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Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Evening Dresses in Size 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.

RETAILER SPOTLIGHT:

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

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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Trendy Plus-Size Fashion @ Ashley Stewart

Sapphire Blue Lace Evening Gown, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Size: 14 - 24W

Raspberry Lace Dress, Size S - 4X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Illusion Cut Out Gown, Size 14 - 22W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Illusion Waist Dress, Size 12 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

  Dillards Inc.

Lace Gown
Size S - 4X

Illusion Cut Out Gown
Size 14 - 22W

 Sheer Illusion Waist Dress
Size 12 - 26W

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

 

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Trendy Fashion @ Asos

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Luxury Designer Evening Wear @ Neiman Marcus

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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Designer Clothes @ Saks Fifth Avenue

Metallic Lace Ball Gown, Plus-Size 14 - 20W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Designer: Carmen Marc Valvo, Peplum Ball Gown, Size 2 - 16| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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

Designer: Theia, Petal Evening Gown, Size 0 - 18 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Metallic Lace Ball Gown
Size 14 - 20W

Carmen Marc Valvo
Peplum Ball Gown
Size 2 - 16

Lace Sleeve Gown
Size 12 - 32W

Theia
Petal Evening Dress
Size 0 - 18

 

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.

Wedding parties often require full length formal gowns including both bridesmaids and the mother-of-the bride.

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.

 

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Formwalwear @ unique Vintage

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Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Formalwear @ Sydney's Closet

Madison James, Strapless Gown, Size 16 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick


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

More Colors Available 

Floral Sequin Gown, Size 14 - 22W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Silver Lace Sleeved Dress, Size 14 - 40W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Madison James
Strapless Chiffon Gown
Size 16 - 28W

Mermaid Gown
Size 2 - 26W
Custom Sizes Available

Floral Sequin Gown
Size 14 - 22W

Lace Sleeved Dress
Size 14 - 40W

 

Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Formalwear

The internet plus-size special occasion dress collection at Nordstrom is 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.  Price points range from moderate to slightly upscale with styles suitable for a number of occasions ranging from prom, bridesmaids, and gala events.  Dillard's has the most mature styles, many with jackets or sleeves.  A growing number of high end designer gowns from labels such as Mac Duggal, Terani Couture, Mori Lee, and Tadashi Shoji are available here, in addition to more moderately priced options.  Some styles are available extended to sizes 26W and 28W.  They also have the largest inventory of higher end designer formalwear from similar labels for size 12 to 20 on the main rack.

 

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Fashion @ Monroe & Main

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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Formalwear @ Lord & Taylor

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

Beaded Vintage Tiered Dress, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Mac Duggal, Beaded Gown, Plus-Size 14 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Sequin Bodice Chiffon Dress, Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Navy Blue Strapless Sequin Dress, Size 2 -26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Beaded Vintage Tiered Dress
Size S - 3X

Mac Duggal Beaded Gown
Size 14 - 26W

Sequin Bodice Chiffon Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Navy Blue
Strapless Sequin Dress
Size 2 - 26W


Saks Fifth Avenue is still the best source for designer gowns from labels such as Marina Rinaldi, especially during the holiday party season. For luxury labels such as Marchesa Notte and Badgley Mischka in size 12 to 16 there is a growing inventory on the Saks main racks in extended misses sizes.

 Neiman Marcus will often carry top shelf designers such as Carmen Marc Valvo and Kay Unger 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 to 16.  Look for luxury labels such as Carolina Herrera, Lela Rose, Oscar de la Renta, and St. John.

 

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Fashion @ Zappos

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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Misses Extended Size Dresses @ Dillard's

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

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

Sweetheart Gown, Size 14-20W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Mac Duggal, Beaded Yoke Lace Gown, Size 4 - 18 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Monique Lhuillier, Petal Print Chiffon Gown, Size 8 - 16 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Illusion Bodice Gown
Size 14 - 22W

Sweetheart Gown
Size 14 - 20W

Mac Duggal
Beaded Yoke High Neck Gown
Size 4 - 18

Monique Lhuillier
Petal Print Chiffon Gown
Size 8 - 16

 

Simple, inexpensive options are available all year from Dress Barn in size 14 to 24W, in addition to a few of the cataloguers such as Midnight Velvet.  Plus specialty retailers such as Ashley Stewart will sometimes have less expensive options, especially during the Spring Wedding and Winter Holiday Party seasons.  Meanwhile, contemporary plus fashion newcomer Eloquii has regularly included moderately priced special occasion dresses for size 14 to 24W.

Plus formalwear specialist Sydney's Closet designs cocktail dresses and evening wear for weddings, proms, and black tie affairs in size 14 to 32W.  Styles range from youthful to more mature.  Meanwhile popular internet dress retailer ModCloth has been adding more formal styles with a vintage or retro flavor at moderate prices for size 0 to 26W.  More moderately priced options are available from Asos for size 14 to 24W in contemporary and vintage influenced styles with a youthful appeal.

 

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Plus-Size Dresses @ Lord & Taylor

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

Shutter Pleat Mermaid Gown, Size 14 -22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Beaded Tulle Dress, Size 2 -24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Long Color Block Dress, Size 6 - 26W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lace Yoke Dress, Size 16 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Shutter Pleat Mermaid Gown
Size 14 - 22W

Beaded Tulle Dress
Size 2 - 24W

Long Color Block Dress
Size 6 - 26W

Lace Yoke Gown
Size 16 - 32W

 

Unique Vintage has a new formalwear section with thousands of designer evening gowns in size S to 6X. And easy search tool helps locate dresses available in your size.  Expect to see labels such as Mac Duggal, Nina Canucci, and Madison James.  Although many styles are more youthful as "prom" suggests, in fact there are many more sophisticated styles available for other types of black tie events, as well.

Internet direct wholesale to consumer websites such as Izi Dress and Light in the Box 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.  Target has also added a collection of value priced, mainly tulle, bridesmaid dresses and gowns for those looking for simple, pastel evening styles in size 2 to 26W.

Voluptuous women will find options from Kiyonna and Igigi in size 12 to 32W. 

 

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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Eveningwear @ ModCloth

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

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

Tadashi Shoji, Illusion Sleeve Lace Gown, Size 2 - 16 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Chiffon Hi Lo Gown, Size S - 4X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Beaded Jacket Dress, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Jersey Wrap Dress, Size 10-32W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Tadashi Shoji
Illusion Sleeve Lace Gown
Size 2 - 16

Color Block Hi Lo Gown
Size S - 4X

Beaded Jacket Dress
Size S - 3X

Jersey Wrap Gown
Size 10 - 32W

 

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