Perfect Prom Dresses for the Full Figured Girl
Clothes shopping can seem like a daunting task for full figured girls, especially when the occasion is as important as the prom. Fear not! When you know what kind of dresses looks best on larger women, you’ll find formal gowns to be your new best friend. When you slip the right one on, you’ll look so good, you won’t be able to stop smiling the rest of the day. Dresses accentuate your best qualities and hide the parts of your body you may consider less desirable. The cut of a dress can make you look taller or shorter, make your breasts, hips and stomach appear bigger or smaller, or create curves where there aren’t any. The color of a gown, when it matches your skin and hair, will make you look healthier and more beautiful. And, when you know what styles are in and which ones have been declared "out", everyone at your prom will be envious of your fashion sense.
What’s hot this season
Strapless, A-line (any skirt which tapers to be wider at the bottom), and mermaid cut dresses are totally in this year. As far as color, gray is trending, as are jewel tones, but nothing is hotter this season than red – good news since it also looks good with so many different complexions. While black will always be the most elegant, as well as slimming, color, dark blues are selling better in way of prom dresses. And, I can’t stress this enough, gloves are a necessity! They not only make a gown look more elegant, but they are in right now.
Out this year: big puffy sleeves, ruffles, and bustles, (which made a comeback in the past few years in wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses, but they won’t fly at the prom). Even if your prom is held on Easter, don’t go for pastels. They’re "death by color" this season. Sequins are still fine in moderation, like to accent bodices, etc., but they’re a no-go if the dress is covered in them. Don’t blind your classmates.
Accentuate the Positive
Everyone has some award winning body part. While it is different for everyone, full figured girls usually have great calves and breasts. If you like it, as critical as we women tend to be about our own bodies, I guarantee you, it’s worth showing off. Girls with very large breast may want to consider a corset style top for some extra support, but still, you want to get them out there. Otherwise, it’s all about proportion, or creating the illusion a perfectly proportioned body, and since there’s a style of dress that will add to or take away from anything, that won’t be a problem.
The Best Color for your Complexion
Redheads– You’re best colors are going to be purples, greens, black and earth tones, such as browns which have surged recently. Avoid reds.
Blondes with light complexions – Darker colors like blacks, dark grays, reds, blues, darker greens, and turquoise are for you. No pastels, (which are out anyway) and absolutely no yellow.
Blondes with darker skin – Any jewel tones, blacks and oranges. Again, no pastels. You may be able to pull off some of the darker metallics, like gold or bronze.
Brunettes with pale skin and/or green, blue or hazel eyes – Blacks, grays, reds, greens and purples look best on you. Earth tones work too.
Brunettes with dark complexions – Metallics and bright colors like oranges, teal, olive green, eggplant, bright pinks.
Black hair with medium to dark complexion – You look good in any color. (Yeah, that’s really fair for the rest of us!)
Which dress for what figure?
Briefly, since I’ll show examples in several pictures, let’s go over a few examples. If you’re short, wear a long dress. If you’re tall, wear a shorter dress. If you have loose skin on your arms, choose a dress with an asymmetrical neckline or one with a strap going over only one shoulder, or sleeves. A-line dresses disguise big hips and butts. Empire waists hide thick waists and big bellies, and make small breasts seem bigger. Mermaid cuts minimize hips and tummies and shows off your breasts, no matter the size. And if your shoulders are wider than your hips, a classic princess cut dress will draw attention away from shoulders and make your hips look larger.
Remember, no matter what the experts have labeled as “in” or “out”, the most important thing is to pick a dress that is you, the one you like the best, regardless if it breaks any fashion rules. Nothing else is more important than that. And remember, if there’s a will, you can find a way. For instance, if you want a metallic dress, but have pale skin, go get a spray tan a couple of days before prom.
Keep your make-up subtle. Don’t even think about matching your eye shadow to the color of your gown. This isn’t the 70’s. Keep your shadow and lipstick colors neutral and understated. Don’t draw attention away from that perfect dress! That’s not to say there aren’t things that will emphasize your gown and draw your entire look together, like jewelry. Don’t forget earrings, necklace and bracelets, which look especially good over formal gloves.
While the internet has a million times more dresses than you’ll find at your local mall, you’ll never know if the dress is the dress until you try it on. Trust me. The dress I see and love is always the one that looks like crap when I put it on, and the one that looks “meh” on the hanger fits so well, is so right for my body, a movie star walking down the red carpet couldn’t compare. So shop on the internet, but shop early, order more than one at a time if you can, and make sure you are allowed to return the dresses that aren’t right for you. Happy shopping!!!