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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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Beaded Evening Gown
Size 14 - 24W

One Shoulder Chiffon Evening Gown, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Gown Editor's Pick
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Jersey Shimmer Mermaid Gown, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick

Tadashi Shoji, Lace Gown, Sizes 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick

One Shoulder Chiffon Gown
Size 2 - 26W
Custom Sizes Available

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Size 2 - 26W
Custom Sizes Available

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Beaded Chiffon Gown
Size 14 - 24W

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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Cap Sleeve Gown, Sizes 4-28 | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick
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Chiffon Capelet Gown, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick
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Illusion Sleeve Gown, Size 2 -26W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick
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Beaded Jacket Dress, Plus-Size 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick

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Cap Sleeve Gown
Size 4 - 28

Chiffon Capelet Gown
Size 2 - 26W

Illusion Sleeve Gown
Size 2 - 26W

Beaded Jacket Dress
Size 14 - 24W

 

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. 

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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Strapless Satin Gown, Sizes 12 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick
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Jewel Strap One Shoulder Gown, Sizes 0-32W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick
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Beaded Halter Gown, Sizes 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Color Block Evening Gown, Size 6 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick

Strapless Satin Gown
Size 16 - 28

One Shoulder Jewel Strap Gown
Size 0 - 32W

Beaded Halter Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Color Block Evening Gown
Size 6 - 26W

Formalwear Specialists

One of the largest formalwear specialists on the internet, Blue Gala, has thousands of gowns and dresses ranging from a little over a hundred dollars to close to a thousand dollars.  The size finder finishes at size 18, but the fact is that many labels offer sizes well above that, therefore it is easier to browse by designer brand.   Some of the most sophisticated dresses come from Alyce, Night Moves, and Terani Couture.

Their sister retailer, alight, specializes exclusively in size 14 + and while most of the offerings are geared value priced trendy casual looks, their formalwear selection is more sophisticated and worth a stop.  Evening dresses with simple lines and solid colors, in addition to more embellished, styles are available in size 14 to 30.  Look for Mac Duggal, Bari Jay, and Allure for the most formal styles .  More mature, and sophisticated looks are also available from labels such as Alex Evenings, Scala, and Adrianna Papell in size 14 to 24W.

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.

Those on tight budgets who love upscale, designer style may want to check out the dress rentals at Rent the Runway.  A good selection of plus-size styles from well known, luxury designers in addition to smaller design houses are available at a tiny fraction of retail.  They will send two sizes of the style you want for perfect fit, in addition to handling the cleaning after wear.  Size 0 to 22W, with tall lengths available in many styles.

 

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Peplum Evening Gown, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Beaded Tulle Evening Gown, Sizes 12-28W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Picks

Strapless Beaded Gown, Sizes 18-26 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Strapless Satin Gown, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick
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Peplum Evening Gown
Size 2 - 26W
Custom Sizes Available

Beaded Tulle Evening Gown
Size 12 - 28W

Strapless Beaded Gown
Size 18 - 26

Strapless Satin Gown
Size 2 - 26W
Custom Sizes Available

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 season.  Sizes run from 2 to 24W, with petites available to 16P.

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.

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.

Younger women on tighter budgets will like the inexpensive party dresses regularly stocked at Deb Shops for size 14 to 24W.

 

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Strapless Jewel Bodice Gown, Plus-Size 14-32 | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick

Strapless Embroidered Dress, Sizes 4-18 | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick

Pleated Mermaid Gown, Sizes 12-24W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick

Pleated Halter Gown, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Strapless Jewel Bodice Gown
Size 14 - 32

Strapless Embroidered Dress
Size  4 - 18

Pleated Mermaid Gown
Size 12 - 24W

Pleated Halter Gown
Size 2 - 26W
Custom Sizes Available

Finishing Touches

One of the best internet resources for plus-size shapewear that adds the needed structures under formal dresses can be found at Classic Shapewear with options available from S to 8X.   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.

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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One Shoulder Mermaid Gown, Sizes 0-32 | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick

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Jewel Collar Chiffon Gown, Sizes 2-26W| ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick
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Strapless Ruffled Gown, Size 14 -24W | ElegantPlus.com Military Ball Editor's Pick
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Lace Bodice Gown, Plus-Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

One Shoulder Mermaid Gown
Size 0 - 32

One Shoulder Dress
Size 2 - 26W
Custom Sizes Available

Strapless Ruffled Gown
Size 14 - 24W

Lace Bodice Gown
Size 14 - 22W

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