One of the scariest things that you can see as a plus-sized woman who doesn’t attend formal events very often is the phrase “formal dress.” That usually means finding the perfect evening gown or cocktail dress. And if you’re not all that into shopping, really? It’s even more frightening a prospect since you’re going to be in the dressing room for a while. Here are some tips to make the task easier.
Keep the Event in Mind
Chances are that you’re not buying evening wear just so it can hang out in your closet. You probably already know what you need the garment for, but you need to keep that even in mind while you shop. If it’s an extremely formal event, then you’re going to want to avoid anything too low cut or too short. It’s always better for extremely formal events to err on the side of modesty. Slightly formal events mean you can likely get away with something a little more daring.
What Are Your Best Features?
The rule for choosing any type of garment, no matter what size you wear, is to accentuate the positives. So, with that in mind, what’s your best feature? If it’s your legs, you’re going to want to show them off in a classy way. If you’ve got a stunning hourglass figure, show it off. Great neck? Make the most of it. Let your assets shine, baby.
Foundation Garments Make a Difference
You can’t just throw on any old bra and be done with it. Evening wear means that you’ve got some unique lines in your dress, and they need to flow properly or you’re not going to look your best. So find the right bra, get some shapewear if it helps you to feel more confident, and don’t forget finding underwear that won’t leave a pantyline.
Don’t Forget the Accessories
Once you do find the perfect evening wear, don’t forget the accessories. Take the dress with you so that you can match colors perfectly, rather than from memory. Try on the dress with the shoes, and make sure that the hem doesn’t catch in the heel. Choose one statement piece of jewelry and then go from there with the rest of your jewelry. Use your jewelry to draw the eye to your best features rather than letting it emphasize features you aren’t as happy with.
Now that you know how to pick the perfect evening wear, get out there and have fun!