Those of us who grew up as plus size girls may have less than fond memories of proms, homecoming dances, or even our quinceañera. In our day, self-esteem and body image issues were compounded by the complete lack of plus-size prom dresses and formal evening dresses. Plus-size fashion was an oxymoron and most of the clothing available just wasn’t suitable for formal occasions.
Fortunately, times have changed. Not only are curvy girls claiming their rightful rights in the homecoming and dance scenes, but there are wonderfully elegant party dresses available in all sizes as well. If you are a plus size girl, you don’t need to be a tapestry. You can surprise and shine at your special event together with your friends.
Choose party dresses for plus sizes
It is never too early to start shopping for prom dresses. When you do, be sure to check out two of the best plus size lines: Calito and Igigi. If you are looking for a formal length, think about the bodice first. Do you want wide straps, spaghetti straps, or a strapless formal dress? Would you prefer the bodice to be snug or softer? (Remember, don’t be afraid to show your curves!)
So think about the skirt. Do you want a formal length where the hem almost reaches the floor, or do you want something more fun, like a handkerchief hem or an asymmetrical hem? Next, consider your manufacturing options. A satin crepe will hug your body and show your curves to the fullest, an organza will make you feel ultra feminine and a shiny fabric will make you shine inside and out.
Finally, find the right solution. Everyone’s body is shaped differently, so don’t be alarmed if you need to change your night clothes. However, make sure you buy the correct size. You may need the advice of a trusted friend, sister, or even her mother to find the right fit, especially if you are used to wearing loose clothing.
Inside out fashion
Once you’re done shopping for prom dresses, it’s time to consider other fashion items. One of the biggest mistakes women make (regardless of their size) is not thinking about underwear. The right foundation can make or break the look you are trying to achieve. If, for example, you are wearing a fitted crepe, make sure your bra is smooth and seamless. If your prom dress is strapless or has spaghetti straps but needs support, look for a strapless bra or shapewear that will give you the support you need without unnecessary discomfort. If you go bare-legged that’s fine, but if you’re wearing pantyhose, consider wearing pantyhose so that you can forgo the pantyhose line.
Prom dresses generally require little accessories, so keep it simple. A good pair of earrings may be all you need, or you may want to add a choker as an accent. The bags should be compact and complement the party dresses, while the shoes should match the style of the dresses.
Above all, remember that beauty is as much about attitude as it is about appearance. When you have the confidence that comes from appreciating your body inside and out, you are sure to be the beauty of the ball!