Plus-Size Office Party Clothing, Trend Report Nov 29, 2014 @ Elegant Plus, Sizes 12 +


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Elegant Plus Plus-Size Office Party Trends Report
Looks for Holiday Party Season December 2014
November 29, 2014

As the holiday party season begins in earnest, winter velvets are joining beading and sequins as the newest looks in stores.   Chiffon and lace styles also continue to come in with those that have soft, vintage appeal especially popular. Metallics and lustrous fabric finishes add depth.

While classic black cocktail dresses will always be a favorite, reds from deep wine to spicier hues can also take center stage.  A vintage Moroccan blue reminiscent of tile and china glazes, and orchid purple tones are gorgeous choice for fashion forward women who enjoy being on trend.  More delicate winter whites and pale pink are mixed with black for a winter Art Deco inspired look.

Wide leg, palazzo pant styles are a more favored evening pant style for office parties, although slim legged styles in dressy and luxury fabrics are also good choices with evening style long flowing kimono dusters and toppers that are part of the art-to-wear BoHo style influences felt this year.  Occasionally more formal parties require a full length evening gown, instead of a cocktail dress.

Many evening looks require shapewear and stockings to finish properly. 

Click here for shopping resources.   The most recent Elegant Plus Style Editor's Picks are listed below.

Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Office Party Looks in Size 12 +

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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. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site. 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!  Professional lifestyles often include social events after hours.  This collection of hand selected plus-size dresses and separates combines professional polish with evening party style.

Let's Shop! Nordstrom

Charmeuse Satin and Chiffon Jacket Dress

The graceful, sweeping lines of this dress as it skims gently over curves is accentuated by lusterous pleated satin and filmy chiffon.  Wear alone, or add the matching single button jacket with illusion sleeves for more formal work functions.

Designer: Komarov

Size: 1X - 3X

Retail:  $440.00

Available from:  NORDSTROM



Lace & Satin Jacket Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Dress Barn

Color Block Evening Jumpsuit

One of the hottest trends for 2014, jumpsuits have an easy chic that translates well to office parties.  This split dolman sleeve combined with a wide leg is a sophisticated look.  Style with a pair of sparkling evening sandals and tennis bracelet.  A deep red lip adds just the right amount of evening glamour.

Size: 1X - 3X

Retail: $68.00

Available from: DRESS BARN

Color Block Jumpsuit, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Eloquii

Sequin Cropped Jacket

This stylish party topper will dress up classic black with a shimmering accent.  Layer over core cocktail basics already in your wardrobe, or pair with a stylish pencil skirt or chiffon palazzo pants for the perfect ensemble.

Size: 14 - 24W

Retail: $138.00

Available from: ELOQUII

$150 +

Cropped Sequin Jacket, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! SWAK

Crushed Velvet Palazzo Pants

The elegant drape of wide leg palazzo pants in a luscious crushed velvet is guaranteed to earn you plenty of compliments. Choose classic black for a sophisticated evening look, or be creative with garnet red or amethyst purple.  Keep the top close fitting for a sleek silhouette.

Size: 1X - 6X

Retail: $54.90

Colors: Black, Garnet, Amethyst

Available from: SWAK DESIGNS

$99 +

Velvet Palazzo Pants, Plus-Size 1X - 6X | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Let's Shop! Macy's

Sheer Embroidered Top

The delicate embroidery on this sheer top (camisole not included) is a gorgeous vintage inspired touch.  Slightly belled three quarter sleeves and high neck make a piece that can dress up or down for the holiday season.  Wear over a smoothing bodyshaper in nude or white for the most flattering look.

Size: XL - 3X

Retail: $69.50

Available from: MACY'S

$99 +

Vintage Embroidered Sheer Top, Plus-Size XL-3X | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Igigi

Lace Sheath Dress

A gorgeous long sleeve lace sheath dress skims curves and finishes just past the knee.  Choose a deep wine red for maximum impact, or go with a subtly sophisticated black.  Accessorize with a beaded clutch that shimmer and shines.

Size: 12 - 28W

Retail: $168.00

Colors: Wine,  Black

Available from:  IGIGI


More Colors Available

Let's Shop! Draper's & Damon's

Gold Brocade Twin Set

A rich metallic gold brocade in an elegant paisley pattern is fashioned into a sophisticated special occasion twin set.  A slight stretch to the fabric makes this piece easy to wear, while keeping the look party perfect. 

Size: S - 3X

Retail:  $139.95

Available from: DRAPER'S & DAMON'S

Gold Brocade Twin Set, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick


Let's Shop! eShakti

Beaded Shift Dress

Retro, vintage flair make this chic beaded shift dress a unique style statement.  Easy and quick tailoring options will guarantee the perfect fit with options allowing for above or below the knee lengths taking into account your specific height and measurements.

Size: 0 - 36W

Retail: $109.95

Available from: eSHAKTI


Retro Beaded Shift Dress, Size 0 - 36W | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! QVC

Velvet Batwing Jacket

A gorgeous vintage design takes the Art Deco cocoon jacket and drapes it in velvet for a stunning topper.  Wear over a beaded shell or slinky, form fitting gown for holiday parties.

Designer: Nicole Richie Collection

Size: 14 - 28W

Retail: $109.50

Colors: Wine,  Black

Available from: QVC

Velvet Cocoon Jacket, Size 14 -28W | Editor's Pick
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Let's Shop! Deb Shops

Sequin Tank Top

Sometimes the simplest piece can turn an outfit into a holiday sparkler.  This little layering tank is one.  Mix it with black pants, skirts, and toppers already in your closet and presto! 

Size: 1X - 3X

Retail: $25.50

Colors: Black, Grey, Red, Blue, White

Available from: DEB SHOPS

$60 +

Sequin Tank Top, Plus-Size 1X-3X | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Let's Shop! Alex Evenings @ alight

Chiffon Evening Pants

Flowing chiffon evening pants in pale pink are for the fashion forward woman who enjoys injecting an unexpected, yet on trend color, into the holiday party scene.  Pair with a black or charcoal grey beaded top and let the compliments flow!

Size: 1X - 3X

Retail: $84.00

Colors: Black, Blush Pink, Navy Blue, Purple, Brandy Red, Orchid, Ivory, Champagne

Available from: ALIGHT

$100 +


More Colors Available

Let's Shop! Dillard's

Velvet Sheath Dress

A rich imperial purple velvet wraps curves in a beautiful party dress. A jeweled embellishment sparkles at the hip.  Three quarter length sleeves are perfect for showing off a cuff or tennis bracelet. 

Size: 14 - 24W

Retail:  $170.00

Available from: DILLARD'S

Velvet Sheath Dress, Plus-Size 14 -24W | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Kiyonna

Lace Sleeve Evening Gown

Some holiday parties are more formal than others. This full length gown with three quarter lace illusion sleeves is a beautiful choice.  A deep luscious plum purple is one of the most sought after colors this year, while classic black will always be a sophisticated choice.

Size: 10 - 32W

Retail: $228.00

Colors: Black, Plum

Available from: KIYONNA

$150 +


Lace Sleeve Evening Gown, Plus-Size 10 - 32W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Let's Shop! Catherine's

Lace Twin Set

A modern classic for holiday office parties, this ecru lace twin set has a little extra shimmer with a subtle sprinkling of sequins.  A look that never goes out of style this one works for spring and summer events such as weddings for guests, as well as it does for holiday cocktail parties.

Size: XL - 5X

Retail: $119.00 - $129.00

Available from: CATHERINE'S

Plus-Size Lace Evening Twin Set, Size XL - 5X | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Neiman Marcus

A-Line Silk Dress

An easy, swinging a-line shift in sumptuous silk with sparkling sequins at the shoulder is just the simplicity of design we've come to love from Eileen Fisher.  A "Little Black Dress" that will find you reaching for it over and over again.

Designer: Eileen Fisher

Size: 1X - 3X

Retail:  $418.00

Available from: NEIMAN MARCUS



Eileen Fisher, Black Silk Cocktail Dress with Sequin Trim Shoulder, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Peggy Lutz on Amazon

Crinkle Kimono Duster

A lusterous fabric in a rich ruby red makes a versatile kimono topper. Flowing lines work best over form fitting tops and slim leg pants. Or, layer over a slinky, evening maxi dress.  From holiday parties to elegant casual chic, art-to-wear toppers are an important part of this year's BoHo style influences.

Designer: Peggy Lutz Plus

Size: 22 - 32W

Retail:  $230.00

Available from: AMAZON

Designer: Peggy Lutz Plus, Ruby Red Kimono Topper, Plus-Size 22-32W | Editor's Pick
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Let's Shop! Lane Bryant

Vintage Lace Peplum Blouse

Gorgeous romantic vintage detailing make this peplum blouse the perfect choice for holiday gatherings.  Adjustable satin tie at the waist guarantees the perfect fit for your body, and creates soft, feminine curves in all the right places. Wear with a sequin mermaid or pencil skirt for maximum glamour.

Designer: Isabel Toledo

Size: 12 - 24W

Retail: $198.00

Available from: LANE BRYANT

Designer: Isabel Toledo, Soft Vintage Lace Peplum Blouse, Plus-Size 12 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Ashley Stewart

Baroque Sequin Sheath Dress

A rich baroque brocade pattern is worked into a sequin sheath dress that is absolutely stunning.  The luxe look is a sophisticated and elegant choice for women who revel in their curves.

Size: 12 - 26W

Retail: $ 79.50

Available from: ASHLEY STEWART

$50 +

Baroque Sequin Sheath Dress, Plus-Size 12-26W | Editor's Pick

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