Curvy women often get the short end of the stick when it comes to fashion. High fashion has long favored the stick thin figures of models like Kate Moss, whose pre-pubescent body type came into vogue in the nineties when she was herself a teenager. Designers argue that clothes simply fit better on a body that's more like a clothing hanger than a real woman's figure, and so for years and years, the pin thin frame has been in. Happily, things seem to be shifting.
Within the past year, plus-size model Crystal Renn, who wrote a memoir, Hungry, about her struggles with eating disorders and body image in the modeling industry, has become an in-demand body. Marie Claire magazine has a column written by curvy girl, Ashley Smith, and Vogue Italia recently featured a cover with three plus size models. It seems that curves are coming back into fashion in the industry, and when this happens, the rest of the world follows. Actress Christina Hendricks, who stars on Mad Men, has been heralded for her curves, and designers are working to dress her body in a way that's flattering and fashionable.
Such is also the case with wedding dresses - they're not just for pin thin girls. In fact, wedding gowns have always looked best on curvy girls. After all, what's a strapless gown without a chest to fill it out? Curvy girls may think they're going to have a harder time finding a wedding dress than the average skinny girl, but there are actually tons of gorgeous wedding dresses on the market for curvy brides.
Consider, for instance, a classic lace gown with a strapless sweetheart neckline. This dress is made for curvy girls, with a modern twist of sequin lace underlayer that shines through an illusion overlay of beaded lace. This gown can be custom fit to your measurements, so you don't have to worry about sizing it up for your assets. A sweetheart strapless neckline is a great choice for curvy girls, as it emphasizes what you've got instead of trying to push it down and hide it.
This dress also dips down in the back, revealing a gorgeous train that will trail behind you as you walk down the aisle. This is the kind of dress that's sure to turn heads - a gown that's perfectly modern and at once also perfectly timeless. Your mother could have donned it, as could your grandmother, but it'll look positively perfect on you, hugging your curves, highlighting your waist and showing off your best assets.
Most curvy girls know that the best silhouette for them is the empire waist. Luckily, there are dozens upon dozens of gorgeous wedding gowns with empire waists and stunning silhouettes. If you're a curvy girl who needs a little more support than a strapless gown can provide, consider a spaghetti strap silk taffeta ball gown with a sweetheart neckline. The neckline of this beautiful ball gown is adorned with subtly embellished silk taffeta and organza flowers for all look that's uniquely you and draws attention to your best assets.
Available in ivory and white, this gown can be custom fit to your unique measurements. This dress dips down in the back for a slightly sexy view from behind, and features a voluminous skirt that hides any of your wobbly bits, highlighting only what you want people to see. This dress is a great option for those with pear-shaped bodies or women who want a defined waist but don't seem to have one without the help of some shapewear.
Looking to be daring and go short and sweet on your wedding day? Consider a tea length dress. This vintage inspired shape was popular in the fifties and has since gone slightly out of vogue. However, it's an extremely flattering shape for curvy girls, which is understandable, considering that the pinups of the fifties were anything but pin thin. A beautiful silk shantung strapless tea-length dress is a great choice for a curvy girl. Its flattering shape highlights your waist and calves, as well as your shoulders and chest.
Super Bowl 2013: A 49ers-Ravens prospector's guide
There is an old cliche in the NFL that says the recipe to win in the playoffs is to play good defense and run the football. San Francisco and Baltimore each have talented defenses, but the game will also matchup two of the best running backs in the NFL Colin Kaepernick Jersey. The matchup on the ground, however, goes beyond just Ray Rice and Frank Gore.
The 49ers had one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL during the regular season Patrick Willis Jersey, but San Francisco has taken it to another level in the postseason. The 49ers averaged 155.7 rushing yards per game during the regular season. That was good enough for fourth in the NFL, but San Francisco has dominated on the ground in the postseason and is averaging 236.0 rushing yards per game. The Niners' yards per carry have jumped from a very good 5.1 to a ridiculous 6.6 during the postseason.
A big reason for the increase in rushing yards is the running ability of quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick rushed for 202 yards in San Francisco's two playoff games, pairing with Frank Gore to give the 49ers a lethal one-two combination.
Even though Kaepernick has given a boost to the 49ers' rushing attack during the postseason, the opposite happened during the regular season. With Alex Smith starting the first nine games of the season, the 49ers averaged 170.2 rushing yards per contest. That average dropped to 137.0 in the final seven games of the regular season after Kaepernick replaced Smith as the starter Joe Montana Jersey.
The 49ers didn't attempt to run any less, they averaged 30.3 rushing attempts per game with Smith then went up to 31.3 attempts per game with Kaepernick. Instead, they just had less success with their yards per carry dropping from 5.6 to 4.4.
So what changed in the playoffs? Kaepernick's 181-yard performance against Green Bay helps the average, but San Francisco has had a lot more success running wide during the postseason. During the regular season, the 49ers averaged 6.42 yards per rush to the left end. That average is up to 10.64 in the playoffs. On the other side, they wen't from a 7.65 average on runs to the right end up to 8.46.
Kaepernick's read-option outside runs are a big part of that, but so is the bigger role of the speedy LaMichael James. After not playing in the first 13 weeks of the season James made his NFL Ray Lewis Jersey debut in Week 14. He had limited success in his first few games but has found room to run in the postseason. Five of James' eight carries in the postseason have gone off the end. He's averaging 6.8 yards per carry on those runs.
This is all without mentioning Gore. He finished the regular season with 1,214 yards, but saw his yards per carry drop from 5.4 with Smith at quarterback to 3.9 with Kaepernick. He's bounced back some in the postseason and is averaging 4.8 yards per carry in the playoffs.
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The Ravens may not have a running threat at quarterback like San Francisco, but led by Ray Rice, the Baltimore rushing attack has also improved during the postseason. Baltimore is averaging 148.7 rushing yards per game in the postseason, up from 118.8 during the regular season.
Rice is a big part of that, but the emergence of rookie Bernard Pierce has been a huge factor. Pierce averaged 33.3 rushing yards per game during the regular season, but he's increased that to 56.3 yards per game during the playoffs. He's getting a slightly bigger workload, but he's also done more with it upping his yards per carry from 4.9 to 6.3.
One of the biggest areas the Baltimore running game has improved in the playoffs is on third down. During the regular season, Baltimore averaged 2.9 yards per attempt on third down rushes. The Ravens are averaging 8.7 yards per attempt on 11 third down rushes in the postseason and that includes one quarterback kneel Joe Flacco Jersey. Pierce has been a big part of that success as he's gained 67 yards on three third down rushed. Rice, on the other hand, has gained 25 yards on six similar carries.
Rice has been considered one of the best running backs in football, in recent years, but oddly enough the 49ers may have to be more concerned with the big play ability of Pierce.
The 49ers had the fourth best rush defense during the regular season and while they are allowing just 92.5 rushing yards per game in the postseason, they appear to be more vulnerable than they were during the regular season. San Francisco is allowing 4.7 yards per rush in the postseason a full yard more than they allowed during the regular season.
That number is even worse when you remember the two teams they've faced -- Green Bay and Atlanta -- combined to average 3.8 yards per attempt during the regular season. The 49ers have struggled some in 1st-and-10 situations. After allowing 3.47 yards per carry on 1st-and-10 in the regular season Ray Rice Jersey, teams have gained 5.35 yards per carry in the same situation in the postseason.
Baltimore has had similar success in the postseason as they had during the regular season. The Ravens are allowing 128.3 rushing yards per game and 3.9 yards per carry in the postseason. They allowed 122.8 yards per game and 4.0 yards per carry during the regular season.
The Ravens do, however, still have their issues. In six 3rd-and-1 situations in the playoffs Frank Gore Jersey, Baltimore has allowed five rushing first downs.