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Plus-size Formalwear,
Cocktail Dresses & Evening Gowns

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Ashley Stewart has recently begun stocking cocktail dresses and long evening gowns with lots of sparkle and glam and form-fitting, body conscious styles, exclusively on-line.  Budget friendly prices. Size 12 to 26W.

Avenue offers dressier styles for the holiday party season, often including cocktail dresses and long gowns.  Prices are moderate with sales and coupons frequently available directly from the website. Size 14 to 32W.

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.

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 designer label evening gowns,  including Terani Couture, Mac Duggal, and Tadashi Shoji are also available for luxury shoppers. Soulmates luxury crochet silk cocktail jacket dresses are regularly available in an assortment of seasonal colors. Many styles with sleeves appropriate for the mother-of-the bride and more sophisticated tastes. Those who can wear a misses size 12 to 18 will have an ever larger selection available to them from many of the same brands and designers and more on the main misses dress rack. Available on-line in size 0 to 28W.

Draper's & Damon's offer cocktail appropriate dresses and evening separates, including chiffon palazzo pants that can be combined with evening tops, appealing to more mature women.  Good options for cruises, work cocktail parties, and mother-of-the bride. Prices are moderate. Misses and Petite size 4 to 18. Women's size 14 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.  Evening separates regularly include tops, jackets and black chiffon palazzo pants in a variety of inseam lengths. Prices are moderate. Misses and Petite Size 4 to16. Plus-Size 14 to 24W.

Eloquii is one of the newest plus specialty retailer on the block.  Taking design inspiration from the runways, looks are contemporary to trendy.  Party and cocktail dresses, evening appropriate separates, and the occasional long gown are available all year.  Look for glitzier and more glamorous styling than usual here with plenty of sequins, metallics, and beading especially around the holidays. Size 14 to 28W.

eShakti carries a frequently changing collection of dresses with both contemporary and vintage flavors.  Cocktail styles frequently include tulle, beading, illusion bodices and sleeves, and embroidery.  Organization here can be a little uneven, so check through all menus at the top for more formal styles. All styles can be customized to your measurements making this spot especially good for petite, tall and super size women.  Prices are moderate.
Size 0 to 36W

Igigi offers a selection of cocktail and full-length dresses and gowns designed exclusively for women with curves. Styles are contemporary and moderately to moderately upscale in price. Under new ownership, they're keeping their "Made in America" values and West Coast style vibe. Customized styles are also a new addition, allowing special orders in their full size range with optional sleeves, necklines, and lengths. Size 14 to 36W.

JD Williams carries a good selection of beaded cocktail dresses and full length gowns, and styles with a contemporary to vintage romantic appeal. The styles from Joanna Hope are particularly popular and can sell out quickly.  Prices are in line with many of the major department stores with an inventory of harder-to-find styles in extended sizes.  Size 2 to 28W.

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 cocktail 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 from labels other than their own. Styles are appropriate for office parties, vacations, and wedding guests. Carries a deeper selection on-line than in most stores, including some other brands and designer labels. Designer capsule collections offer more upscale styles, and guest brands such as Adrianna Papell and ABS by Allen Schwartz further extend the formalwear options. Prices are moderate for formalwear. Size 14 to 28W.



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 & Taylor stocks cocktail and formal dress styles from well known labels such as J Kara, Tadashi Shoji, Pisarro Nights, and Adrianna Papell.  More youthful, trend conscious styles are beginning to appear here at moderate price points.  Many styles have sleeves or matching jackets.  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 in size 12 to 20 can include labels such as Carmen Marc Valvo, Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrera, St. John, Lela Rose, Teri Jon, Tadashi Shoji, Marchesa, Badgley Mischka and many more. In extended sizes look for labels such as  Kay Unger, Marina Rinaldi,  Kay Unger, and Rachel Pally in size 14 to 24W. Free shipping on all orders. Petite from size XS to XL (16/18). Size 0 to 24W.

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. Mother-of-the-bride and sophisticated black tie gala wear is available alongside more youthful options suitable for prom and school dances.  Labels include Pisarro Nights, Adrianna Papell, Mac Duggal, Tadashi Shoji, Alex Evenings, Komarov, City Chic, and many others. 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 18. Petite size XS - XL (16/18). Women's size 14 to 24W.

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 such as ABS by Allen Schwartz,Tadashi Shoji, Marina Rinaldi, and Kay Unger, with younger contemporary styles from 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.

Simply Be is one the largest curvy shopping hotspots on the internet.  Formalwear is well represented at moderate price points in both cocktail dress and full length gowns.  An unusual collection at affordable prices makes this especially popular with young women looking for options for school dances and formals, prom, and holiday parties.  Some styles are appropriate as club wear, while others are more modest yet still trend conscious. 
Size 6 to 28W.

Tadashi Shoji is perhaps the best known upscale formalwear designer regularly worn on celebrity red carpets and showing at New York Fashion Week to extend sizing.  A majority of the vintage romantic inspired cocktail dresses, gowns, and evening separates are available up to a size 16 and occasionally 18.  Selected styles are available in queen collection extending ready-to-wear sizes up to 24W.  Size 0 to 24W.

Tahari ASL is popular with professional women who appreciate polished looks.  Mainly a career wear designer, the formal dress collection is especially good for sophisticated gala and wedding occasions, in addition to work related dinners and cocktail parties.  The full women's extended size collection is mainly suiting, but smaller plus women will find an extensive selection of dresses in extended misses sizes. Pricing is moderate to moderately upscale.  Size 2 to 18.

TB Dress is one of the better Chinese direct-from-factory sites offering a wide range of cocktail and full length gowns at low prices. Most styles are available in a wide variety of colors and the full size range. Size 2 to 26W.

Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman is a must stop for full-figured women looking for upscale, sophisticated designer formalwear. Looks include dinner dresses, cocktail dresses and separates, evening and ball gowns.  A mixture of barer sleeveless and sleeved styles, expert fit and tailoring, and fine fabrics make this a favorite choice for women looking for mother-of-the-bride, gala event, formal dinner, and award ceremonies alike. Upscale to luxury price points. Size 0 to 20.

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




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