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Plus-size Formalwear,
Cocktail Dresses & Evening Gowns

Formal gowns and cocktail dresses are some of the most difficult things to find for plus-size women
off-line in most cities and towns.  Yet, black tie events and special social occasions are some of the most
important to look your very best.  Young women often need
prom and homecoming dresses, while older women may need formal evening gowns or cocktail dresses for everything from New Year's Eve to Holiday Office Parties. Women of  all ages may want dresses with sleeves, but many younger plus-size women are more comfortable with bare arms and shoulders.  Specialty styles for plus-size pageants, military balls, or stage performances can also fall in this category.  Classic black cocktail dresses are universally popular for most formal events.

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Plus-Size Cocktail and Formal Dress Listings

Adrianna Papell is a special occasion and evening wear designer with a sophisticated appeal. Choose from cocktail dresses and longer evening gowns. Styles are appealing to more mature women and appropriate for cruises, office parties, wedding guests, gallery openings, charity events, and mother-of-the-bride. Some styles have sleeves for women who prefer more arm coverage.  Prices are moderate. Free shipping on $100+. Size 14 - 24W.

Alex Evenings offers evening wear popular with the more mature woman. Styles often include sleeves or matching jackets. Evening separates that mix and match including chiffon palazzo pants and long skirts with a variety of tops are a specialty, along with a good selection of cocktail dresses and longer formal dresses. Some styles have a romantic, vintage appeal to them. Appropriate for office parties, holiday events, cruises, and mother-of-the-bride. Prices are moderate with free shipping on $100+. Size 14 to 24W.

Editor's Pick alight  carries a good selection of prom, pageant and homecoming dresses for younger full-figured women, trendy party dresses, and contemporary evening wear for more sophisticated full-figured women. Well known formalwear labels often include Mac Duggal, Night Moves, JS Boutique, Faviana, Alyce, and Xcite Prom Dresses.  Alex Evenings, Scala, and Adrianna Papell are well represented here.  High end labels such as Rachel Allan, Terani Couture, and Clarisse have been added in recent months. Some formal gowns and cocktail dresses are available as large as 34w. Most dresses are available from size 14 to 26/28w.

Allure designs formal gowns and cocktail dresses with a young but modern fashion-forward style in styles suitable for prom, homecoming, New Year's Eve parties and pageants. Prices are moderate to upscale with free shipping offered on orders of $200+.  Size 0 to 32.

Alyce Paris Couture is a Chicago-based family run business with a designer behind the label with Parisian haute couture training.  Gowns have a European sensibility with options suitable for proms, homecoming, pageants, and some eveningwear appropriate for the mother-of-the-bride and wedding party attendants.  Prices are moderate to upscale with free shipping offered on orders of $200+. Size 0 to 20.

Amazon offers an ever-changing collection of name brand formalwear in styles appropriate for cocktails, prom, formal events and wedding parties. It's not unusual to find both inexpensive, trendy prom dresses and evening dresses and more sophisticated options from David's Bridal here. Standard Amazon shipping terms apply. The easy to use size finder is available up to 34W.

Amerimark carries value priced evening and cocktail jacket dresses for the more mature woman in both plus and plus petite size 4 to 26W.

Amor Moda is a direct-from-manufacturer formalwear superstore with options for prom, weddings, evening, cocktail dresses and formal event.   Most dresses and gowns are available in a rainbow assortment of colors. Prices are low and close to wholesale. Shipping low, and takes approximately three weeks from time of order.  Size 2 to 26W, with custom sizing available, and hemming for petite and tall.

Avenue has cocktail and special occasion dresses, especially during the holiday season, in a variety of classic to contemporary styles. More styles are available on-line than in most store locations.  Prices are low for formalwear with frequent mark downs, coupons and free shipping offers available directly from the website.  Full-figured sizes from 14 to 32W.

Bari Jay offers classic formal and cocktail dresses with soft, feminine but modern and simple lines. Fabrics include satin, lace, and chiffon. Embellishments are kept minimal. Some styles have sleeves for women who prefer more arm coverage. Styles are appropriate for most types of formal affairs including weddings, charity events, gallery openings, and cruises.  Prices are moderate with free shipping on $100+. Sizes to 28.

Bluegala is an upscale formalwear superstore with prom, mother-of-the-bride, bridesmaid dresses, cocktail dresses and evening gowns from top eveningwear designers. Free shipping on orders of $200+. Select designers and styles in sizes up to 32 with an easy size finder search function for size 0 to 18.

Blush designs ball gowns, cocktail dresses, and evening gowns with lots of youthful details making them a wonderful style destination for proms, homecoming balls, debutante balls, and pageants. Prices are moderate to upscale with free shipping on orders $200+.  Size 0 to 30.


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Calito offers classic formalwear styles in satins, crepes, tulles, and brocades.  Embellishments are minimal and lines are clean and simple. Some styles have sleeves for women who prefer more arm coverage.  Styles are a good choice for bridesmaids dresses, proms and homecoming.  Prices are moderate with free shipping on orders $100+.  Sizes to 34.

Catherine's  carries a selection of cocktail and special occasion dresses and outfits, especially during the spring wedding season and  around the winter holidays. Often has long sleeve and jacket dress cocktail dresses for women who like extra arm coverage. Good resource for plus petite sizes. Size 16 to 34W.

Classic Shapewear  has one of the deepest on-line inventories of undergarments, body shapers and bras for the plus-size figure to make the most of your formal dresses. Size XS to 10X.

Editor's Pick Dillard's  has a particularly deep collection of cocktail and formal dresses from labels like Onyx Nite, Adrianna Papell, and Alex Evenings, to name just a few. More upscale labels such as Tadashi Shoji are frequently available during the holiday shopping season. Many styles appropriate for the mother-of-the bride and more sophisticated tastes. Available on-line in size 0 to 24W.

Draper's & Damon's offer cocktail appropriate dresses and evening separates appealing to more mature women.  Good options for cruises, work cocktail parties, and mother-of-the bride. Prices are moderate. Misses and Petite to 18. Women's to 26W.

Dress Barn carries an extensive collection of dresses with stylish contemporary options for cocktails and the occasional full-length gown for more formal events. Many more options are available on-line than in most retail locations. More modest styles with jackets and bare, sleeveless styles are both usually available. Prices are moderate. Misses and Petite Size 4 -16. Plus-Size 14 to 24W.

Faviana offers fashion forward evening gowns suitable for proms, homecoming, New Year's Eve balls, and other black-tie events. Selected styles are appropriate for bridesmaids and stage performers who need more sparkle. Lines are modern and simple with many strapless and halter styles.  Prices are moderate to moderately upscale with free shipping on orders of $100+.  Size 0 to 24.

Forever 21 is a leading fast fashion spot  that offers inexpensive, ultra trendy cocktail and prom dresses for young fashionistas in season. Size S to 3X.

Igigi carries a gorgeous and unusual collection of formalwear designed exclusively for the full figure. Styles are both youthful and sophisticated. Selections are appropriate for cocktails, proms, weddings and military balls. Designed and made in the USA. Prices are moderate to moderately upscale. Size  12 to 32W.

Interlude is a formalwear designer located in the heart of the Los Angeles garment district. They combine glamorous Hollywood style with high fashion runway looks from all over the world for formalwear with a sophisticated yet youthful edge.  Selections here are appropriate for proms, homecoming and pageants, in addition to upscale black-tie and red carpet affairs.  Prices are moderate to upscale.  Free shipping on orders of $200+.  Size 0 to 22.

Izi Dress has a chic collection of formalwear appropriate for black-tie events, weddings, prom and homecoming. Most styles are available in a wide assortment of colors. This direct from manufacturer website keeps prices close to wholesale, and affordable. Shipping time takes two to three weeks. Size 2 to 26W.


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JS Boutique offers cocktail dresses and evening dresses, some with jackets and sleeves, that are appealing to women with more sophisticated sensibilities.  A good choice for office parties, charity events, holiday celebrations and wedding guests. Prices are moderate with free shipping on orders of $100+.  Size 14 to 24W.

Kiyonna  sophisticated styles for full-figured women who appreciate well made designer clothing. Their dresses range from dressy casual to cocktail dresses. They are particularly well known for their lace dresses and jersey maxi dresses. Size 10 to 32W.

Lane Bryant  has increasingly more dresses available on-line with more dressy and cocktail options during the holiday and wedding seasons. Styles are appropriate for office parties, vacations, and wedding guests. Carries a deeper selection on-line than in most stores. Designer capsule collections offer more upscale styles.. Prices are low to moderate for formalwear. Plus-sizes 14 to 28W.

Last Call from Neiman Marcus is the spot to score top designer labels at a fraction of retail.  Look for cocktail dresses here, with the occasional formalwear option.  Some truly luxurious labels are available to smaller plus women her in the size 12  to 16 range. The Misses section carries Size 0 to 18, and Women's section size 14 to 24W.

Light in the Box cuts out the middle man and lets you buy beautiful formalwear directly from the manufacturer at wholesale prices. Choose from cocktail dresses, formal gowns, prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the bride dresses and wedding gowns. Small fee for customizations on things such as hem lengths for petite and tall women. Prices are low to moderate. Size 2 to 26W.

Lord and Taylor offers designer and better label cocktail dresses and gowns from well known labels. Often carries a good selection for formal night on cruises and the holiday season. Styles are sophisticated and appealing to the more mature woman. Moderate to slightly upscale prices. Free shipping on $99 +. Petite to 16P. Size 0 to 24W.

Macy's  has a good selection of formal and cocktail dresses, especially in the holiday and prom seasons, from both contemporary and trendy designers. A variety of styles are available appropriate for both the young fashionista and more mature woman of style. Frequent sales and markdowns, especially on the weekends, make this a reliably moderately priced shopping destination even for better labels. Petite to 18P . Size 0 to 24W.

Neiman Marcus offers some of the most luxurious and sophisticated evening wear, racked out with their premium designers, especially during the holiday party season.  Offerings over size 12 and as large as 24W can include labels such as Carmen Marc Valvo, Monique Lhuillier, Kay Unger, Tadashi Shoji, Marchesa, Badgley Mischka and many more. In the separate women's plus department look for labels such as Marina Rinaldi, Melissa Masse, Anna Scholz, and Rachel Pally. Free shipping on all orders. Petite from size XS to XL (16/18). Size 0 to 24W.

Night Moves by Allure offers a collection of formal evening gowns and cocktail dresses in styles that range from demure to over-the-top sexy.  Unusual fabrics, sparkling embellishments and styles that love fuller figures make this a favorite destination for prom, homecoming, military balls, pageants, cruisewear and red carpet affairs.  Prices are moderate to moderately upscale with free shipping offered on orders of $200+.  Size 0 to 32.

Nina Canucci designs fashion forward evening looks that flatter feminine curves in sophisticated styles and fabrics. A good choice for charity balls, military balls, Holiday black tie affairs, red carpets and proms, homecoming and pageants.  Embellishments are restrained letting color, fabrics and cuts take center stage. Prices are moderate to moderately upscale.  Free shipping on orders of $200+. Size 0 to 22.


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Editor's Pick Nordstrom is on of the best department store destinations for quality formalwear and cocktail dresses suitable for both the young and trendy fashionista and more mature, sophisticated full-figured woman. Prices are moderate with the occasional upscale designer offering in formalwear available in women's sizes.  A more upscale premium designer collection is available in misses sizes. Free shipping and free returns on all orders. Premium designer dress collection size 0 to 16. Petite size XS - XL (16/18). Women's size 14 to 24W.

Party Time Formals offers a collection of prom and homecoming gowns that will make any young woman feel like a princess. Trendy styles and colors. Moderately priced.  Free Shipping on orders of $200+. Size 2 to 20.

Primavera Couture designs decadent evening gowns and cocktail dresses with shimmer and shine.  Beading, sequins and embellishments bedazzle these dresses making them the perfect choice for performers who need to take center stage. Prices are moderate to moderately upscale.  Free shipping on orders of $200.+ Size 0 to 30.

Pyramid Collection is a New Age gift catalog that carries romantic, vintage, artsy and goth fashion with some gorgeous and unusual options for special occasions and more formal affairs. Velvets, chiffons and brocades are frequently available. Often has good selections for those headed to Renaissance Fairs as well. Prices are low to moderate for formalwear. Size 2 to 28W.

Saks Fifth Avenue offers upscale designer evening wear, especially during the holiday season. You'll find designer gowns, dresses and evening separates from classic labels like Tadashi Shoji, David Meister and Kay Unger, with younger contemporary styles from T-bags, Melissa Masse and Johnny Was. Smaller plus women in the size 12 to 18 range will be able to shop designers such as Badgley Mischka, Carmen Marc Valvo, and Carolina Herrera.  Prices are moderately upscale to luxury. Free, fast shipping. Misses size 0 to 18. Women's Size 14 to 24W.

Saks Off Fifth is the bargain outlet for Saks. This is where you might score an Anna Scholz look, Tadashi Shoji gown, or Kay Unger dress for a fraction of full retail.  Limited styles and sizes.  Prices moderate to upscale. Size 0 to 24W.

Scala is a sophisticated collection of evening wear and cocktail dresses appealing to more mature women.  Choices are appropriate for cruises, charity events, military balls, Holiday black tie affairs, All White Parties, and mother-of-the-bride. Styles with sophisticated beading, many with sleeves or matching jackets. Prices are moderate to moderately upscale with free shipping on orders of $100+. Size 16 to 26.

SWAK sometimes carries a small collection of plus-size cocktail dresses and evening wear in styles appealing to young women. Prices on formalwear are value driven and budget friendly. Size 1X to 6X.

Sydney's Closet  specializes in formal gowns for black tie events, military balls, Quincinerea, cocktail dresses, wedding gowns, prom and bridesmaids. Gorgeous selection from ball gowns to mermaid styles. Many styles must be special ordered 8-12 weeks in advance, but more and more styles are offered every season for immediate shipping. Size 14 to 44W.


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TB Dress offers an extensive collection of formalwear and cocktail dresses for every occasion.  Special sections available for prom, homecoming, quinceanera, black-tie events, and bridal parties. Styles range from youthful to sophisticated with some celebrity red carpet inspired looks. Direct from manufacturer pricing keeps prices low and close to wholesale. Free world-wide shipping. Sizes 2 to 26W.

Terani designs gorgeous formal gowns in sophisticated, contemporary styles with just the right amount of embellishment for evening looks.  Red carpet ready these gowns will easily go to swank art world events, charity functions, upscale weddings, New Year's Eve balls, and black-tie affairs. Styles range from strapless to demurely sleeved for older socialites. Prices are moderate to upscale with free shipping on orders of $200+.  Size 6 to 24.

Tony Bowls designs youthful and contemporary upscale gowns in unique fabrics and styles.  Some styles are heavily embellished while others have cleaner lines relying on color, pattern and cut to create a striking evening look. Prices are moderately upscale to upscale. Free shipping on $200+.  Size 0 to 20.

Ulla Popken  carries an unusual collection of formalwear including flowing chiffon duster pant suits, silk and velvet burn out kimonos, palazzo pants and the occasional cocktail dress or formal gown. Styles are appealing to more mature women. Good selection for cruises, office parties, and wedding guests. Prices are low to moderate for formalwear. Everything available from sizes 12-34w, with the occasional offering up to 38W.

Unique Vintage carries an extensive collection of formal gowns, cocktail, homecoming, and prom dresses. One of the best places to find Mac Douggal designer evening wear in plus-sizes. Vintage flapper and pin up styles are also available. Prices are moderate to upscale. Free shipping on $100+. Size XS to 4X.

Women's Suits carries a selection of formal, evening suits suitable for mother of the bride. Size 4 to 26W.

Xcite offers formalwear for the younger market with trendy styles, colors and designs appropriate for pageants, proms, and homecoming. Ball gowns and shorter cocktail and party dress styles are available. Prices are moderate to moderately upscale with free shipping on orders of $200+. Size 0 to 30.

Xtreme designs young, trendy dresses in vibrant prints and colors.  Cocktail dresses are short with longer gowns frequently sporting cut-outs and high slits. Appropriate for prom, pageants and homecoming.  Prices are moderate with free shipping on orders of $200+. Size 0 to 30.


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