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There are a multitude of night gowns that are very flattering to the plus-size silhouette.
Ladies sleepwear and plus size lingerie developments, combined with the increasing numbers of boutiques catering to plus-sized clientele, mean that the zaftig or Rubenesque woman has practically unlimited options when it comes to night gowns, womens pajamas and loungewear for the boudoir.
Before choosing any nightgowns or womens sleepwear styles, it’s always a good idea to determine your body type and shape, and identify which features you want to emphasize, and which you would rather conceal.
If you have a “pear” shape, which is to say that you have a small bust and stomach but large hips, thighs, and buttocks, it is wise to opt for a nightgown or chemise sleepwear styles like a babydoll that floats over the larger areas and emphasizes the bust.
Many such night gowns have sculpted, bra-type cups (often with padding to increase cleavage and the apparent size of the breasts), and a princess waist that terminates in floaty chiffon or satin that coasts over larger areas of the body.
If you’re feeling a bit daring, consider night gowns that have sheer fabric below the waist, and pair the gown with matching panties.
If you carry excess weight around your midsection, consider nightgowns or sleepwear that create the visual impression of a shapely waist.
Vertically-striped patterns create the impression of height and slimness, and styles like belted satin robes help nip in the waist.
Of course, a fabulous corset or bustier are also options. Many nightgowns come with corset bodices. These choices are wonderful for seduction, but may be uncomfortable to sleep in due to their restrictive nature.
Remember that any excess weight in the arms can easily be covered up with a variety of beautiful womens robes.
Consider a matching chemise and womens robe set in a dark satin; black is classically slimming, and jewel tones are another excellent option and are almost universally flattering.
Be sure to purchase a wrap robe that is the same color as your night gown, to avoid breaking up the visual line of the gown, and try the robe on before purchase to ensure that it fits.
Pay particular attention to the arm area; the sleeves should float over the entire arm with no binding or snugness, which will only call attention to excess weight in that area of the body.
Truly flattering night gowns that are neither too long, nor too short are a great choice.
If your purchase is floor-length, and it’s a bit too long for you, have it taken up by a tailor or do it yourself if you know how.
The hem that drags on the floor of long nightgowns is a safety hazard, and also contributes to a sloppy appearance.
The reverse is also true; hemlines on chemises or slip lingerie that are too short are unflattering to chubby legs and will visually add weight to the wearer.
Consider a gown that falls just below the knees, and has a small “walking slit” up one leg. Wearing a pair of heels (or heeled bedroom slippers) will visually lengthen your legs and make them appear slimmer than they are.
The plus size lingerie client is thankfully no longer limited to wearing unflattering mu-mus and “tents.” With just a little searching, you can treat yourself to beautiful bedroom
lingerie undergarment styles that will be both flattering and fun to wear!