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Plus Size Dresses

Tips for finding the perfect plus size dress

It’s spring, and that means there will be plenty of occasions to show off your curves in plus size dresses. If you’ve been hesitating to accept that party invitation, wondering what you’ll wear to prom or dreading going to your cousin’s wedding, here are some tips on dressing up your curves to their best advantage.

The Basics

Before covering style and color, it’s important to address the foundation of your look. Body-shaping garments give you a slimmer profile and help you feel entirely confident that all the bumps are smoothed away.

Dressing for Your Body Shape

Knowing your body shape is the key to looking your best. Stand in front of a full-size mirror and look at your curves. Don’t judge, just look. Notice which features are your best and which areas you feel are trouble spots. Now, turn the lights out in the room and let light from another room silhouette you. This will help you see your body shape.

Plus Size Party Dresses

Party dresses are usually cut above the knee and have an element of sass! Regardless of your body shape, you should always consider an A-line plus size party dress. A-lines make everyone look taller and slimmer, and are an extra bonus if your trouble spots include full hips or an ample bottom. Choose a color that flatters your skin tone, but steer clear of fabrics that are shimmery. Lots of embellishment and shine adds visual bulk.

Plus Size Cocktail Dresses

Cocktail dresses can be a number of lengths, depending on the occasion. The “little black dress” is the classic cocktail dress – elegant and sexy. When choosing a plus size cocktail dress, look for something in black or red that has very little embellishment. This will give you the option of dressing conservatively with a string of pearls, or flirty with eye-catching earrings and a clutch.

Plus Size Formal Dresses

Formal dresses are generally floor length. When shopping for plus size prom dresses or plus size evening dresses, consider ball gowns or empire gowns. Empire gowns help disguise a tummy, and who wouldn’t feel like a Greek goddess in one of these?


Your final accessory is your confident attitude. This may sound clichéd, but it’s absolutely true. Smile, relax, have a good time, and after the party is over, everyone will be talking about how wonderful you looked!