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Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size New Year's Eve Dresses & Gowns, Size 12 +

All Editor's Picks and plus-size clothing featured are hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of plus-fashion business partnerships. Elegant Plus has a size-inclusive policy and makes every effort to include stylish selections in size 12 and larger! Holiday formal events and New Year's Eve parties call for special plus-size cocktail dresses and evening gowns.  This hand selected collection  of plus size formalwear is carefully chosen for full-figured women by the Elegant Plus Style Editor.


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Plus-Size New Year's Eve & Holiday Dresses Report
[Shopping Resources & More Editor's Picks Below]

New Year's Eve and the holiday parties leading up to it can be wonderful opportunities for gorgeous black-tie worthy dresses and gowns.  Some women choose holiday cruises, charity events, or traditional gala balls to ring in the New Year. Truly upscale, luxury designer dresses are more readily available at this time of year, especially for smaller plus-size women in the size 12 to 18 extended misses range.

Colors and fabrics at this time of year tend to be rich and vibrant or sleekly chic, silhouettes sophisticated, and festive sparkle and shine abundant.  It has become more acceptable to wear shorter cocktail and tea length dresses, although ball gowns and full length dresses are also still frequently worn.


Partially because of the temperatures at this time of year, it's not unusual for women to choose dresses and gowns with sleeves. Some styles are more youthful, while others are more mature and similar to the types of dresses worn by the mother-of-the-bride.

Younger women are most likely to wear bare, strapless, and body conscious styles similar to other styles worn for college formals, proms and homecoming. Meanwhile, the most glamorous styles are influenced by the high profile, star studded gala and red carpet events broadcast on television every year.

Along with classic black and holiday red, metallics and beading are especially prevalent for New Year's Eve celebrations.


Internet Shopping Resources for Plus-Size New Year's Eve Dresses & Gowns

For those that don't have a lot of time to wait and need a dress or gown quickly, the best resource is Nordstrom which has extremely fast shipping times, and many dresses in stock in size 14 to 24W. Jersey maxi dresses and lace cocktail dresses are a specialty at moderately priced plus designer Kiyonna for size 10 to 32W with super fast expidited shipping available.


Both Dillard's and Macy's also both have exceptionally deep inventories of plus-size dresses ranging from trendier and moderately priced options to designer cocktail dresses and evening gowns in size 14 to 24W.

Neiman Marcus has the deepest selection of gala evening wear from premium and luxury designers such as Theia, Lela Rose, Carmen Marc Valvo, Monique Lhuillier and many others in size 0 to 18 out on the main racks, and smaller collection especially during the holidays from labels such as Kay Unger and Marina Rinaldi in size 14 to 24W in the women's section.

Meanwhile, Lord and Taylor is a must stop for those who are looking for more moderately priced designers such as LAUREN Ralph Lauren, Patra, and J Kara in size 14 to 24W.


Inexpensive, trendy party dresses will ship quickly from Asos in size 14 to 24W.  Vintage party glam can be found at ModCloth in sizes up to 30. 

Cataloguers such as Midnight Velvet always have ready-to-ship moderately priced evening and cocktail dress styles ready to ship in size 6 to 24W, while dress super store Dress Barn carries both their own in house label and capsule collections from names such as Carmen Marc Valvo and Adrianna Papell.

Plan on a two to three week wait from direct from manufacturer websites such as Light in the Box which can customize dresses to your measurements for a small fee and offer close to wholesale prices in size 2 to 26W.  Most dresses and gowns are available in a wide assortment of of colors.


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All Editor's Picks and plus-size clothing featured are hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our
extensive network of plus-fashion business partnerships.




New Year's Eve parties often require fancy dresses. Plus size women wear both cocktail dresses and formal evening gowns for black-tie events.

Elegant plus size formalwear and plus-size dresses for full-figured women sizes 12+