Plus-size women who are more ample than other women often have a tough time finding clothes in general, much less costumes or dresses fitting a theme.
Roaring 20s Dresses Plus Size
However, plus-sized women can find fabulous plus size Great Gatsby dresses if they know what to look for and where to look.
• Choosing your Plus Size Great Gatsby Dress
One of the best things about the fashions of the 1920’s is that there is a wide range of dress styles that fit pretty much any body type.
Short dresses, sleeveless dresses, full length dresses, and mini dresses were all part and parcel of the fabulous Roaring Twenties.
• Plus Size Great Gatsby Dresses
If you ask me, the best Plus size Great Gatsby dresses brand is Unique Vintage.
They offer so much choices that it will blow your mind!
Look at these beautiful dresses!
There are tons of great choices for the plus-sized woman in 1920’s fashion, but first knowing your body shape and how to dress for your body shape will help you to pick a fabulous dress that will look amazing on you!
Here are the basic body shapes and my best suggestions on how to dress for that body shape so that you can have fabulous flapper girl fashion!
• A Gatsby Dress for your Body Type
• Apple shape – If you carry more of your weight in the upper torso and are more rounded with slimmer legs and arms, you are apple shaped.
Your body is overbalanced on the top half and you will want to divert attention away from your upper torso.
You likely have a larger bust size as well.
Scooped necklines and V-necklines will look great on you.
Knee length skirts and geometric prints will accentuate the slender legs and break up the line of the torso.
This flapper girl dress available from Prettyguide is a perfect choice for an apple shaped body type.
The sheer sleeved, knee length cut showcases the arms and legs, while the geometric patterns break up the vivid green of the gown and draw the eye downward toward the hips.
The rounded V-neckline draws your focus upward to the face and away from the torso.
An amazing gown for the apple shaped flapper and a very lovely color too!
• Pear shape – If you carry more of your weight in your lower torso, hips and thighs and are slimmer in the upper torso, you are pear shaped.
Your bust is likely on the small to average size and you will want to create symmetry by showcasing your waistline and playing up your upper torso.
Wide necklines such as boat, ballet or square neck will help accentuate your upper body.
Empire waistlines and asymmetrical hems help draw the eye upward and detract from the lower body.
Here’s a great choice for a pear-shaped body also from Prettyguide.
The embellished neckline design draws the eye upward.
The defined line of the beaded waistline divides the body symmetrically between upper and lower torso.
The monochromatic color of this dress avoids drawing attention to the lower body making for a fabulous art deco Gatsby flapper girl style!
• Straight or Rectangle Shape – if you are balanced between the upper and lower body and have little to no waistline, then you are most likely a straight shaped body.
Your body shape looks just like a rectangle with straight lines.
Much like the apple body shape, you want to create the illusion of a waist line.
Deep scooped necks or V-necks with a defined high waistline will help cinch you in the midsection. Fit and flare dresses are a wonderful look for this body type.
Available in a Variety of Plus Sizes
This lovely gown by Metme is a perfect choice for the straight body.
With its deep V-neckline and visually cinched waist design, the illusion of a beautiful waistline is perfect.
The V-neckline is balanced with the V of the hemline creating awesome symmetry.
• Hourglass Shape – The evenly balanced lady with a defined waistline is the hourglass shape.
If you happen to be this shape, congratulations!
You have the quintessential feminine look that so many others strive to achieve!
Look for a gown that follows those natural curves of yours and try to minimize any trouble spots.
Avoid shapeless, oversized gowns and you’ll look great!
This fabulous little dress by Kayamiya is a great little dress for the hourglass shape.
The scooped neck and sleeveless design with the geometric beading defining the waistline will look fabulous on the hourglass shaped woman!
Fun and flirty, this dress is perfection!
• Inverted Triangle Shape – If you happen to have broad shoulders and narrow hips, your body shape is an inverted triangle.
This makes the torso appear larger than the lower half.
Your goal is to draw attention to the lower body and away from the shoulders.
Avoid boatneck collars and square necklines.
Instead opt for low scooped necks or V-necklines.
This gown is an excellent Great Gatsby dress for the inverted triangle shape.
Its low scooped neckline and sleeveless design draw attention away from the shoulders.
The beadwork on this dress draws the eye to the hipline, and helps create symmetry for the body.
The sheer scalloped hemline is a beautiful, unique take on the standard flapper girl dress.
• Great Gatsby Dresses Plus Size Choices
In addition to body shape, you might find that your body has specific problem areas.
For example, if you have a small bust, you might want to look for a dress that has a higher neckline that helps to emphasize the bust like this gown by Babeyond.
With the diamond geometric shape right at the bustline, the eye is drawn to that area, and gives emphasis where it is most needed!
Of course, the opposite is true if you have a larger bust. You will want to avoid high necklines and go for the plunging neckline.
This beautiful cobalt blue dress by Vijiv is a perfect example.
This elegant black on blue gown is classy and feminine.
If your upper arms are a bit heavy, look for a sleeved dress that will disguise those arms.
Neemee has a dress with a nice lace look longer length fitted sleeve.
Just look at all that intricate beadwork!
The black beadwork on champagne color is elegant and striking.
Or you could opt for a cape like dress that offers a bit of coverage but is not as fitted, like this dress from Kayamiya.
The cape offers a butterfly sleeve option, and adds a bit of flair to this classy black over blue dress.
Perhaps you have heavy calves? You can find amazingly gorgeous maxi length gowns that will disguise those legs and still have you looking fabulous in Great Gatsby style!
Check out this amazing gown!
The fit and flare style is beautiful and the geometric beadwork is simple and lovely.
• Where to buy Plus Size Gatsby Dresses
There are a number of online shops that carry plus size vintage gowns from the 1920’s.
Some names to look for are Unique Vintage, Vijiv, Prettyguide, Babeyond, Kayamiya and Metme.
Make sure that you choose dresses that are gown grade, not costume grade.
Costume grade flapper dresses are made from cheaper fabric and are more likely to fit badly or fall apart.
Some great deals are available on vintage Great Gatsby dresses if you just take a little time and search.
One more thing…
Stockings were still worn by all women in the 1920’s and the flapper shoes had to be flirty with ankle or t-straps and a bit of a heel for dancing.
Many times, flapper girls wore a feather stole or boa and long beaded necklace!
You might even consider a pair of long white gloves or a feather fan.
When you put it all together, you are certain to love the way you look.
You will feel beautifully feminine and flirty in your Great Gatsby dress from the fabulous era of the flapper girl.
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