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Will this be a flattering style?
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Date: 5/29/13 2:59 PM

I am tall and a RTW plus size 20. Does anyone have any experience to offer on whether a wrap skirt style (either short or long) will look good? I'm thinking of making some to wear this summer with t-shirts, but can't decide if they will look good on me--I am an apple/brick shape. Any feedback will be appreciated! Thanks so much!

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Date: 5/29/13 4:02 PM

I've always found that wrap skirts make me look much larger. But then, I'm a pear shape, so your mileage may vary.

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Date: 5/29/13 4:12 PM

Why should not it be flattering? I think what you have to watch for is the fabric you choose, the pattern/print and proportions. Fabrics that drape well and follow your curves without being fitted too tight or too loose would look good.

How tall are you? Do you want to show off your legs - if yes, than choose a knee-length wrap skirt? What shape are you? Also, design lines, such as seams, bindings that run vertically or at a slight angle can be very flattering. You can post a picture here and I am sure you will get a lot of useful feedback :)

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Date: 5/29/13 4:12 PM

The asymmetry of the wrap can be very flattering, but I think the biggest thing to worry about is the general silhouette. I am more of a pear, and look better in a straight, so I like the Loes Hinse wrap skirt. You may like the more flared bottom of a circle shaped wrap skirt. And as with all skirts, the length of the skirt can make it or break it!

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Date: 5/30/13 1:50 AM

I like Kwik Sew 3138. It's A-line, so it's flattering on just about every body shape, you choose your favorite and most-flattering length, and it was really easy to put together. I copied one detail from a favorite RTW skirt: I added a button (facing inward, so it can't be seen on the outside) in the middle of the wrap to keep the wrap from drooping. I pair the skirt with a form-fitting knit top, which emphasizes my waist. It works.

HTH.

ETA: I'm a RTW 22/24, for the sake of comparison. :)
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Date: 5/30/13 3:38 AM

I think if the shape flatters as an ordinary skirt, it will do so as a wrap. My two cents on wrap skirts, beware the wind factor. Some are designed to wrap at the waist and have only that fastening,so walking into a high wind is a striptease. Several times I've had to add concealed fastenings for the under wrap, which isn't always easy or straightforward. Get them too high and their useless, get them too low and you can't stride.

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Date: 5/30/13 8:46 AM

just wondering if (as the previous post mentions) the ordinary skirt is flattering a wrap will be equalling flattering. that being said...how hard would it be to convert a conventional skirt style to a wrap skirt?

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Date: 5/30/13 9:03 AM

Not hard at all. Just cut 2 fronts, or 2 backs, and sew it together so that the 2 have the single piece in the middle.
Finish the inside piece's side seam and the outside wrap you may want to fold back a bit so it does not come right to the side seam.

Cut a waistband that is the length you need for the skirt pattern plus the additional piece, sew it on and add buttons,or hooks to close.
Decide if you need an extra safety on the inside side seam to protect from the "Marilyn effect". Hem, and you are done.
Good luck
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Date: 5/30/13 9:55 AM

Hi, I am 5'10" and wear a size 18W with an apple shape. I would not wear a wrap skirt for the simple reason that the closure/fastener is usually in the front, at the waist, and this creates more bulk and makes my waist look larger. I would go for a traditional skirt with the closure at the back.
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Date: 5/30/13 10:06 AM

I love wrap skirts and while I'm not quite plus sized, I don't think they make you look any larger than any other skirt -- depends on the fabric and the style. But to lesnotmore, I use trouser hooks at the waist and a spot of velcro to hold the other part of the waistband in place; this gives a smooth look. I'm not into big bows at my waist!

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