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.
wedding guests like 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 mature
women who favor more modest styles. More
youthful mothers may choose to browse other
Depending on the formality of the wedding both
short cocktail dress styles and
evening gowns may
be chosen. It's not uncommon for either to come
matching jacket or sleeves. Classic
colors are soft and muted, but brighter more
vibrant shades - even red - are becoming more
Church or evening suits
and less formal jacket dresses or
are additional options that are popular.
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.
carries mainly contemporary styles appealing to
a more youthful mother-of-the-bride with a few
for more mature women here and there.
often has beaded dresses with sleeves from
labels such as J Kara and Patra, in addition
designer jacket dresses from Komarov.
Saks Fifth Avenue
is the best resource for upscale designer
options from labels such as Kay Unger and
is a mecca for formal jacket dresses and special
occasion styles with sleeves.
Budget conscious department store
shoppers may want to check out the offerings at
is another moderately priced option with a much
deeper inventory available on-line than in most
While alight is mainly a trendy
plus retailer, they have a surprisingly good and
evening separates and
dresses from labels such as Alex
Evenings, Scala, and Adrianna Papell.
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.
For budget friendly formal
options made to order at direct from factory
prices browse the extensive selections available
TB Dress in
sizes up to 26W. Alterations such as
length can often be made in the ordering notes.
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
Indie designers Igigi and
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.
frequently has some stunning and sophisticated
styles that are difficult to find in plus and
super sizes to 32W.
Some more unusual shopping
jacket dresses and evening suits,
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
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.
Those looking for chic, designer
formalwear on a budget will want to have a look
at the selection in sizes to 22W at
Rent the Runway.
There you can rent gowns and cocktail dresses
for the wedding, and return after the event.