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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.
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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
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.
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
formal at both types of events.
Some of the most popular colors
are pastels, white,
with floral prints
more popular for spring proms, while darker and
deeper shades of
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
essential for achieving many of these looks.
Of the department stores,
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
in and around the more mature formalwear styles
regularly stocked there with sizes available up
to 28W. Noticeably upping its style game,
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.
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
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
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
Chic have become available to the U.S. market in size 14 to 24W
at moderate prices through retailers such as
inexpensive party options are frequently
available from trendy, fast fashion retailers
for size 12 to 32W.
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,
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
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.
For foundation garments to create
the smoothest body lines shop
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