We all know that great style is not limited to a certain clothing size. That’s where The 12ish Style comes in—a fashion blog by Katie Sturino dedicated to women sizes 12 to 18ish. In her new column for Who What Wear, Katie will offer up her shopping tips, styling tricks, and outfit inspiration for women who aren’t a size 2.
When summer hits, so does the urge to wear less clothing. I’m talking way less—an 80-degree day is no time for extra fabric. I for one couldn’t be more excited to get outside and into summer, but building a daytime look that can quickly and stylishly transform to evening without adding layers? That’s not as easy as it sounds.
The trick to setting yourself up for day-to-night success is to do more with less. Think look-at-me patterns, punchy accessories, and statement shoes. All are certainly hard-working on their own but make an even bigger impact when worn together.
Keep reading for my tips on how to take the most versatile summer staples—a romper, dress, and jumpsuit—from day to night without a cute jacket in sight.
On Katie Sturino: Tibi dress; Land's End Leather Tote ($197).
"I love a loose, breezy caftan in the summer—there's no better way to live. For daytime, let that caftan flow with comfortable shoes and functional accessories."
"I love a romper as a fresh, easy alternative to a minidress. For daytime, tone down the short hemline with sneakers and add summery vibes with a straw bag. If your thighs chafe like mine, don't leave the house without an anti-chafe stick like Megababe's Thigh Rescue!"
"An on-trend cherry-red bag and brogue sandals add the perfect nighttime spin."
On Katie Sturino: Eloquii Overlay Sleeveless Jumpsuit ($130, available in sizes 14-24).
"A playful print can go anywhere from work to brunch with zero effort—just add equally playful sneakers and a backpack and you’re good to go."
"Headed out to drinks and dinner? Tone down the whimsy and add cool-girl polish with metallic sandals and a patent bag."