Saturday, 25 May 2013

Dresses for Curvy Girls – How to Buy a Dress Online

Diane von Furstenberg Ruched Jersey Dress Let’s be clear – when I say dresses for ‘curvy’ girls – I mean girls/women of any age who have curves.  It doesn’t matter what size you are, every curvy girl can look great in a dress, the trick is to find the right fabric and style and then make it your own.

The first thing, if you’re curvy, is to look for a dress with a waist that will flatter your curves rather than camouflage.  Wrap, fixed wrap and ruched styles are great.  As are dresses in jersey and fabrics that contain enough stretch so that they skim over bumps and highlight your best Helmut Lang Stretch Cotton Dress points.

An hour glass figure is the sexiest there is, just look at Marilyn Monroe and today Christina Hendricks to find women who have made the absolute most of their curves – so if you’re blessed with curves don’t hide them, enjoy and flaunt them.

If you’re thinking of buying a dress online make sure of the following:

Buy your correct size, but remember that high street brands tend to come up larger than designer brands.

Coast Miami Print Jersey Dress Look for wrap, ruched and cross front styles.

Make sure your dress has stretch in it if you want it to hug all of your curves
Desigual Azucena Dress
A v neck will be more flattering and add length as compared with a high neck dress. 

Look for a slim skirted dress – flared skirts, pleats and too much fabric will add width, which you don’t want.

Don’t buy anything with horizontal stripes, or colour-blocking, particularly if  the colour changes at the waist, again this will add width.

Make sure the skirt length is the best length for you.  Anything too long will look frumpy.  Make the effort to have your dress shortened if you need to.

Note that wrap dresses can look great, but real wrap dresses can sometimes have a lot of fabric in the skirt which will add width.  Fixed wrap dresses can often be easier.

And on a final note:  Nude heels or gold sandals will always make your legs look longer – avoiding ankle straps unless you have very slim legs.