The Perfect Holiday Dress :Bootylicious Edition

I’ll be the first to admit that over the years my weight has fluctuated, repeatedly. It is what it is. What bugs me is that I’m deeply into fashion and I don’t feel the industry caters to plus size women. Until recently, if I was carrying any extra weight I didn’t even bother trying to shop because I knew it was a lost cause. As a woman who loves to shop how depressing is that? I’ll also never understand why stores need to separate us but that’s a whole other kettle of fish.

The good news? Slowly but surely one store at a time is starting to embrace plus size fashion realizing that there is a profitable market for fashionable plus size clothing. I could have told you that 10 years ago but I’ll just bite my tongue on that one. There is still a long way to go but I can optimistically say that no matter my size I feel like I can go shopping and find something I love that is figure flattering. And this holiday season is no exception. No matter your size, you deserve to feel drop dead gorgeous at every holiday party you attend.

Check out where to buy some of my current favourite dresses for all the bodacious women out there.



If a flattering LBD is the dress you’re after I suggest you head to Additionelle. With body conscious women in mind, they have a wide selection of figure flattering dresses in black and all sorts of colours. Pictured left is the Sequined Boatneck Dress ($149.99) and the Beaded Ruffle Dress ($99.99), both certain to wow guests at any holiday party.


Gussied Up

If you’re in the Toronto area you must check out Gussied Up boutique. Located at Bathurst and Dupont, they have the most amazing trendsetting plus size fashion. I’m in love with the Houndstooth Peplum Skirt Dress ($72.50) and the Peplum Dress With Binding ($72.50). Peplum’s are hot right now and you will be too in this trend.


Forever 21

If you want something cute and trendy but don’t want to break the bank then Forever 21+ is going to be your new best friend. It’s cheap, it’s cheerful and it’s stylish. Double yay! Shirt dresses are universally flattering. Try the Retro Shirtdress ($29.80) or the Buttoned Mesh Yoke Shirtdress ($29.80). Both float away from the body and with a belt cinch in your waist creating the perfect silhouette.


Lane Bryant

I heart kimono dresses. They flatter the waist, the arms and look good on almost everyone. Lane Bryant (for all my Canadian friends you’ll have to order online) currently has the Colorblock Kimono Dress ($93.13) and the Dotted Kimono Tunic Dress ($93.13) on their fashion roster. I personally would wear the Colorblock dress. It’s perfect for the holiday season and throughout the Winter months.


Neiman Marcus

I’m as shocked as you are, but high-end department stores are hopping on the plus-size fashion bandwagon, including Neiman Marcus. I’m still not sure how I feel about them categorizing it as “Special Sizes” but that’s beside the point. They have gorgeous options for us designer loving ladies but again, we Canadians will have to settle for ordering online as Neiman Marcus is an American department store. Take a look at Tahari Woman’s Cali-A-Line Dress (currently on-sale for $100). It’s a classic silhouette that will never go out of style. Hate wearing dresses? Then try Rachel Pally’s Heathcliff Jersey Jumpsuit (currently on-sale for $178). I’m not one for jumpsuits but surprisingly I find this one to look extremely chic and it’s made of jersey meaning it’ll be incredibly comfortable all night long. It’s the perfect alternative to wearing a dress.



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