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Unread 11-30-2013, 06:32 PM   #1
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1960s mod for larger gals?

Right now I measure 36-30-38 (totally planning to slim down) and, after expressing ignorance of how clothes and body types work, was told to try 40s/50s styles.

Then I realized I wanted to experiment with 60s styles -I don't do well with sultry/refined, I want to try working with some of the crazy color and energy and patterns like those from that decade. Plus I want the awesome boots and winged eyeliner.

How can I do this without looking like a circus tent? (The answer might be "impossible," and if it is I'll be sad but still welcome the truth.)
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Unread 11-30-2013, 10:12 PM   #2
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Ease up on yourself a little first, why doncha. Your shape is okay. Stop hitting yourself, because you tend to hit other people when you do it--get me?

I have a couple of big bright bold print dresses from that era and no lie, I look RAD AS HELL in them, and I'm very close to your measurements! Just a little bigger actually. One is a sleeveless fitted dress with a big A-line skirt ending just above the knee. Very flattering, very twirly. The combination of a boatneck and wide skirt make a waist look very nipped in. The other's a stretchy knit sheath with long sleeves and a mandarin collar, just below knee length. Gives a very voluptuous look. I'm describing them because they're very different but authentically and distinctively 60s.

What they both have in common that helps them suit someone about our size is non-flimsy fabric; both are sturdy poly knit. Both also are KNOCK YOUR EYES OUT LOUD, with large motifs in a high-contrast combination of colors. If you're self-conscious about your shape, a firmer fabric that glosses over minor bumps and a big bright print that breaks up shadows and outlines are absolutely wonderful. If that's looking like a circus tent then hell, circus tents are some damn good-lookin' things. Rock it, be bright, and don't worry.
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Unread 12-01-2013, 05:41 AM   #3
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With those measurements you're what, a US size 8 or 10? Hardly plus size.

Easiest way to not look like a tent is to not wear tent dresses or swing coats. Plus sort of except that tent was kind of the look with those styles. Look at magazines and catalogs from the time (mid sixties) and find styles that you like that you think would look good. Anything with a belt or blocks of color is gonna' define your shape more than a block of bright color.

Stuff like this from Modcloth or the yellow and brown one here or anything that just has a little more definition at the waist will reduce tent-ness.

The 40's and 50s had bright patterns and weren't sultry all the time too, and they'd be easier to wear without looking tent-like, but that's just my personal style.
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Unread 12-02-2013, 12:44 AM   #4
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Yeah, you're not large at all, you're about size 8-10 or a medium in US sizings. That's very, very average (I'm an inch bigger than you on each measurement, and when I go shopping they're always out of that size range first). Adding in things that flatter everyone from 60's fashion, try for princess-seamed A-lines. Princess seams flatter EVERY body type and flare-skirted A-line dresses were indisputably a 60's look.
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Unread 12-06-2013, 09:43 AM   #5
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...It's a lot easier than I thought.
Thanks, y'all!
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Unread 06-02-2014, 05:38 PM   #6
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I'm the same damn measurements and wear clothes from the 60s all the time. Originally I was just wearing my mom's hand me downs, but then I started getting patterns from the 60s and making my own. Just go on Etsy and search something like "1960s dress pattern 36". Old patterns go by bust measurement.

There are some patterns I've tried from the 60s that were a little too blocky so I added extra darts or folded out some excess material on the pattern, but that's hardly a major alteration at all.

Empire waist dresses with a flared skirt are particularly flattering, in my opinion. Another nice thing about a lot of the original patterns is that they have big, full sleeves so if you're having a day where you feel insecure about your arms you can be like "screw it, the sleeves on this thing are awesome".

Also, the 60s have a ton of variety-- everything from prom dresses with hoop skirts at the beginning of the decade to loose, drapey things. I grew up playing dress up with stuff left over from the 60s.
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Unread 06-20-2014, 12:53 PM   #7
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I'm almost the same. That's not fat at all, and I love making clothes with vintage 60's or 60's-style patterns. You'll look fine.
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