Now, everybody carries their weight differently. I tended to carry mine somewhat evenly all over, but with a frustratingly larger portion around my hips. But a few general rules definitely apply to any woman trying to flatter a fuller frame. Let's look at those rules.
(The matte jersey is also perfect because it's iron free!)
Try to get TRUE wrap dresses. Meaning, the dress opens fully, not a faux wrap dress that is sewn shut, has a v-neckline but the waist ties don't do much. These can sometimes work fine, but they don't have very much "adjustability."
Here are a couple other dress options that would also flatter in a similar way...
2. Skim, don't squeeze.
And my next suggestion for you is a pair of wide-leg black trousers. Unfortunately, you'll probably have to iron these, but it'll be worth it! (Actually, take them out of the dryer when they're still a titch damp and hang them by the ankles. The weight of the top of the pants will help them dry straight and you may be able to avoid the iron completely.)
Take a look at the trousers vs the leggings. It's the perfect illustration of why skim instead of squeeze is so flattering.
Choose trousers that fall straight down from the widest part of your hips. If the waist gaps, have it tailored. That small adjustment is rather inexpensive.
The final guideline for the day is...
3. Too much volume amplifies, instead of camouflages.
So my final suggestion for the day is to look for tops with interesting detail to step up a notch from your t-shirts. I loved jersey knit tops like the pink one, with an empire waist without too much pleating or gathering below (didn't want to look pregnant.)
We'll tackle some plus-size style myths in the next post. And I'd like to direct you to Inside Out Style for some more great information on how to flatter your figure. Click the name back there and I've directed you straight to her section on plus-size fashion. Imogen is a fantastic image consultant out of Australia.