How To Shop for Plus Size Dresses

Plus size dress shopping can be a daunting task.  Instead of being a fun experience, it can often be a time-consuming, frustrating hassle. Not to mention, there is nothing more disappointing than trying on dress after dress and finding that none of them fit.  You end up having to buy a dress that you don't particularly like because it's the only one that fits.  However, there are certain things you can do to make shopping for a plus size dress a successful and enjoyable experience. Here's how to get started:

Be honest with yourself.  Don't try to shop in the juniors or misses section if you know you are going to need a plus size dress.  This sets you up for disappointment and also amps up the frustration level right off the bat.  The key is to shop at stores that specialize in plus size dresses, or stores that offer a plus size dress section.  You can't shop for a plus size dress at a store that doesn't offer them.  There are also stores that can special order dresses in plus sizes.  If you decide to go that route, just remember to err on the side of caution.  Order a little larger size than you think you need. It is much more difficult to let out a dress than it is to take it in.

After you have found the right store for you, find the right style.  
Style is very personal and it is important for you to find a style that you feel comfortable and beautiful wearing.  If you are uncomfortable revealing your arms, then a sleeveless dress is not for you.  If you don't like your legs, then opt for a longer hem line.  The most important thing to remember when shopping for plus size dresses is the best style is the one that accentuates your best features and minimizes the flaws.

Once you narrow down what style dress you like, you can begin trying on dresses.
 This should be the fun part of shopping for plus size dresses.  Pull everything that fits your size and style guidelines and try it on.  Remember: you are not a hanger, and just because something does not look good on the hanger, does not mean it won't look good on you.  That great dress which everybody loves is usually the one you don't expect.

Don't get discouraged.
 Give yourself plenty of time to shop for the perfect dress.  There is no need to add to the stress level of plus size dress shopping by imposing an impossible time frame upon yourself.  Finding the right stores and the right style will make shopping for a plus size dress an enjoyable experience.


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