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Those who need to purchase formal plus size clothing may think there is nothing out there that will look good, and if there is it's too much of a hassle to find it, but that's far from the truth. The first and most important step is to get measured and not do it alone. Before doing any shopping, check store websites to see if they carry the necessary size — it'll save time searching random stores for the perfect size. Purchase a body-shaper, then opt for an outfit that flatters almost every body type. Choose one that is a fabric and color that accentuates the skin and body perfectly.
The first and most important step of buying formal clothing is to get measured beforehand. Get the measurements done at a department store or by a loved one rather than doing it by yourself. It's much easier to have someone else do it than to try to perfectly position the tape measure just right. Measurements of the bust, waist and shoulders as well as from the bust to the floor should be taken.
Some stores cater only to plus size shoppers, others to those who wear standard sizes, and then there are stores that carry a variety of sizes. Rather than go to random clothing stores to check if they carry formal plus size clothing, review the websites first to see what sizes they carry. It not only saves time from having to run from store to store, but they will have employees that are skilled in finding the right clothing for a plus size frame.
Those who want to even out certain parts of their body can wear a body-shaper. There is a variety of types including those that slim down thighs, only the waist, from under the bust to the knees and one that includes a bra and continues down to the knees. Wear the body-shaper while trying on dresses to get an accurate idea of the fit of the outfit.
Women looking for formal plus size clothing should opt for an A-line dress, which is form fitting at the top and flares out from the waist; they come in various lengths ranging from above the knee down to the floor. Men who need a plus size suit or tuxedo should choose one that is basic and not comprised of too many layers. Skip a vest and stick to the jacket and a button down shirt, which typically makes almost any man look good.
Men looking for formal plus size clothing should stick to basic black. Although black and darker colors are slimming, women should first choose a color based on what complements their skin tone. Avoid clothing made from silk or satin, which clings to every part of the body and, more importantly, can feel hot and uncomfortable after awhile.
Choosing clothing is all about what accentuates the body well and what feels comfortable. Trying on the clothing is vital regardless of whether or not the size of the clothing seems to correspond with your measurements. Even if the outfit seems too loose all over or in one or two areas, a tailor can make the proper adjustments.