For every body type, shape, and size finding the right dress is hard no matter what—size 0 or size 28— a woman’s body has a mind of its own and may not look good in everything. In the fashion world, sizes are classified with names like Petite, Juniors, and Plus-Size, so the word plus-size, yes is subjective, but it also classifies the sizes tailored specifically for beautiful busty and full-figured women. Plus-sized gowns and dresses are made specifically for accentuating curves and illuminating your vivacious beauty rather than covering it up or hiding your shape under layers of heavy fabrics.
Plus-size dresses don’t have to be shapeless, it’s better if they are more form fitting to your silhouette, so if you tend to always flock to an A-line, why not try a hip hugging, waist cinching empire gown like this Cassandra Stone II convertible strap gown from Mac Duggal? The convertible straps leave the neckline open showing off a bit of your sexy, bare shoulders. If you’re feeling uneasy about wearing a gown so form fitting (you really shouldn’t, though!), invest in a “body shaper.” Cassandra Stone II is from the hard working designers at Mac Duggal who are responsible for making this award winning line of plus-size gowns with a youthful flair and comfy fit.
What’s a body shaper?
A body shaper compresses and smooths out pesky belly rolls. The go to place for undergarments is the company Spanx. Spanx has a great body shaper that hides the look of the belly and back roll for a smoother, more contoured shape. The high-waisted body shaper from Spanx happens to give a very streamlined look and is perfect for formal wear and your everyday looks, so it’s price is definitely worth the investment.
High Waist Body Shaper by Spanx
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Perfect for any elegant social occasion, another amazing empire waist dress is from Cassandra Stone II collection that has a Grecian Goddess feel. The high empire waist will accentuate your chest and the skirt flows elegantly down to the floor without hugging your hips our thighs. The embellished waist-line gives this gown a fun, yet sophisticated feel.
For the bride-to-be, you don’t want to limit yourself to just traditional silhouettes. Make a statement in the Allure Bridals Women collection while wearing this intricately constructed wedding gown. The waist-line is natural allowing the dress the form-fit beautifully around the hip area. As always, the sweetheart neckline gives this gown a romantic feel. The hugging skirt will define your booty and hips and will make your groom’s heart swoon. The fabric features ruching all over the gown for an added touch of sophistication and also helps with giving the dress more refined definition. The back of the dress is corseted for extra cinching, and the skirt flows elegantly to the floor into a darling and delicate train.
Another elegant choice is this gorgeous wedding gown from Allure Bridals Women that features cap sleeves and embellishments of rich crystals and rich chiffon. This dress just happens be the most purtiest dress that I have ever seen in a cap sleeve! The overlay of chiffon over the skirt is to die for and seems to also have been blessed by chic fairies with its dusting of delicate flower appliqués. The satin belt cinches at the natural waist for a more waist defining look and the belt and has a gorgeous brooch buckle.
A trending dress silhouette for 2012, especially your 2012 prom, is called the hi-lo dress. Check out this sassy little number by Cassandra Stone II shown in shown in a delicate mint hue, the one shoulder asymmetrical neckline is adorned with a cluster of rhinestones and sequins. Fabric ruching overlay of rich chiffon embodies the look of an elegant Hollywood starlet. The skirt hits above the knee, and the back of the skirt flows down into a flirty train.
If you’re more traditional and feel more comfortable in the A-line silhouette, the Cassandra Stone II and the Allure Bridals Women collection have an ample selection to choose from featuring forgiving and luxurious fabrics, vibrant colors and prints, and adornments and embellishments galore–all found on MissesDressy!
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