Monday, 2 June 2014

How to Find a Flattering Fit – 12 Perfect Dresses for Curvy Girls

As any curvy girl worth her salt has realised by now, finding a dress that fits properly everywhere is a real problem.  Every girl loves a great dress, and being curvy is a bonus - after all who doesn’t want a Marilyn figure?  So to make it easier for you to be more likely to find the perfect fit, particularly when buying dresses online, eliminate the styles that you know don't work for you from the get go, and take a look at these, and how they hug curves in the right places.

They all have a v neck, are in a stretch fabric and all are designed to hug your waist, with flattering draping over the front.

Orion Print Wrap Shift DressMichael Michael Kors Stretch Jersey Wrap DressPhase Eight Feather Print Cowl Neck DressPhase Eight Spot Print Dress

Being curvy means boobs, a waist that goes in, and a bum.  Frankly unless you’re going to have a dress made for you you’re going to be looking for something with stretch, to ensure fit for all three, plus a design that camouflages those bits of you you don’t want on show.  There are loads of ruched, wrap and stretch dresses out there, and I’ve tried and tested every style (as a dress addict). 

There are some that are too ‘body con’ which need to be avoided unless you know your figure can take it.  Some that are so ruched that they emphasise what they’re designed to hide.  Others where the neckline just doesn’t flatter a curvy shape – too high or too wide.

Helmut Lang Wrap Effect DressFrench Connection Belle Wrap Tea DressDiane von Furstenberg Wrap style DressFenn Wright Manson Animal Print Wrap Dress 

I go on about the wrap dress for one reason, it’s perfect for a curvy figure, whether fixed wrap or ‘fly open if you untie me’ wrap, although with those often the skirt is too A line to flatter a lady with curves. 

Diane von Furstenberg Bentley DressFrench Connection Space Dye Wrap Dress Phase Eight Belle Butterfly Dress Phase Eight Floral Print Dress

One thing you have to do, particularly if you’re not stick thin, is make sure that your dress is absolutely the right length.  Too long and it’ll look frumpy and destroy the sexy, flattering, slimming appeal of these dresses.  Also wear the right heels.  Nude is best if you’re trying to look slimmer, black shoes will draw attention to your feet and make you look heavier.  And as for gladiators and lace-ups…..not with these dresses, girls.

What to avoid.  Too much ruching.  Big prints.  Lots of pleats.  Please note that the French Connection space dye dress is grey, not blue but very flattering, and their Belle wrap front tea dress is actually quite long, so leave it that way if you want it more formal, or shorten for a flirty swinging skirt. Both Phase Eight and Fenn Wright and Manson tend to be quite long, so if you’re not that tall you may well have to shorten.  Aaaand, the Phase Eight spot print dress has sold out in some sizes so call them and they’ll find it for you in a store.

These are my current twelve favourites.  They’ll take you anywhere, and look as good from behind as the front…….well you may as well get extra advantage from that shapely bum.