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Last Update: February 8, 2018
Sequin Cropped Jacket
Size 6 - 28W
Long Beaded Gown
Size 14 - 24W
2 - 26W
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
dresses that provide just the right look for
their stage performances.
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.
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
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.
Silk Wide Leg Pants
Size 1X - 3X
14 - 24W
Black Sequin Jacket
Size 1X - 3X
Beaded Flapper Dress
14 - 18
For more subdued classical music performances in
matte black the best selections are frequently
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.
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
sometimes carries Carmen Marc Valvo and Kay Unger
designer evening wear for size 14 to 24W, with
an extensive collection of premium designer
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.
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
size L to 6X. Curvy style maven
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
also stocking more sparkly party dresses that
may be appropriate for certain stage events in
size S to 5X. Meanwhile,
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
for size S to 3X, with the occasional
availability of petites and talls in the same
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.
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.
necessary components to achieving the smoothest
silhouettes and looks, and can be found on
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
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