Being plus size may be quite challenging when finding perfect dresses to wear, especially formal wear for special occasions, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find it. There are a number of trendy silhouette styles for plus-size dresses that are just waiting for you to discover them, and once you do, dressing up will be such a breeze.
The perfect dress for any body type highlights assets and de-emphasizes one or more features in order to create a shapelier silhouette. Read on for some of the 2020 trendy plus size prom dresses styles to help you determine which type best suits your frame.
The A-line dress creates a triangular silhouette with its fitted top and torso that widens or flares out in a straight line from the bust or waist area down to the hemline. It is a structured dress that forms the sides of the letter “A,” hence the label. The modern A-line silhouette is also dubbed as a fit and flare.
This dress style is considered the holy grail of dress styles because anyone can wear them and look good. By creating an hourglass impression, the style flatters all body sizes and shapes.
In choosing fabrics, A-line dresses for full-figured women should be made of the sturdy or stiff fabrics such as cotton, polyester, rayon, and denim. These are recommended as they retain the shape of the dress and flatter features appropriately. On the other hand, silk, satin, and other flowy types of fabrics that tend to cling to the body are to be avoided.
Another gorgeous style that creates the illusion of an hourglass figure is the peplum. The dress style’s prominent feature is a ruffle at the waist, which not only creates a charming appeal but also makes the waist appear smaller than the wearer’s shoulders and hips. Plus size peplum prom dresses are ideal choices for women who want to make their waist appear proportional with the rest of their body.
Women with oval, rectangular, or triangular body types are going to appreciate what empire dresses can do to their silhouettes. This dress style emphasizes and draws attention to the upper body. It features a fitted bodice that ends just below the bust instead of the natural waistline. The skirt is long and loosely fitting. This dress style flatters a bottom-heavy figure and works well to disguise a thick waist.
Are you ready to channel early European fashion? This dress style was basically created to enhance figures. Historically, the inspiration for this type of garment is attributed to a ban on thick waists in court imposed by King Henry II of France’s wife, Catherine de’ Medici. Corset dresses feature a panel that swathes a part of or the entire torso to emphasize the waist. The structured dress style pushes up the bust, cinches in at the waist, and releases at the hips, thus creating an hourglass shape (sometimes a tad too forcefully too).
Off-the-shoulder dresses are designed to show off one’s décolletage. Instead of the usually straps and sleeves that go from front to back, the sleeves of off-the-shoulder dresses wrap around the shoulders baring the collar area for a sexy appeal. These sleeves are also typically an inch thick, at least.
The off-the-shoulder dress is great for a plus size woman with narrow shoulders as this look tends to add weight to the upper half of your body. It creates a balancing effect for the shoulders and hips. If you have a rectangular-shaped body, an off-the-shoulder A-line dress will work wonders to your silhouette.
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