7 Body Flattering Plus Size Prom Dresses and Matching Accessories

Prom night is always one big formal party. Call it the night of the “last hooray” before getting “thrown into the real world”. This is a night everyone wants to look good and wear the best prom dress . . . okay maybe not aspire to wear the best, but every girl aspires to be one of THE most fashionable and best dressed on prom night! Yes!

If you are full-bodied or plus sized, you may feel the skinny or slim girls get to find the best prom dresses around. You may feel that only those with trim silhouettes get the stare of admiring or envious eyes. Certainly, nothing is further from the truth!

There are beautiful and flattering prom dresses made for the plus sized girl that will blow you away! This is a special night and you too can look special as long as you choose the right fashion, design, and cut, and pick the perfect colour for your skin tone.

The Right Plus Size Prom Dress for Your Shape 

 If you are a plus size, your choice of style should depend on your body shape, so finding that special prom dress or gown is not really hard once you know the style that’s best for your silhouette.

Here are the top ten plus size 'picks' for your special occasion attire, including matching fashion accessories.

1. Top Heavy Shape (Inverted Triangle) - If you are top-heavy, you don’t want a clingy prom dress but one that de-emphasises your upper body. In this case, a nice flowing A-line dress is the perfect shape. A drop-waist dress is another great style for the inverted triangle shape.

2. Brick Shape – When you have a brick-shaped body, you tend to have wide shoulders, an undefined waist, a flat bottom, wide thighs and fat calves. The best prom style dress to wear if you have this figure will be the empire dress style. 

The midriff band will give the illusion of a waist smaller than the bust and hips. If you have a brick shape, you need an outfit that will give some curves. A prom dress with a flattering band around the neck will give you some “feminine roundness”.

3. Hourglass Body Shape – if you are a full-bodied figure 8, with big bosom and hips, an average length of legs, and a small short waist, you have an hourglass figure, a shape that is the envy of many of today’s women.
The mermaid style dress will look stunning on you. Ensure the fish tail of your dress is moderate though, without frills or layers.

4. Pear Shape - If you have a small waist and wide hips you will look really nice in an outfit that DOESN’T add to your hips, visually. You want something nicely clinging to your lower body while the upper part of the dress has embellishments, layers, appliques, etc…

5. Apple Shape – With an apple shape, your shoulders and bosom are narrower and smaller than your waist, which is really wider than both. Prom dress styles for this shape must be flat-fronted. There must be no layers, frills, and the like, but your ankles and shoes can be visible.
6. Spoon Shape – If you are plus sized with a ‘spoon’ shape, then you have a distinctly small waist with wide hips. However, the upper part of your body is slimmer and kind of ‘longer’.

The best style prom dress that’ll complement your shape is one that draws attention to the upper body and away from the waist and hips. This will give you an overall balanced appearance with a silhouette akin to an hourglass shape.

The Empire dress design that gently flows out below the waist looks great with this shape, and so do dresses with ruching around the upper body, or busy detailing with applique or embellishments around the bust.

7. Diamond Shape – This shape is just as it says; a diamond silhouette of sorts. The waist is wider than the bust and hips. Slightly similar to an apple shape but not so rounded, the breasts are usually small . . . medium at the most and the waistline is undefined.

The best way to dress a diamond body shape is by balancing the upper body (shoulders & bust) with the hips in such a way as to create the illusion of a waist. To pull this off successfully, choose clothing that adds fullness to your shoulder and bust while ensuring that the lower body falls straight down; no frills, no fuss; to make your lower body appear longer.

Short Dresses for the Full-Bodied

The latest and one of the trendiest styles of prom fashion is the short look. In the fashion circles for prom, many love the 'going short(er)' look. It’s not uncommon to find prom dresses in tea length, knee length and mini skirt lengths.

The buzz out there is that short is the way to go but a number of young ladies still yearns for the ballroom waltzing "Cinderella and Prince Charming" look which started to fade away by the early 21st century.

But whatever your choice of stylish prom dress may be, it’s good to plan to get something you can guarantee nobody around you will wear.

Your prom dress must be unique and striking and make you look like you belong on the Red Carpet at the Oscars!

Further Reading:
1950s Style Couture Dresses You Can Wear for Prom (Vintage Inspired) 
Vintage Inspired Lingerie for the Plus Size
Be a Plus Size Model Even If You Think You Are Too Fat

What's the Big Deal About Cosabella Lingerie?

So what is so special about Cosabella lingerie? Why does it seem that many women love to wear them?

For starters, Cosabella is one of the leading designer and manufacturer of fine intimate apparel that shows the best of American design coupled with Italian craftsmanship.   

Secondly, their undergarments are made from ultra-soft Italian microfiber, sheer material, and fine Italian lace, finished with cutting-edge details that give that feminine feel of wearing luxurious undergarments.

Finally and importantly, their lingerie is renowned not only for their comfort which is of great importance to Cosabella, but also for their sexy designs and pleasing vibrant colours. And some styles do come with trendy prints.  

Colours are feminine, sassy, or girly, and range from the classic black and white, to lavender, soft-nude pink, wine-berry, turquoise, emerald, salmon, anthracite, etc... 

From bras, bodysuits, and panties, to chemises, baby doll, and shape-wear, Cosabella comes in a range of beautiful lines; the top 5 collections being:

  1. Never Say Never
  2. New Soire
  3. Dolce
  4. Talco 
  5. Trenta
Buy the Newest Cosabella Lingerie

Their top collections are “edgy and sexy with a nod to the 80’s soft bondage trend”, with some modern pieces inspired by vintage lingerie. Shapes include long-line under-wire bras, strapless bustiers with removable straps, bra-lettes, hipster, high-waist briefs, and cut out slips. 

How about their sexy Cosabella glow collection that features lingerie that truly glows in the dark? This unique collection produces a glowing light in a totally dark room. For it to work though, the lingerie set has to absorb light for a few minutes; much like charging it with sunlight or fluorescent light. And it doesn’t fade away in the wash as it glows for as long as you possess the underwear.

Cosabella lingerie should be a lovely addition to the underwear compartment in your wardrobe, or chest of drawers. 

Now go and 'burn' those dated undergarments!

Vintage Style Womens Coats

An overcoat is an outerwear that is synonymous with winter and is a must-have because of the cold. While some women are quite content with any old coat as long as it wards off the biting cold, other women take this as a time, not only to feel warm but to flaunt a fashionable coat that's unique and stylish. They know that because it's chilly outside doesn't mean you can't step out in style.
For those who love vintage inspired fashion, you'll agree with me that the designs of overcoats of the 20th century, worn by fashionable women and silver screen goddesses are some of the best styles ever. From the winter coats of the early 19th century to the swing and swagger coats of the 1950s, today's winter outerwear need to duff their hats to their stylish predecessors.
If you like vintage style overcoats and wish to add one to your wardrobe, here are some styles you should see.

1920s Style Winter Coats

There is nothing like the women's overcoats of the swinging twenties and their styles are yet to be surpassed. Their designs with large fur collars created a cocoon of warmth and style.

Coat fabrics were mostly made of deep pile velvet, wool broadcloth, wool suede and velour and were lined with crepe de chine, satin de chine, brocade, or silks and blends. Colours ranged from black and brown to tan, green, blue, and cranberry red. 

1930s Women Overcoats

1930s style coats of old Hollywood came long, tailored and modest with the popular styles made of faux fur, wool, velvet, tweed and more. Swagger coats were very popular and quite stylish, and they were ideal for any type of shape. 

They had high collarless necklines, sleeves with epaulette shoulders, and smartly placed patch pockets.

Vintage Inspired Styles of Overcoats

1. Dress Coats – This overcoat resembles a dress and is in fact one of the trending styles of winter coats today. It comes with a collar, lapels, and a belt that appears to cinch a woman’s waist. Its design is certainly ‘vintage inspired’ because it was a style that was quite popular in the mid 50’s to the 60’s.

2. Vintage Inspired Trench Coats – this style of is very popular and worn by men and women. It is generally double-breasted and comes with a fairly wide lapel and belted around the waist.

You will find that trench coats come with shoulder and wrist straps.

3. Trendy Cloaks – Cloaks and capes serve the same purpose as all overcoats, to keep you warm in winter, but it differs in design to the regular kind of coat. It is loose, one of its features that makes it look so fashionable and chic. Cloaks have been around for a number of hundreds, but over time became fashion apparel for winter wear.

They come without sleeves but have an open slit that you can put your hands through. Most “generally fasten at the neck or over the shoulder” and come in short or long lengths.

4. Faux Fur Overcoat - We all know why we have to settle for faux fur overcoats instead of the authentic animal coats, and rightly so too. But what’s trending for 2014/2015 as regards the faux furry warmers? PRETTY COLOURS! Yes, nice sweet colours such as pale pink, midnight blue, camel, pale orange, oatmeal, turquoise; some with bold stripes running across in horizontal lines. There is also classic black & white combinations.

Styles range from the short cropped jackets to the long overcoats, most come collar-less and when unbuttoned will look nice with vintage-inspired neck jewellery.

5. Pea Coats - Many may not know what kind of overcoat this is vintage-inspired coat is . . . Yes, it is an unusual name, but a pea coat is one that was originally worn by European and American sailors dating back into the early 1700’s. It is coarse to the touch and made from wool. 

Today, pea coats are not much different from the past design and have become trending outerwear clothing. The coat is now considered a vintage/classic inspired style with some now coming with hoods. They come in great shapes; made from other fabrics including leather, besides the classic navy blue wool of centuries past.

So which styles of the above Women Overcoats are your winter outerwear choice? Which types make your statement? Which of these vintage-inspired overcoat genres' 'spells' your signature?

12 Show-Stopping Necklaces

Necklaces are one of those fashion accessories that you can use to make a bold statement if you plan to stand out from the crowd. No, not the thin neck chains, or those thin and tiny pendants held by a micro-thin necklace, but big bold and uniquely crafted neck wear that’s literally ‘show stopping’.

Elaborate Neck and Shoulder Alloy Jewellry with Rhinestone Settings
Neck jewellery has been worn by women AND men since the Stone Age. At the time and through the ages, both men and women adorned their necks with things ranging from strung pieces of twine, shells, bone, sea shells, animal teeth, seeds, animal skin, feathers, and the like to precious stones, corals, and man-made beads. With people of the Stone Age for instance, it all depended on what they found around them and (probably) how creative some of the cave men/women were to put something together.

But this article is not about the history of the necklace . . .

European Style Pearl Shells and Starfish Charms Necklace
Today’s trending necklaces tend to be on the large and bold side and because they are costume jewellery, they possess great features that many fashionable women love. But what makes a necklace a ‘show-stopper’? What makes one stand out against another?

Faux Pearls with Rhinestone & Alloy Metal Chains (Earrings and Necklace Set)  

Neck Jewelry - Design, Size and Materials Used Matters

How do you recognise show-stopping jewellery?
  • Is it in its size?
  • Is it what it’s made from?
  • Is it in its form?
  • Can it be its weight?
  • Or how valuable it is?
The answer isn’t necessarily any of the aforementioned but rather a combination of them all.

They must be considerably large and must be made from unique materials; certainly not the run-of-the-mill PVC based materials or those cheap looking plastic beads you’ll find strung prettily at the markets.

Chunky Faux Pearl String of Necklace
The design must be unique, almost a one-of-a-kind style with great details; its form is what catches our eyes first anyway, before anything else. And it should be weighty enough to give you the feeling that you’ve discovered a great buy. Some say that’s all in the mind but many think not.
Alloy Braided Necklace - European Style
Finally, when it comes to value, costume jewellery is generally affordable. They cost a fraction of the value in gold, silver or platinum . . . weight for weight. However, you’ll find that some statement necklaces are a bit pricey, but then, that’s relative.

A show-stopper must be unique; it must be crafted in such a way that it resembles a piece of art. It doesn’t really matter what material it is made of as long as it ‘screams’ DISTINCTIVE! Plus it must go well with the style of clothing a woman wears.

Victorian Black Lace Choker with Beaded Pendants
From twisted metal creations and copper baubles to pieces encrusted with colourful gemstones (faux or real), intricately woven lacework (or filigree), artsy glass beading, and multiple strings of multi-sized corals, a stunning piece of neck jewelry will always be noticed.

They all have one thing in common, style and size. Big bold jewelry pieces like these are the ones that have the ‘wow factor’, so if you are different and bold enough to adorn your neck with these pieces, these types of affordable statement necklaces are just for you.

Vintage Collar Alloy Necklace

How Best to Wear Statement Necklaces

You can wear statement necklaces with smart, stylish, or casual clothing . . . ethnic, classic, everyday, or formal (evening) wear. It will always depend on the look you want to put forward, so any way you choose to wear them; you will still look different and stand out of from the crowd.

Cluster of Faux Pearl Jewellry Set
And because you don’t want to create a cluttered look around your neck, it’s best to wear large and ‘chunky’ necklaces with smaller earrings with:
  • Bustiers
  • Spaghetti strap dresses
  • Low-cut gowns
  • Strapless clothing
  • Single strap clothing
  • Tube tops and dresses
You don’t want to look out of tune with style though so remember . . . how you put your fashion ensemble (clothing and accessories) together is always the key to becoming a ‘show-stopper’.

Multi-Colour Chunky Bib Necklace