Being Plus-Size Makes Finding A Homecoming Dress Even More Challenging

Being Plus-Size Makes Finding A Homecoming Dress Even More Challenging

We are progressing towards a society that is more accepting of plus size people — but we still have a long way to go.


It's that time of year again — homecoming season.

The most anticipated and dreaded season of the year. The stress that comes with the big night can start up months before the night itself. “what will I wear?” “how will I do my makeup?” “what about my hair? Does my hair dresser have time?” and “what about a date?” are all common thoughts that many, including myself, experience in the weeks — and sometimes months — leading up to homecoming.

This experience can be even more magnified when it comes to plus size women trying to find their dream dress.

I started looking at dress styles a while ago, finding the style I wanted and the color etc. I was so excited to begin the hunt for the dress that I would be wearing for my senior homecoming. I knew from years before that trying to find a dress would be difficult because I am quite picky, but especially difficult because I am plus size.

I live in a small town, but I am still lucky enough to have dress stores near me, however few and far between they are. I had gotten lucky in recent years and ended up finding a dress that I liked well enough but from the start, I could tell this year was going to be different.

After the first two dress stores, with only one dress that fit me between the two stores, I got incredibly discouraged. Many of the workers at these dress stores were very unhelpful and did not inspire much confidence in myself or my ability to find my dress.

“This dress runs really small, we don't have a size that will fit you.”

My hope for finding a pretty dress that fit my body and my personality was running very thin.

Although my hopes weren't very high, I was too stubborn to give up finding a dress—even if it did put me through emotional turmoil. I decided to go to a town that was about an hour away from me, still no luck.

I was becoming very concerned that I wasn't going to find “the one." With the pushing of my wonderful mother, we drove another hour to look at more dress stores.

In total, I looked at six dress stores, with a total of maybe 15 dresses that I tried on– if I'm being generous. With most of those dresses that I tried, not one fit.

Luckily, this story has a happy ending. I went to one last dress store, and the workers there treated me like a princess.

I found the dress.

Not every plus size girl will have that luck, though. It is hard to find any clothing that fits properly, let alone a homecoming dress.

Fat shaming is a real thing, and the lack of plus size clothing and formal dresses is just another sign.

We are progressing towards a society that is more accepting of plus size people— but we still have a long way to go.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

I was never really big on cocktails. Tequila soda is always a go-to drink for me because of its simplicity and, to be honest, lack of extra calories from mixers chock-full of sugar, chemicals, and other unknown ingredients. I like tequila, and like to be able to really savor it.

This all changed when, a couple of years ago, a friend of mine made me a margarita from scratch — no funky mixers involved — and it tasted incredible. It was light, refreshing, and complemented the tequila without overpowering it.

Keep Reading... Show less

I was blessed with thick, full hair up until my late teens. At the time, I cursed my hairiness — this was before full eyebrows became trendy or cool, and were instead a point of bullying many of my fellow full-browed teens can relate to.

Later in my 20s, hormonal stability was something I was thankful for, though a major side effect ended up being hair loss — on my head, lashes, and brows. I now find my filling in my brows on an almost daily basis. As much as I enjoy toying with and testing out different brow-filling products, it'll never be quite the same as being able to have "I woke up like this" full, Gigi Hadid-esque brows.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month, A Reminder We Need Even More In Quarantine

You're going through something brand new — that's worth talking about.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This isn't new to 2020, but oh man, if we ever needed a reminder about the importance of mental health, now is the time. With different states all over the place in regard to stay-at-home orders, phased reopenings, and a "new normal," we're experiencing conflict, fear, changes, and unknowns that can easily trigger mental struggles we already have or spark feelings we've never had before. Yes, May is always Mental Health Awareness Month, but in quarantine, that need for positive mental health is taken to a whole new level.

Keep Reading... Show less

Everyone is LOVING "Outer Banks," as you've probably heard. And if you haven't caught the hype for the show yet, these articles will definitely give you a taste of what you're missing.

If you already have seen and fallen in love with the teen heartthrob crew, you need to get on board with some of these theories for season two!

Keep Reading... Show less

These 11 Face Masks On Etsy Support Small Businesses While Fighting The Spread Of Coronavirus

We're staying safe as states start lifting lockdown guidelines.

I, like most people who have had the luxury of being able to stay at home during this time, haven't spent much time outdoors at all. But when I do brave the great outdoors for a walk or to get to the grocery store, you won't find me without a mask.

My family and I were lucky enough to have family friends who were sewing some and had extras to give to us, but most of my friends and loved ones outside my immediate family have had to order some (or make a makeshift one out of scarves or bandanas).

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments