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Evening 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: 
March 6, 2018

 

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Curvy women need evening dresses and gowns for a variety of special occasions throughout their entire lives. Consequently styles can range from youthful and trendy to red carpet sophisticated to mature.  Occasions can range from prom to weddings to black tie gala events such as New Year's Eve and military balls.

Styles do vary not only according to age and tastes of the wearer, but also by social event.  Celebrity red carpet events such as the Oscars and the annual Costume Institute Ball at the Metropolitan Museum of Art can heavily influence trends in this category, especially pageant gowns, homecoming and prom dresses. 

Classical music performers often need long evening gowns for concert attire, especially if they are soloists, but also sometimes members of quartets or orchestras, as well.  This is also true of some women who sing jazz or other musical genres.
 

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Tiered Dress
Size 1X - 3X

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Jacket Gown

Size 8 - 24W

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Trumpet Gown
Size 2 - 18

Lace Gown
Size 10 - 32W

 

It isn't unusual for plus-size women of all ages to prefer extra arm coverage, although younger women are the most likely to be comfortable in more revealing styles. However, gowns with sleeves are coming back into style for all ages, partially due to the fashion influence of the Duchess of Cambridge, although more sophisticated, mature looks are still the norm.  Some events have the option of either long evening gowns or shorter cocktail dresses which are on a separate page.

Wedding parties often require full length formal gowns including both bridesmaids and the mother-of-the bride.  Fabrics range from laces in a variety of colors to light chiffons and tulles.  Winter fabrics can include velvet, jacquard, heavy satins, and metallic fabrics.

Formalwear often sizes smaller than regular plus sizes, so be careful to check size charts and don't feel badly if you need to go up one to three sizes.  Shapewear under formal gowns is almost a must to achieve the proper structures and silhouettes.

 

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Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Formalwear

Eveningwear designer Tadashi Shoji is possibly one of the best known for full-figures from the entertainment industry's red carpets. The entire extended size collection is available directly on-line to size 24W. Those in the size 12 to 18 range will want to also shop the main racks.

The internet plus-size special occasion dress collection at Nordstrom is especially good for off-the-rack options to size 24W with the largest selections available during the spring prom and wedding seasons, and holiday party season.  Price points range from moderate to slightly upscale with styles suitable for a number of occasions ranging from prom, bridesmaids, and gala events. 

 

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2 - 26W

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Size 14 - 22W

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Size 2 - 24W

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Size 14 - 24W

 

Dillard's has the most mature styles, many with jackets or sleeves.  A growing number of high end designer gowns from labels such as Mac Duggal, Terani Couture, Mori Lee, and Tadashi Shoji are available here, in addition to more moderately priced options.  Some styles are available extended to sizes 26W and 28W.  They also have the largest inventory of higher end designer formalwear from similar labels for size 12 to 20 on the main rack.

Saks Fifth Avenue is still the best source for designer gowns from labels such as Marina Rinaldi, especially during the holiday party season. For luxury labels such as Marchesa Notte and Badgley Mischka in size 12 to 16 there is a growing inventory on the Saks main racks in extended misses sizes.

 Neiman Marcus will often carry top shelf designers such as Carmen Marc Valvo and Kay Unger in sizes up to 24W during the holiday shopping season, and even more luxury designer options out in the main shopping area for full-figured women size 12 to 18.  Look for luxury labels such as Carolina Herrera, Lela Rose, Oscar de la Renta, and St. John.

 

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Contemporary gowns are increasingly available all year through full-figured websites such as JD Williams (size 6 to 28W) and City Chic (size 14 to 24W) at moderate price points.  Trendier looks with a nod to high fashion runways are available at Eloquii, which also often has formal jumpsuits for size 14 to 28W.

Simple, inexpensive options are available all year from Dress Barn in size 14 to 24W.  Plus specialty retailers such as Ashley Stewart will sometimes have less expensive options, especially during the Spring Wedding and Winter Holiday Party seasons in size 12 to 32W. 

 

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Size 14 - 24W

 

Internet direct wholesale to consumer websites such as Light in the Box can help to keep formalwear costs down with custom made dresses in a rainbow assortment of colors to 26W that are delivered with shorter wait times than most local bridal shops. 

Voluptuous women will find options from Kiyonna  in size 10 to 32W.   Lane Bryant also carries formalwear from other brands and labels on-line for size 14 to 28W.  Some of their designer capsule collections from names such as Lela Rose, Isabella Toledo, and Christian Siriano have also included formal options especially close to the holiday party season.  Torrid often has options in the winter party and spring prom seasons in affordable, fashion forward styles for sizes L to 6X.  Upscale plus dress specialist Igigi is back and under new ownership, promising new formalwear styles for sizes 14 to 36W.

Nordstrom Rack and Neiman Marcus Last Call can be a good spot to scoop up bargains from well known formalwear labels in sizes up to 24W.

 

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Plus-size clothing featured is hand selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of plus-fashion business partnerships. 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.