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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.

 

RETAILER SPOTLIGHT:

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Designer Dresses @ Nordstrom

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Fashion @ Lord & Taylor

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

Designer: Rene Ruiz, Cowl Column Gown, Size 0 - 18 @ Elegant Plus, Size 12 +
Designer: Rene Ruiz
Size 0 - 18

Beaded Cocktail Dress, Size 0 - 16| ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Event Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Designer: Ralph Lauren, Sequin Bodice Black Cocktail Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 22W | | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Events Editor's Pick

Beaded Lace Mermaid Gown, Size 0 - 20 | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Beaded Cocktail Dress
Size 0 - 16

LAUREN Ralph Lauren
Sequin Bodice Cocktail Dress
Size 14 - 22W

 Beaded Lace Mermaid Gown
Size 0 - 20

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: Designer Dresses @ Saks Fifth Avenue

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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Formalwear @ Sydneys Closet

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

Designer: Marina Rinaldi, Beaded Crepe Sheath Dress, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Editor's Pick

Golden Swirl Gown, Size 12 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Events Editor's Pick

One Shoulder Ruched Gown, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Events Editor's Pick

Terani Couture, Peplum Gown, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Marina Rinaldi
Beaded Crepe Sheath
Size 14 - 24W

Golden Swirl Gown
Size 12 - 28W

One Shoulder Ruched Gown
Size 14 - 24W

Terani Couture
Peplum Gown
Size 14 - 24W

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, Terani Couture, Mac Duggal, Kay Unger, and Marina Rinaldi will often turn up at Saks Fifth Avenue (on-line only) 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.
 

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Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Designer Dresses @ Neiman Marcus

Printed Sheath Dress, Size XL - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Events Editor's Pick

Jersey Trumpet Gown, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Editor's Pick
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Designer: ABS by Allen Schwarz, Strappy Color Block Dress, Size XL - 3X  ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Designer: Lafayette 148. Sheath Dress, Size 14 - 20W | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Gowns Editor's Pick
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Printed Sheath Dress
Size XL - 3X

Jersey Trumpet Gown
Size 2 - 26W
Custom Sizes Available

ABS by Allen Schwartz
Strappy Color Block Dress
Size XL - 3X

Lafayette 148
Sheath Dress
Size 14 - 20W

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

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: Vintage Evening Wear @ Unique Vintage

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

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

Beaded Trumpet Gown, Size 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Editor's Pick
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Deco Beaded Gown, Size 4 - 18 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Designer: Theia, Striped Party Dress, Size 12 - 16 | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Editor's Pick

Silver Sequin Dress, Size 4 - 24 | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet  Editor's Pick

Beaded Trumpet Gown
Size 2 - 26W

Deco Beaded Gown
Size 4 - 18

Theia
Striped Party Dress
Size 12 - 16

Silver Sequin Dress
Size 4 - 24


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 Her Room that carries a wide variety of styles and types with sizes as large as 10X.

 

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Designer: Melissa Masse, Print Maxi Dress, Size XL - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Editor's Pick

Ponte Faux Leather Sheath Dress, Size 14 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Soul Mates, Crochet Sheath Dress, Size 1X - 3X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Embellished Cowl Back Cocktail Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Red Carpet Event Editor's Pick

Melissa Masse
Print Maxi Dress
Size XL - 3X

Ponte Faux Leather Sheath
Size 14 - 28W

Soul Mates
Crochet Sheath Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Embellished Cowl Back
Cocktail Dress
Size 14 - 22W

 

 

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