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Elegant Plus Shopping Guide:  Full-Figured Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses in Size 12 +

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Last Update: October 24, 2015


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Metallic Shimmer Jacket Dress, Size 16 - 32W | Editor's Pick

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Size 16 - 32W

Illusion Bodice, High Low Gown, Size 14 -24W | Editor's Pick

Draped Satin Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Lace Chiffon Jacket Dress, Size 16 - 22W | Editor's Pick


Illusion Bodice
High Low Gown

Size 14 - 24W

Draped Satin Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Chiffon Lace Jacket Dress
Size 16 - 22W

Plus-Size Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses Report
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Mother-of-the-Bride dresses are worn by more than the mothers of the bride or groom. Special wedding guests such as grandmothers and aunts are also frequently expected to dress more formally as part of the wedding party.  Consequently these dresses and gowns are meant for more mature women who often favor more modest styles.  More youthful, full-figured mothers may choose to browse other special occasion categories.

Depending on the formality of the wedding both short cocktail dress styles and evening gowns may be chosen.  Those taking part in more casual weddings my find less formal social dresses appropriate, as well.

It's not uncommon for either to come with a matching jacket or sleeves.  Classic colors are soft and muted, but brighter more vibrant shades - even red - are becoming more common choices.  Those looking for special occasion shrugs to go over sleeveless dresses which can be purchased separately will find one of the best selections at Dress Barn within their plus-size dress shopping category.

Church or evening suits and less formal jacket dresses or social dresses are additional options that are popular. It is getting more popular for some special wedding guests, such as grandmother's of the bride and groom, to choose evening pant sets rather than a dress, as well.


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Lace Cocktail Dress, Size XL - 4X | Editor's Pick
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Chiffon Dress, Sizes 14-32w | Editor's Pick
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Chiffon Drape Back Dress, Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.come Editor's Pick

Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman, Ball Gown, Size 2 - 18 | ElegantPlus.come Editor's Pick

Lace Cocktail Dress
Size XL - 4X

Chiffon Dress
Size 14 - 32W

Chiffon Drape Back Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman
Ball Gown
Size 2 - 18


Internet Shopping Resources for Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses

Several of the major department stores offer especially good selections of plus-size dresses on-line with options suitable for older women in sizes up to 24W.  Macy's carries mainly contemporary styles appealing to a more youthful mother-of-the-bride with a few for more mature women here and there. 

Nordstrom often has beaded dresses with sleeves from labels such as J Kara and Patra, in addition designer jacket dresses from Komarov. More cocktail length options are available here, but there are some full length long gowns, especially during the shopping season leading up to the winter holidays.  Lord & Taylor is particularly well stocked with evening and special occasion styles appealing to more conservative and mature shoppers in size 0 to 24W.

Saks Fifth Avenue is the best resource for upscale designer options from labels such as Kay Unger and ABS by Allen Schwatz.  Meanwhile, Dillard's is a mecca for formal jacket dresses and special occasion styles with sleeves.  Recently they've been adding high end designer labels such as Tadashi Shoji, Mac Duggal, and Terani Couture to their already excellent inventory.  You'll also find more mid-priced options from brands such as Alex Evenings, Adrianna Pappel, and Pisarro Nights.


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Chiffon Overlay  Dress, Plus-Size 14-24W | Editor's Pick
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Beaded Evening Pant Set, Size S- 3X | Editor's Pick

Gold Metallic Lace Dress, Size 12 - 32W | Editor's Pick

Lace Chiffon Pant Set, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.come Editor's Pick

Chiffon Capelet Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Beaded Evening Pant Set
Size S - 3X

Gold Metallic Lace Dress
Size 10 - 32W

Lace & Chiffon Pant Set
Size 14 - 24W


 Dress Barn is a moderately priced option with a much deeper inventory available on-line than in most retail store locations in size 4 to 24W.  Extended sizes are frequently available at Catherine's in size XL to 5X.  Meanwhile, Avenue carries dressier options for women size 14 to 32W during the holiday shopping season.

Sydney's Closet designs formalwear especially for full-figured women with a growing collection of both cocktail dresses and long gowns appealing to women who like upper arm coverage. Sizes here range from 12 to 44W.

Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman is a must stop for full-figured women up to size 18 who appreciate upscale, designer style.  A gorgeous selection of both cocktail dresses and long formal gowns is available in the most up-to-date formalwear styles.


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Capelet Gown, Sizes 2-26W | Editor's Pick
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St John, Floral Ball Gown, Size 2 - 16 | Editor's Pick

Beaded Sheath Dress, Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Beaded Chiffon Jacket Gown, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Satin Capelet Gown
Size 2 - 26W

St John
Floral Ball Gown
Size 2 - 16

Beaded Sheath Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Beaded Chiffon Jacket Dress
Size S - 3X


For budget friendly formal options made to order at direct from factory prices browse the extensive selections available from Light in the Box and Izi Dress in sizes up to 26W.  Alterations such as length can often be made in the ordering notes.

Amazon has one of the deepest and most diverse collection of dresses for plus-sizes with brands, labels and styles changing constantly.  Sizes up to 34W are not unusual, and some styles are difficult to find elsewhere with cocktail, special occasion and even formal dresses turning up. Prices range from value to moderately upscale.

Indie designers Igigi and Kiyonna have exceptionally popular dresses suitable for a variety of occasions.  Lace dresses are a specialty for Kiyonna and often  have sleeves, in addition to popular jersey maxi dress styles that can be dressed up or down. 


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Taffeta, Portrait Collar Ball Gown, Size 2 - 26W | Editor's Pick
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Tadashi Shoji, Color Block Lace Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Lace Jacketl Dress, Plus-Size 14 -24W | Editor's Pick

Green & Black Color Block Party Dress, Size 6 - 26W | Editor's Pick

Taffeta Portrait Collar Gown
Size 2 - 26W

Tadashi Shoji
Color Block Lace Dress
Size 14 - 24W

 Lace Jacket Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Color Block Party Dress
Size 6 - 26W


Some more unusual shopping resources include Ashro for jacket dresses and evening suits,  Midnight Velvet for beaded chiffon jacket dresses with a romantic and vintage flair, and Draper's & Damon's for evening separates including coordinating evening tops, chiffon palazzo pants, and skirts.

For budget shoppers, occasionally designer and upscale cocktail and formal dresses appropriate for the mother-of-the-bride turn up at Saks Off Fifth and Neiman Marcus Last Call, especially during the holiday shopping season when cocktail parties are in full swing.  Prices here are marked well below full retail with styles usually available from past seasons.


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Metallic Lace Dress, Size 0 - 36W | Editor's Pick

Evening Pantsuit, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick
Jacket & Pants Sold Separately

Lace Taffeta Ball Gown, Size 14-24W | Editor's Pick

Silver Lace Bodice Gown, Size 14 - 38W | ElegantPlus.come Editor's Pick

Metallic Lace Dress
Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall

Evening Pant Set
Size S - 3X

Lace Taffeta Ball Gown
Size 14 - 24W

Lace Bodice Gown
Size 14 - 38W

Finishing Touches

Many formal and special occasion styles work best with smoothing undergarments and the proper foundation. Many of the plus-specialty retailers have begun carrying shapewear collections since larger sizes can often be impossible to find in the department stores.   Avenue reliably carries a good selection of styles for a variety of needs from size 1X to 4X in both beige and black.

The best selection of dress shoes and sandals in a wide variety of sizes and widths can be found at Zappos.  All orders receive super fast shipping, both ways to help customers find just the perfect fit and look.  Evening bags are always in stock at the major, upscale department stores. One of our favorites is Nordstrom which also has one of the best shoe selections.



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