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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. 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: April 6, 2017

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Plus-size lace clothing and fashion can be vintage inspired with a feminine, sweet and romantic feel or killer, pin-up femme fatale.  Looks span day to evening with light, sheer chiffons mixing with more delicate looks and sturdier crochet lace combining with heavier cottons. Eyelet, Battenberg, and crochet laces are more common in summer, resort and BoHo fashion, while more delicate French lace is used for trims on everything from lingerie to tops. Stretch laces are popular choices for evening tops, dresses and skirts. Lace prints sometimes come into fashion as well.

Lace is a classic in special occasion and formal wear .  Cocktail dresses are particularly popular in lace during the holiday season, Valentine's Day, and the wedding season.  Silhouettes range from swingy trapeze dresses to more figure conscious sheath styles.  Vintage fit-and-flare mid-twentieth century silhouettes have been particularly popular in recent years.

Some years see even the more delicate laces used in more casual styles such as peasant blouses, tees and even inset panels in denim.  A mixture of lace and leather can create the unexpected in a trendy, fashion forward way. For lace tights check the plus-size hosiery page.  Sleepwear is another intimates category that will frequently use lace for more vintage and feminine styles.

 

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Lace Hem Layering Tank
Size 0 - 28W

Cold Shoulder
Lace Cocktail Dress

Size 10 - 32W

 

Lace Corset Top
Size 4 - 24W

Chevron Crochet
Jacket Dress
Size S - 3X
Petite to XL

 

Lace dresses are particularly popular the last few years with all age groups.  Younger, trendy fashionistas will wear them more casually as day dresses, while more mature women still prefer more sophisticated cocktail styles for events such as weddings.  While white and black are exceptionally popular, colored laces in pale tints and richer hues are also on trend. Some of the best examples have a vintage feel referencing the New Look silhouette of the 1950's or the art deco and flapper styles of the Roaring Twenties.   Bohemian crochet lace graces maxi dresses, tops, and cardigans are referencing the sixties and seventies. 

Part of traditional holiday fashion, lace joins velvet, sequins, embroidery, and beading as must-have items for the winter party season.  Metallic silver and gold often join black, white, cream, and red lace at this time of year.  Some years other colors of lace such as teal, pink, or blue might trend.  Lace often carries over into Valentine Day fashion as a transition fabric to the warmer seasons.

Spring and summer sees lace mixing with other feminine details such as pretty floral prints or filmy chiffons. Some years resort wear trends early with laces used in beach cover ups, dresses, pants, and tunics.

 

 

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Size 1X - 3X

 

Shopping Resources for Lace Fashion in Size 12 +

Some of the best resources in lace for young plus-size trend setters are at  Rue 21and Asos in size 14 to 24W.   Torrid offers the largest size range from XL to 6X, with black laces being the most reliable options in tops and dresses, but as colored lace trends in those too are many times available here. More sophisticated, contemporary looks with a trendier edge are regularly available at Eloquii for size 14 to 28W.

Those who appreciate vintage styles will enjoy shopping Modcloth which has a growing collection of retro, modern boutique indie designers that frquently play with both neutral and colored laces, and hourglass silhouettes in size S to 5X. Unique Vintage is the best source for beaded lace flapper dresses in size S to 4X. Take care in both, as sizing can run small, but it's worth figuring measurements for both as quality tends to be worth the effort otherwise. Pyramid Collection often carries unusual lace styles with goth, steampunk, or bohemian flavors in size 2 to 28W.  Meanwhile, Soft Surroundings leans more in an artsy, BoHo direction with lace hems, trims, and inserts frequently used in designs for size 2 to 24W (Petite and Tall to 18).

 

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Bustier Dress
Size 10 - 30W

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Eyelet Georgette Top
Size 1
X - 3X

 

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Size 14 - 28W

 

Vintage Lace Bib Blouse
Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall

 

 

Upscale department stores such as Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, and Macy's remain the best resources for contemporary style shoppers and are especially good for dresses in size 0 to 24W.  Indie designer, Kiyonna, has been a long-time lace fashion specialist offering both tops and dresses in size 10 to 32W.

Dillard's is the most reliable resource for lace jacket dresses and dresses with sleeves. Super size divas in size 16 to 34W will have additional stylish options available at Catherine's which has been increasingly stylish in recent years.

For luxury designer shoppers both Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue have excellent plus-size collections that frequently include lace trims, details, tops and cocktail dresses.  Neiman's is especially good for those with a bohemian aesthetic, while Saks has more of a "ladies who lunch" spin.

 

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Size 14 - 22W 

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Size S - 3X

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Size 14 - 28W

 

 

Formalwear

Lace wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses can be special ordered and customized through manufacturing wholesale sites such as Light in the Box in size 2 to 26W. Plus formalwear specialist Sydney's Closet is another excellent resource for brides with sizes available from 14 to 34W.

Kiyonna has moderately priced lace wedding gowns designed specifically for fuller figures size 10 to 32W. Kiyonna also carries lace cocktail dress styles, often with a vintage flair.

During the holiday party season more formalwear is available from some of the upscale department stores.  Look for designers such as Tadashi Shoji, Kay Unger, and Marina Rinaldi at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Meanwhile, Dillard's and Nordstrom carry cocktail dresses and formal dresses all year with many lace options in white, black, and colors frequently available in size 14 to 24W.

 

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Size XL - 5X

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Size
1X - 3X

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Size S - 3X
Petite to XL

 

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Size
14 - 32W

 

Intimate Apparel

Lacy bras, panties and lingerie in full-figured styles are a sure thing at both Bare Necessities and Lane Bryant. Lace trimmed chemise and babydolls are regularly stocked at Hips & Curves, which also is an especially good resource for lace stockings and thigh highs.  During the holiday and winter shopping seasons lace tights are also often available from the plus specialty retailers such as Avenue.

  

 

 

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