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Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  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.  Elegant Plus Sizing Report
 

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Plus-Size Black Cocktail Dress Report
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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.

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.

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.  At that time of year 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.

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 usually 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.

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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Eileen Fisher
Jersey Shift
Dress
Sizes 1X - 3X

Knot Front Dress
Sizes 12 - 32W

Beaded Lace Dress
Sizes 14 - 24W

Cut Out Neckline Gown
Sizes 14- 22W

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David Meister
Jewel Cuff Dress
Sizes 16 - 22W

Illusion Sleeve Dress
Sizes 1
4 - 22W

Jersey Jumpsuit
Sizes 14 - 28W

Jewel Shoulder Dress
Sizes 2 - 26W

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Marina Rinaldi
Illusion Sleeve Dress
Sizes 14 - 24W

Beaded
Fringed Flapper Dress
Sizes XS - 4X

Body Con Dress
Sizes 1X - 3X

Sequin Cocktail Dress
Sizes 2 - 26W

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Ruffled Hem Dress
Sizes 14 - 22W

Lace Back Cocktail Dress
Sizes 1X - 5X

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Sizes 10 - 32W

Beaded Georgette Dress
Sizes 12 - 30W

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Lace Dress
Sizes XL - 5X

Cutout Midi Dress
Sizes 12 - 24W

Mesh Cutout Dress
Sizes 1X - 3X

Black Lace Dress
Sizes 14 - 28W

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Portrait Collar Dress
Sizes 14 - 24W

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& Skirt Set
Sizes 0 - 36W

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Sizes 8 - 26W

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