It’s no secret that fashion does not favour the female form. If you have dimensions bigger than a coat rack, you’ll have noticed by now that it’s nearly impossible to find clothes that fit every part of you perfectly. If it’s wide enough, it’s too long. If it leaves room for your assets, it sags around your waist. This is doubly true for us curvy ladies.
I remember the combined feeling of pride and resignation in my teenage years when I discovered I had spilled out of a DD cup and into an F. It was the letter than signalled my future of popping open the top button on every dress, and avoiding tight tops because they made me look like a bar wench. Now, I could certainly have it worse —some of my friends have to order their bras custom made online— but every woman with a figure like Welsh countryside is familiar with the frustration of shopping in a general mall and finding nothing in your size.
Once we get above a size 14 or 16, the options are cut down drastically. We’re relegated to the back section of the lingerie store, where all the bras are tan-coloured and cone-shaped: made for function but certainly not fashion. Anything that fits is more likely to be found at the drabber end of the mall, with patterns and cuts that seem to say, “Wear us and you will blend into the wallpaper.”
That’s why for myself and certainly for many of my curvy friends, discovering vintage fashion was a godsend. Gone are the days of spaghetti straps and boring, thin fabric; vintage style clothes are actually made for bodies that require a little extra support. The material is thicker but often still gives a bit of stretch, and still manages to have absolutely beautiful patterns, like the Samantha Dress’s stunning floral.
The vintage style of the Belle Dress hugs my bust in the way I love, but flares out with a swing skirt at my hips, so I don’t feel any uncomfortable pressure across my belly. The layered material across the chest also compliments my figure without putting it on display, so I feel comfortable at more formal occasions. The cleavage is always there, but it isn’t always necessary, is it? When you do want to show it off though, there are the more summery dresses like the Holly Polka Dot Dress, with plunging necklines in adorable red and peach colours.
The Betty Dress in particular has a feature that I’ve never found in sleeveless dresses outside of the vintage style, which is that it not only covers your entire bust, but goes a little further up and around to hide that awkward little bit of skin between your breasts and arm that we all have. The London Traffic Jam Dress also does this with a pretty panel that runs from the shoulders under the bust, and adds an extra level off class to an already eye-catching dress.
I could go on forever, but I can’t not mention the Roxie Dress, which (wait for it), is off the shoulder! Most generic dresses in this style expect the dress to stay up with magic, but this one isn’t so foolish: it uses thick straps and a shaped bust instead of wishful thinking to keep it up all night. All these dresses and more are available on the Plus Size section of the Ponyboy website, with a huge range of colours, cuts and styles that go up to Size 24. Ponyboy has no time for drab or unflattering dresses, we are committed to providing high quality fashion for every figure, and I can guarantee you’ll find something you love, no matter what size you are.
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