Parties are a great opportunity to dress up. They give you a chance to break out of your day to day look and wear something that is a bit more fun or glamorous.
For a party, dresses are a fantastic option. Wearing one saves you from having to waste an hour, or more, trying on different combinations of tops, skirts and pants. With a dress, all you need to do is to take it out of the closet and pair it with some nice accessories to be party ready.
However, you can only really do that if you buy the right type of dress for you. The shopping tips below are designed to help you to do exactly that.
Shop in the right places
Knowing where to shop is important. There is nothing worse than going from store to store only to discover that most of them do not stock any dresses in your size. It really is disheartening, and extremely annoying. Especially, when you consider the fact that the average American woman is a size 16.
Fortunately, there are some retailers who are waking up to this fact and starting to target this market. If you need a plus size party dress this retailer is an especially good place to shop. They have over 230 party dresses available in sizes 16 to 20, making it really easy to find one that will make you look fabulous.
Identify your body type
Before you go shopping, take the time to measure yourself. Doing this will help you to correctly identify your body type as well as determine what size you should be trying on. Once you understand what body type you are you can use this guide to quickly narrow down your options.
Shopping becomes a whole lot more fun when virtually everything you try on looks good on you. It does wonders for your confidence and leaves you with enough time to treat yourself to a beauty treatment or a coffee with a friend.
Look for a versatile dress
Ideally, you want to buy a dress that can be worn in a variety of ways. The best ones can easily be dressed up or down using the right accessories.
For example, a nice floaty summer dress can easily be glamorized with a nice belt, sparkly strappy sandals, shiny jewelry and a shawl made from a luxury fabric, to be worn to a party. Afterwards, you just need to ditch the glittery accessories to be able to wear it for your holiday or a meal out. If you need an evening gown consider borrowing or renting one instead of spending a lot of money on a dress you will only wear once.
If your weight tends to fluctuate a lot, look for dresses that can easily be adjusted. Dresses with an elasticized waist are an especially good option for those who regularly go up or down a dress size.
Stick to the classics
A good way to buy something you can wear for more than one occasion is to stick to the classics. They never really go out of fashion, so you know they will make a versatile addition to your wardrobe.