How to Get the Right Fit When Shopping for Plus Size Dresses

Women with fuller figures approach dress shopping with unique concerns. Whether you’re trying to find a wedding gown, bridal party attire, special occasion creation, or fashion dress, these tricks will help you pick the most flattering styles for your shape. Classy solutions for typical trouble spots emphasize your positives and minimize your negatives to boost your confidence. Use these tips to guide your JJ’s House search for your ideal budget-priced, plus-size dresses. Choose a standard size or place a custom order for your exact measurements.

One of the most important style tips – and probably the easiest one – for plus size women is to know and to dress their body shape, and yes all body shapes are beautiful. On the other hand, sometimes we realize that our shape is not exactly the same like the four general body types – such as apple, pear, rectangle, or round shape – that sometimes women’s shape can be in between. Learn these tips from JJ’s House to dress for your shape, how to figure out your shape, and what to wear to accentuate certain body parts.

Ample Bust

Wear a comfortable bra that fits, shapes, and supports your voluptuous bust properly. Sheer fabric or lace overlays create high Illusion necklines that keep large breasts secure while forming alluring peek-a-boo effects. Halter necks will lift and steady your ample chest. Feminine sweetheart necklines dip slightly between your breasts. They’re popular for mimicking your natural curves. Scooped necklines highlight your décolletage. Daring V-necks flaunt enviable cleavage, perhaps baring extra skin. Avoid square necklines that go straight across, so your bust emerges even fuller with a shelf-like appearance.

Ruching (pleats or gathers) and shiny bodice materials like organza, satin, and silk make your chest more prominent. So, to downplay your upper assets, choose less showy fabrics, minimal embellishments, or darker colors. Even wedding gowns are getting adventurous in surprising shades. To offset a buxom top half, look for skirt and hemline accents like asymmetrical cuts, ruffles, embroidery, lace, feathers, and long trains.

A-Line/Princess Scoop Neck Floor-Length Satin Evening Dress With Sequins

ID: 153631

Substantial Arms

To diminish plump or saggy upper arms, omit cap-sleeve and sleeveless styles. Flattering options that set a nice balance include billowy three-quarter to full-length bell sleeves with flared bottoms.

Wide Midriff

Woman in plus dress does your apple figure have a generous middle? Besides shapewear, tips include embellishing your shoulders. By creating the appearance of extra width in that area, everything beneath it will look narrower. Rather than relying on bulky padding, find a mid-hip-length jacket with structural elements that accentuate your shoulders. Or try short lacy, ruffled, or puffy sleeves that equalize your shoulder-to-hip ratio visually.

A-Line Off-the-Shoulder Floor-Length Velvet Evening Dress With Split Front

ID: 209160

Other options include empire waists that cross your chest’s smallest measurement under your breasts. Raised bodices elongate your torso, detracting from your thick waist and full tummy. Empire A-line silhouettes hide plus-size midsections. But avoid anything too loose, which will add unwanted weight. Voluminous natural-waist skirts will make your waistline seem trimmer. Instead of cinching wide belts around your middle, position sashes or chains lower over your leaner hips.

Broad Hips and Thighs

If your pear shape includes expansive hips and thighs, pick spaghetti straps or deep-V slenderizing necklines that emphasize vertical length, not horizontal width. To enhance your upper half for a proportionate look, pair decorative textured bodices featuring ruching, lace, embroidery, beading, or sequins with simple skirts. A-line silhouettes that cinch in your natural waist before flaring gradually will conceal your broad lower area beautifully. They should float away from your hips and thighs without being too full.

A-Line V-neck Asymmetrical Velvet Prom Dresses With Bow(s)

ID: 192350

Keep hemlines at one to two inches above your knees or longer. Wider and shorter, skirts will look like ballet tutus that spotlight your flaws. Skip long trumpet silhouettes because they pinpoint your body’s broadest part and flare around your slender legs. Choose sturdier materials like taffeta and satin instead of flimsy ones that may cling in the wrong places. If you prefer flowy fabrics, find dresses with wispy embroidered tulle or lace overlays floating on top of stiffer under layers for structure.

Big Booty

Even though full, round butts are trendy, fitting yours into dresses of all lengths can be challenging. Empire waists take the focus away from your booty and create elegant curves that hide a big rear under your skirt. Longer gowns make that effect more romantic and ideal for various formal events. For a sexier look, combine an empire waist with a shorter hemline. To accentuate your lower roundness, try figure-hugging options like long mermaid styles. Their cupping action will draw attention to your fanny.

Trumpet/Mermaid V-neck Sweep Train Satin Prom Dresses

ID: 192348

Thick Legs and Ankles

Choose fuller skirts over narrow and clingy ones that emphasize heavy legs and ankles. Hide them under long wedding and evening gowns. Shorter A-line and swingy skirts trim everything below hemlines. Skip flats, skinny stilettos, and ankle straps that exaggerate chunky calves. Thicker mid-height stacked heels, wedges, and platform shoes balance hefty limbs. Pointy toes make legs seem slimmer and longer.

A-Line Halter Tea-Length Chiffon Evening Dress

ID: 235883

Why a Dress Is Your Best Friend

Remember that a dress can be your best friend. Many plus size women shy away from dresses because they think they are for the “skinny girls” but it is not true. A dress allows you to show off your curves in a way that no other piece of clothing can.

Just be sure to avoid the mu-mu style or anything that has no fit. Don’t go for boxy, shapeless dresses, either. One more style to avoid is the long, shapeless “prairie dress” so popular in the late 1980s. So, go for a flattering shape, and you can look feminine and beautiful in a dress.

You can save a ton of cash by surfing the web and buying clothes online, but only if you know how to grab the right size every time. Since sizing, brands, and fit can vary, always check into a store’s return policy before you ever place an order. That way, you’ll look good, and your budget will too.

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