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Plus-Size Cocktail and Formal Dress Listings

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.


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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 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 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. Prices are moderate. Misses and Petite Size 4 -16. Plus-Size 14 to 24W.

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.


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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.

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.


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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.

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.

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.

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 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.


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