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Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Evening 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.   Plus-size evening gowns are almost impossible to find in most local shops, but on-line the options are plentiful.  From special occasions like military balls and New Year's Eve to weddings and prom, plus-size eveningwear ranges in styles to suit young and trendy fashionistas to sophisticated older women who prefer the latest high end designer gowns.Fabrics range from lace, beading and sequins to taffeta, chiffon and silk.  Some styles are strapless and bare while others include jackets and sleeves.  There are elegant plus-size dresses available for any taste and budget.  The following plus-size formalwear for black tie events is  the Elegant Plus style editor's hand selected collection just for you.

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Chiffon Column Gown, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Beaded Gown, Plus-Size 14-22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Sequin Gown, Sizes 0-32 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Chiffon Column Gown
Size 2 - 26W
Custom Sizes Available

Beaded Gown
Size 14 - 22W

 Sequin Gown
Size  0 - 32

Plus-Size Formal Evening Gowns Report
[Shopping Resources & Editor's Picks Below]

Plus-size women need evening dresses and gowns for a variety of special occasions throughout their entire lives. Consequently styles can range from youthful and trendy to red carpet sophisticated to mature.  Occasions can range from prom to weddings to black tie social events such as New Year's Eve and military balls.

Styles do vary not only according to age and tastes of the wearer, but also by social event.  Celebrity red carpet events such as the Oscars and the annual Costume Institute Ball at the Metropolitan Museum of Art can heavily influence trends in this category, especially pageant gowns, homecoming and prom dresses

 

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Beaded Illusion Sleeve Gown, Size 2 - 32 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Kay Unger, Lace Gown, Size 14-22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Sequin Gown, Sizes 12-32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick


Beaded Lace Gown, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Beaded Illusion Sleeve Gown
Size 2 - 32

Kay Unger
Lace Gown
Size 14 - 22W

Sequin Gown
Size 12 - 32W

Beaded Lace Gown
Size 2 - 26W
Custom Sizes Available

 

Classical music performers often need long evening gowns for concert attire, especially if they are soloists, but also sometimes members of quartets or orchestras, as well.  This is also true of some women who sing jazz or other musical genres.

It isn't unusual for plus-size women of all ages to prefer extra arm coverage, although younger women are the most likely to be comfortable in more revealing styles. However, gowns with sleeves are coming back into style for all ages, partially due to the fashion influence of the Duchess of Cambridge, although more sophisticated, mature looks are still the norm.  Some events have the option of either long evening gowns or shorter cocktail dresses which are on a separate page.

Formalwear often sizes smaller than regular plus sizes, so be careful to check size charts and don't feel badly if you need to go up one to three sizes.  Shapewear under formal gowns is almost a must to achieve the proper structures and silhouettes.

 

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Strapless Sequin Gown, Plus-Size 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick


Mermaid Dress, Size 2 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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Strapless Chiffon Gown, Size 14 - 32W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Jewel Strap Gown, Size 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Strapless Sequin Gown
Sizes 14 - 24W

Mermaid Gown
Size 2 - 26W
Custom Sizes Available

Strapless Chiffon Gown
Size 14 - 32W

Chiffon Gown
Size 2 - 26W

 

Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Formalwear

The internet plus-size special occasion dress collections at Macy's and Nordstrom are especially good for off-the-rack options to size 24W with the largest selections available during the spring prom and wedding seasons, and holiday party season.  Dillard's has the most mature styles, many with jackets or sleeves. Meanwhile, the most youthful and budget friendly styles are available at Deb Shops.

 

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Beaded Strapless Gown, Size 8 - 26 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Designer: Tadashi Shoji, Lace Gown, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Pleated Jewel Collar Gown, Size 2 - 20 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Red Roses Gown, Plus-Size 14-30 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Scala
Beaded Strapless Dress
Size 18 - 26

Tadashi Shoji
Lace Gown

Size 14 - 24W

Pleated Jewel Collar Gown
Size 2 - 20

Red Roses Gown
Sizes 14 - 30

 

Saks Fifth Avenue is still the best source for designer gowns from labels such Tadashi Shoji,  Kay Unger, and Marina Rinaldi.  Neiman Marcus will often carry top shelf designers such as Carmen Marc Valvo in sizes up to 24W during the holiday shopping season, and even more luxury designer options out in the main shopping area for full-figured women size 12 -16.

For truly special upscale evening gowns in the hundreds to even thousands of dollars, Blue Gala is the go-to source.  Good options for prom, red carpets, and black-tie gala affairs are all there.  The size finder in the side bar is both unreliable and limited, as some brands offer as large as a size 30.  It's worth the extra effort to sort through the options by designer if you want something unique and stunning.  Labels to look for include Terani Couture, Night Moves by Allure, Alyce, and Blush, but others also offer dresses in extended sizes. 

 

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Portrait Collar Evening Gown, Size 14 -22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Double Strap Dress, Sizes 16-28 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Velvet Evening Gown, Sizes 14 - 22W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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One Shoulder Gown, Size 14-20W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Portrait Collar Evening Gown
Size 14 - 22W

Double Strap Dress
Sizes 16 - 28

Velvet Mermaid Gown
Size 14 - 22W

One Shoulder Dress
Size 14 - 20W

 

Internet direct wholesale to consumer websites such as Izi Dress can help to keep formalwear costs down with custom made dresses in a rainbow assortment of colors to 26W that are delivered with shorter wait times than most local bridal shops. 

Budget shoppers will also appreciate the designer options from Rent the Runway which can be borrowed for a fraction of retail for special events in sizes up to 22W.

Voluptuous women will find options from Kiyonna and Igigi in sizes to 32W.  Meanwhile the plus-size formalwear selection from alight offers sophisticated styles appealing to younger women in sizes up to 30.

 

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Black Sequin Dress, Size 14 - 20W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Beaded Bodice Dress, Plus-Size 18 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Grecian Goddess Gown, Size 6 - 24W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Velvet Wrap Maxi Dress, Size 10-32W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Black Sequin Dress
Size 14 - 20W

Beaded Bodice Dress
Size 18 - 28W

Grecian Goddess Gown
Size 6 - 24W

Long Velvet Wrap Dress
Size 10 - 32W

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