Dear Budget Fashionista: I am a plus-sized woman and was just invited to a black-tie optional event in early December. I’m 28 and don’t want to look 58. On top of that, I’d like to cover my arms (or at least the tops of them — I hate them!) and disguise my huge belly.
Answer: Girl believe it or not, you’ve got options. Look for dresses gather to the side (think wrap dress) and/or so a bit of cleavage. Believe it or not, the more skin you show, the thinner you look, plus everyone will be too busy looking at your fabulous cleavage to notice any “figure” issues.
One of the best shops for fashion-forward, plus-size evening dresses is the igigi.com. The site offers tasteful evening wear for those who want to be a bit more covered.
You can also try the more traditional department stores. Macys sometimes has a fairly good selection of trendy, plus-size evening wear in select stores (check online as well), but stay away from Lane Bryant (which tends to be way too casual) and Torrid (which tends to be more prom-like).