Monday 23 January 2012

10 Perfect Dresses for Curvy Girls

I always admire those who manage to put themselves together perfectly each morning, styling skirt and jacket, pants and top (and jacket) and making sure that everything works together stylishly………  Look around you and you’ll see that those girls are few and far between, and that endless sartorial mishaps occur, probably only realised when the wearer catches sight of herself in a mirror whilst out.

It’s for that reason that I am in love with ‘the dress’, be it printed, black, red, knee length, maxi, wrap, whatever.  Dresses are friends in your closet you just have to give a nod to, slip in to and run out of the house in, and, as long as you chose well in the first place, they rarely let you down. 
Phase Eight Kells Dress  Red Wrap Dress Coast Leopard Print DressApples Jersey Dress Rose Print Jersey Dress

For the curvy girl a dress is an even better friend, camouflaging lumps and bumps, adding height to those challenged height-wise and slimming down the ‘wider than they want to be’.  Always, as I said, provided a wise choice to begin with.

My advice for the curvy girl is to look for dresses that contain stretch – jersey is such a wonderful, curve hugging fabric and it’s used everywhere, from high street to high designer.  Look for dresses that nip in at the waist with a wrap or a ruche and then carry on down with a slim skimming skirt and also dresses with a v neck, which gives the effect of a longer line. 
Moschino Cheap and Chic Jersey Dress Diane von Furstenberg Nobuko Dress Issa Dress MaxMara Studio Dress Diane von Furstenberg Wrap Dress

Avoid full-on body-con unless you want to wear Spanx from top to bottom and look for detailing that will hide anything you don’t want to show.  Go for the streamlined effect and expect to get noticed.  And don’t forget to make sure that the dress stops at the right place, this is something it’s well worth paying attention to, and it’s unlikely all the dresses you try will have been designed for your height.

Thinking of the summer (or any time) sleeveless challenge you might like to read my post on that subject ‘going sleeveless’, and start doing something about it right now, alternatively the cardigan or shrug will do the cover-up duty if you need it to, although the first option is far, far preferable and don’t listen to anyone who says you cannot re-shape your arms.  I assure you, you can.

Anyway.  My love affair with the dress is not going to end soon, so expect more on this subject, and in the meantime here’s today’s edit – 10 perfect dresses for curvy girls.
Come and join me on: