Thursday, 18 February 2016

5 Rules for choosing a super slimming, curve flattering dress - and 20 of the best right now.

If  you're curvy, and you're looking for a new dress, it can seem as if the world, or designers at least, have it in for you.  So many hug you in the wrong place, or they're made from a fabric that doesn't stretch, or, let's face it, they hang like paper bags, which may look ok on a stick thin model who doesn't have the curves to show off, but definitely won't suit you.

Whether to wear out to dinner, out to lunch, or out to work, every girl needs super slimming curve flattering dresses in her wardrobe, cut from fabric with stretch, and in a shape that camouflages the bits you want to camouflage and accentuates those you want to show off these are dresses that will never let you down.  Specific US designers are brilliant at this.

Diane von Furstenberg silk jersey dressDiane von Furstenberg Eliana ceramic red dressArmani Collezioni ruched jersey dressPhase Eight black and white print dressDiane von Furstenberg new Julian 2 dress

What you’re looking for when choosing a seriously flattering dress is the following:

Fabric with stretch, preferably an uncrushable matt jersey.

Details across the middle
such as ruching, wrap or tie. 

A V or wrap neckline
 will always be more flattering than round or boat neck on someone who’s curvy as well as it gives the illusion of a longer line.

- If your dress is the wrong length for you it won't flatter as much as it should and frumpy can be just round the corner.  If a dress covers your knees pin it up an inch or so and you'll be amazed at how different it looks.

Print or plain? - a print will always camouflage more than a plain fabric, So if you're looking for a plain black or navy dress you have to look even more carefully, front and back, to make sure that it does everything you want it to.
Michael Michael Kors wrap effect stretch jersey dressTheory Stretch jersey dressSportmax stretch crepe dressPhase Eight diamond print dressBetty Barclay printed leopard print fixed wrap dress
Don’t pay too much attention to the length of these dresses here.  Photographed on models taller than the most of us some of them look like mini dresses and others quite frumpy.   Depending on your height you may need to have your dress shortened.
Phase Eight floral print dress 2Michael Kors stretch jersey wrap effect dress - red alsoGina Bacconi printed jersey wrap effect dressLauren Ralph Lauren cap sleeve dress - more coloursLauren Ralph Lauren ruched black jersey dress
Favourite designers for this type of dress are Diane von Furstenberg with gorgeous silk jersey wraps – expensive but worth it – or Lauren Ralph Lauren whose dresses have finally made it across the pond to the UK and which are extremely flattering.  You can wash most of them as well, an added bonus.

Phase Eight also specialises in figure flattering dresses, and look out for the arrival of other US based designers such as Adrienne Papell, JS Collections for eveningwear and Michael Kors for day dresses.
Lauren Ralph Lauren sequined stretch ruched dressLauren Ralph Lauren floral print stretch jersey dressLauren Ralph Lauren embellished wrap front dressLauren Ralph Lauren print stretch jersey dressAdrianna Papell pleated faux wrap dress