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NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY STYLE

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Last Update: November 27, 2017

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Time to sparkle! 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 sequins, beading, 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.

 

 
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Size S - 3X

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Size 12 - 32W


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.

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Size 6 - 24W
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Internet Shopping Resources for Plus-Size New Year's Eve Dresses & Gowns

For higher end designer cocktail dresses and full-length gowns Tadashi Shoji is one of the best spots for extended sizes up to 24W.  The main misses collection has many styles available in sizes up to 16 or 18, with the occasional 20 for full-figured body types, as well. 

Several of the department stores are extremely well stocked with holiday party wear including pant sets, separates, and dresses.  Nordstrom has one of the deepest inventories available on-line with sizes up to 4X and styles that range from classic to contemporary, while Dillard's often has more dresses and gowns with jackets or long sleeves for those who prefer less bare styles for sizes up to 24W.

Meanwhile, Neiman Marcus has the best collection 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.

 

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Size 12 - 32W

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Size
8 - 22W

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Size XL - 3X

Caroline Rose
Metallic Knit Cardigan
Size
1X - 3X


The New Year's Eve party circuit is often the excuse during the year for the glitziest and sparkliest holiday outfits with plenty of shimmering metallics, beads, sequins, and embroidery.  Some of the best shopping spots for over-the-top glam are at a few of the plus-size Fast Fashion outlets. 

Eloquii has emerged as a year 'round party outfit spot with some of the most trend conscious looks for curvier figure types available that are appealing to slightly more mature women than the teen crowd served by shopping spots such as Forever 21

A little less glitzy but equally trendy are the collections at City Chic and Simply Be, while JD Williams offers slightly more mature but still contemporary styles for sizes up to 28W.

 

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Size 1X - 3X

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Size
XL - 3X

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Size 16 - 32W

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Size
14 - 24W


Super size divas will have some of the best luck at Fast Fashion retailers such as Ashley Stewart which has extended its size range to 38W, and Avenue that has a collection regularly available to 32W.  Better quality and more classic to contemporary dresses are available from Zappos with labels such as Kiyonna in sizes up to 5X regularly available, and Catherine's which has begun regularly stocking a formalwear collection on-line for sizes up to 36W. 

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

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