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My Style: Playing with My Summer Essentials Checklist

Each summer, I end up having to re-up on my summer essentials, especially as I have been living in Georgia and trying to get a better handle on these seasons! Rain, humidity, and heat? Girl… I mean, in California, I am used to THAT dry desert heat, but this humidity? A whole new game! BUT what I have realized is that no matter the weather, there are indeed a few must have summer fashion essentials that we all need in our lives! And to help me with this post, Kohl’s sent me on a mission to build it and I break down a few finds and why they are needed!

I mean, I have tackled wardrobe essentials in the past on the blog, but for seasonality’s sake, I do have more than a few essentials that I strongly believe that we all need in our life for both fashion and function JUST for the summer! To make this happen, I headed out to Kohl’s with my little sister on a mission to find a few must haves for the impending summer heat!

But wait. Did you know that Jennifer Lopez has a clothing line? That INCLUDES plus? Yes boo! Ha! It wasn’t until I got to my mother’s house did I realize that all of my finds were from her collection! Fancy that! Onto my finds!

The Fancy Summer Dress

Plus Size Summer Essentials with Kohls Think Brunch life. Think cocktail options.
Normally, I would shy away from a lilac hue, but this dress was too much fun to pass up! I paired this with a nude sandal and voila!

The Relaxed Tank

Plus Size Summer Essentials with KohlsI live for swingy things that are not too tight around my lower tummy. Plus, there is an easiness about the wear of these types of garments in the summer. I think instant air conditioner, but with this tank? There is a finish that this allows this go both casual and a bit dressier, just dependent on the bottom you pair this with!

The Updated Relaxed Tee & The Mid-thigh Shorts

Plus Size Summer Essentials with KohlsNothing is better than a broken in and relaxed tee. Especially if it is soft and comfy, but even better if there are details that give it a bit more interest. Such is the case with this uber fun white tee! Do you see the lace up detail on the side? Love. This tee can go quite dressed up with denim and heels or played down with these denim shorts I am wearing! Girl, I needed a new pair of shorts. Some that gave a bit of coverage, but that had a fun wash that could be dressed up and down! These shorts are them! I loved the roll cuff too! I imagine these to be rocked more than a few ways and occasions!

The Fancy Top & The Lightweight Jeggings

Plus Size Summer Essentials with KohlsOMG THIS is my favorite find! Not only is the fringe soooo much fun, but the back? The snaps? LOVE!I see this with not only these jeggings, but with a few other items in my closet! I cannot wait to have so much fun with this, especially as I am sure that this will be an awesome top for summer parties and events! About these jeggings? Honey. I do love a great pair of jeggings that feel all uber soft and that STILL give the LOOK of a jean! Woot! The rinse is even more fabulous. Casual enough for everyday wear and fancy enough for evening time fun! Did I mention comfortable? Ohh yeah!

These were only a few of my scores I found while shopping for plus size fashion at Kohl’s. I have to admit, I never knew that these options were readily available to me, until my jaunt over there for my athletic wear challenge! I mean, I am not sure why it has taken me so long to add them to the quick reference list! Especially, these denim options from the Jennifer Lopez collection!

While I could not find everything on my list in store, I did find quite a few online that I would also play in! What else is on my summer essentials checklist? Well…

  • Maxi Dresses! Girl, if you have been following me for a minute, then you already know my love for and obsession with these!
  • Maxi Skirts. Yes please, and thank you.
  • Crop tops. Need I explain why? #RocktheCrop LOLOL

But I did find soooo many good things!

If this collection or my picks are not your style, there are quite a few more options, depending on what you are looking for! If your life is more casual or laid back, there are more than a few brands and designers to choose from!

OH! I forgot to share! There are a few designer collaborations that I do hope to see more of- in plus size fashion. I really do hope that a few of the featured designer collaborations eventually extend into plus, like Reed and Lauren Conrad! I strolled through those collections with envy! Simply Vera does have Vera Plus online! I am always looking for more options!

However, it is always cool to know that there is another place to shop (in store) and online!

Learn more and shop the looks now, at

And guess what? I have a hookup for you!

Take $10 off $30 your Plus size fashion options from today, 6/7-6/19! In-store (print your pass here) and online (Promo code: PLUSTYLE)

What do you think of my picks? How I pulled these looks together? Let me know your thoughts!

Have you shopped Kohl’s? Have fun there? Let me know!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Kohl’s.

I picked out and shopped these favorites all on my own and my thoughts and opinions are all mine.

As The Curvy Fashionista editors, we write about stuff we love and we think you'll like too. The Curvy Fashionista often has affiliate partnerships, so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.

Written by Marie Denee

I am the Editor in Chic of The Curvy Fashionista. Often goofy. Forever emo. Always a Virgo. You can find me somewhere grooving to 90s R&B.

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  1. LOL Imagine how happy I was to see your smiling face when I placed my father’s day order for hubby (great time to pick up basics for your big and tall man in your life) 🙂 Thanks … I bought a pair of jeans as well 🙂

  2. Frantically looking for that fringe top :-O !!!!! You nailed this list!! All of my essentials are on here! The relaxed tank, the updated relaxed tee! The fringe top adds some flare to the essentials! I nevvvvvvvvvvvvvver go in Kohls, always forget about them!! I’ll have to check them out!

  3. I am looking for good rugged cargo shorts for outdoor music festivals so I don’t have to carry a purse. The only thing I can find are very thinned material casual cargo shorts. Anyone have any ideas. I range at Lane Bryant in pants anywhere from a 22-24 to 26-28. Thanks

  4. I am looking for good rugged cargo shorts for outdoor music festivals so I don’t have to carry a purse. The only thing I can find are very thinned material casual cargo shorts. Anyone have any ideas. I range at Lane Bryant in pants anywhere from a 22-24 to 26-28. Thanks

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