Shopping Guide for Plus Size Cocktail Dresses
Plus Size Model Wearing A Smart Two-Piece Suit
Finding The Perfect Cocktail Dress
Everywoman dreams of finding the perfect cocktail dress that will make her feel confident, sensual and self assured enhancing her best features and disguising her less loved ones. Unfortunately, when you wear a plus size, things get complicated and the hunt for the perfect cocktail dress to leave your friends speechless can quickly become a nightmare.
Going shopping with your slim friends, seeing them trying on small sized beautiful dresses when all that is left for your size are black shapeless dresses can leave you close to depression. But there is no need to despair. Thankfully more and more designers and shops are now catering for those of us who find it difficult to find a dress that hugs our curves in the right places. These days, mainly thanks to the internet you can find lovely fitting dresses in plus sizes for every occasion and budget.
Torrid Plus Size Stripe Skater Dress
Buy your Plus Size Dress Online
Hundreds of women are discovering the delight of buying their plus size clothes online. Unlike your local mall which caters mainly for small sizes, online you can find virtually hundreds of stores exclusively carrying plus size fashion apparel and accessories that look good and that are available in your size.
Over the years the amount of plus size stores available online has grown tremendously, and the quality of fashion available has improved. Plus size stores online are now able to satisfy all tastes, occasions and sizes.
Plus Size Cocktail Dress With Contrasting Side Lace Panels To Give You a Knockout Hourglass Silhouette.
How To Look Good In A Plus Size Dress
Tips for buying a cocktail dress in plus sizes:
- Choose curve hugging designs that enhance your best areas and disguise the problem ones. For example, if you have a prominent and firm bust, but you don’t have a defined waist; the best design for you is a figure hugging one on top and loose at the bottom. Like the Empire dress on the right. The empire design will bring attention to your bust and take the attention away from your waist and hips.
- Use different materials to enhance your good areas when choosing a dress. For example a small bust can be enhanced with a ruffled top or a beaded top to bring attention to your upper body.
- If you have flabby arms it is better to wear dresses with a sleeve to hide the problem area. There are several lengths and styles of sleeves to choose from.
- When deciding on the colour, try to stay clear of white. If you like light colours go for a slightly tinted one rather than plain white which is harsher on your silhouette.
- Stay clear of bold, big patterns. I once bought myself a beautifully cut flowery dress. The dress was in the right size and it looked fantastic on the mannequin but when I wore it I was completely drawn by the big red roses that formed the pattern. I looked as if I had immediately gone two sizes up. The lesson to be learnt from this? Be careful when choosing patterned dresses. The pattern can make all the difference to your overall look. If you like to wear patterns it is better to wear small patterns like animal prints or very small flowers preferably in one shade of colour rather than multicolour.
- Avoid anything that attempts to hide your figure; it will only make you look bigger and shapeless.
- Don’t be a fashion victim. As a full figured woman you cannot follow all the latest trends in fashion (let’s be realistic here, no one can follow all the trends). Try to find those trends that translate well into larger sizes and flatter your shape. For example, if you have an hourglass figure, dresses in vintage 50s inspiration are going to work wonders for you. Avoid the 80s inspired shoulder pads if you have a heavy top but go for them if you have a small top and a heavy bottom as they will balance your figure.
Plus Size Little Black Dress
Halter Neck Cocktail Dresses
I love the halter neck style in a dress because it provides excellent support for heavy breasts. The green halter neck on the right is perfect for women who have a round bust and a relatively small waist because it enhances the bust line, shows off a trim waist and falls effortlessly over the hips. The cut has the added bonus that it makes you feel really sexy as soon as you step in it. You can wear it for a cocktail party of even for a more special event. You can wear it with a matching scarf to cover your arms if you are worried about them.
Plus Size Fashion Tips for wearing a cocktail dress
Wrap dresses help you look effortlessly chic without much effort; they are a wardrobe staple,
Simple, yet elegant elements such as a wrap silhouette and 3/4 length sleeves could be the foundations of a flattering dress.
The wrap dress below is a classic wrap dress. Collarless, 3/4 length sleeved true wrap with self-tie belt. 96% Polyester, 4% Spandex for a comfortable wear. This dress also features princess seams that run along the front and back to create beautiful shape. All shapes look amazing in this dress.
Essential Wrap Dress
Animal Print Dress
If you like prints, this animal print dress is perfect in all sizes. The little print allows the eye to perceive the pattern as one solid colour –with an slimming effect- while at a closer look, the animal print adds wilderness and modernity to your look.
Paisley Goddess Dress
This is another of my favourite dresses. I love its goddess style empire bust. Perfect for plus size women with a small bust. The dress is made in a flattering stretchy material and for those who are not fond of the monochromatic look it offers a perfect balance of black, white and shades of grey.
Where to Buy Sexy Plus Size Cocktail Dresses
If you want to buy plus size dresses Be Beautiful, Be Bold, Be You, Trendy Plus Size Women's Fashion at Torrid.com is the best place to find fashionable clothing for young women size 12 to 26. With Torrid style, size is no limit to how fabulous you can be.
Torrid has a unique women’s plus-size fashion line inspired by fashion icons, runway shows, music and pop culture. Now, they have also added to their own collection styles from hot labels like Betsey Johnson and Jezebel. Torrid is the destination for trendy plus-size fashion.
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