Plus Size Cocktail Dresses
By Cookie Maxwell
Plus size cocktail dresses bloom this season
More choices are available this spring in plus size cocktail dresses. With the average woman’s dress size in the USA now a 14 and sales increasing by 7%, the fashion industry is taking notice larger ladies. Plus size cocktail dresses are becoming available in designer labels as well as in more economical venues. Specifically designed plus size cocktail dresses can be as flattering and flirty, classy and subtle as any other size range.
It is still a search, however. A good indicator that a website will work is when the models are plus size. Haute couture still thinks plus size means size 14, but their sites change more frequently. Sizes 12- 16 can be found by checking back. Using the search bar with very specific key words helps on all sites.
The site for dorismegger features many intriguing gowns with a nice size range. Prices there are from $200-$800 and also at voguepromdresses, but voguepromdresses does not seem designed specifically for larger women.
It can be depressing searching through many sites, and talking with a virtual sales lady helps. Macy’s online has a feature called “dress finder” that is like this. It has diagrams that help clients locate which features are flattering. Besides being fun, it narrows the search. Macy’s has many plus size cocktail dresses from about $100 to over $200 and so does Nordstrom’s, but their “dress finder” does not have the handy, understandable graphics.
Both stores have the attractive option of being able to pick the dress up at the store. It can be nice to try on a dress on before you buy and helpful to try on accessories that are flattering. The hands on experience can also help locate what works with that particular style. A strategic scarf diverts attention away from problem areas. Wrapping the scarf around the shoulders or hanging it long can increase a thinner appearance. An accessory at the neck or sleeve directs attention there, and away from a difficult area. There are some great shoes that create excitement and freedom, independent from any other issues. Fabrics that cling to a problem area are not helpful, while heavier fabrics and heavy cotton can work to define the shape desired. The slightly loose dress helps and good design can prevent any feeling of a tent. The A line dress helps some figures, an extended tunic may help a larger hip area or an empire dress may flatter a waistline difficulty. It’s important to be free to experiment and enjoy looking good.
With the right attitude it is possible to find great styles even at sites that do not seem friendly to larger sizes. When encouraged, it is possible to search sites that initially seem unwelcoming. Some of these, like lightinthebox.com, actually do have a good range of sizes, reasonable prices and very attractive plus size cocktail dresses. With knowledge and confidence, it is possible for plus size ladies to look stunning this spring.
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Mother of the Bride – Three Tips for Choosing Your Mother of the Bride Dress
By Beth Nicholson Patterson
As the mother of the bride, you probably have not looked for a dress this important since the one you picked out for your own wedding. The goal for this dress is to make sure you feel confident, comfortable and beautiful all within the setting of the wedding.
The Wedding Dress Code
You will want to wear something fabulous just for you, but it will need to be a dress that’s fabulous for the wedding’s look, too, as decided by the bride. I’ve heard one author call ‘the look’ of the wedding the ‘wedding’s dress code’.
Often, you can get a good idea of what your daughter would like for you to wear by asking her for pictures of what she envisions. Some brides definitely want the mother’s dresses to be similar in hue to the wedding colors. Some brides are indifferent to this.
I personally think it’s a good idea to dress in at least complimentary colors (not to mean “matchy matchy”) of the wedding in order to not stand out as a sore thumb in the wedding photos. Secondly, I also believe that the mothers should abide by the traditional fashion ‘rules’ of no black, white or red dresses. And finally, it’s best if the mother’s dresses (of the bride and the groom) are approximately the same length in order to look best in the photographs.
So… where does this leave you with guidelines and choices? How do you decide on such an important outfit?
Season, Formality and Wedding Location
First, there is the time of day and season of the year to consider. Both of these help narrow the choices significantly as you look at mother of the bride dresses. It’s often important to think into the future a bit if you’re picking out the dress a few months (a season or so) in advance.
Daytime weddings and seasons have their own sets of decorum that are very different than formal evening affairs. For the daytime look, you will want to wear a lighter fabric and color, especially in the Spring or Summer.
The formal evening wedding allows for heavier fabrics and darker colors as well as sequins, rhinestones and other sparkling beads. The Fall and Winter colors and fabrics will also come into play with the darker, warmer colors and slightly heavier fabrics. Formal dresses for all seasons can be floor length. Floor length is always in season when it come to formal affairs.
Secondly, the wedding location can help determine your decision for your dress. Is the wedding a destination wedding by the ocean or an afternoon church wedding? Two very different choices for the dress, shoes and accessories. Will there be air conditioning for both the ceremony and the reception? This alone can make a big difference in your choice for a dress. If the wedding is outside, tea-length is probably best so that the dress doesn’t skim the ground in the dew of the morning or evening.
Lastly, the Bride’s desires will come into play. Her desires, as we discussed earlier, may help guide you even further once the other factors are taken into consideration.
You – Looking Beautiful
Ultimately, the dress choice is about you looking fabulous as the mother of the bride. Take the time that you need to pick out the dress that is not only in harmony with the wedding, but fabulous looking on YOU. This wedding day is an extremely special day for you, too, and the photographs will tell your story forever.
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