Fashion Review

Fitting, Flattering, Fabulous…A Holiday Plus Size Dress to Impress

Not the size you want to be yet?  Don’t stay home this season and miss the holiday parties!  Finding a plus size holiday dress that fits, flatters, and makes you look fabulous is easier than you think.  There was a time when being invited to a holiday party caused me great stress.  It was frustrating to say the least.  Finding something I felt confident in seemed impossible.  It was easier to skip the party and stay home.  But now I know that even if my “little” black dress is not so little, I can still look hot.

Here are few simple tricks to help you look great in your plus size holiday dress this season.

Know your style  –  Discover the style that flatters your body type the most.  If you’re not sure, you absolutely cannot go wrong in with an A-Line dress, preferrably with 3/4 length sleeves.  An A-line style dress has a snug fit above the breast with a bust line that cuts just below the breast.  The rest of the dress just falls which keeps you from accentuating any body parts you’d rather conceal.  Now if you’re one of the lucky ones with a waist smaller than the rest of the body, by all means.  Show off the curves!

Color –  Do not be afraid to be bold.  It’s no secret that black truly is a most slimming color.  But it doesn’t mean plus size women have to avoid all bold colors.  Simply start with a base color for your dress or pant suit.   Due to their slimming nature, colors such as black, charcoal, gray, eggplant, or any monotone color are the best choices for a base color.  Make sure your shell and pant are one color.  Then layer your solid dress or pant suit with a bold-colored shrug or jacket, liven it up with a sassy-colored scarf, or jazz it up with some festive jewelry.  

Size – Size is so important.  Oversized clothing makes a large woman appear larger and sloppier.  Selecting the right “style” will keep the plus size shopper from having the urge to buy larger.  If it doesn’t “feel” right in your size, it’s probably not the best “style” for your body type.  And please please please do not purchase dresses that are too small.  A “too tight” dress does not make one look slimmer, it just draws more attention to those body parts better left concealed. 

Underwear – No matter what size, the proper under garments can make or break your look.  If a bra is not supportive and “the girls” are taking a dive south, this really shortens the waist.  Pick the girls up with the right bra which will lengthen the waist and make the girls more alert.  Control top (high waist) bottoms are especially essential if wearing a certain fabrics such as knit.  The underwear should be high waist and extend at least mid-thigh.  Anything shorter than that may cause bulges through the dress.   

Wear to shop – If time permits, online shopping offers some great buys.  Check out www.Onestopplus.com   Most department stores like Macy’s, Dillard’s, or JCPenney offers affordable plus size holiday dresses.  And of course there is always Avenue, Lane Bryant, and Catherine’s.  For trendier looks, try Torrid, Ashley Stewart, or Ross Stores.