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Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Cocktail Dresses in Sizes 12 +

All Editor's Picks clothing featured is hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of fashion business partnerships. Options available in all size ranges, although we specialize in hard-to-find sizes 12 and over.  Elegant Plus Sizing Report Plus size cocktail dresses are often hard to find in local stores, but there are many options on-line.  Classic plus-size cocktail dresses  in lace, silk, chiffon, taffeta and velvet are all very popular for holiday parties.   Young, flirty plus-size cocktail dresses are a favorite with many girls attending proms.   Cocktail dresses with jackets or boleros are often worn by the mother-of-the-bride or groom at weddings and some goods.   Sophisticated plus-size cocktail dresses are popular options for women going on cruises and office parties. No matter what your special occasion you'll finds lots of colors, styles and options available in plus-size cocktail dresses at Elegant Plus.

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Lace Bodice Faux Wrap Dress, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Dress Size 14 - 24W

Beaded Sheath Dress, Plus-Size 18-22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
 

Lace Bodice Ballerina Dress, Sizes 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Vintage Audrey Hepburn Dress, Sizes 16-28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Beaded Sheath Dress
Size 18 - 22W

Lace Bodice Ballerina Dress
Size 14 - 24W

  Vintage Hepburn Dress
Size 16 - 28W

Plus-Size Cocktail Dresses Report
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Cocktail dresses is one of the most sought after plus-size dress categories. Rarely available in local shops and boutiques, the internet is the go-to source when a woman receives a wedding invitation in the mail, needs the perfect holiday office party outfit, or is packing for that dream vacation cruise.  A little dressier than social occasion dresses, fabrics tend to finer and styles barer.

Younger women often choose shorter party dresses for prom, homecoming, and other dances throughout the school calendar year creating a demand for more youthful styles as well.

Price points and quality vary tremendously from rock bottom fast fashion to high end luxury designer.  Along with classic black plus-size cocktail dresses, colors from rich jewel tones to lighter pastels and shimmering metallics are quite popular. Special occasion dresses often reflect more romantic, vintage styles with feminine lines and soft fabrics, although edgier looks sometimes trend into this category.

Women who prefer dresses with jackets or sleeves tend to be older, but recent trends have meant younger styles are available also.

Internet Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Cocktail Dresses

Several department stores in recent years have offered extensive cocktail dress collections in women' sizes all year and this plus-size dress category is where several of them really shine.  Dillard's and Lord & Taylor tend to stock styles appealing to older women, including many styles with sleeves or matching jackets.  In addition to lace and finer fabrics, beading plays a large role in many of these styles with labels such as Pisarro Nights, Alex Evenings, and Adrianna Papell frequently available.  Nordstrom has a particularly good and deep collection with contemporary styles a strength. Trendier styles at slightly lower price points are also starting to mix in here, especially during the spring wedding and fall/winter holiday occasion dress seasons.  More moderately priced, but an extensive trendy to contemporary collection is found on-line at Macy's, while JC Penney offers the most accessible price points.

On the high, designer end Neiman Marcus carries women's cocktail dresses in sizes up to 24W in two locations on their website.  The most upscale labels such as Carmen Marc Valvo are racked with smaller sizes in the Evening Wear tab.   More contemporary and plus-exclusive labels such as Anna Scholz, Marina Rinaldi, and Melissa Masse are located with the plus women's dresses.   Equally upscale are the offerings at Saks Fifth Avenue which regularly carries Kay Unger, Tadashi Shoji, several fine Italian designers, and also slightly less pricey labels such as ABS by Alan Schwartz.

Some of the catalogs also offer good selections year around, especially for women who appreciate more mature styles.   Ulla Popken regularly has beaded cocktail dresses styles available to size 34W, with the occasional dress available as large as 38W.  Draper's & Damon's special occasion collection is perfect for cruises and other special events.  Meanwhile, the moderately priced and deep special occasion dress offerings at Midnight Velvet frequently has styles unavailable elsewhere for women who appreciate more individualized looks.

Young women will find the affordable cocktail dress styles at Deb Shops on trend in size 14 to 24W.  Trendy on-line plus super store alight also has an unusually good and deep dress inventory with styles ranging from inexpensive and trendy to more upscale and pricey.   Many of their formalwear styles are available in extended plus sizes beyond 3X.

Igigi is one of the leading dress plus-exclusive designers and offers a mixture of body con styles, along with more traditional silhouettes, in prints, laces, and jersey.

Those who like a vintage sensibility will find a growing inventory at ModCloth, with more and more options available larger than 3X.   1950's style party dresses, Edwardian romantic frocks, and Old Hollywood starlet looks have begun regularly turning up among the more practical day dresses.   Those looking for Great Gatsby style beaded flapper dresses will find the collection at Unique Vintage worth a stop. Sizing runs slightly small, so expect to size up one size here.

On-line direct from manufacturer formalwear websites can be a good resource for those who need dressier cocktail dresses at affordable prices.  Light in the Box offers sizes to 26W and a rainbow assortment of colors for most styles, with hem length alterations available for a small additional fee.

Meanwhile, some of the most glamorous and upscale cocktail dress options can be ordered from Blue Gala.  The size finder here stops at 18, but a good many of the designers represented are available larger, some up to 30.  Look for Primavera Couture and Blush for sequin styles, and Night Moves and Alyce for more sophisticated looks.

Those on tight budgets looking to slay in a high end designer dress will find the collection at Rent the Runway in sizes up to 22W well worth the stop.

 

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Halter Maxi Dress, Size 12 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Open Back Lace Peplum Dress, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Silver Lace Dress, 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Jewel Neck Dress, Size 14-24W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Halter Maxi Dress
Size 12 - 28W

Open Back
Lace Peplum
Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Silver Lace Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Jewel Neck Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Designer Dresses @ Saks Fifth Avenue

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Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Retro Plus-Size Clothing @ Unique Vintage

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Designer: Kay Unger, Gold Shimmer Dress, Sizes 14-22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Baroque Burnout Sheath  Dress, Sizes XL-3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Satin Swing Dress, Sizes 2X-4X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Scala, Beaded Chiffon Jacket Dress, Size 18 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Kay Unger
Gold Shimmer Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Baroque Burnout Sheath
Size XL - 3X

Satin Swing Dress
Size 2X - 4X

SCALA
Beaded Chiffon
Jacket Dress
Size 18 - 26W

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Lace Shift Dress, Plus-Size 14-20W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Colored Lace Dress, Plus-Size 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick


 

Chiffon Cocktail Dress, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Lace Shift Dress
Sizes 14 - 20W

Lace Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Florence Dress
Size 0 - 36W

Chiffon Cocktail Dress
Size 2 - 26W

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Navy Lace Jacket Dress, Size 12 -32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Sheath Dress, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Shutter Pleat  Cocktail Dress, Plus Size 14-22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Sheath Dress, Sizes 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Navy Lace Jacket Dress
Size 12 - 32W

Sheath Dress
Size 2 - 26W

Shutter Pleat Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Sheath Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Dresses @ Catherine's

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Lace Bodice Dress, Size 18-32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lace Inset Dress, Size 10 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Gilded Lace Dress, Size 2 - 32| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Strapless Chiffon Dress, Size 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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 Lace Bodice Dress
Sizes 18 - 32W

Lace Inset Dress
Sizes 10 - 32W

Gilded Lace Dress
Size 2 - 32

Strapless Chiffon Dress
Size 2 - 26W

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Nataya, Vintage Style Dress, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Beaded Lace Cocktail Dress, Sizes 0-24 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Eileen Fisher, Jersey Dress, Size 1X-3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick


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Nataya
Vintage Style
Lace Overlay Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Beaded
Lace Cocktail Dress
Sizes 0 - 24

 

Eileen Fisher
Jersey Dress
Size 1X - 3X

 

Lace Shift Dress
Size 12 - 32W

 

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