Whether or not you love getting dressed up, going dress shopping can be a trying experience. It seems as though every brand is sized and fitted differently, making each trip to the dressing room a guessing game. However, with the following guide to finding the perfect plus size dresses for you and your style, you can simplify the shopping process and find the perfect dress with less effort. The real key to finding something you love is knowing your body and your comfort zone, as well as trusting your instincts.

Finding The Right Style

If you look through magazines, you will notice that some of the best dressed people in the world wear similar silhouettes over and over again. Knowing what looks good on you and, more importantly, what makes you feel great, will help you to quickly walk into a store and identify the items that will work. No one will know their ideal silhouette until they try a few different options, so your first trip might take awhile. Choose a few different styles that represent classic silhouettes, including strapless, sheathes, knee length and tea length plus size cocktail dresses. Try each of these on and be critical about the way they fit and how you feel when you move in them.

    Once you have found a basic style that works for you, stick to it. You can switch it up by changing the color, the embellishment and the accessories, while remaining true to the general dressing concept. You will find that this piece quickly becomes your statement dress, and that you look great and appropriate on every occasion.

Plus Size DressesCredit: David ShankboneCredit: David Shankbone

Getting The Perfect Fit

Though most shoppers have heard it over and over again, it is worth repeating: always try a dress on before you buy it. Plus size dresses will be sized differently depending on the brand, the cut and the style, so you must make sure that they fit before you purchase. Along the same lines, do not be afraid to spend a little extra to get a dress tailored to fit your body. This can often be done for just a few dollars and can make even a cheap dress look like a designer find.

While shopping for the perfect dress can be exhausting at times, finding one that fits well and flatters you will be a huge load off your shoulders. Investing in a classic dress that will take you to weddings, conferences and cocktail parties will save you time and energy, and ensure that you start looking forward to invitations to fancy occasions.