I've been giving a lot of thought to fuller figures this week, hoping to incorporate more into the collections this 2018. When I actually got down and started sketching, it was surprising how many options already exist. My most important piece of advice: If you have pleasing curves and/or a full bust, focus on empathizing these attributes the Great Masters have painted for centuries. Think Rubenesque rather than heavy, realizing you can carve out your own special style niche. 

*An empire waist. It looks great on you. It plays down a thick midriff and hides big hips and bottom.

*A ball gown. Even if you have full breasts, some tummy, rounded hips and bottom you can wear a ball gown well as long as there's a determined waistline. The voluminous skirts hide the tummy, bottom and hips, focusing on a nipped in waist. .

*Low, wide necklines. Consider the scoop, sweetheart, keyhole and V-neck, all of which empathize your cleavage and decolletage.

*Long and fitted sleeves, preferably in lightweight fabrics to make your arms look slimmer.

*Basque waists atop either an A-line or ball gown slim you out.

*The trapeze or tent style; one of your best options.


*Any gown with massive embellishment and go for clean lines and fabrics like crepe, matte satin and shantung; they even your body out. Pass up any weighty fabric like brocade or velvet that add bulk in the folds and seams. Ditto the heavily beaded laces and organzas.

*shiny fabrics like satin. High shine magnifies volume. .

*Mermaid, evening gown and sheath silhouettes; all too form-fitting for your figure.

*Three-quarter length and big puffy sleeves. Don’t even think about shoulder pads!

* Off the shoulder necklines. Full-figures usually have broad shoulders and arms and this neckline adds volume there.

The TATYANA Dress by Amy Jo Tatum Bridal 
Photo by Carlene Imagery