Finding an on-trend dress to wear for the office, a casual evening or a special occasion can be a real challenge, particularly if you have a plus-size figure.

Every woman is different: whether you’re tall and curvy, or short and curvy, there is no such thing as a plus size dress that suits all women. The lack of available dresses can turn a normally pleasant shopping experience into an incredibly frustrating one.

Choose a plus maxi dress for your shape, not size, and always go for quality fabrics that make you feel confident and comfortable. Don't be afraid to embrace trends and learn to be selective about how well-made your dress is. Try out different bold colors.

Here are four tips on how to choose plus size dresses in elegant silhouettes, bold colors and creative cuts.

Style Tips: How to Be Fashionable In A Plus-Size Dress

Plus Size Dresses for Your Body Shape

Find out your body shape and decide which body feature you want to emphasize. The most flattering plus size maxi dresses must have a sense of structure. Choose more structured items that create a strong shape rather than clinging to your problem areas.

If you want to show off your great legs, choose a dress that hits just above the knee like the Melissa Masse tie waist dressor the MICHAEL Michael Kors roll sleeve belted shirt dress.

If you have a nice collarbone, a V-neck dress will beautifully emphasize it – the V neck ruffle front dress or a strapless rouched dress from Melissa Masse Plus might be just the right choice.

Style Tips: How to Be Fashionable In A Plus-Size Dress

Plus Size Dresses in Bold Colors

Don’t be afraid to go for plus size dresses in bold, bright colors. Color is particularly important when choosing plus size dresses. Of course, a black dress gives you a slimmer appearance, but it can also make you invisible.

You will attract much more attention in bold colors so don't be afraid to use them! We recommend: Rachel Pally White Label Abilene dress in navy blue, Melissa Masse long sleeve maxi dress in bright red or sleeveless knot front maxi dress in turquoise and navy from Melissa Masse.

Plus Size Dresses in Vibrant Prints

Don’t run from prints - make a fashion statement with your plus-size dress! Popping with petals, a floor-skimming Rachel Pally White Label one shoulder dress infuses your style with a fresh breeze of bohemia.

If you want a fresh and feminine look, a Melissa Masse sleeveless patterned dress will invigorate your everyday look with a zesty lemon print.

Style Tips: How to Be Fashionable In A Plus-Size Dress

Plus Size Dresses in Flowing Fabrics

Wearing flowing fabrics is a good idea for a curvier silhouette. Think about a soft satin, cotton or silk/polyester dresses. On the other hand, opting for brilliant sequins, like an Aidan Mattox dress can boast a classic shape, with both a scoop neck and back. Details are always the key.