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 16 extended
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
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
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
Younger women are most likely to wear bare,
strapless, and body conscious styles similar to
styles worn for college
formals, proms and homecoming.
Meanwhile, the most glamorous styles are
influenced by the high profile, star studded
events broadcast on television every year.
metallics and beading are especially prevalent
for New Year's Eve celebrations.
Resources for Plus-Size New Year's Eve Dresses &
For those that don't have a lot of time to wait
and need a dress or gown quickly, the best
which has extremely fast shipping times, and
many dresses in stock in size 14 to 24W.
For expedited shipping fees, equally fast is
has options for size 12 to 32W.
Inexpensive, trendy party dresses will ship
in size 14 to 24W. Vintage party glam can
be found at
sizes up to 30.
Those who have a little bit more time to plan
will want to check out the formalwear
which offers not only more youthful, and
gorgeous styles, but also a selection of labels
appealing to more mature women. Sizing
here can range from 12 to 30.
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
Rent the Runway
is well worth a mention for those who either
would prefer to hire a dress for the evening, or
want designer options on a tight budget.
You'll find everything from luxury Carmen Marc
Valvo and Badgley Mischka dresses to options
from labels like Adrianna Papell. Sizes
are available up to 22W, and each rental comes
with two sizes for the perfect fit.