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>> Extended Size & Plus-Size Designer Evening Dresses & Gala Gowns

 
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: August 26, 2017

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Carmen Marc Valvo
Silk Halter Gown

Size 2 - 18
 

 Mac Duggal
Beaded Strapless Gown

Size 14 - 22W

 Chiara Boni La Petite Robe
Long Sleeve Gown
Size 2 - 16

 

High end gala events such as art, theater and opera openings, upscale formal corporate and state dinners, various red carpet occasions, awards dinners, weddings, and holiday balls can all require something extra special.   At some, full length formal gowns are preferred while at others cocktail dresses, pant suits, or separates may work well.

These are the occasions when style, fit, quality, and fine fabrics and materials are noted and price points are correspondingly high.  For some lifestyles wardrobes full of these gorgeous clothes are the norm; for others it is a once-in-a-lifetime event.

While Hollywood continues to provide the illusion that all women attending this type of event are exquisitely small and youthful, the fact that women of all shapes, ages, and sizes walk in every social circle means these clothes are also in demand in larger sizes.

Some of the most luxurious designer labels do carry extended sizes above 12, but can be more challenging to find.  Some upscale formalwear labels also offer extended sizes as large as 30.

 

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Terani Couture, Drape Back Gown, Size 2 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Lace Cocktail Dress, Size 14 - 36W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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 Rachel Pally
Jersey Gown
Size
1X - 3X

Marchesa Notte
Crinkle Chiffon Cocktail Dress
Size 0 - 16
 

Terani Couture
Drape Back Gown
Size 2 -
24W 

Igigi
Lace Cocktail Dress

Size 14 - 36W
 

 

Internet Shopping for Designer Plus-Size Dresses

Celebrity red carpet events are where the public is most often exposed to high end designer labels.  In fact, televised events such as the Oscars have turned into a much loved tradition of dress watching and golden opportunity for designers to brand their lines.  However, Hollywood is mainly populated by petite, ultra-slim starlets and many of the designers, rare to begin with and hard to obtain, are not available larger than a size 10 or 12.  For this reason, those willing to work with more voluptuous stars who attend the event to celebrate their incredible acting talents and abilities, can catch the attention of the majority of the market and build a following with little competition.

Tadashi Shoji may be among the most famous formalwear designers to offer plus-sizes thanks to the success of his muse, Oscar winning Octavia Spencer.  Other curvaceous stars such as Christina Hendricks, Rebel Wilson, and Queen Latifah have all been spotted in his cocktail dresses and gowns at events. Gala and cocktail dresses with a vintage flavor are his specialty at surprisingly affordable off-the-rack price points.  Available more widely during the holiday party season, a selection is frequently available at several of the major department stores all year.

 

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Marina Rinaldi, Floral Silk Cocktail Dress, Size 14 -22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman, Sapphire Blue Lace Applique Stretch Velvet Gown, Size 2 - 20 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick  Adrianna Papell, Green Taffeta High Low Gown, Size 14 -22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Designer: LAUREN Ralph Lauren, Cold Shoulder Jumpsuit, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

 Marina Rinaldi
Floral Silk Cocktail Dress

Size 14 - 22W
 

 

Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman
Stretch Velvet
Lace Appliqué Gown
Size 2 -
20

Adrianna Papell
Taffeta High Low Gown

Size 14 - 22W
 
 

LAUREN Ralph Lauren
Cold Shoulder Jumpsuit
Size 14 - 24W
 

 

 

Other designers to dress full-figured celebrities in recent years have included Theia which created a gorgeous textured petal gown for Gabourey Sidibe at the 2014 Academy Awards, and Italian luxury designer Marina Rinaldi which has worked with Melissa McCarthy multiple times both for the red carpet and magazine covers.

Lesser known eveningwear specialty designers that are regular go-tos for celebrities of all shapes and sizes include labels such as Mac Duggal and Terani Couture.

Meanwhile, a handful of famous global Fashion Week designers offer select evening styles in extended sizes beyond 12 to a 16, 18, and sometimes 20.  Keep in mind these are usually misses and not women's cuts so will run slightly smaller in areas such as the upper arm and bust.   Some well known designers to look for include Lela Rose, Oscar de la Renta, Carmen Marc Valvo, Badgley Mischka, Armani Collezioni, and Marchesa.

Well heeled political and business circles that are expected to regularly attend formal dinners and gala events have long appreciated the expert tailoring and quality materials of more conservative lifestyle designer labels such as Kay Unger and Lafayette 148 which both consistently include a selection of eveningwear choices in their extended women's (14 - 24W) collections, and finish their misses sizes at 16 or 18.  Other labels appealing to these shoppers that consistently offer sizes up to a 16 or 18 include Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman, Carolina Herrera, and St. John.
 

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Karen Kane, Black Lace Cocktail Dress, Size XL - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Betsy & Adam, Sequin Gown, Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Kiyonna
Lace Gown

Size 10 - 20W

Eileen Fisher
Crepe Slip Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Karen Kane
Black Lace Cocktail Dress
Size XL - 3X

Betsy & Adam
Bronze Sequin Gown
Size 14 - 22W
 

 

Internet Shopping Resources for Designer Formalwear

Many of these labels are exceptionally hard to find in larger sizes anywhere.   Several of the upscale department stores include extended misses sizes on their main eveningwear racks, with their search tools making it possible to locate designs available in size 14, 16, 18 and even 20.   The best is Neiman Marcus. Both Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom also offer selections.

Full women's size lines (14 - 24W)  are even more difficult to come by.  Tadashi Shoji is the label most widely available at many of the department stores in both cocktail and full length styles.   Ralph Lauren's more moderately priced LAUREN line, Calvin Klein's diffusion line, and more moderate labels such as Adrianna Papell and Pisarro Nights are well stocked at Nordstrom.  Smaller, more moderately priced designer lines including MYNT 1792, Soulmates, and Komarov are also regularly well represented here.

Dillard's is the place to find extended sizes from eveningwear designers Mac Duggal, Jovani, Terani Couture, and Mori Lee with as large as size 28W turning up from time to time.  Styles frequently are heavily embellished with sleeves, jackets, or illusion bodices.   Soulmates is another upscale designer label regularly stocked to 3X.

Neiman Marcus has a smaller collection with more in stock during the spring and summer wedding seasons, and the holiday party season.  Here is where you may find a Carmen Marc Valvo gown in sizes up to 24W, Kay Unger cocktail dresses, and special occasion designs from Lafayette 138 and Marina Rinaldi in sizes 14 to 24W.

 

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Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman
Floral Appliqué Gown
Size
2 - 20

ABS Allen Schwartz
Flocked Lace Sheath
Size 14 - 24W

LAUREN Ralph Lauren
Jersey Bell Sleeve Gown
Size 2 - 18
 

Tahari
Gilt Lace Dress
Size 2 - 18

 

Some of the most unusual European full-figured designer wear is available from Saks Fifth Avenue.  Cocktail and evening styles may include options from Marina Rinaldi, Basler, and Fuzzi.  Lafayette 148 is also regularly offered. More moderately priced designer cocktail dresses from the ABS by Allen Schwartz line are also well represented here in size 14 to 24W.

Women who wear larger than size 24W can occasionally find a designer gown from Mac Duggal, Cassandra Stone, or Mori Lee at Unique Vintage.  Meanwhile mid-priced plus exclusive designer Kiyonna is the best bet for size 12 to 32W.

 

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Komarov
Floral Pleat Chiffon Gown
with Wrap

Size
1X - 3X

Kay Unger
Tiered Chiffon Gown

Size 2 - 18
 

Theia
Red Velvet Gown
Size 0 - 1
6 

Tadashi Shoji
Color Block Gown
Size 14 - 24W

 

 

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