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>> Plus-Size Special Occasion Fashion Suitable for Parties Connected to Work

 
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: November 10, 2017

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Tahari, Metallic Topper Jacket, Size 14 - 24W  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Velvet Jumpsuit, Size 14 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Tulle Bell Sleeve Black Dress, Size 0 - 36W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Tahari
Metallic Topper Jacket

Size 14 - 24W

Velvet Jumpsuit
Size 14 - 28W

 

Tulle Bell Sleeve
Cocktail Dress

Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall

Choosing the right dress or outfit for a work related social event can be challenging. Often dressier than everyday office clothing, professional polish and modesty is still required.  Necklines tend to be less deep, sleeves and hem lengths longer than other evening appropriate dresses.

Although dresses, particularly jacket dresses or desk-to-dinner style dresses, are the most popular choice, some women prefer to create their own outfits with separates. Evening suits are another option and tend to be made of dressier fabrics with embellishments. The jumpsuit trend is gaining steam, and is a great office option.  Sleeveless versions work well under blazers and cardigans for day wear, and alone for after work events. Although many evening top styles are very bare or low cut, those appropriate for office parties tend to be more modest.  More revealing styles can be layered under evening jackets effectively for office evening wear. 

Evening pant styles are often wider legged or palazzo pants, although some slimmer legged looks may work well on some figure types.  Like tops, evening skirt styles appropriate for work related evening affairs are often more modest than those for evenings out at a club. 

Some events, are gala events and may require upscale, designer formalwear.

The holiday season is when a majority of office parties happen, but other times of year within certain professions may require cocktail events, dinners with clients and other evening social events with colleagues. 

Dresses appropriate for social occasions are usually less severe and more feminine than career work day looks. For black-tie affairs visit the cocktail dresses and  the plus size evening gown pages.

 

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Sheer Sequin Yoke Top, Plus-Size 14 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Stretch Velvet Dress, Size 2 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Vince Camuto, Green Chiffon Split Sleeve Dress, Size 14 -22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Black Chiffon Palazzo Pants, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Sheer Sequin Yoke Top
Size 14 - 32W  

Stretch Velvet Dress
Size 2 - 24W
Petite & Tall to 18
  

Vince Camuto
Chiffon Split Sleeve Dress

Size
14 - 22W

Black Chiffon
Palazzo Pants
Size S - 3X
 

 

 

Especially popular choices are red dresses during the Christmas season, and classic black cocktail dresses all year. 

Fine fabrics such as velvet, silk, and lace, in addition embellishments are easiest to find from October through December, and the post-Christmas January Clearance Sales.

 

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Metallic Foil Cap Sleeve Dress, Size XL - 5X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Stretch Velvet Lace Jacket, Size S- 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Rose Print Floral Velvet Top, Size 12 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Double Flounce Sleeve
Sweater Top
Size S - 3X

Metallic Foil
Cap Sleeve Dress

Size XL - 3X

Stretch Velvet
& Lace Jacket
Size S - 3X

Rose Floral Print
Velvet Dress
Size 12 - 32W

 

 

Internet Shopping Resources for Fashion Appropriate for Office Parties

Of the department stores Dillard's and Lord & Taylor stock some of the most conservative, upscale evening looks in plus-sizes.  Look for labels such as Adrianna Papell and Pisarro Nights for dresses, in addition to options from designers such as Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein.  Neiman Marcus frequently stock luxury options for executives in sizes to 3X from designers such as Kay Unger, Caroline Rose, Joan Vass, Eileen Fisher, Marina Rinaldi, and Lafayette 148.  A few dresses are available, but separates are their strength in the women's department.  Those wear up to a size 16/18 will find high end cocktail dresses available out on the main rack. Nordstrom carries one of the deepest plus-size dress inventories on-line, and is also particularly good for silk evening jackets from Citron, separates from Alex Evenings, and cocktail looks at moderate to upscale price points.


 

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Floral Jacquard Evening Pants, Size 12 - 30W  ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Scrolled Stretch Velvet Dress, Size 1X - 3X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Misook, Champagne Matte Sequin Jacket, Size XL - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Lace Gown, Size XL - 5X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Floral Jacquard
Evening Pants
Size 1
2 - 30W

Scrolled
Stretch Velvet Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Misook
Matte Sequin Jacket
Size
XL - 3X

Lace Gown
Size XL - 5X

 

Much more moderately priced Bon Ton is a good options for those on tighter budgets.  Younger urban professionals will want to check out the dresses and separates at City Chic and Eloquii but will want to take care gauging the appropriateness of details such as tightness and lengths.  Meanwhile, Modcloth has a growing contemporary style dress collection to supplement their looks with a more retro flavor.  Dressier options are more plentiful during the holiday party season.

Dress Barn is moderately priced with hundreds of dress options, in addition to being a good resource for simple, black chiffon evening pants in a variety of inseam lengths.    Draper's & Damon's carries soft evening separates, coordinates, and dresses in georgettes and chiffon.  Drapey evening kimono toppers, in addition to beaded tops, soft skirts and evening pants are well represented in the special occasion collection.

 

 

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Metallic Silver Pleat Midi Skirt, Size 14 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick LAUREN Ralph Lauren, Red Crepe Jumpsuit, Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Flutter Sleeve Tuxedo Dress, Size XS - 4X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Lace Dress, Size 8 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Metallic Pleat Midi Skirt
Size 14 - 28W

LAUREN Ralph Lauren
Crepe Jumpsuit

Size 14 - 22W

Flutter Sleeve
Tuxedo Dress

Size XS - 4X

Lace Dress
Size 8 - 26W
Petite to 20P

 

Extended Plus-Sizes 24W +

Those needing extended plus-sizes beyond 24W will find a good dress selection from eShakti, and a few dressier options worth looking at from Avenue and Catherine's, particularly during the holiday party season.

The lace and jersey modern classics with a slight vintage undertone at Kiyonna in size 10 to 32W are available exclusively on-line and in small boutiques.  Both are very popular choices with full-figured professional women in the know.

 

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Rose Sequin Lace Blouse, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Black Clip Dot Full Skirt, Size 2 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Satin Choker Top, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Black Sequin Jacket, Size XL - 5X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Rose Lace
Sequin Blouse
Size 1X - 3X

Clip Dot Full Skirt
Size 2 - 24W
Avg - Petite

Satin Choker Top
Size
S - 3X

Black Sequin Jacket
Size
XL - 5X

Finishing Details

Choosing the right undergarments to achieve the most flattering silhouettes is easy when shopping some of the on-line lingerie superstores.  Both Bare Necessities and Her Room carry good inventories of shapewear, bras, and hosiery for full figures.

Shoes in harder-to-find large and wide-width styles appropriate for special occasions can be found at Nordstrom which started as a shoe specialty retailer and honors its roots, and Zappos which has one of the deepest shoe inventories on the net.

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Black Sequin Palazzo Pants, Size 8 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Velvet Wrap Dress, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Navy Velvet Dress, Size XL - 4X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Chenille Brocade Jacket, Size S- 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Sequin Palazzo Pants
Size 8 - 22W

Velvet Wrap Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Navy Velvet Dress
Size XL - 4X

Chenille Brocade Jacket
Size S - 3X

 

 

 

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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.