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Please be advised that all of the "Editor's Picks" featured in this section are hand-selected by Elegant Plus. Although every effort is made to keep featured products current, retailers can sell out of popular styles before the Editor has had an opportunity to update the page. All selections are available at time of posting and purchases can be made directly from the retailer on the associated shopping link. All of the shopping guides include designer selections which are noted with the designer's name in descriptions.

Please consult the Elegant Plus Sizing Report for an explanation of the different kinds of cuts  and sizing systems available in formalwear, especially for prom dresses which can come in junior sizing.  Remember a size is just an arbitrary system to give people information about fit.
 


Last Update: March 28, 2017

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Black Sateen One Shoulder Dress, Size 10 - 30W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Prom & Homecoming Pick Embroidered Bodice Gown, Size 8 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Prom Dress Pick Off-the-Shoulder Tulle Gown, Size 2 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Plus-Size Prom Dress Pick
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Size 2 - 26W

Plus-size prom gowns and homecoming dresses are available in the latest colors and styles on-line, even when many formalwear shops have limited selections.  Prom styles are more common in the spring and homecoming styles, which are often less formal, are available in the fall months. Department stores and other retailers that carry plus-size dresses often have less formal and simpler styles, although some regularly carry party frocks.

Styles range from modest, sweet and demure to more daring styles. Young women competing in pageants can also sometimes swap dresses for prom.  Red carpet glamour is making a style impact on many homecoming style trends. An increasing number of schools require shoulders and sometimes even arms to be covered for prom, and a growing number of more youthful options to fit these requirements are becoming available. Both the formalwear with sleeves and military ball tabs at Elegant Plus will have even more modest options. Teens and college women are choosing a variety of lengths from cocktail to formal at both types of events. 
 

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Size 14 - 22W

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Size 1X - 4X

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Size 14 - 36W

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Size 14 - 24W


Some of the most popular colors are pastels, white, vibrant brights, with floral prints more popular for spring proms, while darker and deeper shades of red, blue, black, and metallics coming to the fore for fall homecoming as we move closer to the Holiday Party season.  Some spring prom seasons see more metallics, sequins, and sparkle than others.

The right bras, shapewear, and hosiery are essential for achieving many of these looks. 

Shopping Resources for HOMECOMING & PROM DRESSES

Of the department stores, Nordstrom and  Macy's offer the best plus-size cocktail dress, party dress, and evening gown selection available for young, fashion conscious plus-size women.  Dresses and gowns suitable for proms are moderately priced and may come in either junior plus sizing or women's plus sizes from 14 to 24W.  Upscale designer gowns and dresses from names such as Mori Lee and Mac Duggal appealing to younger fashionistas are regularly available from Dillard's, in and around the more mature formalwear styles regularly stocked there with sizes available up to 28W.  Noticeably upping its style game, Lord & Taylor now offers trendy fashion from lables such as Modamix and Junarose, in addition to formalwear from Mac Duggal and other fashion forward labels for size 14 to 24W.

 

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Beaded Bodice Gown
Size 6 - 26W

Floral Embellished
High Low Gown
Size 0 - 36W
Avg, Petite, Tall
 

Chiffon Jumpsuit
Size 12 - 30W

ABS Allen Schwarts
V-Neck Gown

Size
XL - 2X

 

Those with the largest budgets looking for luxury designer formalwear in size 12 to 18 will have the most luck on the main racks of Neiman Marcus where labels such as Badgley Mischka, Carmen Marc Valvo, Theia, and Lela Rose are regularly available.  Extended sizes from similar designers, and a few options in full plus sizes to 24W from designer brands such as ABS by Allen Schwartz are also available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

For the more budget conscious shoppers Torrid  carries some less formal cocktail styles for those on tighter budgets for size L to 6X all year, with more formal styles stocked for the holidays and spring prom season. Eloquii is stocking more special occasion wear all year that is sophisticated enough for college homecoming and party events, but some of which is appropriate for prom in size 14 to 28W. Fresh party and cocktail styles from Australian trend conscious retailer City Chic have become available to the U.S. market in size 14 to 24W at moderate prices through retailers such as Nordstrom.  Meanwhile, inexpensive party options are frequently available from trendy, fast fashion retailers such as Ashley Stewart for size 12 to 32W.  

 

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Beaded Color Block Gown, Plus-Size 14 -22W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Prom Pick Jovani, Beaded Floral Lace Slip Gown, Size 0 - 16 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Lace Cocktail Dress, Size 10 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Purple Floral Gown, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Prom & Homecoming Pick

Beaded Color Block Gown
Size
14 - 22W

Jovani
Beaded Floral Lace Slip Gown

Size 0 - 16

Lace Dress
Size
10 - 32W

Floral Print Gown
Size 14 - 24W
 

 

Those who want a vintage or retro flair including swing dresses, flapper dresses, and retro 50's cocktail dress styles will appreciate the selection at Unique Vintage which has a stunning, upscale collection during prom season in size 14 to 32W. 

 ModCloth  also stocks a growing collection party dresses, often with a vintage flavor is size S to 4X.  Fab, curve friendly clothier eShakti that can customize looks for any measurements and heights usually has stylish special occasion and formalwear styles available both through the regular inventory and the wedding tab for size 0 to 36W with sizing adjusted to height.

British plus-specialty retailer Simply Be carries a collection of moderately priced stylish cocktail dresses and long gowns  during the winter party and spring prom seasons in size 6 to 28W.  Their website reflects US sizing and pricing in dollars for easy ordering, in addition to low cost and free, quick shipping.  Cute and trendy cocktail dresses and long gowns are also available from British curvy retailer Asos in size 14 to 24W which is turning into one of the most exciting, fashion forward spots for formalwear at affordable price points. 

 

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Rachel Pally
Off-the-Shoulder Gown
Size 1X - 3X

Lace Chiffon Dress
Size
14 - 24W

Tulle Party Dress
Size
14 - 28W

Dupioni Floral Print Dress
Size 0 - 36W
Avg, Petite, Tall
 

 

Direct from wholesale formalwear retailers can be an excellent way to get a celebrity inspired look for much less. Shipping times are usually two to three weeks, but the inventory is huge and extremely affordable.  One of the best is Light in the Box with sizes available from 2 to 26W.
 

Finishing Details

For foundation garments to create the smoothest body lines shop Her Room for plenty of options in sizes as large as 8X.  Hosiery, including fishnet stockings and thigh highs, can be purchased from Hips & Curves in size 1X to 6X. Meanwhile, Zappos will offer the most extensive shoe selection to complete the look.

 

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Lace Bodice Halter Gown
Size 14 - 22W

Mac Duggal
Beaded Tulle Ball Gown

Size 14 - 24W

Tulle Chiffon Ball Gown
Size 14 - 22W

Flounced Cold Shoulder
Contrast Trim Dress
Size 14 - 28W

 

 

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