Black Plus-size Cocktail Dresses and Party Dresses, A Shopping Guide @ Elegant Plus, Size 12 +

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Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Black Cocktail Dresses in Sizes 12 +

All Editor's Picks clothing featured is hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of fashion business partnerships. Options available in all size ranges, although we specialize in hard-to-find sizes 12 and over.  The classic Little Black Dress is the chic wardrobe must-have for plus-size women for last minute event invitations and special occasions.

 

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Designer: Tadashi Shoji
Size: 14 - 24W

Black Jumpsuit, Plus-Size 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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Classic Black Cocktail Dress, Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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Black Jumpsuit
Size 14 - 24W

Beaded Sheath Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Black Cocktail Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Plus-Size Black Cocktail Dresses: Trends & Editor's Picks

Plus-Size Black Cocktail Dress Report
[Shopping Resources Below]

The classic "Little Black Dress" is the basic must-have dress for any woman's closet.  A perfect choice for any number of social occasions including dinner dates, art gallery openings, evenings at the opera, or that last-minute invitation to an old friend's cocktail party.  For women who have careers that require socializing after hours, having a few of these gems in their closet is a must. They're also the perfect choice for formal dinner nights on cruise and resort vacations.  Performers are sometimes required to wear black dresses during concerts, especially in the classical music world. It's also becoming increasingly more acceptable to wear black to weddings even for members of the bridal party.

Younger women often choose chic, sophisticated cocktail length dresses for proms, homecoming and other special occasions on the school calendar with black a favorite.  Cocktail dresses are usually more upscale than their sisters worn as club wear.

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Beaded Shift Dress, Plus-Size 12 - 34W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Calvin Klein, Sequin Trim Sheath Dress, Plus-Size 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick


Black Illusion Bodice Lace Dress, Size 2 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Karen Kane, Black Lace Dress, Plus-Size XL - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Beaded Shift Dress
Size 12 - 34W

 

Calvin Klein
Sequin Trim Sheath Dress

Size 14 - 24W

 

Lace Illusion Bodice Dress
Size 2 - 26W

Karen Kane
Black Lace Dress

Size XL - 3X


More readily available during the holiday season, plus-size cocktail dresses are difficult to find at any time of year. Consequently scooping up one or two to keep in reserve for those special events is a common strategy when just the right one to suit and flatter full-figures becomes available.

This modern classic is useful for many occasions, but it's the truly great Little Black Dress that can go from work to the opera with just simple change of accessories. For sleek, simple sophistication pearls are the classic choice, but choosing jewelry that expresses your style and personality is the way to stand out.  Statement necklaces in bold colors have also been immensely popular in recent years.  Shoes are another area in which personal style plays a role. Keep them classic and subtle,  or make them pop: your choice.

Foundation garments are often key to achieving a particular silhouette.  Shapewear such as body briefers, waist nippers, and bras that either lift or minimize in addition to straps and cuts appropriate for necklines are key components. Bare legs are increasingly unacceptable with special occasion dresses and can be pegged to the lady-like style influence of the Duchess of Cambridge. Hosiery companies such as Spanx build in shapewear with pantyhose, but other options such as thigh highs and garters can be more comfortable although still more popular in Europe than the U.S.

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Velvet Sequin Panel Sheath Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Portrait Collar Cocktail Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick


Black Sequin Shift Dress, Plus-Size XL - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Flounced Wrap Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Velvet Sequin Panel Sheath Dress
Size 14 - 28W

 

Portrait Collar Dress
Size 14 - 24W

 

Black Sequin Shift Dress
Size XL - 3X

Flounced Wrap Dress
Size 14 - 32W

Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Black Cocktail Dresses

Cocktail dresses are easier to find on the internet than in most brick-and-mortar stores, especially after the Christmas Holiday party season.  During the winter velvets and beaded or sequin dresses are some of the most popular.  Lace dresses have been especially important in cocktail dress styles in recent years.  Lighter chiffons, silks, and jersey knits are also frequently used. During the holiday season plus-size black cocktail dresses will turn up places that otherwise carry more casual or career apparel.  The following resources are useful all year.

Young and trendy fashionistas on a budget can reliably find options at Deb Shops, and less formal dresses that may also work at Fashion to Figure.  Those with a little bit more money to spend will want to check out the options at ModCloth and eShakti, both of which have retro vintage flairs.  The latter is noteworthy for its extended size range to 36W and ability to make easy alterations for talls and petites for a small fee.

Some of the plus specialty retailers such as Ulla Popken, Avenue and Catherine's are also reliable resources for women who wear larger than a size 24W.  Sydney's Closet, a plus specialty bridal and prom boutique, has more upscale and formal options in sizes up to 32W.  Also of note, are indie designers Kiyonna which is especially well known for their lace offerings in sizes to 5X, and Igigi which specializes in dresses for every occasion in sizes to 34W. SWAK is the trendiest in the super size category and usually has a black dress or two suitable for cocktails in sizes to 6X.

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Eileen Fisher, Silk Sheer Sleeve Dress, Plus-Size 1X-3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Cold Shoulder Dress, Size 2 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick


Lace Sheath Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Applique Illusion Bodice Dress, Size 8 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Eileen Fisher
Sheer Sleeve Silk Dress

Size 1X - 3X

 

Cold Shoulder Dress
Size 2 - 28W

 

Lace Sheath Dress
Size 14 - 32W

Appliqué Illusion Bodice Dress
Size 8 - 24W

Direct from wholesale manufacturer e-commerce sites for special occasion and formalwear can help keep costs down on styles you would normally find in a bridal shop.  Order times are much shorter than special ordering from most local boutiques, and will usually arrive in two to three weeks.   Customizations are also usually available for small fees. Styles can run the gamut from appropriate for prom and homecoming to more sophisticated styles appropriate for the mother-of-the-bride.  Keep in mind, these retailers usually make to order and consequently most styles are available in black even when pictured in other colors.  Some of the leading shopping sites in this category are: Light in the Box, Izi Dress, Amor Moda, and TB Dress.  Most dresses are available to a 26W, but be sure to check your measurements and compare to sizing charts for fit.

alight is a reliable shopping spot for both the young and the more mature.  Generally a trendy fashion stop, they also regularly stock cocktail dresses and special occasion wear from labels such as Scala, Adrianna Papell, and Alex Evenings in sizes to 24W.  Meanwhile, Dress Barn, as their name suggests, makes dresses a priority.  Moderately priced, there are always a few LBD in stock in sizes to 24W.

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Velvet Sheath Dress, Plus-Size 12- 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Black Sequin Dress, Plus-Size 12 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick


Black Sequin Sheath Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Illusion Yoke Dress, Size 0 - 36W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Velvet Sheath Dress
Size 12 - 26W

 

Black Sequin Dress
Size 12 - 32W

 

Sequin Sheath Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Illusion Yoke Dress
Size 0 - 36W


Several department stores are must stops for better cocktail dresses.  Macy's and Nordstrom carry some of the most youthful and contemporary styles, in addition to more sophisticated labels such as Betsy & Adam, Jessica Howard, and Pisarro Nights. Lord & Taylor and Dillard's have a slightly more conservative feel with many options with sleeves or jackets.  Saks Fifth Avenue regularly offers the most expensive and sophisticated designer labels including Kay Unger and Marina Rinaldi.  Tadashi Shoji can also be found here on occasion.  All the department stores carry up to size 24W.

Finally, premium designer black cocktail dress designers such as Badgley Mishka and Carmen Marc Valvo, both labels seen on celebrity red carpets, can be rented for a fraction of retail at Rent the Runway in sizes up to 22W.  David Meister, a Hollywood favorite is also sometimes available there.

 

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