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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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Chiffon Jacket Dress, Size 16 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Size 16 - 24W

Lace Jacket Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Lace Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Lace Inset Cocktail Dress, Size 12-32W | Editor's Pick


Lace Jacket Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Lace Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Lace Inset Cocktail Dress
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.  Those looking for special occasion shrugs to go over sleeveless dresses which can be purchased separately will find one of the best selections at Dress Barn within their plus-size dress shopping category.

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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Lace Cocktail Dress, Sizes XL-4X | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Jacket Dress, Sizes 14-34w | Editor's Pick

Shutter Pleat Jacket Gown, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.come Editor's Pick

Chiffon Lace Pant Set, Size 14 - 22W | Editor's Pick

Lace Cocktail Dress
Size XL - 4X

Jacket Dress
Size 14 - 34W

Shutter Pleat Jacket Gown
Size 14 - 24W

Chiffon Lace Pant Set
Size 14 - 22W


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.  Lord & Taylor is particularly well stocked with evening and special occasion styles appealing to more conservative and mature shoppers in size 0 to 24W.

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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Tiered Chiffon Jacket  Dress, Plus-Size 14-24W | Editor's Pick

Lace Chiffon Long Dress with Matching Shawl, Size 6 - 24W | Editor's Pick
Comes with Matching Shawl

Lace Sleeve Gown, Sizes 10-28W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Beaded Chiffon Pantsuit, Plus-Size 12 - 34W | ElegantPlus.come Editor's Pick

Tiered Chiffon Jacket Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Lace Chiffon Long Dress
Size 6 - 24W

Lace Sleeve Gown
Size 10 - 28W

Beaded Chiffon Pantsuit
Size 12 - 34W


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 in size 4 to 24W.  Extended sizes are frequently available at Catherine's in size XL to 5X.

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 range from 12 to 44W.


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Lace Tulle Gown, Sizes 2-26W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Carmen Marc Valvo, Rose Jacquard Cocktail Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 22W | Editor's Pick

Chiffon Capelet Dress, Size 14 - 22W | Editor's Pick

Chiffon Jacket Dress, Size 6 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Lace Tulle Gown
Size 2 - 26W

Carmen Marc Valvo
Rose Jacquard Cocktail Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Chiffon Capelet Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Chiffon Jacket Dress
Size 6 - 24W


For budget friendly formal options made to order at direct from factory prices browse the extensive selections available from Light in the Box 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. Prices range from value to moderately upscale.

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 Sheath Dress, Plus-Size 10 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Black Jersey Jumpsuit, Size 14 - 32W | Editor's Pick

Chiffon Cap Sleeve Gown, Plus-Size 14 -24W | Editor's Pick

Eyelet Jacket Dress, Size 6 - 26W | Editor's Pick

Lace Sheath Dress
Size 10 - 24W

Black Jersey Jumpsuit
Size 14 - 32W

 Chiffon Cap Sleeve Gown
Size 14 - 24W

Eyelet Jacket Dress
Size 6 - 26W


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 including coordinating evening tops, chiffon palazzo pants, and skirts.

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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Retro Botanic Print Dress, Size 0 - 36W | Editor's Pick

Special Occasion Separates, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick
Top & Bottom Sold Separately

Mori Lee, Beaded Jacket Gown, Size 18 - 26W | Editor's Pick

Illusion Bodice Gown, Size 16 - 32W | ElegantPlus.come Editor's Pick

Retro Botanic Print Frock
Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - tall

Special Occasion Separates
Size S - 3X

Mori Lee
Beaded Jacket Gown

Size 18 - 26W

Illusion Bodice Gown
Size 16 - 32W

Finishing Touches

Many formal and special occasion styles work best with smoothing undergarments and the proper foundation. Many of the plus-specialty retailers have begun carrying shapewear collections since larger sizes can often be impossible to find in the department stores.   Avenue reliably carries a good selection of styles for a variety of needs from size 1X to 4X in both beige and black.

The best selection of dress shoes and sandals in a wide variety of sizes and widths can be found at Zappos.  All orders receive super fast shipping, both ways to help customers find just the perfect fit and look.  Evening bags are always in stock at the major, upscale department stores. One of our favorites is Nordstrom which also has one of the best shoe selections.



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