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
while at others
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
prom and homecoming, and flashier than
wedding party styles.
There is some overlap with styles frequently
chosen for both
Special 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
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
coming into fashion.
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
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.
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.
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
Luisa via Roma,
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
Many of the formalwear designers available
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.
Celebrity designer formal dresses are available
for a fraction of their upscale retail costs at
Rent the Runway.
Plus-size options to 22W, in regular and tall
sizes, frequently include well known names such
as Theia, Kay Unger, David Meister, Carmen Marc
Valvo, and Badgley Mischka.
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.
also offer red carpet worthy gowns, especially
during the holidays, in sizes up to 32W.
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.
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.
Some of the best include
Light in the Box,
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
will wear multiple pairs simultaneously under
designer gowns to get the look they want.
We recommend the extensive selection available
that carries a wide variety of styles and types
with sizes as large as 10X.