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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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Lace Popover Dress, Size 16 - 30W | Editor's Pick

Size 16 - 30W

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

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

Jersey Faux Wrap Gown, Size 12-32W | Editor's Pick


Tiered Lace Bolero Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Lace Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Jersey Faux Wrap Gown
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: Terani Couture, Lace Bodice Gown, Sizes 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

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

Tadashi Shoji, Belted Mint Lace Gown, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.come Editor's Pick

Tiered Sheath Dress, Size 16 - 24 | Editor's Pick

Terani Couture
Lace Bodice Gown
Size 14 - 24W

Jacket Dress
Size 14 - 34W

Tadashi Shoji
Belted Lace Gown

Size 14 - 24W

Tiered Sheath Dress
Size 16 - 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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Chiffon Duster 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

Chiffon Duster 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.  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 Trumpet Gown, Sizes 2-26W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Kay Unger, Lace Sheath Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 22W | Editor's Pick

Chiffon Cape Gown, Sizes 2-26W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

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

Chiffon Trumpet Gown
Size 2 - 26W

Kay Unger
Lace Sheath Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Chiffon Gown
Size 2 - 26W

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 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. 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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Ruffled Chiffon Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 22W | Editor's Pick

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

Belted Lace Gown, Size 14-22W | Editor's Pick

Puff Sleeve Jacket Dress, Plus-Size 12-22W | Editor's Pick

Ruffled Chiffon Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Black Jersey Jumpsuit
Size 14 - 32W

 Belted Lace Gown
Size 14 - 22W

Puff Sleeve
Duster Jacket Dress

Size 12 - 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 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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Jacquard Dress, Size 0 - 36W | Editor's Pick

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

Lace Sleeve Shutter Pleat Dress, Size 14 -22W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Party Frock, Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.come Editor's Pick

Jacquard Vintage Frock
Size 0 - 36W

Special Occasion Separates
Size S - 3X

Lace Sleeve Shutter Pleat Sheath
Size 14 - 22W

Retro Party Frock
Size 14 - 22W


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