I'm a Size 22, and These Are the Autumn Trends I'm Most Excited About

Here at Who What Wear UK, we're acutely aware of the fact that more often than not, plus-sized collections are a real let down. Okay, we acknowledge there are a few financial and technical challenges some companies face when looking to implement this change, but we've never understood why it's so hard to scale up great clothes when there are countless women out there who are above a size 16 and just want something fabulous to wear.

One woman who always gives us hope that a shift is coming (and that there are some killer pieces to be found) is designer Sara Brown. Thanks to her wild and super-upbeat personal style, we've been stalking her for some time on Instagram. In her previous design role at ASOS, she was responsible for some of the very best items in the brand's Curve range—an edit that many would tout as being the best plus-sized line on the high street.

Now that she's branching out on her own (check out her podcast with @fatgirlfashioninspo called Eighty Eight), we thought it the perfect time to see what trends Sara's shopping this season, and perhaps most importantly, where she recommends you go if you're looking for a broader range of sizes without scrimping on directional style.

The plus-sized industry still feels pretty behind when it comes to trends. As a plus-sized girl, I often feel I need to go above and beyond to try and find similar pieces to the current street style trends. I long for the perfect Ganni dress or the fabulousness of a Rixo piece, but they aren't available in my size (yet).

Because of this, I recently introduced a new feature on my Instagram account called "Trends in Plus" (you can see it in my Stories). This is where I spot a trend on Instagram or another fabulous platform such as Who What Wear, and scroll through the internet to find the best pieces that fit into that look (that are available in plus sizes, of course).

I'm also always trying to find a good mix of high-end and high-street options. Every plus-sized girl I know relies on ASOS to bring the goods, but there are other little untapped resources like Simply Be, Pretty Little Thing and River Island that have great trend-led plus-sized pieces. If you're looking for quality (and to spend more money), head to Navabi or Marina Rinaldi.

Just as an FYI, I wear a size 22 or 24. I find I like to wear things a little more oversized too. I'm usually in the middle of these brands' available sizes, as a lot of them go up to at least a 28. However, with Shein, the sizes are in letters like 3XL, so I've just been buying the biggest size available.

Keep scrolling to see the top autumn trends I've hunted down and then shop my picks.

CLASHING FLORAL PRINTS

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Ana Pizarro via Sara Brown

Floral is a print we often get as plus-sized girls, but I'm excited to see brighter, more retro versions popping up—they're far better related to the bold looks you'll see in street style galleries. Here, I've paired an ASOS top with a Neon Rose skirt to create a full look of print clashing. Sleeves can often be a problem, but not here, thanks to the on-trend volume. However, I would say size up in the skirt.

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Morven Leenhouts via Sara Brown

This look feels exciting for a plus-sized girl. I'm obsessed with how bold and unapologetic it is. It's neon, oversized and skintight in places. This blazer is from Collusion on ASOS, and it has to be one of the most directional plus-sized pieces I've ever seen! I paired it with a long-sleeved high-neck newsprint top from Shein and matching text-print trainers from ASOS. Loving the overload of prints. If you want to scale it back, this jacket could look cool with a minimal denim outfit underneath or thrown over a black dress.

OVERSIZED DRESS

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Morven Leenhouts via Sara Brown

Copenhagen Fashion Week's street style was full of great lofty dresses, and I fell in love. These are the dream to chuck on on top of cycling shorts so you can be comfortable but still on-trend. I especially love these in check prints styled with a chunky headband. This Shein one even comes in four different colour options, but as a treat, I'd absolutely love this checked taffeta one from Marina Rinaldi.

TIE-DYE

Photo:

Morven Leenhouts via Sara Brown

Tie-dye has been a key print for summer, and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. I'm loving these hippie California vibes and have been buying into this trend massively. I love this tie-dye swim piece from Simply Be, which you can totally wear as a top. I styled it with these lemon jeans, and the tie detail on the waist keeps in theme with the more relaxed surfer look.

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Morven Leenhouts via Sara Brown

We saw so much PU and leather on the A/W 19 catwalks in February, and it has now thoroughly spread into street style. I'm loving this two-piece set from River Island—the more leather (or vegan leather), the better! The shacket, in particular, has so much potential to change up for multiple different outfits (I'd use it layered over a floral dress too). This shirt isn't available quite yet, but it will be soon, so keep checking back online.