at Nordstrom

ASOS Curve Cotton Button-Up Blouse, $, available at Nordstrom
<h2>Kut From The Kloth Rachael Fab Ab High-Waist Raw Hem Mom Jean <br></h2><br>The right pair of plus-size denim can really be instrumental in creating an endless amount of outfit combinations. I love this pair for summer because of a lighter wash, subtle cropped look, and slightly roomier silhouette for airflow. One reviewer agreed that "[they] love the looser style but were afraid these would look frumpy...The good news is that they look flattering!"<br><br><em>Shop<strong> <a href="https://www.nordstrom.com/s/kut-from-the-kloth-rachael-fab-ab-high-waist-raw-hem-mom-jeans-brief-plus-size/5925013" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link ">Nordstrom </a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Kut From The Kloth</strong> Rachael Fab Ab High Waist Raw Hem Mom Jeans, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fkut-from-the-kloth-rachael-fab-ab-high-waist-raw-hem-mom-jeans-brief-plus-size%2F5925013" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link ">Nordstrom</a>

Kut From The Kloth Rachael Fab Ab High-Waist Raw Hem Mom Jean


The right pair of plus-size denim can really be instrumental in creating an endless amount of outfit combinations. I love this pair for summer because of a lighter wash, subtle cropped look, and slightly roomier silhouette for airflow. One reviewer agreed that "[they] love the looser style but were afraid these would look frumpy...The good news is that they look flattering!"

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Kut From The Kloth Rachael Fab Ab High Waist Raw Hem Mom Jeans, $, available at Nordstrom
<br><h2>Madewell High-Waist Straight Denim Miniskirt<br></h2>In case you haven't heard, mini skirts are back. If you have been dying to partake in this trend and rock a classic denim miniskirt, this one from Madewell is a great place to start. It's crafted from non-stretch cotton denim, which is great for maintaining shape over time as compared to denim with a lot of stretches. Pair this skirt with your favorite platform sandals or slide for the ultimate Y2K flashback. <br><br><em>Shop<strong> <a href="https://www.nordstrom.com/s/high-waist-straight-denim-miniskirt-plus-size/6944860" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link ">Nordstrom </a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Madewell</strong> High Waist Straight Denim Miniskirt, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fhigh-waist-straight-denim-miniskirt-plus-size%2F6944860" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link ">Nordstrom</a>

Madewell High-Waist Straight Denim Miniskirt

In case you haven't heard, mini skirts are back. If you have been dying to partake in this trend and rock a classic denim miniskirt, this one from Madewell is a great place to start. It's crafted from non-stretch cotton denim, which is great for maintaining shape over time as compared to denim with a lot of stretches. Pair this skirt with your favorite platform sandals or slide for the ultimate Y2K flashback.

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Madewell High Waist Straight Denim Miniskirt, $, available at Nordstrom
<br><h2>Artesands Ben Chagall Bikini Top & Ben Botticelli Bikini Bottoms <br></h2><br>Not only is this tiger-striped bikini uber-cute, but it's designed with great attention to detail as well. The bikini top features adjustable straps and is wire-free for added support that's also comfortable. The bottoms have a compressive effect, and the ruching on the sides adds texture and dimension to the swimsuit look. <br><br><br><em>Shop<strong> <a href="https://www.nordstrom.com/s/ben-chagall-bikini-top-plus-size/7004625" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link ">Nordstrom </a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Artesands</strong> Ben Chagall Bikini Top, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fben-chagall-bikini-top-plus-size%2F7004625" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link ">Nordstrom</a><br><br><strong>Artesands</strong> Ben Botticelli Bikini Bottoms, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fben-botticelli-bikini-bottoms-plus-size%2F7004642" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link ">Nordstrom</a>

Artesands Ben Chagall Bikini Top & Ben Botticelli Bikini Bottoms


Not only is this tiger-striped bikini uber-cute, but it's designed with great attention to detail as well. The bikini top features adjustable straps and is wire-free for added support that's also comfortable. The bottoms have a compressive effect, and the ruching on the sides adds texture and dimension to the swimsuit look.


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Artesands Ben Chagall Bikini Top, $, available at Nordstrom

Artesands Ben Botticelli Bikini Bottoms, $, available at Nordstrom
<br><h2>AFRM Dita Zebra Print Ruched Side Maxi Skirt</h2><br>Summer is the perfect time to rock a maxi skirt. They can serve as great cover-ups, pair well with crop tops, and are way more comfortable than wearing pants. I love the vibrant pattern on this AFRM skirt and the endless styling capabilities that are possible. For a more casual look, pair with an oversize graphic tee and your favorite pair of sneakers. To dress up the skirt, throw on some strappy heels and a sexier even lacy cropped blouse. <br><br><br><em>Shop<strong><a href="https://www.nordstrom.com/s/afrm-dita-zebra-print-ruched-side-maxi-skirt-plus-size/6685008?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FWomen%2FClothing%2FPlus-Size%20Clothing%2FSkirts&color=824" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link "> Nordstrom </a></strong></em><br><br><strong>AFRM</strong> Dita Zebra Print Ruched Side Maxi Skirt, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fafrm-dita-zebra-print-ruched-side-maxi-skirt-plus-size%2F6685008%3Forigin%3Dcategory-personalizedsort%26breadcrumb%3DHome%252FWomen%252FClothing%252FPlus-Size%2520Clothing%252FSkirts%26color%3D824" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link ">Nordstrom</a>

AFRM Dita Zebra Print Ruched Side Maxi Skirt


Summer is the perfect time to rock a maxi skirt. They can serve as great cover-ups, pair well with crop tops, and are way more comfortable than wearing pants. I love the vibrant pattern on this AFRM skirt and the endless styling capabilities that are possible. For a more casual look, pair with an oversize graphic tee and your favorite pair of sneakers. To dress up the skirt, throw on some strappy heels and a sexier even lacy cropped blouse.


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AFRM Dita Zebra Print Ruched Side Maxi Skirt, $, available at Nordstrom
<br><h2>AFRM Amina Print Power Mesh Midi Slipdress<br></h2><br>Whether you are a wedding guest in paradise or all about roof-top bar hangs, this color-packed dress can run the gamut. Pair with strappy sandals to ooze sophistication and maturity or white sneakers for a casual, comfy look. <br><br><em>Shop<strong> <a href="https://www.nordstrom.com/s/afrm-amina-print-power-mesh-midi-slipdress-plus-size/6707230?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FWomen%2FClothing%2FPlus-Size%20Clothing%2FDresses&color=650" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link ">Nordstrom </a></strong></em><br><br><strong>AFRM</strong> Amina Print Power Mesh Midi Slipdress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fafrm-amina-print-power-mesh-midi-slipdress-plus-size%2F6707230%3Forigin%3Dcategory-personalizedsort%26breadcrumb%3DHome%252FWomen%252FClothing%252FPlus-Size%2520Clothing%252FDresses%26color%3D650" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link ">Nordstrom</a>

AFRM Amina Print Power Mesh Midi Slipdress


Whether you are a wedding guest in paradise or all about roof-top bar hangs, this color-packed dress can run the gamut. Pair with strappy sandals to ooze sophistication and maturity or white sneakers for a casual, comfy look.

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AFRM Amina Print Power Mesh Midi Slipdress, $, available at Nordstrom
<br><h2>BP. Metallic Mesh Minidress<br></h2><br>A go-to party dress is an essential piece any time of the year. This BP. pieces are perfect for channeling fun, flirty vibes. The close-fit dress and cowl neck are subtle detail touches that make this frock stand out. <br><br><br><em>Shop<strong><a href="https://www.nordstrom.com/s/metallic-mesh-minidress-plus-size/6570950?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FWomen%2FClothing%2FPlus-Size%20Clothing%2FDresses&color=230" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link "> Nordstrom </a></strong></em><br><br><strong>BP.</strong> Metallic Mesh Minidress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fmetallic-mesh-minidress-plus-size%2F6570950%3Forigin%3Dcategory-personalizedsort%26breadcrumb%3DHome%252FWomen%252FClothing%252FPlus-Size%2520Clothing%252FDresses%26color%3D230" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link ">Nordstrom</a>

BP. Metallic Mesh Minidress


A go-to party dress is an essential piece any time of the year. This BP. pieces are perfect for channeling fun, flirty vibes. The close-fit dress and cowl neck are subtle detail touches that make this frock stand out.


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BP. Metallic Mesh Minidress, $, available at Nordstrom
<h2>1.State Square Neck Tie Back Dress<br></h2><br>High tea anyone? This dress from 1.State is just what you need to eat brunch outside with the besties. The slightly puffed sleeves, tiered ruffles, and beautiful back tie all make the dress look exceptionally elevated. Pair with platform sandals or clogs to look put-together but still casual. <br><br><em>Shop<strong> <a href="https://www.nordstrom.com/s/square-neck-tie-back-dress-plus-size/6976245?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FWomen%2FClothing%2FPlus-Size%20Clothing%2FDresses&color=389" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link ">Nordstrom </a></strong></em><br><br><strong>1 STATE</strong> Square Neck Tie Back Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fsquare-neck-tie-back-dress-plus-size%2F6976245%3Forigin%3Dcategory-personalizedsort%26breadcrumb%3DHome%252FWomen%252FClothing%252FPlus-Size%2520Clothing%252FDresses%26color%3D389" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link ">Nordstrom</a>

1.State Square Neck Tie Back Dress


High tea anyone? This dress from 1.State is just what you need to eat brunch outside with the besties. The slightly puffed sleeves, tiered ruffles, and beautiful back tie all make the dress look exceptionally elevated. Pair with platform sandals or clogs to look put-together but still casual.

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1 STATE Square Neck Tie Back Dress, $, available at Nordstrom
<br><h2>BP. Gender Inclusive Oversize Woven Button-up<br></h2><br>When I get a chance to throw on a sheer piece of clothing, I take it. I love that you can wear it in so many different ways. Throw on a cute bralette with this top or use it as a "summer jacket" on top of your favorite dress. If your arms are on the larger end like my own, oversize button-up shirts also tend to have a little more room in the armholes than a regular fit. <br><br><br><em>Shop<strong><a href="https://www.nordstrom.com/s/gender-inclusive-oversize-woven-button-up-shirt/6517978?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FWomen%2FClothing%2FPlus-Size%20Clothing%2FTops&color=530" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link "> Nordstrom </a></strong></em><br><br><strong>BP.</strong> Gender Inclusive Oversize Woven Button-Up Shirt, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fgender-inclusive-oversize-woven-button-up-shirt%2F6517978%3Forigin%3Dcategory-personalizedsort%26breadcrumb%3DHome%252FWomen%252FClothing%252FPlus-Size%2520Clothing%252FTops%26color%3D530" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link ">Nordstrom</a>

BP. Gender Inclusive Oversize Woven Button-up


When I get a chance to throw on a sheer piece of clothing, I take it. I love that you can wear it in so many different ways. Throw on a cute bralette with this top or use it as a "summer jacket" on top of your favorite dress. If your arms are on the larger end like my own, oversize button-up shirts also tend to have a little more room in the armholes than a regular fit.


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BP. Gender Inclusive Oversize Woven Button-Up Shirt, $, available at Nordstrom

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