Shopping may largely be considered as retail therapy, but for some women, the idea of hopping from store to store to try on clothes that don’t fit them quite as well as they do the mannequins can be a nightmare. In an article posted on Who What Wear, Miranda Lambert discussed her past hatred for shopping, but what she discovered that all of us should really take note of is that “Beauty, by way of fashion, has to do with confidence, with flattering silhouettes, with patterns, with proper fit for body type, and with an abundance of self-love!”

It may take a while for that to sink in as full-figured ladies try to gracefully put on a pair of denim jeans or even slip on a dress that doesn’t make you look like a potato sack. For those feeling a little insecure about the body hugging fabrics, not every dress out there will fit you like a bodycon. As Lyst describes, there are a countless number of silhouettes for you to choose from, from easy jersey maxis to fairytale gowns. But even knowing that there are a variety of styles out there that will compliment your figure, shopping can still be a little intimidating.

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Honestly, there are no guarantees when you’re shopping for your size, and this applies to all women, curvy or petite. Though the hope is that with the following tips, you’ll feel more comfortable in your own skin and actually enjoy the experience of finding the perfect dress.

The first thing that you’ll need to do is determine your body type. Contrary to what a lot of labels demonstrate, plus size is not a body type. Whether you’re busty or have the apple shape, Refinery29 reveals that there are a variety of dress shapes that will flatter your figure.

Next, don’t be afraid to experiment with prints. Black will always be slimming, but that doesn’t mean you should only stick with a monochromatic wardrobe. It’s all about finding the right silhouette, says model Candice Huffine in an interview with Vogue, and pairing it with solid accessories so your outfit is not lost in a sea of patterns and colors.

Lastly, if the dress doesn’t fit quite right, don’t give up just yet. With simple alterations, such as a raised hemline or cinched waist, or even just a blazer, the dress can easily transform from drab to fab.

So ladies, embrace your figures, and never go shopping without your confidence.

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