Don’t depend on fashion designers to create styles that are flattering for larger women. This week’s designer version is a case in point. Though the suit is a beautiful color and fabric, the tunic-style blouse stops at the hip, accentuating my model’s largest area. The Dress For Less faux tunic dress, on the other hand, creates a long, lean silhouette. Embroidery at the neckline draws the eye to the wearer’s face.
Many large-size women wear their skirts long, believing they need to cover up. But skirts that stop at the mid-calf just look dated and frumpy. A shapely leg deserves to be shown. Hem your skirts to a length that flatters you.
Simple black patent pumps complement the dress without competing for attention. But if you’re looking to match the red of this dress, or any difficult outfit in your wardrobe, you’ll want to know more about Cinderella Slippers. This Atlanta-based company will cover your shoes in any material you provide for $25. More difficult lace or beaded covered shoes may cost more. Write to me for information about Cinderella Slippers.
Melon three-piece suit with skirt by Bicci, $189
Textured gold-tone bracelet by St. John, $120
Matching earrings, $65
Black patent pumps by St. John, $198
Dress For Less version
Cherry red tunic-style dress by Positive Attitude from Just My Size catalog, $94
Gold-tone bracelet by Aurora from major department stores, $45
Gold-tone earrings from Just My Size catalog, $14.50
Black patent pumps by Sasha Too from A. J. S. Shoe Warehouse, $39.50
MEMO: Dress For Less runs weekly on Choices. All bargains featured in this column are available in book form. Send $9.95 to Dress For Less, 177 Sound Beach Ave., Suite 6, Old Greenwich, CT 06870.