Plus Size Formal And Special Ocassion Wear Fashion Tips

Formal wear is hard to find in the first place.  It is hard to know what is appropriate for which kind of occasion. Do you wear a long dress or a short dress?  Do you make your husband wear a suit or a sport jacket and slacks?  What exactly is considered a formal occasion anyway?  This is a headache we have all had a one point in time, but if you are in need of plus size clothing this might be an even larger headache for you as it is even harder to find good plus size formal wear.

Well I have some good news for you. There is actually a pretty large selection of plus size formal wear on the internet.  Now I know it is hard to buy on the internet as you don’t know how the clothes will fit, how the color ill look, etc. however, I have another suggestion.  I would use the internet as a resource to decide what kind of outfit you are looking for.  There are actually a few really good plus size website devoted almost entirely to formal wear.  It would seem that at least some people realized there was a market out there to take advantage of.  Now look on the internet and you will find that there are actually some very nice flattering things for larger women.  These pictures can be used a good templates to take with you when you go to the stores to look. 

If you are a lot braver than me you can even just order the dresses online and then have any alternations made at home after you get the dress.  I have to say I was surprised; there are some very nice things on these sites.  I think that more women need to be made aware of what is out there.

Plus Size Cocktail Dress

So what exactly is a cocktail dress? My mom tells me that a cocktail dress I one that ends around your knees as opposed to being full length.  But does it count if it hits mid calf?  I have always been confused on this.  My mom calls anything around your calf tea length but I think she made this up a long time ago.  Or her mom made it up and she just stuck with it. 

I looked up cocktail dresses on the internet and they seem to be in all shapes and sizes, they just aren’t full length gowns.  There is a wide array of things available out there.  Cocktail dresses for garden parties, some more appropriate for weddings.  I think the word cocktail dress encompasses a lot.  I even found websites devoted solely to plus size cocktail dresses, or so they claimed. 

I was intrigued when I saw these sites claiming to be devoted solely to plus sizes so I investigated.  The do have some very nice things; however you can understand my confusion when I see that half of the models are stick thin.  This sight says it caters to plus sizes, leading you to believe that the dresses are for larger women.  But then you look at the dress and the girl wearing it can’t weigh more than 110 pounds.  I admit I am not exactly sure what constitutes a plus size but I am pretty sure it is not a size two.

For some reason I finds this kind of angers me.  The culture in the US is one that makes 12 year old girls anorexic and puts 8 year olds on diets.  I feel this situation is just another example of what is wrong with our society.  A girl goes on a site claiming to cater to people wearing here size, and of course wants to see what the dress will look like on someone like her, only to be confronted with a thin lizzy string back at her.  Well I wonder how that makes her feel?

So what is the big event?  Do you need a cocktail dress for a company party?  Maybe you need a pretty summer dress for a wedding?  How about a gorgeous ball gown for a black tie benefit?  No matter what the occasion shopping for appropriate evening wear is always a challenge.  You can spend all day in every mall within an hour of your house and feel as if you are never going to find the right outfit, dress, or whatever it is you need.  Finding the right plus size evening wear can be even more challenging.  The selection is more limited and the dresses always seem to be so much less attractive. 

I have looked at some of this stuff and wondered what the designers were thinking when they allowed their dresses to be made in such large sizes.  I mean everyone knows that a style and or pattern that looks good on a 5’4” woman who weights 110 pounds is not going to look as good on a woman that wears a much bigger size.  Ruffles around the hips and chest are not good things for larger people unless of course they are interested in looking as large as possible.

Every time I go to an event I see an unfortunate soul wearing something that would be terribly trendy on a much smaller woman but does nothing but show the larger woman at a severe disadvantage.  I mean we all want to look our best right?  Especially when we are at large functions.  So why is it that there seems to be such a lack or beautiful plus size evening wear?  Not to sound insensitive but it isn’t exactly like the United States is lacking in plus size people.  You would think there would be more clothes designed to cater to them.

Plus Size Formal Dresses

Formal dresses are fun.  Everyone likes to get dressed up now and then.  To feel beautiful and like you look your best.  I even enjoy shopping for formal dresses, as much of a pain as it always turns out to be.  I enjoy trying on dresses that are entirely too expensive for me to buy just to see what I look like n a $400 gown.  There are some every beautiful dresses out there. 

I have a few stores I really enjoy and they are always the first places I go for formal dresses.  There is a place in my hometown called Cache that just has some beautiful stuff, though most of it is too expensive.  There is also a boutique in Ithaca, NY called Pookie and Sebastian’s.  I have bought tow formal dresses there, and am still in love with both.  Unfortunately they are sitting in my closet waiting for another occasion to be worn and I am terribly afraid that by the time I have another occasion to wear these dresses; I will be too old or overweight to pull them off.  I also like to look at the formal dresses in the department stores just for fun when I go shopping.  My friends and I oh and aw over the pretty ones and make fun of the ones that we are sure no one will ever buy. 

Now the one downfall to formal dresses is that they tend to be very expensive.  The department stores are actually probably the best place to look for formal dresses if you are on a tight budget.  They also have the benefit that most of them also have plus size formal dresses, whereas many of the boutiques and smaller stores do not stock them for some reason.  To me this seems a little unfair but I am sure they have their reasons.  I personally can never find anything in the department stores but others seem to have a lot of success, especially if you are looking for a plus size formal dress, or do not have much money to spend.