Plenty of choice for the curvier woman
I must admit I was very relieved to see that there are plenty of dresses out there that are suitable for the curvier figure. It is clear that a lot of designers have started to take into account the fact that the average woman is a size 16. They are definitely working to come up with designs that flatter that body type. So, if you are feeling a bit self-conscious about your belly, or the size or your hips, fear not. From what I have seen you will have no problem finding something that will look good on you and that you will feel confident wearing.
Iconic little black dresses
If you are carrying a little extra weight one trick that works particularly well is to choose dark colours. You will be pleasantly surprised at how much thinner you look while wearing a little black dress. Fortunately, this is a style that never goes out of fashion, so they are really easy to get your hands on. Just be sure to choose a cut that flatters your body type and accessorise it well. Provided you do this you will look chic and stylish, as well as be bang up to date.
Glamorous maxi dresses
Full-length dresses have a very slimming effect. They tend to draw the eye along the full length of the body. The net result is that you end up looking both taller and slimmer. However, you need to get the fit right. Again, think about your body shape when choosing the exact cut. For example, if you have broad shoulders, choose one with a long neckline, and choose a dress that accentuates the narrowest point of your body.
If you are apple shaped, be sure to buy a dress with a waistline that sits higher up. For example, a dress that flares out slightly from just under your bust line is usually a good option.
Blocks of colour
Another trick that works is to wear a dress that is a single colour. Patterned clothes can look good on women with a fuller figure, but a block of colour usually works better. If you have the confidence, opt for something really bright. This year, there are some stunning red and bright pink dresses available in a shop. Naturally, these bright dresses are not for everyone, but you really should try one on to see what you think. You never know you might love it.
Measure yourself before going shopping
The key to buying a nice dress is to measure yourself before you go shopping. Knowing the right measurements will make a huge difference to how fast you find what you want. If you shop online this is particularly important. Nobody wants the frustration of having to send something back because the sizing is wrong. This in-depth post shows you exactly how to measure yourself properly for a dress. It is written with brides in mind, but do not be put off of reading it. The principles outlined in the article apply equally as well to the process of buying the right size party dress.