I’m a big believer in options when it comes to fashion, especially clothes for curvy women. It’s less about trendy and expensive and more about being able to find pieces that work with more than one outfit (and the ability to go from day to night on busy days). Every woman deserves great fashion no matter her shape or size, and the Bonmarche affordable selection is for the every day curvy gal that wants to look good without breaking the bank. With a huge selection of contemporary apparel and accessories ranging from sizes 12-24 it’s super easy to find pieces that will take you to work and then right out on the town.
Ranges include casual separates, Evening dresses for curvy women, outerwear, swimwear, lingerie nightwear and accessories, all designed with the real feminine figure in mind. In 2007, it launched a collection designed in collaboration with David Emanuel, the designer famous for the co-design of Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding dress in 1981.
This collection has a slightly higher price point than the main Bonmarché range but still represents very good value for money.
There’s a great choice of plus size evening dresses out there, but finding ‘The One’ takes time and careful consideration over what suits your body type. As party season rolls back around take the guess work out of dress shopping and check at our guide to dressing to suit your shape.
If you, like Kate Winslet and Jennifer Lopez, are biggest around the bottom and thighs, then your body shape is classified as a pear. Proudly display your slimmer upper half in a dress with a fitted top, whilst keeping the waist down a mystery. An embellished bodice or low neckline will draw attention up and away from the hips, whilst an a-line skirt will skim over your widest part and balance your proportions. Avoid tight and stretchy materials as these can make you look bigger than you are, and dresses which flounce at the bottom will add volume where it’s not needed.
Lucky hourglass ladies boast the most envied body shape. Out at the chest, in at the waist, and then out again at the hips, you join fellow hourglasses Nigella Lawson and Scarlett Johansson. Dresses were made to show off your womanly curves so there is little that you won’t suit, but to make the most of your figure, opt for a fit and flare dress that cinches at the waist and flutters outwards at the hips. A busy upper half will throw your body off balance, whilst skirts that cling too tightly can make you look bottom heavy.
V shaped or ‘strawberry’ figures are broader up top than at the hips, creating an inverted triangle shape. If this sounds like you, you’re in good company; strawberry shaped celebrities include Jennifer Saunders and Catherine Zeta Jones. The aim of your evening dress should be to add width and volume around the hips, creating a more balanced look. Dress with a fitted bodice and a flared skirt will flatter and create proportion, whilst a dress with one strap will help to narrow your broad shoulders. Off the shoulder straps will have to opposite effect so avoid these, as well as sleeves with frills or puffs.
Straight up and down? You have a classic rectangle shape, just like Cameron Diaz and Fern Britton and you should look for evening dresses that add definition and curve. Starting from the top, a halterneck or slash neck will look great on you, as will an embellished bodice that can help to break up your linearity. Any skirt style will suit your long, lean legs so feel free to add drama with a floor sweeping gown or go glamorous in a seductively short number. Dropped waists and dresses with no shape will emphasise your boyish frame so these are best avoided.
While the boho trend can be a tricky style to nail because it straddles the messy and overly sloppy look, the key is moderation. There’s no need to wear it from head to toe (and for that matter there’s no need to wear any trend from head to toe). Below are a few tips:
A favorite way to add a little boho to your everyday look is a big, slouchy hobo bag There are a variety of hobo bags to choose from without breaking the bank.
Slouch Bag – $45
Scarves provide a simple and bold way to give an outfit that unstructured yet classy vibe. There are a ton of lightweight scarves that are perfect for the warmer weather.
Scarf - $24
A maxi dress is an excellent and comfy option to get the boho look – particularly when paired with a blazer or leather jacket. The dress provides the boho part, and the jacket pulls it all together.
Maxi Dress – $73
Jewelry is the easiest and most fool proof way to add a little boho to your style. Whether it’s long beaded chains, bangles or a pair of chandelier earrings you can’t go wrong. Pair them with a white shirt to the office or with a tee during the day.
Bangles – $24
When it comes to shoes, the possibilities are endless. A pair of slouchy boots, wedge heels, or braided sandals immediately come to mind.
Peep Toe Bootie – $57
So, whether your style is classic, modern, preppy or just straight up trendy, why not add a little boho to your look?