Shop Plus-Size Evening Gowns, a Curated Collection  @ Elegant Plus, Sizes 12 +

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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Last Update July 11, 2014

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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.  Elegant Plus Sizing Report

 

RETAILER SPOTLIGHT:

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Formalwear @ Amor Moda

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Dresses @ Nordstrom

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Night Moves by Allure @ Blue Gala

Rent the Runway: Elegant Plus Evening Gown Retailer Spotlight
Dress: Badgley Mischka

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

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

Cutout
Long Jersey Dress
Size 14 - 22W

 Lace Overlay Gown
Size  0 - 32

Plus-Size Formal Evening Gowns Report
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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.  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. 

It isn't unusual for plus-size women at 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.

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.

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.  Saks Fifth Avenue is still the best source for designer gowns from labels such Tadashi Shoji,  Kay Unger, and Marina Rinaldi.  Dillard's offers the strongest collection of more mature options for women who prefer evening wear with sleeves.

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. 

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, Sydney's Closet, and Igigi in sizes to 32W. 

 

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Alyce Formalwear @ Blue Gala

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Designer Clothing @ Saks

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Dresses @ Igigi

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Evening Wear @ Light in the Box

Beaded Gown, Sizes 4-24 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Tadashi Shoji, Lace Chiffon Gown, Size 14 -24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Jersey Gown with matching shrug, Sizes 12-32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick


Sheath Column Gown, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Beaded Gown
Size 4 - 24

Tadashi Shoji
Lace Chiffon Gown
Size 14 - 24W

Jersey Gown with
Matching Shrug
Size 12 - 32W

Sheath Colum Gown
Size 2 - 26W
Custom Sizes Available

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Faviana Formalwear @ alight

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Eveningwear @ TBDress

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Blush Formalwear @ Blue Gala

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Eveningwear @ Izi Dress


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


Sequin Gown, Size 2 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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Jewel Neck Gown, Size 0-24 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Tulle Ball Gown, Size 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Strapless Gown
Sizes 12 - 24W

Sequin Gown
Size 2 - 26W
Custom Sizes Available

Jewel Neck Gown
Size 0 - 24

Tulle Ball Gown
Size 2 - 26W

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Scala @ alight

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Dresses @ Dillards

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Terani Evening Gowns @ Blue Gala

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Alyce Plus Size Formalwear @ alight

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

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

Beaded Yoke Gown, Size 6 - 24 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Floral  Gown, Plus-Size 14-30 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Beaded Strapless Dress
Size 18 - 26

Lace Bodice Gown
Size 14 - 22W

Beaded Yoke Gown
Sizes 6 - 24

Floral Gown
Sizes 14 - 30

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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Bari Jay Evening Gowns @ alight

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Formalwear @ Amor Moda

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Fashion @ SWAK

Portrait Collar Evening Dress, Size 14 -22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Double Strap Dress, Sizes 16-28 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Tulle Illusion Bodice Gown, Sizes 2-26W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Jersey Convertible Maxi Dress, Size 1X-6X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Portrait Collar
Evening Dress
Sizes 14 - 22W

Double Strap Dress
Sizes 16 - 28

Tulle Illusion
Bodice Gown
Size 2 - 26W

Jersey Convertible
 Maxi Dress
Size 1X - 6X

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

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

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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Dresses @ Kiyonna

Long Jersey Dress, Sizes 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Tiered Lace  Dress, Sizes 14-22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lace Gown, Size XL - 5X| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Long Jersey Wrap Dress, Size 10-32W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Long Jersey Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Tiered Lace Long Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Lace Gown
Size XL - 5X

Long Jersey Wrap Dress
Size 10 - 32W

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