Every girl wants to look and feel her best on prom night, and we all know that your outfit can shape your attitude. But for many prom-goers, this event is the first time they've had to choose a formal gown, so knowing what's most flattering can be a challenge! If you have a plus-sized figure and want to choose the type of dress that makes you look like a total bombshell, you've got a lot of options. If your dress has any of the following elements, it's likely to flatter your curves.
An Emphasized Waist
Emphasizing your natural waist – the narrowest part of your torso – is the best way to get that oh-so-elegant hourglass shape no matter what size you are. Luckily, there are many cute and unique ways to do it. In this example, she's rocking an embellished belt which perfectly accents the blue streak in her dress. Not only does it add an element of glamour, it gives her the beautiful hourglass effect. Dresses can also have a satin belt/sash tied around the waist or even feature an elastic waistband to break up two different materials. If this is the silhouette you're looking for, you'll have no problem finding it!
Detail Near the Face
Another element that makes a plus-sized prom dress flattering is detail toward the top of the dress. This detail can be whatever you want – jewels or sequins, like in this example; a pretty neckline; or even an interesting floral pattern. The goal is to direct the viewer's eye up to your face, which will no doubt be adorned with some rocking makeup. Add some statement earrings or a necklace if you really want to put an emphasis on your upper-body.
A Structured Bodice
Some dresses have a structured bodice, which feature ribbing to keep the upper-half in a certain shape. These are extremely flattering on all figures because they keep everything in place without a need to constantly re-adjust. The ribbing is also placed in such a way that creates beautiful, elegant curves, nipping in at the narrowest part of the waist and outward at the hip. The bodice is also usually covered in sparkles or other detailing, so the limelight will be on you!
Maybe you're looking for a plus-sized dress that satisfies your Boho side (we all have one). Flowy, floral dresses are the perfect option for hippie chicks. Breezy materials that float away from the body create a very ethereal feel, which is only maximized by pretty patterns. Long, loose curls complete the look and add a sort of effortless elegance.
Remember, these aren't the only flattering elements of plus size prom dresses for a curvaceous shape, but if you're stumped on what to buy for your big day, this is a good starting point. Look good to feel good and, above all, have fun!