Elegant Plus Size Formal Gowns & Cocktail Dresses for the Red Carpet, A Shopping Guide @ Elegant Plus, Size 12 +

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Elegant Plus Shopping Guides & Editor's Picks:  Red Carpet Plus-Size Dresses & Gowns in 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 every category for our full size range of 12 to 34w!  Plus size formalwear for red carpet affairs hand selected by the Elegant Plus Style Editor.  Red carpet looks are often inspired by celebrity red carpets and are worn at a variety of plus empowerment events throughout the country.

 

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Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Formalwear @ Izi Dress

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Alyce @ Blue Gala

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Designer Evening Wear @ Neiman Marcus

Designer: Primavera Couture, Sequin Cocktail Dress, Size 0 - 30 @ Elegant Plus, Size 12 +
Size 0 - 30

Deep Plunge, Satin Gown, Size 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Event Editor's Pick
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Designer: Alyce, Beaded Crop Evening Pant Suit, Size 0 - 18 | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Events Editor's Pick
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Carmen Marc Valvo, Satin Peplum Dress, Size 4 - 16 | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Editor's Pick

Primavera Couture  Dresses sizes 0-18 at Bluegala.com

Deep Plunge Satin Gown
Size 2 - 26W

Alyce
Beaded Crop
Evening Pant Suit

Size 0 - 18

 Carmen Marc Valvo
Satin Peplum Dress

Size 4 - 16

Plus-Size Red Carpet Gowns Report
[Shopping Resources & More Editor's Picks Below]

A growing number of plus-size empowerment events include the glam of Red Carpet entrances.  Feeling special with cameras flashing while posing in front of sponsorship boards is part of the fun before a night at a formal event.  Some events require long formal gowns, while at others cocktail dresses are acceptable. In either case, many women love to sparkle and bask in the love and attention. 

Looks tend to be older and more sophisticated than for prom and homecoming, and flashier than wedding party styles.  There is some overlap with styles frequently chosen for both military balls and some pageant circuits.  Special black tie and gala events for New Year's Eve can also sometimes skew more glamorous.  This is the formalwear shopping category where labels are often the most upscale and luxurious.

High end, designer runway fashion is where many design trends first appear. Looks can also be inspired from the red carpets at national entertainment industry shows such as the Oscars, the Grammy's, and other televised awards shows.  Gala events such as the annual Costume Institute Ball at the Metropolitan Museum of Art also influence formalwear styles.  Full-figured women do attend these high profile red carpet events also, sometimes as celebrities and other times as more behind-the-scenes power players within the industries and social circles for which these events are geared.

Styles are often highly structured, body conscious, and detailed with fine fabrics and embellishments.  Bare looks prevail, but recent style seasons have seen more sleeves coming into fashion.

 

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Night Moves Formalwear @ Blue Gala

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Dresses @ Igigi

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Fashion @ alight

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Formalwear @ Dillard's

Allure Night Moves, Jersey Illusion Gown, Size 0-32 | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Editor's Pick
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Black Jersey Wrap Gown, Sizes 14-32W | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Events Editor's Pick


Designer: Jasz Couture, Beaded Strapless Gown, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Events Editor's Pick

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Mac Duggal, Navy Beaded Gown, Size 14 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Allure Night Moves
Jersey Illusion Gown
Size 0 - 32

Black Jersey Wrap Gown
Size 14 - 32W

Jasz Couture
Strapless Beaded Gown
Size 14 - 24W

Mac Duggal
Navy Beaded Gown

Size 14 - 28W

Internet Shopping Resources for Red Carpet Worthy Formalwear in Size 12 +

The spring wedding season and holiday party season see several department stores stocking more formalwear than at other times of the year.   The most upscale options with high end designer labels such as Monique Lhuillier, Tadashi Shoji, Kay Unger, and Marina Rinaldi will often turn up at Saks Fifth Avenue (on-line only), Bloomingdale's, and Nordstrom in sizes up to 24W.  Women who wear size 12 to 18 will find many more formalwear options shopping the main evening wear collections at both, including some petite styles.

Meanwhile, Neiman Marcus offers their most upscale designer labels such as Marchesa, Carmen Marc Valvo, Badgley Micshka, St. John, and Lela Rose in sizes 12 to 20 in their main evening wear collection.  Use the size finder to locate the styles available in your size. The "Women's" or plus-size department carries labels such as Kay Unger, Marina Rinaldi, Melissa Masse, and Anna Scholz.

Dillard's has begun stocking designer gowns from names such as Mac Duggal, Terani Couture, and Tadashi Shoji in among their more moderately priced eveningwear.  Many styles have sleeves here, for those that prefer a little extra coverage in size 14 to 28W.

Those who can wear smaller plus-sizes in the 12 to 18 range will also find luxury options from labels such as Escada, and other global fashion week designers available from from time-to-time in the misses sections at the European runway designer super-site Luisa via Roma

 

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Fashion @ alight

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Dresses @ Light in the Box

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Dresses @ Saks

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Fashion @ alight

Clarisse, Blush Pink Beaded Mermaid Gown, Size 14 - 24 | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Events Editor's Pick

Plunge Chiffon Gown, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Editor's Pick
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Designer: Tadashi Shoji, Lace Peplum Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Designer: Rachel Allan, Nude Lace Shift Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 24 | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Gowns Editor's Pick

Clarisse
Blush Pink
Embellished Mermaid Gown
Size 14 - 24

Plunge Chiffon Gown
Size 2 - 26W
Custom Sizes Available

Tadashi Shoji
Lace Peplum Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Rachel Allan
Nude Lace Shift Dress

Size 14 - 24

Finally, if you are willing to do some looking luxury boutiques can offer some treasures.  Shoptiques brings together some of the best across the country, including those frequented by socialites and celebrities such as Gregory's.

Trendy plus super store alight is emerging as one of the hottest plus-size designer eveningwear shopping spots on the internet.  Truly red carpet worthy, elaborate dresses in both long and shorter cocktail lengths are being added daily from labels such as Terani Couture, Nina Canacci, Jasz Couture, Rachel Allan, and Clarisse with sizes ranging from 14 to 34W.

Many of the formalwear designers available through Blue Gala are equally expensive and luxe.  The size finder in the side bar tops out at size 18, but a surprising number of labels are available as large as a 30.  Look for Terani Couture, Alyce, Night Moves by Allure, Tony Bowls, Blush, and Primavera Couture for red carpet worthy evening gowns and cocktail dresses.

Rachel Pally's easy-to-wear jersey styles frequently turn up on less formal celebrity red carpets.  Sizing is both generous and extra long with options to 3X.  Igigi will also offer red carpet worthy gowns, especially during the holidays, in sizes up to 32W.

 

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Evening  Dresses @ Izi Dress

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Evening Wear @ Unique Vintage

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Clothing @ Neiman Marcus

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Vintage Style Clothing @ ModCloth

Chiffon Greek Goddess Gown, Size 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Editor's Pick
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Jasz Couture, Applique Gown, Size 8 - 18 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Designer: Melissa Masse, Jersey Cape Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X| ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Editor's Pick

Tulle Lace Shift Dress, Size S - 2X | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet  Editor's Pick

Chiffon Greek Goddess Gown
Size 2 - 26W

Jasz Couture
Appliqué Gown
Size 8 - 18

Melissa Masse
Jersey Cape Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Tulle Lace Shift Dress
Size S - 2X


For those on tighter budgets, direct from manufacturer formalwear sites bring costs down to close to wholesale with much shorter order delivery wait periods than ordering through most bridal shops.  More and more looks are either inspired by celebrity red carpets or are of styles appropriate for red carpets. Quality and fit is not as high as the premium labels and designers mentioned above, but prices are also small.  Most come in a wide assortment of colors with the ability to tweak measurements such as hem lengths for a small fee, with off-the-rack sizing to 26W available in a majority of styles.  Two of the best include Light in the Box and Izi Dress.

Finishing Details

The silhouettes of more elaborate formalwear cannot be achieved for any size woman without the help of the correct undergarments and shapewear.  Many celebrities swear by Spanx and will wear multiple pairs simultaneously under designer gowns to get the look they want.  We recommend the extensive selection available from Classic Shapewear that carries a wide variety of styles and types with sizes as large as 10X.

 

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Designer: MYNT 1792, Black Sequin Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Editor's Pick

One Shoulder Sequin Gown, Size 0 - 30| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Deco Beaded Cocktail Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lace Shoulder Sheath Gown, Plus-Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Event Editor's Pick

MYNT 1792
Black Sequin Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Blush
One Shoulder Sequin Gown

Size 0 - 30

Deco Beaded Cocktail Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Lace Shoulder Sheath Gown
Size 14 - 22W

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