6 Tips Choosing a Plus-size Dress

Posted at 01:02 am Tuesday May 1st 2012

Anjolique Plus Size Bride Courtesy of Sierra Blanco Photography 1. Decide on the feature you want to emphasize. Do you want to show off your great legs? Choose a dress that hits right above the knee. Do you have a nice collarbone? A V-neck will emphasize this feature. Do you have narrow wrists? Choose ¾ length sleeves.

2. Determine how dressy your wedding is going to be. What does the dress need to do for you? The more formal the wedding, the less skin you will want to reveal. To get the most wear out of your dress, pick a classic, conservative style that works well for other occasions such as a boat-neck dress in a neutral color instead of white or ivory.

3. Purchase the proper foundation garment. Nothing makes an amazing dress look worse than a bra strap popping out or bumps and bulges showing. If you want to wear a strapless piece, consider an Anjolique or Joli Prom dress that has a built in corset style Fit Enhancer. For tighter, fitted dresses, consider purchasing a body shaping garment to properly complement your figure. Spanx Shapewear or Dr. Rey’s is recommended.

4. Choose the style. An A-line skirt can be flattering on many plus-size women. Empire waists or a high waist dress will emphasize a woman's slimmest body part. Halter dresses draw attention to the upper portion of a woman's body and emphasize her face and bust.  Find the perfect shape for you, don’t be afraid to try many pieces on, bring your body shaper for your fittings.

5. Choose a fabric. Wearing flowing fabrics is a good idea for a curvier girl. Think about a soft satin, tulle or silk dress. Steer clear of stiff fabrics, although fitted bodices can be very flattering if the skirt is fuller and longer. Details are key.

6. Add accessories to complete the look. Pick one statement piece, such as a bold clutch or an elegant pair of earrings. Accessories can also draw attention to your best features. If you have a rounder face, stay away from overpowering earrings or a choker. Keep necklaces and jewelry a reflection of your personality and fashion sense.

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