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JackieWhite
« on: February 10, 2007 09:47:51 PM »

I'm sure this has been asked before, but the search doesn't seem to like me tonight, but I was wondering...what type of dress styles flatter "larger" girls?
Personally, I'm short-5'2. Large chested-DD. And chubby in the tummy (thank you, ovary disease).
Because of my love for the rather retro-50's-rockabilly anything, I've tried a few halter dress patterns, but I'm either making it wrong  or that style isn't flattering.  It makes my slight lack of waist all funky lookin'.
Long story short (too late), any ideas, y'all?   
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daisyannissa
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2007 04:42:15 PM »

I would recommend a wrap dress! I'm not sure if it's your style, but it is extremely flattering.



Depending on what weather you want to wear it in and how you feel about your legs/arms, you can make it a long sleeve (possibly bell if you're concerned about your upper arms) or do a 3/4 and push up the sleeves, like in the picture. As for the length, I have rather stubby legs so I like to wear mine right below my knees.

Wrap dresses can look really cute and retro if you get the right fabric, and they're definitely flattering for your body type. Let me know what you think!
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smegs
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2007 04:47:06 PM »

As a shorter gal with a tummy and giant boobs, I'm going to advise against wrap dresses. They often don't cover enough in the boob area, and the some materials they are often made of are horrible for curves. Instead I recommend a dress with a natural waist (belt it!!) and an a-line skirt. No pockets up tops -- those are awful.

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ingysoup
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2007 04:47:27 PM »

I love that dress!  I have been looking for a pattern like that for my size, 26/28 on top - just because of the boobs, but a 24/22 on bottom.  Where is that dress from?  *sorry* didn't mean to hijack the thread!

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ananke
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2007 12:53:08 AM »

Wrap shirts/dresses depend on how big your boobs are - it never ever looks right on me unless the wrap is closer to my waist. The cross over bit goes wonky.

I agree with the belted thing - create a waist. So a halter with a belted skirt would be nice - just make sure the halter bit suits you. I've got skinny shoulders anda big rack, so my boobs are wider than my shoulders, so halters look like a sack of crap on me. My sister also has large boobs, but broad shoulders and looks wonderful in halters.
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bananabanana
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2007 02:11:26 AM »

Just wanted to add that V necks are very flattering for the larger bust. And stretchy wrap dresses are the best for me, none of the plain cotton ones seem to fit but stretchy is the way to go. I always always have to wear a singlet underneath to avoid too much boobage. I do have a thing for square necks though and the singlet squares things up nicely.
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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2007 02:36:48 AM »

while I love that dress it would NEVER work for me  Cry Cry
Im shaped like an ice cream cone, whaat would work for that??
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ananke
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2007 01:08:52 AM »

Really deep V will look good. So get a slightly too big, super stretchy wrap dress* and wear it with a matching cami.

*I got mine for $20 at Rockmans. It is awesome - a little bit too big so it slinks down and is a nice length and the V lessens the impact of the boobs'o'doom.
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BlkRze
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2007 08:47:50 AM »

Hey lady my advice would be to find a dress that is fuller on the bottom.If you are horizontally challenged(short) A dress with princess seams creates a longer line.And dresses that flute/flare/gradualy increase towards the hemline help to balance out the top portion to avoid the look of the...icecream cone.
And as far as belting goes you can belt at the waist to create one, belt above the waist to creeate the appearance of a longer bottom half and longer legs, or you can belt below the waist(hips) to create the appearance of a longer torso.It's all up to you
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kristiface
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2007 09:02:09 AM »

This is weird, but I was watching Gilmore Girls last night and on that episode Lorelai was wearing this really cute dress that, with the right fabrics, could look rockabilly retro.  It was cut like a wrap dress in that the front was at an angle, but flared slightly from the waist to the knee.  Anyway, I couldn't find a picutre of it online yet, but if I do, it was super cute, and something like that might be worth looking into. 
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