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Elegant Plus Shopping Guide & Editor's Picks:  Formal Evening Dresses for Military Balls 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.  A hand selected collection of elegant plus size evening gowns and formalwear appropriate for attending Military Balls.

 

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Terani Couture
Chiffon Evening Gown
Size 14 - 24W

One Shoulder Chiffon Evening Gown, Sizes 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Gown Editor's Pick

Jewel Neck Gown, Size 10 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick
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Sequin Lace Gown, Sizes 14-22W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick

 Dillards Inc.

One Shoulder Chiffon Gown
Size 14 - 24W

Jewel Neck Gown
Size 10 - 26W
Custom Sizes Available

Sequin Lace Gown
Size 14 - 22W

Full-Figured Military Ball Gowns Report
[Shopping Resources & Editor's Picks Below]

Attending a military ball is an honor that many take seriously.  Whether you are the date of a service member, or a member of the military yourself finding the right dress is important.

Military ball gown styles tend to be simpler and more conservative than other types of evening gowns or cocktail dresses such as red carpet, prom or homecoming dresses.  Those happening during the holiday season, especially for New Year's Eve, can be especially formal affairs.

Sleeves and higher necklines are not unusual in this formalwear type, but not mandatory. Consequently, some more formal mother-of-the-bride dresses may also be appropriate. Red and other bold colors, classic black and navy, and blue are always favorites. 

Like any other type of formalwear, the dresses and gowns worn for military balls require proper undergarments to achieve the right, structured silhouettes. 

The right hosiery and other accessories such as shoes, jewelry, and bags are also important pieces to the ensemble.
 

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Gilt Tulle Cocktail Dress, Size 2 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick

Illusion Bodice Gown, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick
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Sequin Bodice Gown, Size 2 -26W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick
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Jewel Bodice Gown, Plus-Size 14-32W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick

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Gilt Tulle Cocktail Dress
Size 2 - 26W

Illusion Bodice Gown
Size 2 - 26W

Sequin Bodice Gown
Size 2 - 26W

Jewel Bodice Gown
Size 14 - 32W

 

Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Dresses Appropriate for Military Balls

For those who don't wish to go through the special order process of a bridal or formalwear boutique which can lead to waits of up to 3 months, a number of options are available on-line for plus-size formalwear.

Department Stores

Several of the upscale department stores are especially good for plus-size formalwear all year, if you are willing to shop on-line.  Dillard's consistently offers some of the most conservative styles with plenty of options with jackets or sleeves, in addition to barer styles in size 0 to 24W.  Price points range from more moderately priced options from labels such as Adrianna Papell to more luxury gowns from Tadashi Shoji, Mori Lee, Terani Couture, and . 

Nordstrom also stocks a deep inventory of mid priced range formal gowns and cocktail dresses all year with super fast, free shipping and returns making last minute purchases easy. The women's plus-size section is well stocked and ranges from size 14 to 24W, while even more selection and options from more upscale labels are available out in the main collection in size 0 to 18.

Those with the largest budgets will find the best selection at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.   Saks has more available for full figured women size 14 to 24W (available only on-line) with designer offering from brands such as Kay Unger and Marina Rinaldi.  Neiman Marcus is better stocked for smaller plus women with their main collection formalwear, designer racks that include names such as Monique Lhuillier, Carmen Marc Valvo, and Badgley Mischka.

 

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Madison James, Strapless Gown, Size 16 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick
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Kay Unger, Navy Sequin Chiffon Gown, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick

Cap Sleeve Formal Dress, Sizes 14-20W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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One Shoulder Color Block Evening Dress, Size 6 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick

Madison James
Strapless Gown

Size 16 - 28

Kay Unger
Sequin Chiffon Gown

Size 14 - 24W

Cap Sleeve Formal Dress
Size 14 - 20W

One Shoulder
Color Block Evening Dress

Size 6 - 26W

Formalwear Specialists

Sydney's Closet is one of the oldest plus specialty on-line retailers of formalwear on the internet with cocktail and full length gowns available in size 14 to 44W.  Meanwhile, Unique Vintage has an entire department devoted exclusively to formalwear with names such as Mac Duggal, Terani Couture, Mori Lee and others regularly available in full-figured sizes.   Price points range from moderate to upscale for sizes 0 to 30W.

Low, direct from manufacturer prices are available from several websites that often will allow you to adjust measurements for petite and tall sizes for a small fee, as well.  Two of the most popular are Light in the Box and Izi Dress, both of which offer size 2 to 26W.
 

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Navy Blue Jersey Gown, Size 10 -32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Embellished Tulle Gown, Sizes 12-32W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Picks

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

Bolero Gown, Plus-Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick

Jersey Gown
Size 10 - 32W

Embellished Tulle Gown
Size 12 - 32W

Tadashi Shoji
Lace Bodice Evening Dress

Size  14 - 22W

Bolero Gown
Size 14 - 22W

More Formal Dress Shopping Resources

As it's name suggests Dress Barn specializes in dresses. While a majority of their offerings are geared to working women, there is usually a small selection of cocktail and formal dresses and low to moderate prices in classic to contemporary styles available, especially during the holiday party and summer wedding seasons.  Sizes run from 2 to 24W, with petites available to 16P.  More youthful, budget friendly options can often be found at ASOS in size 14 to 24W and occasionally at Ashley Stewart in size 12 to 26W.

Igigi, an indie plus designer dress specialist that is well established and manufacturers completely in the USA, always has a good selection of cocktail dresses, maxi dresses with a more formal feel, and a small number of wedding dresses.  Fancier styles with lace and beading are often available during the holiday party season, with bolder prints being more a mainstay of their aesthetic.  The style here is contemporary with sizing on most dresses from 12 to 32W.  For those who enjoy a vintage or retro feel, there are increasing numbers of formal and cocktail options available at ModCloth in size 0 to 30W.

 

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Cutout Mermaid Dress, Size 12 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick

Embroidered Tiered Gown, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick

Tulle Gown, Size 2 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick
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Sequin Trim Mermaid  Gown, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Cutout Mermaid Dress
Size 12 - 26W

Embroidered Tiered Gown
Size S - 3X

Tulle Gown
Size 2 - 26W

Sequin Trim Mermaid Gown
Size 2 - 26W

Several catalogs regularly offer moderately priced formalwear with quick, off-the-rack shipping.  Midnight Velvet is known for a more romantic style with a mix of long evening gowns and cocktail dresses in their inventory.  Beading, dressy fabrics, and lace are common along with contemporary styling. Some styles are more appealing to those who prefer more arm coverage, while others are barer. Sizes range from 6 to 24W. An unusual collection, including fancier jacket dresses, evening pant suits, cocktail dresses, and long formal gowns, is available from Ashro.  Sheer chiffon, beading, and lace are common in both classic colors and bolder, more striking hues in size 6 to 26W.

Finishing Touches

Those looking to purchase shapewear and items such as bras and hosiery from the same location will have the best luck at Bare Necessities, an internet lingerie super store.  A small selection for fuller figures is also regularly available from the plus specialty retailers such as Lane Bryant.

Along with the department stores already mentioned above, Zappos, has one of the most extensive selections of dress shoes and sandals with quick and easy free shipping returns. Evening hand bags are also available. For jewelry, including larger sized rings, necklaces with extenders, and many different earring styles QVC has one of the deepest collections of both costume and fine jewelry.
 

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Illusion Jersey Gown, Plus-Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick

Lace Overlay Column Gown, Sizes 2-26W| ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick
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Rene Ruiz, Beaded Tulle Gown, Size 10 - 18 | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick

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

Illusion Jersey Gown
Size 14 - 22W

Lace Overlay Column Gown
Size 2 - 26W
Custom Sizes Available

Rene Ruiz
Beaded Tulle Gown

Size 10 - 18

Lace Mermaid Gown
Size 14 - 24W

 

 

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