Dressing up should not be a chore. Whether you’re slim or plus-sized, straight or curvy, apple- or pear-shaped, you should be happy and comfortable with what you’re wearing. And if you are not confident with your styling choices, there’s no need to fret as there is countless fashion advice that you can turn to on the Internet.
While I am a firm believer in everyone being able to wear what they want, here are some tips for those who may be trying to identify their style:
- Make sure you find a dress with the right fit.
Girl, if you’ve got it, flaunt it. Show off those curves in a gown that fits snugly like a glove. Don’t drown in fabric. For example, choose a fitted dress that nips in at the waist to flaunt your figure instead of a voluminous dress that hides your curves.
It may be difficult to find one off the rack but you can always have them altered to your size and shape, or you can always get your dress tailored. I actually used to make a lot of my own clothes when I was younger. The perfect fitted dress will feel close to your body but still has enough wiggle room, so you don’t feel like your movement is encumbered.
- Choose the right fabrics.
The fabric is considered the “backbone” of your dress. It affects all the important factors to consider when choosing an item of clothing. Different fabrics determine varying looks and fit of the garment. For example, heavy fabrics like wool and leather will produce clothes that do not hug the body while using stretchy fabrics like matte jersey and spandex will allow the garment to skim the body.
Among the plus size prom dresses you can choose from, look for those that are made from natural fabric. These natural fibres, such as worsted fabrics, silk, cotton, and linen, are easy to sew and tend to have a good fit. Aside from defining your figure, the breathable worsted fabrics have a timeless and classy look and they do not wrinkle easily.
- Find the best styles for curvy body types.
There are many dress styles to choose from but it is best to find one that flaunts your assets. For plus size girls, A-Line dresses and structured cuts look stunning. Make sure that the dress fits through the hips and slightly flares at the hem. A cinched-in waist will highlight those beautiful curves and if you opt for a long formal dress, a slit on one side and it will do wonders for your shape. If you are going for a full-coverage neckline, then you can go for a shorter length showing off your beautiful legs.
Curvy ladies can also opt for well-fitted pencil-skirted dresses or other formfitting outfits that are cut diagonally. To accentuate the figure, choose dress styles that are nipped in at the waist, fit snugly on the hips, and yet loosely fall over the thighs.
- Wear the right undergarments.
Don’t undermine the importance of wearing the right piece of undergarments to your overall look and comfort. For those who are uncomfortable wearing a strapless bra, you could wear a dress with thick straps. Aside from being comfortable, a thick strapped dress can still be a chic choice for those who need extra support. If you’re wearing a strapless dress, a full-coverage strapless bra is optimal. You can use double-sided tape for added support to keep the bra from falling and to close any possible gaps in your dress. Often a basque or corset can give you a great shape while still being ultra comfortable and supportive. If like me you get a bit of inner thigh chaffing, I’d recommend wearing boy shorts or bandlette type pieces.