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 expert!

  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 it out”.

  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!!

Audrey Cheong is the owner of an online clothing store specializing in mother of the bride dresses and other special occasion gowns in petite and plus sizes.  Visit her store http://www.audreysmotherofthebride.com for great prices and selections.

 

Summer Blowout Sale
Wedding Favors - Party Favors
All Wedding Favors
Closeouts
Monthly Specials
What's New
Favors by Category
Bookmark Wedding Favors
Breast Cancer Awareness
Candle Wedding Favors
Coaster Wedding Favors
Compact Mirror Favors
Cookie Cutter Favors
Crystal Wedding Favors
Do It Yourself Favors
Fans
Favors Jars & Bottles
Keychain Favors
Luggage Tag Favors
Most Popular Wedding Favors
Personalized Wedding Favors
Picture Frame Favors
Place Card Holders
Practical Favors
Silver Favors
Soap Wedding Favors
Sun Catchers
Wedding Favors Under $1
Wedding Hankies
Wine Wedding Favors
Favors by Theme
African American Favors
Asian Wedding Favors
Black & White Favors
Butterfly Wedding Favors
Cinderella & Fairytale Favors
Chanel Inspired Favors
Daisy Wedding Favors
Fall Wedding Favors
French & Paris Favors
Gold Favors
Heart Favors
Las Vegas Wedding Favors
Rustic & Vintage Favors
Spring Wedding Favors
Summer Wedding Favors
Tea Party Favors
Travel Wedding Favors
Winter Wedding Favors
Incredible Edibles
Brownie Pops & Rice Treats
Caramel Corn
Chocolate Favors
Cocktail & Cocoa Mixes
Coffee & Tea Favors
Cookie & Muffin Mixes
Honey Favors
Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar
Personalized Candy
Personalized Mint Tins
Wedding Candy
Wedding Cookies
Wedding Favor Packaging
Favor Bags
Favor Boxes & Ribbons
Favor Tags & Labels
Favor Tins
Favor Jars & Bottles
Invitations
Save The Date
Supplies & Decorations
Ceremony Supplies
Aisle Runners
Bubbles
Fans
Flower Girl Baskets
Garters
Lanterns
Ring Bearer Pillows
Tiaras
Unity Candle Sets
Reception Supplies
Accessory Collections
Cake Jewelry & Toppers
Cake Serving Sets
Cupcake Supplies
Flutes
Guest Book & Pen Sets
Lanterns
Money Card Boxes
Napkins
Place Card Holders
Place Cards
Wedding Centerpieces
Wedding Decorations
Bridal Party Gifts
Bridesmaid Gifts
Children's Gifts
Groomsmen Gifts
Bridal Shower Favors
All Bridal Shower Favors
Favors by Category
Beauty Essentials
Compact Mirrors
Eco-Friendly Favors
Incredible Edible Favors
Most Popular Favors
Personalized Favors
Favors by Theme
Breakfast at Tiffany Favors
Chanel Inspired Favors
Cinderella & Fairytale Favors
French & Paris Favors
Rustic, Vintage Favors
Tea Bridal Shower Favors
Shower Favor Packaging
Favor Bags
Favor Boxes & Ribbons
Favor Tags & Labels
Favor Tins
Bridal Shower Games
Bridal Shower Supplies
All Bridal Shower Supplies
Balloons
Banners
Centerpieces
Collections
Cupcake Supplies
Cups
Invitations
Napkins
Party Kits
Plates
Silverware
Table Covers
Baby Shower Favors
Baby Shower Favors
All Baby Shower Favors
Boxes, Labels & Ribbon
Favor Bags
Favor Boxes
Favor Jars & Bottles
Favor Tins
Ribbon
Stickers, Labels & Tags
Candle Favors
Favors Under $2
Incredible Edible Favors
Most Popular Favors
Personalized Favors
Baby Shower Themes
African American Favors
Animal Safari Favors
Bee Theme Favors
Duck Theme Favors
Happi Tree Favors
Ladybug Theme Favors
Mr. Turtle
Nautical Theme Favors
Noah's Ark Theme
Ocean Preppy
Parenthood
Peter Rabbit
Tea Party Theme Favors
Vintage Baby Lamb
Vintage/Rustic Favors
Winnie the Pooh
Baby Shower Supplies
All Baby Shower Supplies
Cupcake Supplies
Cups
Napkins
Party Kits
Plates
Silverware
Table Covers
Baby Shower Decorations
Balloons, etc.
Banners & Danglers
Centerpieces
Baby Shower Games
Baby Shower Gifts
Invitations
Closeouts
Anniversaries
Graduations
Corporate
Children's Parties
Order Tracking
Affiliate Program
Recommended Sites
Related Articles