Finding a flattering and fun plus size prom dress isn't nearly as difficult as it used to be. Once upon a time, plus size meant boring and bland. Now, plus size dresses can be as flirty and fun as any other sized dress.
The exact style that will look best on your plus size frame depends on your actual body shape. Apple, pear, stick or hourglass frames each have certain areas that should be emphasized and others that should be smoothed over. The only way to really check this is to try on your prom dress and be honest with yourself. Just because you like the dress doesn't necessarily mean it looks flattering on you.
A basic black dress is never dull if it has the right cut. Try a V-neck or portrait neckline to help flatter an ample bosom and detract from a supple waist. Keep the dress bodice fitted but not tight. Use a loose and flowing skirt that hangs about knee length. Sparkle the dress up with glitter dusting or edging and maybe a few studded rhinestones at the neckline. This type of plus size prom dress looks great on any figure.
A dark purple dress will look better on a plus sized frame than a bright purple gown. Try a dark, royal purple silk dress with thick straps and a slight oval neckline. Use a ribbon in the same color as the dress to tie around the waist. Have a ruffled skirt that hangs loose and long, about mid calf length. The bottom of the skirt should have some fun and light ruffles as well. Match the dress with a purple ruffle wrap and you'll look smashing. This style works for all body types.
Go with a soft, slightly gray, light blue for this vintage dress. You want a sweetheart shaped neckline with thick straps. The bodice should remain plain as it sweeps into a full skirt, complete with somewhat fluffy petticoat. The skirt can be mid calf to ankle length. Look for a very soft pattern in the materials, such as subtle roses or polka dots to add a little shimmer. Then it's easy to jazz the look up with sparkling jewelry. This style works for any body shape.
Burgundy is a fantastic color for plus size prom dresses. It's rich, fun and flattering. Try a dress with a slightly plunging V neckline in front and in back. This makes the dress sexy without being too revealing. The waist should also be V-shaped and well fitted. The skirt needs to be very full and bouncy. The length should go anywhere from right above your knees to about mid calf. This dress looks good on all body types.
A corset dress is great for creating an hourglass figure, regardless of your size. Try the dress in a deep green color to help you look slimmer. Use black or light green ribbons to lace the corset for a fun look. The skirt will look good at any length. It will also look good in most styles, except straight or mermaid shaped. If you want to keep things very feminine, use a flowing princess shaped skirt.
Buying a prom dress can be tons of fun, but make sure whatever you buy is acceptable for any dress codes or dancing. Try sultry instead of skimpy, and pick the styles that flatter your figure instead of following the trends. If you want to make your own dress, stick to techniques you know so you don't risk ending up with an ugly gown that doesn't even fit.
Elegant updos don't require a trip to the salon, but they do take research and know-how. By considering how the hairstyle will complement your dress and finding a style that suits your hair type, you can save yourself money and still feel like the belle of the ball.