Shop for Plus-size Formal Dresses, Formalwear and
Evening Gowns @ Elegant Plus, Sizes 12 +
Whether you have a holiday party, black-tie affair, a cruise, a wedding or another formal event to attend, attractive and flattering plus-size evening gowns and cocktail dresses can be some of the most challenging items to find. Here is a
shopping directory of stores and catalogs available on the internet that carry a selection semi-formal and formal attire that can ship directly to you in time for that special occasion.
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 coverate. Prices are moderate. Free shipping on $100+. Sizes available up to 22W.
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+. Sizes 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+. Sizes to 20.
Amor Moda is a formalwear superstore with options for prom, weddings, evening, cocktail dresses and formal event. Prices are low and close to wholesale. Sizes to 26W, with custom sizing available.
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 14-32W.
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 a 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 up 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+. Sizes up to 30.
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 around the holidays. Often has long sleeve and jacket dress cocktail dresses for women who like extra arm coverage. Good resource for plus petite sizes. Sizes up to 34W.
Classic Shapewear - has an excellent selection of undergarments, body shapers and bras for the plus-size figure to make the most of your formal dresses.
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. Many styles appropriate for the mother-of-the bride and
more sophisticated tastes. Available on-line in plus-sizes up to
Draper's and Damon's offer cocktail appropriate dresses and separates appealing to more mature women. Good options for cruises, work cocktail parties, and mother-of-the bride. Prices are moderate. Sizes 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. More modest styles with jackets and bare, sleeveless styles are both usually available. Prices are moderate. Sizes to 24W.
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+. Sizes up to 22.
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+. Sizes to 24W.
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. Sizes to 24W.
Mac Duggal is a high end formalwear designer with a mixture of elegantly sophisticated and youthful designs. Beading, high quality fabrics and finish work, along with superb fit make these gowns special and in-demand for a variety of events including gala events, proms, pageants, and weddings. Moderately upscale to upscale prices. Misses sizes to 16. Plus-sizes to 30W.
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+. Sizes 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+. Sizes to 22.
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+. Sizes 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.+ Sizes to 30.
Rent the Runway gives shoppers the ability to rent high end, designer cocktail dresses and gowns suitable for special events at far less than retail. Commonly found labels include Theia, Carmen Marc Valvo, Badgley Mischka, and MC Monique Lhuiller. Sizing guides are for individual garments, with a second back-up size of the same dress shipped for free, making ordering with confidence easier. Once the dress is returned, they take care of the dry cleaning so customers are guaranteed perfectly maintained clothing. Some longer and shorter lengths available in select gown styles. Sizes to 22W.
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. Sizes 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+. Sizes to 26.
Simply Be carries an extensive collection of dresses for all occasions, including cocktail dresses, prom dresses, and formalwear. Prices are moderate with coupons and shipping offers available directly from the website for added savings. Sizes 8-28W.
Sonsi has been the Full-Figured Fashion Week sponsor for several years and offers a collection of formalwear from a variety of designers. Styles include cocktail dresses, formal gowns, and options for wedding parties. Prices are moderate to moderately upscale with sales and shipping offers available directly from the website. Sizes 12 -36W.
Sydney's Closet specializes in formal gowns for black tie events, military balls, Quincinerea, cocktail dresses, wedding gowns, prom and bridesmaids in plus and super sizes 14 - 44W. 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.
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+. Sizes 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+. Sizes 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.
Woman Within although mainly more casual in its offerings, occasionally some special occasion dresses or suits turn up at this super size specialty retailer, especially during the holiday party season. plus-sizes up to 34W.
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+. Sizes 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+. Sizes to 30.
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