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>> Plus-Size Dresses and Separates for Stage and Performers

 
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. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site. 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.


Last Update: May 29, 2017

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Formalwear for stage performance -- mainly music -- has a unique flavor.  For soloists, from sultry jazz to more pop inspired performances the idea is to stand out.  Talented plus size women, contrary to popular cultural myth, do find themselves in both situations and need evening gowns and cocktail dresses that provide just the right look for their stage performances.

Sequins, beading and shine can be over-the-top catching the stage lights with slightest movement.  Most years the Holiday Party Season is when the most selection is available, especially at lower price points. Inventory usually starts arriving in stores in mid October and goes on clearance around Christmas through January.  Rock and rollers may find appropriate looks in the club wear pages.
 

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Classical music performers, members of orchestras and groups, and background singers, on the other hand, often require much more subdued styles, most frequently in black. As navy blue is popular in formalwear right now, be careful to read color descriptions if black in a necessity.  Sometimes evening skirts coordinated with tops, or even formal pant suits are appropriate alternatives, as well.

Meanwhile, pageant gowns and those meant for gala event red carpets can take stage looks to a whole different level of glam.  The most upscale designer looks are in demand with the most successful performers.

Props such as elaborate wigs and outfits that have more of fantasy or costume flavor can also form part of a stage outfit.  On stage personas can be fun, sassy, sultry and more, and often these extra fashion items are an integral part of creating the right look.

 

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Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Dresses for Stage

Upscale and Designer Options

For more subdued classical music performances in matte black the best selections are frequently available from Nordstrom and Macy's in size 0 to 24W.  These department stores carry many cocktail dresses and long gowns both with and without sleeves. Some dresses are also beaded, for those needing more sparkle.

Dillard's has begun stocking upscale designer evening gowns from labels favored in the Hollywood and entertainment industries such as Terani Couture, Mac Duggal, and Tadashi Shoji for size 14 to 28W.  Meanwhile, Neiman Marcus sometimes carries Carmen Marc Valvo and Kay Unger designer evening wear for size 14 to 24W, with an extensive collection of premium designer labels in extended misses size 12 to 18 out on the main rack.  Neiman's is also an especially good resource for items such as upscale black silk evening pants.

Lord & Taylor is the best bet for evening separates in classic black and white favored by classical musicians.

For vintage style, beaded flapper dresses one of the best resources on-line is Unique Vintage with sizes up to 4X.  Their "prom" dress tab can turn up some wonderful options for more sophisticated women also with sizing available up to 30W.  Check measurements as some labels carried here can run one size small. 

 

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Size 10 - 32W

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Size S - 2X
 

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Size 14 - 24W

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Size 16 - 24W

 

Moderate and Budget Friendly Options

The style influence of vintage Art Deco, BoHo and Great Gatsby are still reverberating in the Fast Fashion world.  Consequently, inexpensive, sparkly trendy looks can often be found at Torrid in size L to 6X.   Curvy style maven newcomer, Eloquii, usually has some glam and sparkly mod styles for those needing to take center stage, in addition to a very stylish collection of black cocktail dresses, jumpsuits, and evening gowns for size 14 to 28W.

Indie designer retailer ModCloth is also stocking more sparkly party dresses that may be appropriate for certain stage events in size S to 5X.  British newcomer Asos is proving to be a style find for the U.S. market for youthful yet sophisticated evening looks at moderate prices for size 10 to 24W.  Meanwhile, Lane Bryant has begun to include, on-line only, cocktail dresses from other designers and brands at the moderate to moderately upscale price point.  Many times these are beaded.  Trendy sequin and beaded tees will also turn up in their main collection for size 14 to 28W.

Classic black chiffon evening pants are regularly stocked at Dress Barn for size S to 3X, with the occasional availability of petites and talls in the same size range.  Dillard's is one of the most reliable sources for black skirts suitable for classical musicians, often listed in the dresses tab with the rest of the formalwear in sizes up to 24W.

 

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Value Priced Direct from Manufacturer Options

Finally, direct from manufacturer formalwear sites that offer close to wholesale prices to the public, can be a good resource for those on tighter budgets.  Styles usually arrive in two to three weeks, with custom tailoring options for length often available for a small alteration fee.  One of the best known is Light in the Box with sizes 2 to 26W available for most styles.

Finishing Touches

Shapewear and hosiery are necessary components to achieving the smoothest silhouettes and looks, and can be found on separate pages.

 

Fantasy Stage Costuming Props

Fantasy costuming and props can be most easily found around Halloween, but a few spots reliably have a good selection all year.  For sultry wigs, sassy vintage and steampunk hats, romantic and dramatic sleeves, corsets, bustles, and fishnet stockings full-figured lingerie specialist Hips and Curves is among the best.   Shoes, boots, wigs, and items such as fingerless gloves, goth inspired jewelry, and steampunk accossories are often available at Pyramid Collection.  Fabulous flapper era head bands, jewelry, and cloaks are available at Unique Vintage, along with sassy mid-twentieth century pin up fashion and items such as veils and fascinators.

 

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