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Last Update: May 8, 2017
Lace Inset Maxi
10 - 30W
Cotton Silk Jacquard
14 - 24W
12 - 32W
A summer favorite in crisp
cotton, white dresses can be casual or dressy. An option for events such as graduation
parties, Easter Sunday, and outdoor music
festivals, white dresses have become
increasingly popular with women of all sizes.
Plus-size women are no longer hiding exclusively
in dark colors when the sun shines and the
temperatures rise. Both summer
months and the winter resort and cruise
season can provide prime
opportunities to choose clean, crisp white
dresses. Meanwhile, winter white,
cream, and ecru shades can also be chosen for
holiday events and parties.
Election saw white dresses and suits worn to symbolize
the Suffragettes, empowerment, and women's right to vote, boosting the
color's popularity across the seasons.
Consequently, 2017 is seeing the white trend move into
women's career wear, including cleanly tailored dresses
in fabrics such as crisp cotton and linen.
All White Parties were initially part of the
LGBT party circuit in major cities and resort
destinations across the U.S.A. and
internationally They became a part of the
P. Diddy instituted an annual
White Party in the Hamptons for July 4. Within
the plus community an All White Cruise has
become a much anticipated part of the annual
Full-Figured Fashion Week calendar.
The question is always what to wear to an All White
party? Finding a swank, unique white party
dress in plus-sizes can be challenging in a
world that believes anyone larger than a size 8
should wear evening black.
Whites vary from snow white to soft creams and
off-whites. Purists often choose to wear
snow white but softer whites come in and out of
Some White Party dresses can also
make nice alternatives for informal weddings.
Second time and older brides may also
choose taffeta, brocade, or satin white, cream,
or champagne evening suits. Increasingly, brides
are also choosing separate less formal dresses
in white for wedding receptions after the main
Snow white dresses are more readily
available seasonally in the summer and resort,
cruise, winter getaway times of year. The
best strategy for shopping is to look in spots
with the deepest and most extensive plus-size
dress inventories. These include
in the department store sphere in size 2 to 24W,
the on-line exclusive space in size 0 to 36W.
Those who like trendier looks will want to stop
for size 14 to 26W, and
extended sizes L to 6X.
White lace dresses in both short and maxi
lengths are regularly available at
their wedding tab for sizes 10 to 32W, while
more casual jersey maxi styles are often
available at SWAK
for sizes 1X to 6X. Unique Vintage
offers options both in Jazz Age Gatsby styles
and mid twentieth century retro looks for sizes
up to 4X.
has become a must shop style destination for
curvy fashionistas who appreciate contemporary
to trendy fashion. White dresses here
range from casual, BoHo styles to beaded vintage
inspired dresses that would work for wedding
receptions or even a destination wedding itself,
all for sizes 6 to 28W.