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

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Last Update: June 30, 2016


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Blue Beaded Cowl Neck Gown, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.come Editor's Pick

Pink Lace Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 18W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Beaded Illusion Bodice Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Beaded Cowl Neck
Long Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Pink Lace Dress
Size 14 - 18W

Illusion Bodice Dress
Size 14 - 24W

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 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Embdroidered High Low Ball Gown, Size 14 -24W  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Marina Rinaldi, Jacquard Sheath Dress, Size 14 - 24W| ElegantPlus.come Editor's Pick

Pink Pearl Trim Jacket Dress, Size 6 - 24W | ElegantPlus.come Editor's Pick

Lace Cocktail Dress
Size XL - 4X

Embroidered High Low
Navy Ball Gown

Size 14 - 24W

Marina Rinaldi
Jacquard Sheath
Size 14 - 24W

Pearl Trim Jacket Dress
Size 6 - 24W


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. 

Luxury Label Formalwear in Extended Sizes

Saks Fifth Avenue is the best resource for upscale designer options from labels such as Kay Unger, Marina Rinaldi, Lafayette 148, and ABS by Allen Schwatz in sizes up to 24W.  Both Saks and Neiman Marcus carry upscale and luxury designer formalwear labels in extended sizes 16/18 and the occasional 20 out on their main formalwear racks.

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.  The romantic vintage designer Nataya has a Downton Abbey style to her dresses that can work very well for weddings.  Her entire extended size collection is available through the Wardrobe Shop.

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.  Meanwhile, Unique Vintage often has luxury labels such as Mac Duggal in extended sizes up to 30W.


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Navy Lace Bodice  Gown, Size M - 5X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Beaded Chiffon Pant Set, Size 8 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Lela Rose, Leaf Print Midi Dress, Size 2 - 16 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Wide Leg Chiffon Dress Pants, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.come Editor's Pick
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Lace Bodice Gown
Size M - 5X

Beaded Chiffon Pant Set
Size 8 - 26W

Lela Rose
Leaf Print Midi Dress
Size 2 - 16

Wide Leg Chiffon Pants
Size S - 3X
Petite to XL


 Department Stores

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.

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.

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. 

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Draped Cold Shoulder Dress, Size 10 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Tulle Satin Gown, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Cape Dress, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Pleated Pink Maxi, Size 14 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Draped Cold Shoulder Dress
Size 10 - 32W

Tulle Satin Gown
Size 2 - 26W


Cape Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Pleated Maxi
Size 14 - 28W


Moderate Priced Options

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.

Indie designer Kiyonna has 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. 

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.  Draper's & Damon's is excellent for evening separates including coordinating evening tops, chiffon palazzo pants, and skirts with a particularly strong inventory for Alex Evenings separates and jacket dresses.

British curve conscious retailers ASOS and Evans both regularly stock evening and cocktail dress styles in unusual styles.  Although both retailers are geared towards the more youthful end of the market, the formalwear selection is well worth the stop, with many appropriate styles frequently available.

Lane Bryant has begun carrying labels such as Kiyonna, Adrianna Papell, and ABS by Allen Schwartz on-line only.  These dresses are often excellent selections mother-of-the bride and wedding guests.


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Black Chiffon Maxi Skirt, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Flounced Jacket Dress, Size 6 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Vintage Beaded Drop Waist Dress, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.come Editor's Pick

Beaded Neck, Cold Shoulder Dress, Plus-Size 14 -22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Alex Evenings
Chiffon Maxi Skirt
Size S - 3X

Flounced Jacket Dress
Size 6 - 26W

Vintage Beaded
Drop Waist Dress

Size 14 - 24W

Beaded Neck
Cold Shoulder Dress

Size 14 - 22W


Budget Shopping

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

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.  Nordstrom Rack  includes both designer and more moderately priced cocktail styles regularly marked down well below retail for sizes up to 24W most of the year.


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Lisa Rene, Embroidered Church Suit, Size 8 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Madeline Gardner, Teal Illusion Bodice Gown, Size 18 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Nataya, Vintage Embroidered Layered Dress, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lace Chiffon Jacket Dress, Size 6 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lisa Rene
Embroidered Church Suit
Size 8 - 24W

Madeline Gardner
Illusion Bodice Gown

Size 18 - 26W

Vintage Embroidered
Layered Dress

Size S - 3X

Lace Jacket Dress
Size 6 - 22W

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.   Lane Bryant 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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Pink Taffeta Dress, Size 0 - 36W  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Green Lace Dress, Size XS - 4X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Jewel Collar Trapeze Dress, Size 6 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Embroidered Floral Dress, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.come Editor's Pick

Taffeta Dress
Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall

Lace Dress
Size XS - 4X

Jewel Collar
Size 6 - 24W

Embroidered Floral Dress
Size 14 - 22W


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