In a lot of ways, plus size black and white fashion is kind of like a metaphor for spring. Just as spring rests in the middle of winter and summer, this seemingly colorless clothing rest in the middle ground of your wardrobe, the perfect choice for warm days when it might rain, or icy mornings that might have you sweating by mid-afternoon. Wearing black and white satisfies both seasons in a way that few other colors (or non-colors) can, and it also happens to be incredibly fashionable, basically all of the time.
Luckily, there are plenty of options in plus sizes as well. Now more than ever, springtime is a time for hope in the world of plus size fashion: We've got more sizes, more brands, and sometimes more options than we know what to do with. Sure, it's not perfect. There are certainly not enough options over a size 24, and price points are often a little bit higher than we're comfortable with. No, plus size dressing isn't always black and white — good thing we've gotten really good at dressing in it, though.
1. Printed Trousers
ASOS CURVE Woven Tapered Peg Trouser In Mono Stripe Print, $42.36, asos.com
Dressed up or down, these amazing printed trousers are basically all your bottom half needs for spring.
2. Tiny Mono Checks
Checked Jacquard Shirt Dress, $110.90, eloquii.com
An understated print in a luxe, black and fabric. Need I say more?
3. Sheer Blouse
Boxy Eyelet Shirt, $57.50, simplybe.com
Perfect for showing off whispers of that black bra underneath.
4. Bold Co-Ords
High Waist Slouch Pants With Attached Belt, $140, and Oversized Top, $80, jibrionline.com
If you're looking to make a statement, indie plus designer Jibri has always got your back. These bold separates can go together, or styled with other pieces for a full look.
5. Tie Dye Swirls
AX Paris Tie Dye Printed Shirt Dress, $42.99, simplybe.com
There's just something about this dress that says, "Pair me with a neon bag and call it spring."
6. Mono Meh
Meh Scoop Tee, $28.50, torrid.com
When you're more of a winter person, but spring comes around anyways.
7. Mono Mini
ASOS CURVE Pelmet Mini Skirt In Heavy Jacquard, $64.38, asos.com
The heavy fabric of this skirt keeps it from being too flimsy — and prevents it from flying up when those springtime winds come through.
8. Black & White Bandeau
Plus Size Palm Tree Bandeau, $7.90, forever21.com
Perfect for throwing on under your festival jacket.
9. Cool Checks
Long Crepe Jacket, $57.50, simplybe.com
I love the idea of pairing this with subtly checked shirt, but you could also pair it with all black and let the jacket do all the talking.
10. Striped Maxi Tank
Maxi Front Wrap Tank, $69.90, eloquii.com
Simple, elegant, and easy to throw on and go. When the temperatures get cold, you could also throw your fave leather bomber over top.
11. Unexpected Stripes
Plus Size Striped Pencil Skirt, $15.90, forever21.com
The varying stripes — not to mention the embellished waistband — on this skirt make it more interesting than your standard horizontal striped fare.
12. Mono Mesh
Thames Fog Dress, $80, universalstandard.com
Throw it under a light sweater, wear it over a bralette and leggings. There's no limit to what this hot dress can do.
13. Striped Shorts
ASOS CURVE Mono Stripe Culottes, $25.41, asos.com
Wear them with a black sweatshirt in the spring, then slowly remove layers to transition these cute shorts into summer.
14. Simple Shapes
Jibri Polka Dotted Bat Sleeved V-Neck Maxi Dress, $230, jibrionline.com
A fresh take on the modern polka dot, this elegant dress will surely make a statement.
15. Monochrome Elegance
Salween Leatherette Top, $110, universalstandard.com
These sleek tops come in black and white, and can be styled with virtually anything for spring.
16. Mono Bodysuit
Torrid Insider Tie Dye Bodysuit, $38.50, torrid.com
Perfect paired with jeans, a skirt, or, heck, nothing else at all.
17. Simple Sweats
Plus Size City Print Sweatpants, $19.90, forever21.com
Keep it comfortable and simple in these printed sweatpants.
18. Dramatic Mono Maxi
Studio Pleated Striped Skirt, $89.90, eloquii.com
Keep the rest of your outfit black to let the skirt make a statement, or pair with a bright white tee for a fresher look.
19. Tie Dye Top
Wrap Jersey Top With Dip Back Hem, $31, yoursclothing.com
The irregular hemline of this top compliments the bold print — this top is for the woman who doesn't mind being noticed.
20. Simple Stripes
Boohoo Plus Woven Stripe Column Midi Dress, $29.65, asos.com
What could be more classic than an easy, breezy monochrome look like this?
21. Mono Athleisure
No. 28 Print T-Shirt, $27, yoursclothing.com
Some days, even if you don't play sports, you just want to throw on an adorable jersey.
22. Dramatic Stripes
Flowy Black and White Sleeveless Spring Maxi, $230, jibrionline.com
For the woman who knows she loves bold looks and isn't afraid to show it.
23. Gingham Greatness
ASOS CURVE Skater Dress In Gingham Check Print, $42.36, asos.com
This gingham dress is absolutely adorable for spring, especially the flirty, no-fuss silhouette.
24. Mono Florals
Black & White Monochrome Poppy Print Swing Dress, $47, yoursclothing.com
Because black and white isn't just about stripes and geometric prints.
25. Shirt Dress Stripes
Striped Shirt Dress, $89.90, eloquii.com
Sweet, simple, and able to be styled in a million different ways.
26. Geometric Jersey Mono
High Neck Jersey Dress, $42.99, simplybe.com
An easy jersey dress with the perfect work-friendly neckline. Pair this with ankle boots or oxfords to make all of your black and white spring dreams come true.
27. Mono One Piece
Black & White Line Print Culotte Jumpsuit With Tie Waist, $56, yoursclothing.com
Jumpsuits are best when you don't want to waste time thinking of an outfit, and this one just couldn't be cuter.
28. Basic Tee
ASOS CURVE Easy Boyfriend T-Shirt In Wide Stripe, $20.33, asos.com
Because nothing says, "I'm ready for spring" more than a classic striped t-shirt.
29. Mono Cocoon
Geo Print Cocoon Festival Jacket, $57.50, simplybe.com
Keep dry in this light jacket all spring long. You'll be turning heads with this black and white look with a touch of bright.
30. The Perfect Pussybow
Bow Blouse Shirt Dress, $99.90, eloquii.com
The smallest details, like this bow, make all the different in a simple piece.
31. Cool Weather Poncho
Plus Size Mixed Stripe Fringe Poncho, $29.90, forever21.com
Because sometimes, spring gets chilly and you need that extra monochrome layer.
Black and white is the perfect way to transition from winter to spring, and there are lots of amazing options to choose from. At this rate, we'll be cruising in black and white style until summer.
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