Your social calendar must be full of weddings, graduation celebrations other engagements to attend. This means you are going to need the most flattering formal dresses for plus-size women at these events. While receiving an invitation to attend a formal event can be a very exciting moment, the idea of dressing up in a formal outfit can catch most of us off guard. We may begin to get concerned about our outfits should look. Is it formal enough? Is it too casual? This can send us into a nervous state, especially plus-size women.

For curvy women, there is no need to sacrifice style for fit as there are more and more brands embracing size-inclusive. With an endless option of special occasion plus size dresses online, finding the perfect one for your body type can be rather overwhelming. In order to make the task less daunting, here are some easy fashion tips to take note of before you begin shopping.

How To Choose The Most Flattering Plus Size Formal Dresses

The first thing is to consider what is your body shape. Do you have an hourglass body shape, an apple shape, or a pear shape body? No matter what your shape is, a general style guide is to look for shapes that cinch the waist and glides over the midsection and hips for a sleek silhouette.

Apple Body Shape

The Apple body shape has a wide upper body, a rounder midsection, and slim legs and thighs. Look for pieces that create and define the waist around the midsection.  An off-the-shoulder style, a sweetheart neckline, or a plunging neckline will look gorgeous on this body shape. If you are attending a formal cocktail event, you can opt for a shorter hemline to show off your legs. A strapless ball gown with lots of skirt volume in an A-line silhouette will create more volume for your frame.

Hourglass Body Shape

If you have a narrow waist and hips that are about the same width as well as a fuller bust, then you are blessed with an hourglass body type. This is the most desirable body shape in the fashion world and it creates a symmetrical curve on your upper and mid-body. Figure-hugging styles that show off your natural silhouette are what you need.  Opt for body-hugging dresses, high-neckline dresses, or bodycon dresses. These pieces will add curves and have a slim waistline.

Pear Body Shape

A pear-shaped body has a narrow upper half while the hips, thighs, and bottoms are wider. In order to balance out this body shape, it is ideal to include attention-grabbing bodice-like embellishments or beadwork. This will draw attention to the upper half of the body. A top that makes a statement like a halterneck or plunging neckline will form a focal point for the formal look.

Busty Body Shape

If you have a fuller bust, you should flaunt it in a fitted look with a slim waistline. The busty body shape has a bigger chest but narrower hips. The key to dressing this body shape is to strike a balance by getting pieces that highlight and support the bust and also flatter the lower half of the body. An A-line skirt will help to add some flare and proportion. Another great choice is a mermaid dress that will highlight the figure. This fitted style has a nipped-in waist and flares out dramatically at the bottom. This will create a figure that is sexy and flattering. Show off the decolletage and add curves. You may want to avoid high necklines as they will make you look even bustier.

A good rule of thumb is to try to balance your body by highlighting the narrow areas and concealing the widest. When in doubt, a mermaid dress style is the best option as it naturally creates an elegant hourglass silhouette effortlessly.

Plus Size Formal Dresses That Flatter The Figure

Ahead are some of the popular plus-size formal dresses from Ever-Pretty that will make heads turn at your next event. Ever-Pretty is a leading online store that has a wide selection of size-inclusive curve-loving formal dresses.  You can find dresses with size ranges running from Size 4 to Size 26, which means that every dress you see is a plus-size dress. This gives plus-size women a wide range of options when it comes to finding a dress that accentuates and celebrates curves in a myriad of ways. Ever-Pretty knows how to make plus-size women feel beautiful in their own skin and brings inclusive fashion to a whole other level.  Their collection is designed to the latest trends so you do not have to worry about falling out of style. Ever-Pretty plus-size dresses offer a unique luxe look that blends quality and everyday elegance. They have everything your heart possibly desires.

A-Line Plus Size Formal Dresses

A-Line Plus Size Formal Dresses

This flattering and classic dress design features lines that are narrow at the top, taper at the waist, and flare out gently into an A-shape skirt. A-line formal dresses always flatter every body shape. They minimize the hips and rear, accentuate the waist, balance the proportions and create curves.  This plus-size sequin formal dress features 3/4 sleeves with a deep V neckline on a fitted sequin bodice. The flowy A-line skirt flows to floor length.

Empire Plus Size Formal Dress 

Empire Plus Size Formal Dress

The regal Empire-style formal dress is perfect for plus-size women. The classic design features a high waist that falls directly underneath the bust. It then flows into a long, flowy skirt without a defined waistline. An empire formal dress offers comfort on the waist elongates a petite body, and draws the eyes up.  This bold pink empire plus size formal dress features a sleeveless top with a plunging V neckline that gives way to a cinched wide empire waist. This sexy number offers the perfect fit and the softly pleated skirt with a thigh-high slit flows to floor length.

Mermaid Plus Size Formal Dresses

Mermaid Plus Size Formal Dresses

There is something mysterious and sexy about a mermaid silhouette gown. What's not to love a fitting dress that hugs the bodice and flares out below the knee into a fishtail? The sleek mermaid design features a glamorous look that flatters tall and trim figures and accentuates the hip of a pear-shaped figure. This elegant sleeveless plus-size formal mermaid dress features a plunging illusion V-neckline. The mermaid skirt is designed to hug the curves. This lovely lace creation will make a statement.

Fitted Bodycon Plus Size Formal Dresses

Fitted Bodycon Plus Size Formal Dresses

A fully fitted formal dress will let you show off your fabulous curves. It is a super sexy style that features a bodice and skirt that tightly hug the curves of your body from the top to the bottom. You can actually smooth out your curves by wearing a body shaper under this fitted dress. Stun at your next event with this show-stopping plus-size bodycon formal dress. Adorned with sparkling sequins all over, it has fitted long sleeves and a deep sweetheart neckline. The bodycon dress flows down to floor length and the thigh-high slit adds a bit of drama to this ensemble.