Why Every Curvy Girl Needs Skater Dresses In Their Life

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Whether you’re the kind of girl who only wears a dress under duress or you live in them every day, all curvy girls should get themselves acquainted with the skater dress. Also known as the fit and flare dress – because it fits and flares (see what they did there?), it highlights the smallest part of your waist and then flares out over hips, thighs and bottom, making it the most flattering dress shape EVER. Still not convinced? Here are seven reasons why you have to get one.

1. They Create Curves In All the Right Places

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The best shape to mimic an hourglass figure, the skater dress is also a great way to dip your toe into more fitted clothes if you’re used to going baggier: They flare out from the waist, they’re flattering on all sizes and the flared skirt also gives the illusion of longer, slimmer legs. They’re also made in thicker fabrics to enable the 'flare', so whichever one you choose you know it’ll instantly shape your body rather than cling to it. Do make sure you pick the right size though, as too tight or too loose will be equally unflattering.

2. They Never Go Out of Style

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Betty Draper and Audrey Hepburn wore the skater dress in the ’50s, Mary Quant designed them in the ’60s, the ’70s gave them a hippy makeover and in the ’80’s they took inspiration from ice-skating costumes (hello Torvill and Dean), so if you invest in one you know you’ll get wear out of it for years. This means it’s worth spending a little bit more and looking for a real classic. We promise you’ll get your money’s worth.

3. They’ll Take You Anywhere

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The beauty of the fit and flare is it can be dressed up or down as much as you want with just a few accessories. For a casual daytime look add a pair of leggings and a denim jacket for a chic but laid-back look.

For a night out a long stranded necklace that ends just above your waist is stylish and flattering as it’ll draw the eye down. Then just add your favourite heels (gold or nude strappy sandals compliment most legs) and a lightweight duster coat for a super longline silhouette.

They’re also a great work option: Just throw on a blazer – a collarless style is great on bigger busts as the lapels won’t gape or bend and it’ll sit better. Add a pair of classic court shoes and you’re good to go.
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4. They Work for All Body Concerns

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Whatever your body type, there’s a skater dress for you. Think about what you love and what you’d prefer to play down and then follow these guidelines.

Big boobs: Avoid high-necked skater dresses, which can make you look matronly, and look out for boat-neck or V-necked options instead. You don’t have to choose a block colour either; there are plenty of options with different coloured panels, so if you’re conscious of your bust pick one with a lighter top than bottom.

Apple shape: If your tummy is your main concern, give your waist a helping hand by adding a belt. This instantly adds more structure to a skater dress and helps with the illusion of creating a more defined waist. Skinny belts sound scary but a contrasting coloured one looks stylish and slimming.

Big hips: Frankly, it’ll take a detective to work out what’s going on under that flare so rest assured your hips are safely tucked behind the clever structure. Choose a slightly more ’50s inspired version with a more dramatic flare if you’re really concerned.

Generous bottom: If you’ve got a lot of junk in your trunk you can of course still wear skater dresses, but you will need to do the bending over test. Can you pick something up off the floor without flashing your pants? If the answer is no, don’t panic – you’ll just need to choose a slightly longer version or add a pair of leggings or your favourite skinny jeans and treat it more like a tunic top.

5. They Come In All Necklines

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From ’60s-inspired high-necked Peter Pan collars to sexy Bardot off-the-shoulder versions, this season there’s a skater dress in every neckline you could want. Wide hips look great in a Bardot off-the-shoulder option as it balances out your shoulders and hips, making you look more hourglassy.

Big boobs can show off their cleavages in a sexy, slash-fronted version. Pear shapes can focus on neckline detailing like embellishment, or a collar to take attention away from their lower halves.

6. They’re Great for Holidays

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The skater dress is your ultimate holiday packing essential. Not only can you wear it anywhere, it also doesn’t take up much room in your suitcase and doesn’t need ironing – win, win. Try teaming it with a slightly cropped cardigan for chillier evenings as this will even further accentuate your waist. Add wedges to ramp up the leg-lengthening effect and take a selection of belts to allow you some different looks. A lightweight scarf is an invaluable cover-up for holidays, and worn loose and long around your neck it will elongate your body, too.

7. You Can Twirl In Them!

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Remember when you were a little girl and your party dress always had to have that 'twirl' factor? Well, why shouldn’t it now! The ultimate party frock, the skater dress will make you feel like spinning around while your dress spins with you. Give it a go!

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