It’s that time of year again and many of us will be looking for that special dress to wear to our workplace holiday functions and New Year’s celebrations. Yes, brace yourselves ladies — the Holiday Season is indeed just around the corner and that means hunting down the perfect dress that will make you feel as beautiful as you are.
If you are like me, finding a dress (sometimes multiple ones) for these special events can be challenging and sometimes dispiriting. As I wrote about recently in Too Skinny Minnie, the fashion industry in collaboration with merchants, the media and others seems determined to foist completely unrealistic representations of ideal body sizes and shapes on consumers. We see these unrealistic representations in magazines and we carry these images in our heads when we go shopping for that special dress. American women are on average around a size 12-14, but you wouldn’t think this to be the case when scanning the racks of clothes in the ‘regular’ size section of your average department store or boutique. In my experience, when I do find a dress that I like and would like to try on, the double digit sizes are often gone (where they ever there?) and there are multiple size 4’s staring back at me!
Discouraging? You bet.
Thankfully, with a little bit of looking, I discovered there are designers and merchants out there that do cater to women with curves who are looking for plus size club dresses. Festive dresses that are colorful and do not attempt to hide curves, but showcase them! Fashion that is comfortable enough for dancing, but stylish as well. Yes, ladies, we can have it all – at least when it comes to fashion!
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Anya@IW has written for ImperfectWomen.com since 2009. She dutifully follow current events and pop culture and loves having a platform to share her imperfect opinions.