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Elegant Plus Shopping Guides & Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Bridesmaids Dresses in Size 12 +

Please be advised that all of the "Editor's Picks" featured in this section are hand-selected by Elegant Plus.  Although every effort is made to keep featured products current, retailers can sell out of popular styles before the Editor has had an opportunity to update the page.  All selections are available at time of posting and purchases can be made directly from the retailer on the associated shopping link.  All of the shopping guides include designer selections which are noted with the designer's name in descriptions.


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Last Update: November 6, 2015



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Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Formalwear @ TB Dress

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Fashion @ Dress Barn

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Dresses @ Nordstrom

Peach Lace Long Gown, Size 0 - 36W | Editor's Pick
Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall

Jewel Trim Chiffon Gown, Size 2-26W| Editor's Pick
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 Belted Teal Jaquard Dress, Size 4 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Chiffon Petal Gown, Size 14 - 24W | Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses Pick
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Jewel Trim Chiffon Gown
Size 2 - 26W

Belted Jaquard Dress
Size 4 - 24W

Chiffon Petal Gown
Size 14 - 24W

Plus-Size Bridesmaid Dress Report
[Shopping Resources & Editor's Picks Below]

Bridesmaids dresses tend to be simpler with cleaner lines than many other formal dresses; after all, the bridesmaids are supposed to be the foil for the bride on her big day! Dresses can sometimes be difficult to find for plus size bridesmaids, especially if the wedding party comes in a range of shapes and sizes and needs matching dresses.

They can range from full length gowns to cocktail length dresses, depending on the formality of the wedding.  Brides planning informal, outdoor weddings sometimes choose less formal social dresses in materials such as cotton for bridesmaid dresses, although usually fabrics, like wedding dresses, are formal.  Satin and taffeta dresses have more structure, while softer lines are achieved with lace, tulle, and chiffon. Occasionally a plus-size bridesmaid may express a wish for a dress with sleeves.

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Wedding Party Dresses @ Light in the Box

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Fashion @ Asos

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Retro & Vintage Modern Clothing @ ModCloth

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Retro and Vintage Dresses @ Kiyonna

Satin & Lace Dress, Sizes 2 - 26W | Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress Pick
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Bold Floral Maxi, Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Floral Sheath, Size 0 -24 | Bridesmaid Dress Editor's Pick

Lace Dress, Size 10 - 32W | Editor's Pick
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Satin & Lace Dress
Size 2 - 26 W
Custom Sizes Available

Bold Floral Maxi
Size 14 - 24W

Floral Sheath
Size 0 - 24W

Lace Dress
Size 10 - 32W

The most popular vintage silhouettes are classic mid-20th century in origin, although theme weddings can use anything from gothic inspired Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones styles to Deco inspired Great Gatsby styles of the Jazz Age.  More casual, bohemian weddings can even opt for simpler maxi dresses.

In recent years color rules for bridesmaid dresses have relaxed significantly, even for very formal weddings, with bright colors such as red and orange becoming more common, along with black, floral prints, or, even, in some of the most modern and progressive weddings: white.  Pastel shades still dominate at spring and summer weddings, while richer jewel tones are popular choices during the cooler fall and winter months.  Light tints in unexpected shades such as dove grey and honey gold are also options.This gives brides even more flexibility and ability to plan wedding schemes that truly reflect their personalities.

Some dresses need crinolines to achieve the desired silhouette, while all formalwear requires the proper undergarments and shapewear.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Formalwear @ Izi Dress

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Clothing @ Target

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Evening Dresses @ Dillard's

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Fashion @ Torrid

One Shoulder Chiffon Dress, Size S-4XL | Editor's Pick
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Lace Sheath, Size 2 - 28W | Bridesmaid Dress Editor's Pick
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Navy Taffeta Frock, Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Satin, Lace & Tulle Frock, Size 12 - 30W| Bridesmaid Dresses Editor's Pick

One Shoulder Chiffon Dress
Size 2 - 26W

Lace Sheath
Size 2 - 28W

Taffeta Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Satin, Lace & Tulle
Size 12 - 30W

Plus-Size Bridesmaids Dress Internet Shopping Resources

Sometimes the most challenging thing for a bride organizing a large, formal wedding with many bridesmaids is finding dresses in sizes to fit an entire range from super skinny to plus-size.  Nordstrom has also gone out of its way to offer classic bridesmaid dress styles in their entire size range from 0 to 24W.  The style selection is often limited to those with very simple lines, but a range of colors are usually included.  A selection of David's Bridal more simple and classic styles are available for internet order via Amazon.

Plus specialty bridal retailer Sydney's Closet carries a selection of more formal looks, some of which are appropriate for the wedding party with the largest size range available from 14 to 40W.  Meanwhile, Dillard's is stocking more upscale designer labels in formalwear. Although styles are mainly more modest with sleeves and jackets, some youthful styles from designers such as Mori Lee, Terani Couture, Adrianna Papell, and Mac Duggal are available in sizes up to 28W.

Those who want a vintage vibe will want to look into the special occasion dresses available through ModCloth which is getting more and more options in extended sizes 3X, 4X, and 5X.  Classic vintage styles are also available from eShakti with all styles available in their full size range from 0 to 36W, and for a small fee customizations such as hem length, necklines, and sleeves can be altered to suit individual preferences and heights.  Meanwhile British newcomer, Asos, has some gorgeous options in fresh, youthful, yet sophisticated styles at moderate price points for sizes up to 24W.  Act quickly here as sizes and styles do sell out.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Upscale Women's Fashion @ Lord & Taylor

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Dresses @  SWAK

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Formalwear @ Macy's

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Fashion @ Sydney's Closet

Floral Jaquard Party Dress, Size 14 - 22W | Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress Editor's Pick

Lace Overlay Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 6X | Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses Editor's Pick
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MICHAEL Michael Kors, One Shoulder Sheath, Size XL - 3X | Editor's Pick
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Strapless Chiffon Dress, Size 16 - 28W | Editor's Pick

Blue Roses Jacquard Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Lace Overlay Dress
Size 1X - 6X

MICHAEL Michael Kors
One Shoulder Sheath
Size XL - 3X

Strapless Chiffon Dress
Size 16 - 28W

Budget Bridesmaid Dress Shopping

Those on tight budgets will find the best selection at some of the direct-from-manufacturer formal wear websites that generally offer size 2 to 26W, with small fees for alterations for things like dress lengths.  Most styles are available in many colors making wedding planning easy.   Order time is generally much shorter than most local bridal shops, with free global shipping often arriving in only a few weeks. We recommend Light in the Box and Izi Dress.

Other budget spots include Target which carries a line of classic chiffon bridesmaid dresses in size 4 to 28W, and Amazon which has an increasing number of value priced party dresses in sizes as large as 30W.  Inexpensive social, cocktail, and evening dresses are regularly available from Dress Barn with a more extensive inventory available on-line than in most stores.  Designer collaborations with Carmen Marc Valvo and Heidi Weisel are sometimes available at a fraction the retail costs of their top shelf lines, providing some extra pizzazz to the collections here in size 4 to 24W.

Less formal styles such as jersey maxi dresses, and the occasional lace dress, can be found in size 1X to 6X at SWAK.  The dress selection Torrid can also turn up more casual styles in size XL to 5X.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Dresses @ David's Bridal

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Fashion @ Zappos

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Dresses @ Nordstrom

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Wedding Shop @ Neiman Marcus

Strapless Satin Sheath,  Size 2 - 26W| Bridesmaid Dresses Editor's Pick
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Blush Chiffon Gown, Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick
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Strapless Tulle Dress, Size 14 - 26W | Bridemaid Dress Editor's Pick

Monique Lhuillier, Blush Tulle Gown, Size 6 - 16 | Editor's Pick

Strapless Satin Sheath
Size 2 - 26W

Blush Chiffon Gown
Size 14 - 24W

Strapless Tulle Dress
Size 14 - 26W

Monique Lhuillier
Blush Tulle Gown
Size 6 - 16

Finishing Touches

Formal dresses of all silhouettes need the appropriate undergarments and shape wear worn underneath in order to achieve the smoothest, most structured looks.  This is true for women of all shapes and sizes. Her Room  offers one of the largest and most diverse inventories available on the internet with sizes available up to 8X. 

Many celebrities and models swear by Spanx which offers both body shapers and control top hosiery in size S to 3X.  Some famous women have been quoted in the press as admitting to wearing multiple layers of Spanx to some of their most important red carpet appearances.

Many full-figured women wear hard-to-find sizes for items such as strapless bras to go under bare formal dress styles.  Both Bare Necessities and regularly offer a wide range of options in more voluptuous sizes, in addition to plus specialty retailer Lane Bryant which has consistently offered some of the best fitting plus-size bras on the market with their Cacique line.

For shoes, designer options can be a treat for such special events.  Major department stores such as Bloomingdale's and Saks Fifth Avenue have some of the best options for true luxury lovers. 

Sites such as Luisa via Roma are also official outlets for the entire runway collections of some of the most famous world designers.  Those on more modest budgets will find the best selection of sizes and styles available from shoe retailers such as Zappos and Shoe Buy.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Plus-Size Dresses @ Unique Vintage

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Wedding Party Dresses @ Light in the Box

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Formalwear @ Izi Dress

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Retro and Vintage Dresses @ Kiyonna

Satin Chiffon Swing Dress, Size S - 4X | Bridesmaid Dress Editor's Picks
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Hi Lo Strapless Chiffon Hi Lo Gown, Sizes 2-26 | Plus-Size Bridesmaid Dresses Picks
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Lace Bodice Chiffon Gown, Sizes 2-26 | Editor's Pick
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Floral Dress, Size 2 - 26W | Editor's Pick

Satin Chiffon Swing Dress
Size S - 4X

Strapless Hi Lo Chiffon Gown
Sizes 2 - 26
Custom Sizes Available

Lace Bodice Chiffon Gown
Size 2 - 26

Floral Dress
Size 10 -32W


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