So often in our culture, lovely larger ladies allow advertisements full of airbrushed, Photoshop-phonies to make them feel insecure. But despite what women’s fashion magazines might try to make the female population believe, every survey given to the male population has proven that the majority of men love curves.
And women should, too. Curves only enhance femininity, so if you’re lucky enough to have a voluptuous figure; embrace it. Find a dress for prom that flaunts your body rather than hiding it. There is nothing more attractive than confidence—and once you find a gown that allows you to feel gorgeous, you will glow from within.
Below are 5 top tips to help any curvaceous beauty find the best dress ever.
- Delightful Décolletage—
Quite often, shapely ladies have amazing bust lines with the pretty power to draw the eye upward. To show off this desirable asset, seek dresses with form-fitting bodices, such as an A-line design that is body-hugging at the top, and loose at the bottom.
Dresses with halter necklines can harness and lift the bust for extra support and shaping, if necessary, and a V-neck style will offer a very flattering fit.
An empire waistline that stops beneath the bust will help to enhance the chest, and sparkly embellishments, beading, or a dramatic necklace can also create upper-area interest.
- Fit Your Form—
Don’t bury your voluptuous body in a shapeless, flowing fountain of fabric. Instead, buy a dress in your true size and wear it with self-assurance.
It can be tempting to buy a loose, baggy dress in the name of comfort, but there are so many amazing dresses available today that you don’t have to compromise: You can have comfort and style.
Finding a dress that accentuates your favorite features and fits you properly will let the world know that you have nothing to hide.
- Consider Color—
Color can be one of the most flattering dress decisions you make if you choose wisely. Obviously, darker, solid colors are more slimming, but don’t forget about the brighter shades of these hues, such as the jewel tones like emerald green, ruby red and deep sapphire blue.
If your eyes, hair or skin are your favorite features, choosing a gown in a shade that makes them more noticeable will allow you shine. Love the caramel highlights in your hair? Find a dress that matches them perfectly. Got gorgeous green eyes? You know what to do.
And ignore the advice that larger girls can’t pull off prints, because as long as they’re smaller patterns, they can add arrestingly eye-catching interest.
- Let Go of Length—
Curvy ladies are often encouraged to wear maxi-length dresses to cover themselves, which couldn’t be more off-target, especially for younger women who can attractively wear shorter lengths.
Long dresses may work fine for taller girls, but can visually shorten a smaller lady, making them a poor choice for anyone trying to create a longer line.
Tea-length or cocktail dresses can actually make women look taller, so go with whatever dress length makes you feel good.
- The Personal Touch—
Don’t forget that if you find a dress that would be incredible if only a certain part of it fit differently, you can always find a professional seamstress to adjust it.
Having an off-the-rack dress tailored just for you can turn that gown you’re on the fence about into a must-have. A seamstress can alter a hemline, bring in a bust, add embellishments, or anything else you can think of to make a dress work for you.
Be sure to wear the same shoes you’ll be wearing with the dress when you are measured for alterations, and remember when buying that it is easier to size a dress down than up.
Remember: Everybody is built differently, there is no such thing as normal, and perfection is boring. Everyone has strengths and qualities that make them interesting and attractive, so find yours and present them with pride.
Be bodacious, bold, and beautiful by using the tips above to find the prom dress of your dreams, and have a magical night.