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Plus Size Dresses - Patterns, Pleats, and Color Blocking Oh My!

June 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 340

Plus size dresses have gone through a revolution in styling in the past few years. No longer big baggy colorless frocks, today's plus size dresses are stylish, colorful and full of style. Several new styles and details are showing up on runways this season. Bright bold patterns, creative use of pleats, and the biggest trend this season is color blocking. It might seem overwhelming with all of the choices you have for dresses this season, but with a bit of guidance you can look great not only this season, but all year around.

Patterns

As a plus size diva you have the benefit of being able to wear this season's larger prints. This season opt for bright bold prints with Indian, African, and Mediterranean influences. The ethnic look is very popular right now and there are several plus size dresses available that take advantage of this trend. One of the prettiest looks is a solid shift under a softly printed sheer dress. This is not only very feminine, but very flattering. Maxi dresses are also making an appearance this season. The maxi is a plus size diva's best friend if your legs and hips are a bit on the larger side. Choose maxi dresses with raised waists to give the illusion of an hourglass figure. Try to avoid patterns that cut you in half or go across your hips. Try on several different styles and patterns to see what looks best on you.

Pleats

You may think pleats are out for plus size dresses, but nothing could be further from the truth. The key is to find the right kind of pleat that looks best on your figure. Very small figure hugging pleats may not be for you if you have some "trouble" spots in your figure you want to hide. On the other hand box pleats are a nice alternative since they are larger and don't hug the body. Broomstick skirts in over dyed colors are a way to add some color and style to your wardrobe. A pleated skirt with a raised waist is a very flattering look for plus size dresses.

Color Blocking

When done correctly color blocking can be very slimming. Asymmetrical blocks of color add angles and draw the eye away from figure flaws. You can find colors in the entire spectrum used in color blocked dresses this season. Strategically placed blocks of darker colors can give the illusion of an hourglass figure. Don't be afraid of bright colors. It is more how your plus size dresses fit you than what colors they have in them.

These are three of the most popular trends for plus size dresses this season. Find your favorites and be sure they fit you correctly. When you wear clothing that actually fits you not only look good, be feel good too.

Aims to improve women's self image and the desire to make fashionable and well designed clothes available to plus sized women in Australia. They believe that all women have the right to own beautiful and fabulous clothes.

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