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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?

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eShakti Scalloped Off The Shoulder Dupioni Maxi Dress
eShakti Scalloped Off The Shoulder Dupioni Maxi Dress

I’ve always had a soft spot for eShakti. Their pieces are available universally in sizes 0-36W, plus they offer customization in every aspect from measurements, height, length, strap size, sleeve length, neckline, pockets, and more so that every piece truly feels like it was made for you. Their prom category currently features 11 items that are more on the traditional side, but they also have great jumpsuits and skirts that could help you stand out for the right reasons.

They have also added a new Fabric Customization category that allows you to pick the silhouette of one dress and the fabric of another to create the combination of your dreams. The options are currently limited, but I do hope they are able to expand this service sitewide.

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Focusing on style and self-esteem with her inimitable sass, Sarah has helped change the conversation about plus size fashion. She is a socially connected influencer, has been the star of viral videos, and helped lead an anti-body shaming campaign that earned an apology from O, the Oprah Magazine. With an approach that is more Role Model than Runway Model, Sarah has built a credible connection with the fashion community as a whole. As a freelance writer, her work has appeared in TIME, CNN, Teen Vogue, Glamour, InStyle, Lucky, and more. As a consultant, her social strategies have been executed by former clients ELOQUII, Undone Beauty, NARS, MAC Cosmetics, David Yurman, Diane von Furstenberg, Nine West, Clé de Peau Beauté, and many more. Currently, she serves as the Director of Marketing for Arkansas’s only cut-to-order cheese shop, Sweet Freedom Cheese in Bentonville, Arkansas. When she’s not educating people on the wonders of artisanal cheese or taking her rescue dog, Blueberry Shortcake Flowers, for a walk, Sarah can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @imsarahconley.