How To Shop Online For Plus Size Special Occasion Dresses
It could be a known fact that more than 66% of women in the USA
today wear a size 12 or larger. It is terribly frustrating to
have an idea of what you would like to wear to that office or
holiday function, or any special occasion for the matter, and
not be able to find the dress that you truly want in the local
stores or boutiques. When you do set your eyes on that special
dress, you cannot find your size as all the dresses are either a
size 6, 8, or 10 and you are definitely NOT one of those.
Well, have you ever thought about the ease and convenience of
online shopping? Certainly, you have bought gift baskets or a
set of dishes on the internet but a formal occasion dress? That
must be truly beyond your comprehension and a new frontier for
you but stress no longer, as you can successfully purchase a
plus size formal gown online.
These are the rules:
1. Have an idea about fabrics, their textures, and quality.
Every good clothing website will state the type of fabric used
on the description summary of the dress. Special occasion
dresses are usually made of synthetic fabrics nowadays, due to
lower costs and their ability to be wrinkle-free. Visit stores
and boutiques in your area and very soon, you will be a fabric
2. Also visit physical stores to see what colors and styles fit
your shape and figure and have an idea what you would like or
not like on you. Are the styles on the racks too dowdy or are
they just plain revealing? Are the colors too loud and bold or
are they just plain boring? You will choose the style and color
basing on what is socially acceptable for that special event and
what will look great on you.
3. Basing on previous shopping experiences and yes, mistakes of
the past, you will also have a clear idea of what is becoming on
you and to you.
4. Buy or borrow a tape measure (the vinyl or cloth type), if
you do not have one already. This is the best tool to obtain
your body measurements accurately. Measure over your
undergarments, your chest, waist, and hips. Place the tape
measure snugly and firmly over your body and not too tightly.
Write these numbers down in inches.
5. Now for the best shopping online experience ever, ensure
that you select a dress size basing on these body measurements
of yours. Remember that every manufacturer size their dresses
differently, especially special occasion dresses. There is no
standard American size chart for women's clothing. What is
normally a size 16 to you, is probably not the same when it
comes to formal wear.
6. When selecting a size, please choose the size that
corresponds to your widest body part, if your body measurements
are not ideally proportionate. Social occasion dresses are not
everyday clothing and are highly tailored and constructed. You
may have to follow the rule--"easier to take it in, than to let
7. Visit the various online boutiques out there. If you do not
have a website name in mind, do a "search" in Yahoo!, Google,
MSN, or AOL for "special occasion dresses", "formal dresses", or
"evening gowns", to give you a few examples. All the specialty
stores selling these dresses will be in the search results. It
is now up to you to visit them and see what they have to offer.
Online stores usually have great prices and selections.
8. Remember to allow ample time between the time you shop and
the special event because oftentimes, plus size social occasion
dresses are special ordered and require a waiting period.
9. If you follow the above rules, your online shopping
experience for your plus size formal occasion dress, will be a
pleasant one and you will definitely do it again the next time
around. Happy Shopping!!