Be Proud of Your Voluptuousness and Show Off Your Gorgeous Silhouette!
I see a lot of women who are very voluptuous, some happily so, others who are not. They wear the most voluminous of dresses, some with drastically asymmetrical hems to try and take the eye away from the fuller parts of their figure, usually the hips.
In reality all this style of clothing does is create more activity for the eye to take in, simplicity is always best.
I find it disturbing to know that these women have a delicious, womanly shape underneath all of that fabric but either don’t care or are unable to find clothes that will enhance their figure type. Not all women can or want to be as slim as a skiing pole, but would like to at least look as though they have a waist, which in the industry we call waist suppression.
If you do like the feeling of volume around you, because it makes you feel as though it will hide excess weight, you could wear diaphanous fabrics such as silk Georgette or chiffon, or even a lightweight silk/cotton fabric over a figure hugging knit singlet dress or leggings to at least give a hint of shape underneath. Whereas when the fabric you choose is full and opaque it creates a heavier look with zero shape.
Take a photo of yourself, or get a friend to do this and you will see yourself objectively.
Have a look at these photos of my sister Dee, she has actually lost quite a lot of weight recently but you can see what a fitted dress does for her silhouette. I am not saying you should dress expensively and/or in figure hugging styles all the time, but if you want to impress, just take a bit more care about the style and fabrication of your clothes. If you like to wear straight and loose styles, make sure they have a complimentary cut to suit your figure type.
Here is Dee in the type of voluminous dress I mentioned above:
Whereas here is Dee again in two of my designs.
Orabelle Formal Dress
The apricot/indigo print silk fabric in this dress is from Saigon Fabrics in Erskine St, Sydney.
Dorianne Formal Dress
This is a ponti knit fabric in black. It is one of the most versatile fabrics to wear. A good quality ponti composition will contain a mix of rayon (viscose) / spandex / nylon or polyester. A couple of good reference sites about this fabulously versatile fabric are Indiesew and Clothspot.