Most popular Dress Style : Optical Illusion Dress ( tips for Plus Size)

Sunday, November 04, 2012 Anonymous 6 Comments

Hi everyone.

I am sure for those of you who are of a larger dress size like me, e.g UK 12 / US 8 and above, you would sometimes fret about styles of dresses to wear. Well I certainly do and am slowly beginning to realise which styles suit me better than others.

Besides the recent Skater or Fit & Flare style which I love so much, here's another style to add to your list of " must try" dress styles - the OPTICAL ILLUSION DRESS. Widely popular during SS 2012,  this trend is certainly being carried forward in a variety of ways into A/W 2012 and also into SS 2013.

Jacket : Foster Bay ( similar here)
Dress : My own closet - old ( similar here & here)
Bangle : Forever 21
Watch : BCBG Plisse
Necklace : thanks Rebecca
Shoes : New Look

I paired my dress with my very own Foster Bay Waterfall Drape Jacket to further accentuate the color block contrast for that further illusion enhancement of a slimmer hourglass figure. Also as dinner was in a pretty cold air-conditioned restaurant hence the need for a jacket. This look could easily take you to the office and you can swop the flats for heels, wear your hair down, take off the jacket and match the outfit with a clutch for after work drinks and dinner. A great outfit for 2 occasions.

Here are some further tips and styles of the optical illusion dress which you may wish to explore with.

1) For Plus Size Ladies ( UK 14 & above)

Remember to watch out for the fabric of the outfit. Go for fabrics that are slightly heavier so that it skims the silhouette and creates the hourglass effect as its meant to be instead of hugging you at the wrong places e.g hips, bulging tummy etc...

The Ponte Roma fabric dress ends knee length for that pencil skirt slimming effect & the
V-neck helps to create the illusion of a longer neckline and drawing the eyes vertically for
that illusion of a slim, tall silhouette.
Dress : Simply Be 

Dress : Bespoke Monochrome Silhouette Dress
( similar here )  

2) For UK 6 - 12 Ladies

As you can see from the celebrities listed below, there are so many styles and designs you can play with for the optical illusion dress. So have fun!

Kim Kardashian & Victoria Beckham rocking the same Optical Illusion Dress

Kate Winslet in her infamous Optical Illusion Dress

3) Maxi Optical Illusion Dress
For those of you who may not be comfortable or feel shy wearing short skirts to pull off this look, here's a maxi version of the Optical Illusion Dress for you to explore the look with.

Brooklyn Decker & Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney's Maxi Optical Illusion Dress

So enjoy, have fun and go explore the Optical Illusion Dress style!!


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