Plus-Size Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses, A Shopping Guide @ Elegant Plus, Sizes 12 +

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Elegant Plus Shopping Guide:  Full-Figured Mother-of-the-Bride 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. The mother-of-the-bride or groom always wants to look her absolute best for their child's special day.  Choose colors that compliment, but stand out from the rest of the bridal party.  Styles usually are suited for a more mature full-figured woman with demure lengths, sleeves and shapes.  Church and evening suits are often a great choice, along with formal jacket gowns.

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Size 16 - 34W

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Embellished Neck Gown, Plus-Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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Silk Lace Jacket Dress

Size 1X - 3X

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Size 14 - 22W

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Size 12 - 32W

Plus-Size Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses Report
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Mother-of-the-Bride dresses are worn by more than the mothers of the bride or groom. Special wedding guests such as grandmothers and aunts are also frequently expected to dress more formally as part of the wedding party.  Consequently these dresses and gowns are meant for more mature women who often favor more modest styles.  More youthful, full-figured mothers may choose to browse other special occasion categories.

Depending on the formality of the wedding both short cocktail dress styles and evening gowns may be chosen.  Those taking part in more casual weddings my find less formal social dresses appropriate, as well.

It's not uncommon for either to come with a matching jacket or sleeves.  Classic colors are soft and muted, but brighter more vibrant shades - even red - are becoming more common choices.

Church or evening suits and less formal jacket dresses or social dresses are additional options that are popular. It is getting more popular for some special wedding guests, such as grandmother's of the bride and groom, to choose evening pant sets rather than a dress, as well.

 

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Designer: Nina Canacci, Illusion Sleeve Gown, Sizes 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Beaded Chiffon Pant Set, Sizes 12-34w | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Bolero Column Gown, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Designer: Terani Couture, Beaded Bodice Gown, Size 6 - 24 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Nina Canacci
Illusion Sleeve Gown
Size 14 - 24W

Beaded Chiffon Pant Set
Size 12 - 34W

Bolero Column Gown
Size 2 - 26W

Terani Couture
Beaded Bodice Gown
Size 6 - 24

 

Internet Shopping Resources for Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses

Several of the major department stores offer especially good selections of plus-size dresses on-line with options suitable for older women in sizes up to 24W.  Macy's carries mainly contemporary styles appealing to a more youthful mother-of-the-bride with a few for more mature women here and there. 

Nordstrom often has beaded dresses with sleeves from labels such as J Kara and Patra, in addition designer jacket dresses from Komarov. More cocktail length options are available here, but there are some full length long gowns, especially during the shopping season leading up to the winter holidays.

Saks Fifth Avenue is the best resource for upscale designer options from labels such as Kay Unger and ABS by Allen Schwatz.  Meanwhile, Dillard's is a mecca for formal jacket dresses and special occasion styles with sleeves.  Recently they've been adding high end designer labels such as Tadashi Shoji, Mac Duggal, and Terani Couture to their already excellent inventory.  You'll also find more mid-priced options from brands such as Alex Evenings, Adrianna Pappel, and Pisarro Nights.

 

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Caftan Dress, Custom Sizing Available | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Silver Jacket Dress, Size 6 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Ruffled Wrap Jersey Gown, Sizes 10-32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Chiffon Poncho Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.come Editor's Pick
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Nymph Dress
Embellished Caftan Gown
Size 2 - 16
Custom Sizes Available

Jacket Dress
Size 6 - 24W

Ruffled Wrap Jersey Gown
Size 10 - 32W

Draped Satin Gown
Size 2 - 26W

 

Budget conscious department store shoppers may want to check out the offerings at JC Penney and Sears Dress Barn is another moderately priced option with a much deeper inventory available on-line than in most retail store locations.  Extended sizes are frequently available at Catherine's in size XL to 5X.

While alight is mainly a trendy plus retailer, they have a surprisingly good and deep selection evening separates and dresses from labels such as Alex Evenings, Scala, and Adrianna Papell.  Sydney's Closet designs formalwear especially for full-figured women with a growing collection of both cocktail dresses and long gowns appealing to women who like upper arm coverage. Sizes here can be as large as 34W.

 

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Chiffon Cocktail Dress, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Lace Dress, Plus-Size 14 -24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Chiffon Gown, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Alyce, Illusion Bodice Gown, Size 0 - 24 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Chiffon Cocktail Dress
Size 2 - 26W

Lace Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Chiffon Gown
Size 2 - 26W

Alyce
Illusion Bodice Gown
Size 0 - 24

 

For budget friendly formal options made to order at direct from factory prices browse the extensive selections available from Amor Moda and TB Dress in sizes up to 26W.  Alterations such as length can often be made in the ordering notes.

Amazon has one of the deepest and most diverse collection of dresses for plus-sizes with brands, labels and styles changing constantly.  Sizes up to 34W are not unusual, and some styles are difficult to find elsewhere with cocktail, special occasion and even formal dresses turning up.

Indie designers Igigi and Kiyonna have exceptionally popular dresses suitable for a variety of occasions.  Lace dresses are a specialty for Kiyonna and often  have sleeves, in addition to popular jersey maxi dress styles that can be dressed up or down.  Igigi frequently has some stunning and sophisticated styles that are difficult to find in plus and super sizes to 32W.

 

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Lace Bodice Gown, Plus-Size 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Lace Peplum Gown, Plus-Size XL - 4X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Tiered Chiffon Jacket Dress, Size 14-22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lacel Dress, Plus-Size 14-22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lace Bodice Gown
Size 14 - 24W

Lace Peplum Gown
Size XL - 4X

 Tiered Chiffon Jacket Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Lace Dress
Size 14 - 22W

 

Some more unusual shopping resources include Ashro for jacket dresses and evening suits,  Midnight Velvet for beaded chiffon jacket dresses with a romantic and vintage flair, and Draper's & Damon's for evening separates.

For the most upscale and sophisticated evening gown options look for Terani, Mac Duggal, and JS Collections at Blue Gala.  The size finder isn't the most accurate here, but it's worth clicking on size 18 to draw together all the larger sizes. Some labels are available as large as 30.

For budget shoppers, occasionally designer and upscale cocktail and formal dresses appropriate for the mother-of-the-bride turn up at Saks Off Fifth and Neiman Marcus Last Call, especially during the holiday shopping season when cocktail parties are in full swing.  Prices here are marked well below full retail with styles usually available from past seasons.

 

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Satin Gown, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Lace Ruffle Jacket  Dress, Size 8-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Jacket Dress, Size 6 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lace Jacket Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.come Editor's Pick
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Satin Gown
Size 2 - 26W

Lace Jacket Dress
Size 8 - 24W
Petite to 16P

Jacket Dress
Size 6 - 26W

Lace Jacket Dress
Size 14 - 24W

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