Written by Amy Pusey (last updated October 25, 2019)
Formal events can sometimes put a frown on the faces of plus-size women. You may often find that when you go to your local department store the plus-size formal wear is relegated to a far corner of the store, where the selection is rather dismal and unflattering. And suddenly, the anticipation of finding a beautiful dress becomes a moment of disappointment. However, do not feel despondent because there are numerous resources and choices, and all you need is to know where to find them.
Specialty stores can usually provide you with designer collections, as well as a variety of styles, colors, and fabrics. We cannot forget about the accessibility the internet provides paving the way for us to countless vendors, both nationally and internationally. The goal as a plus-size woman is to try on as many different styles as possible to determine which ones accentuate your attributes the best. For example, you may have an attractive full bust, shapely curves, or lovely shoulders that would be further enhanced by a beautiful formal dress designed to show off those features.
A full figure is always enhanced by a solid color creation. If you decide on an elegant dress or one with a coordinating jacket, be sure you wear it in one color to develop a slenderizing, clean body line. Make certain any designs or accents run in a vertical pattern to add length and de-emphasize your wider proportions.
Be conscious of the fabric of the dress you choose. If satin is the glean in your eye, make sure the dress is not too fitted and select one in a jewel color tone – reds will be especially attractive. Sheer fabrics, like chiffon, are fine; just steer away from excess layers because they will only add the appearance of additional weight. These are basic guidelines to help you find a formal dress that accentuates your most beautiful attributes. In the end, wear what is appropriate to the occasion and makes you feel beautiful and good about yourself.
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