Picture me, 17 years old and 6’2″ tall, searching for a size 18 prom dresses on a poorly lit sales floor in a Dillard’s department store. I’ve been involved in car accidents during severe weather that was less terrifying than this moment. Eventually, my mom and I agreed on a lavender sleeveless A-line dress from the clearance rack that was “fine”, like most of my wardrobe.
The closer the days inched on the calendar to prom, the more nervous I became. I was constantly made fun of in high school for my clothes and prom felt like A LOT of pressure. By the time the big day came, I almost stayed home, but fortunately, I had a great group of friends who helped me pull it together. Although I didn’t have the opportunity to order something customized for my size, height, and style, I’m overjoyed that teens today have a few retailers to choose from when shopping for custom plus size prom dresses and shoes.
If you were hoping for photos of me in my perfectly fine prom dress, I’m sorry to disappoint you. I can’t even look at the pictures in photo albums without an overwhelming rush of humiliation. Hopefully ordering a custom dress (and shoes!) will help you to avoid feeling the same. No matter your size, 0-36w, there’s a dress for you, and how often do we get to say that?