It took me a long time to learn how to dress my curvy 5'0" frame. Note to critics: It could be a lot worse! The best way to describe my body is "Marilyn Monroe, by Picasso." I know how hard it is to dress a curvy body, especially when clothes are primarily designed for stick-thin women. That's the designers' fault, not the fault of women who don't have stick-thin bodies.
Women in Hollywood have it especially hard. If you want to make it to the red carpet, you have to have a red carpet look. It might be a little easier to shop with a stylist and a lot more pin money (that was my inner 50s sock hop girl speaking), but searching for the perfect curvy-girl dress can still be a snipe hunt.
Case in point: Here is Lena Dunham in her 2013 Emmys dress.
Now there's Lena Dunham's body. There's nothing wrong with Lena Dunham's body. But that dress does not go on that body. She looks like she's trying to escape a deflating hot air balloon.
Lena Dunham does not have a traditional Hollywood body. And I love her for rocking herself the way she rocks herself. I have never watched anything she's been in, but in photos of this woman that aren't stills from the show, she displays not one ounce of insecurity.
Lena Dunham doesn't have a stick-thin body or, it seems, a lot of body insecurity. But what she does have are handlers. Lots of people around her to give her an opinion on her look for Emmys night, a night on which a woman is inevitably going to hear a lot about what she looks like. It's a night for red carpet image.
Lena, whoever is supposed to tell you "no" (you do have one of those, right?) failed you on Emmys night. Maybe they understand the frustration of dressing a curvy body and thought that was the best it could be?
No, no no (see, here, I'll do it). You can dress a curvy body; you just have to be aware of what's flattering. Here's how I would suggest you play up your assets come next awards show:
Next year, try a pretty scoop neck with a splashy, glam necklace.
Next year, try a dress that's fitted at the waist and hips. It should have a skirt with a classic A-line (no petticoats), or a pencil shape with some generosity. Even a tulip style might work!
Okay, well, I have just shocked myself by a) giving two craps about fashion, and b) penning fashion advice for a successful woman who doesn't give two craps about my fashion opinion. But, there you have it. Lena, I'm rooting for your fashion success on your next red carpet. Curvy chicks represent!