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Retailers in the Spotlight:
Plus-Size Cocktail and Formal Dress Listings
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.
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.
Ashro frequently stocks both formal dresses and cocktail length dresses, in addition to evening and church style suits and jacket dresses. This can be a good source for those looking for dressy pant suits. Prices are moderate. Size 6 to 26W.
Avenue has cocktail and special occasion dresses, especially during the holiday season, in a variety of classic to contemporary styles. Maxi dress styles may work for some which are well stocked here in bright colors and patterns. 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.
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.
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 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. Available on-line in size 0 to 24W.
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 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. 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 -16. Plus-Size 14 to 24W.
Eloquii is a 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 in size 14 to 24W.
eShakti carries a frequently changing collection of dresses with a vintage or retro flavor. Cocktail styles frequently include tulle, beading, illusion bodices and sleeves, and embroidery. 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.
Evans is a British full service plus retailer (easy free shipping to the USA) that frequently carries party frocks and evening separates. Prices are moderate and styles range from modest to trendy. Size 10 to 28W.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Midnight Velvet offers moderately priced cocktail dresses, long gowns, evening suits, and pant suits. Styles are contemporary to classic. Size 6 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.
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.
Rue 21 carries a small collection of sparkly, tulle party dresses at budget friendly prices in styles appealing to younger fashionistas in size XS to 3X.
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.
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.
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 to 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 Duggal designer evening wear in plus-sizes, along with labels such as Terani Couture, Madison James, Night Moves, and many more. Vintage flapper and pin up styles are also available. Prices are moderate to upscale. Free shipping on $100+. Size 0 to 32W.
Women's Suits carries a selection of formal, evening suits suitable for mother of the bride. Size 4 to 26W.
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wedding guest, cocktail
cruises and black-tie affairs
Plus-size Dresses, Gowns, Special Occasion Apparel and Evening Wear for
Prom, Plus-Size Pageants,
Bridesmaids and other Formal
Events at Elegant Plus.
Formal gowns and cocktail dresses are
some of the most difficult things to find for plus-size womenoff-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
formal evening gowns
or cocktail dresses for everything from
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
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