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Last Update: January 18, 2018
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Sequin Pencil Skirt
6 - 22W
Floral Print Maxi
Size 14 - 24W
Plus-size evening skirts offer more flexibility
to mix and match with
evening tops for
different looks than social and
yet tend to be more formal than
Dresses are still more popular, making special
occasion skirts in plus sizes harder to find.
Less formal occasions such as Mother's Day
brunch or school graduation parties are often
when women opt for special occasion separates,
rather than dresses.
Options run the gamut from quite formal to
flirty options for
Younger, sexier styles are also appropriate for
going out dancing and
More classic styles are generally popular with
older women, while younger women are often more
interested in playing with trends and whimsical
styles that may reference vintage eras.
Some evening skirts are appropriate for stage
performances with matte black, classic styles
preferred by classical musicians and those with
more beading and shine sought out by lead
singers. Other events include
holiday office parties,
cruise and resort vacations, weddings,
graduations, and charity
Black is always a favorite but more and more
options in other colors are beginning to become
available in larger sizes, with whites and
pastels available especially during the spring
and summer seasons. Fabrics in the
winter are more likely to include metallic
shine, beading, and sequins along with heavier
weights such as velvet.
Silks and chiffons are easier to find in the
warmer months. Lace has
become a classic all year. Tulle has been
gaining popularity in recent years. No
longer reserved for petticoats to stiffen
vintage style skirts, it's being worn on its
The lead up to the winter holidays, beginning
in mid October, offers the best shopping
resources for skirts that are appropriate for
parties. Youthful styles, often quite
short with lots of bling, are available from the
trendiest of retailers at this time of year.
Asos will offer styles (in
limited supply so snatch them up quickly)
inspired by the latest runway trends without the
hefty price tags in size 14 to 24W.
stocks looks that are polished and prices
are moderate, with a good selection of special
occasion skirts for size 14 to 28W. Curve
Chic reliably carries trend conscious
special occasion looks including skirts for size
14 to 24W.
Junior hot spots such as
Rainbow frequently stock mini skirts and the
latest special occasion trends around prom and the
holiday party season for sizes up to 3X. For those who wear extended plus-sizes,
Torrid is the most reliable glam
skirt resource with offering in size XL to 6X.
also frequently offers a limited number of
skirts in dressy styles, especially during the
holidays. Tulle crinoline skirts are a
specialty, but other fabrics and styles such as
brocade and lace are often available in size 0
to 36W. Victoriana, goth, and boho skirt styles in
velvet and lace in a variety of lengths are
consistently available at
all year. Sizing here is S to 3X, but 3X
can equal anywhere from 20 to 28W so read
individual garment sizing carefully.
Several of the major department stores
Alex Evenings brand chiffon skirts.
Classic black is the easiest to find but
sometimes other colors are also available.
Longer column, maxi length skirts can frequently
be purchased from
Lord & Taylor
in size 1X to 3X.
Dillard's will also often
carry both long and tea length styles in the
same size range, and is the most likely to offer
other colors. Ball skirts can sometimes be
mixed in with the dress section, along with other
formalwear separates such as evening pants, tops, and
Draper's & Damon's
special occasion collection also regularly
stocks evening separates appealing to more
classic and mature women in size S to 3X.
Alex Evenings separates in colors other than
classic black are especially well represented
Coldwater Creek now offers a special occasion
selection all year with skirts and coordinating
separates often found both in the dresses tab and the
separate skirts tab for size S to 3X. In addition
to chiffon options, they will sometimes carry more
unusual looks with artisan detailing such as embroidery
Dressy skirts often require items
such as plus-size hosiery. For
simple day sheers and opaque tights, the
best shopping spot is
Just My Size
with a variety of shades available in
Size Queen to 7X. Those looking
for something fancier will find lace top
thigh highs and fishnet stockings at
Hips & Curves
in size 1X o 6X. Patterned and
textured hose is regularly available at
in sizes to fit up to 325 lbs.
During the fall and winter months items
such as lace stockings and fishnet
tights are regularly available at
Some women, especially when wearing
more body conscious pencil skirt styles,
prefer to wear shapewear under more
formal skirts. This gives smoother
silhouettes and structure to garments.
Look for high waisted styles, body
shapers, and thigh shapers.
Especially good inventories in larger
plus-sizes are available at