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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.


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Capelet Gown, Size 14-22W | Editor's Pick
Size: 14 - 22W

One Shoulder Chiffon Gown, Sizes 2-26W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Place Print Gown, Size 14 - 24W| Editor's Pick

Cutout Jersey Mermaid Gown, Plus-Size 12 - 26W | Editor's Pick

  Dillards Inc.

One Shoulder Chiffon
Size 2 - 26W
Custom Sizes Available

Placed Print Gown
Size 14 - 24W

 Mermaid Gown
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


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Designer: Alyce, Cap Sleeve Gown, Size 2 - 28 | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Designer: Marina Rinaldi, Illusion Bodice Column Gown, Size 14-22W | Editor's Pick

Embellished Gown, Sizes 12-32W | Editor's Pick

Designer: Carmen Marc Valvo, Halter Gown, Plus-Size 16 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Cap Sleeve Gown

Size 2 - 28

Marina Rinaldi
Illusion Bodice Column Gown
Size 14 - 22W

Embellished Gown
Size 12 - 32W

Carmen Marc Valvo
Halter Gown
Size 16 - 24W


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 Faviana Formalwear @ alight

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Faviana, Sequin Gown, Plus-Size 14-24W | Editor's Pick

One Shoulder Gown, Size 2 - 26W | Editor's Pick

More Colors Available 

Silver Lace Gown, Size 14 - 24W| Editor's Pick

Grecian Gown, Size 14 - 20W | Editor's Pick

Sequin Gown

Sizes 14 - 24W

One Shoulder Gown
Size 2 - 26W
Custom Sizes Available

Silver Lace Gown
Size 14 - 24W

Plunge Back
Grecian Gown
Size 14 - 20W


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.  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.

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.

Saks Fifth Avenue is still the best source for designer gowns from labels such as Marina Rinaldi, especially during the holiday party season.  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 -16.


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Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Eveningwear @ Unique Vintage

Tiered Gown, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Designer: Mac Duggal, Beaded Illusion Gown, Plus-Size 14 - 26W | Editor's Pick

Beaded Illusion Gown, Size 18 - 30W | Editor's Pick

Designer: Madison James, Sequin Gown, Size 14 - 32W| Editor's Pick

Tiered Gown
Size S - 3X

Mac Duggal
Beaded Bodice Gown

Size 14 - 26W

Beaded Illusion Gown
Size 18 - 30W

Madison James
Long Sequin Gown

Size 14 - 32W


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. 

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.


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

Lace Mermaid Gown, Size 14 -22W | Editor's Pick

Strapless Gown, Sizes 16-28 | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Color Block One Shoulder Gown, Size 6 - 26W| Editor's Pick

Beaded Halter Gown, Size 14-24W | Editor's Pick

Mermaid Lace Evening Gown
Size 14 - 22W

Strapless Gown
Sizes 16 - 28

One Shoulder
Color Block Gown
Size 6 - 26W

Halter Gown
Size 14 - 24W


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. 

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

Meanwhile, the plus-size formalwear selection from alight offers sophisticated styles appealing to both younger and more mature women in size 14 up to 30.  More and more upscale formalwear designers are being added here making it a premium plus-size eveningwear shopping destinations.  A good selection from Alex Evenings, Scala, Mac Duggal, Terani Couture, Faviana, Night Moves by Allure, and Alyce are regularly stocked.


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Beaded Bodice Gown, Plus-Size 14 - 22W | Editor's Pick

Gilt Lace Dress, Size 2 - 26W | Editor's Pick

Lace Chiffon Gown, Size 6 - 24W| Editor's Pick

Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress, Size 10-28W| Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Beaded Bodice Gown
Size 14 - 22W

Gilt Lace Dress
Size 2 - 26W

Lace Chiffon Gown
with Matching Shawl
Size 6 - 24W

Cold Shoulder Maxi
Size 10 - 28W


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