Plus-Size Social Dresses for Special Occasions, Trend Report October 3, 2014 @ Elegant Plus, Sizes 12 +

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Elegant Plus Plus-Size Social Dresses Trends Report
First Look: 15 Dresses for Fall Occasions 2014
October 3, 2014

As we head into fall, holiday parties and social occasions are right around the corner.  This is one of the most important seasons for plus-size dresses.   While most occasions aren't formal enough to need a cocktail dress, looks still tend to be softer and dressier than styles worn for work.  Fall weddings are a classic occasion with guests often looking for appropriate outfits and dresses.  Homecoming dances are usually more formal, but some may choose a less dressy frock.

Thanksgiving dinner, usually spent with family and friends, can be casual or more dressed depending on the family tradition.  More and more families are taking vacations and cruises away from home for the holiday and letting someone else do the cooking.  Whether it's a meal with extended family or with friends,  out at a restaurant or carving the turkey yourself, special occasion dresses can add a little more festiveness to the celebrations.  Holiday office parties are often not far behind.

Fall 2014 Trends

This year the color palette is predominantly cool, dominated by purple, wine red, hints of blue, and rich teal green.   Classic black is always a favorite.   Patterns continue to be an important statement, with subtle tone-on-tone prints creating richly textured looks in jacquard and lace overlays.  Winter florals are promising to be big, with cabbage roses in bold designs easily carried off by more voluptuous figures. Digital prints are a fresh, youthful choice.  Colored laces are continuing in popularity from last year, with classic velvet in more casual silhouettes coming into play.

Hem lines are dropping, although some younger women still like to show off their gams.   Fit and flare silhouettes with vintage details such as high, illusion necklines and sleeves mix with easy shifts and body conscious sheaths.

Modern classic women will want to choose simple pumps to finish the outfit, while those with funkier personal styles may choose to add leggings, boots, or booties to the ensemble.

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Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Social Dresses in Sizes 12 +

All Editor's Picks clothing featured is hand- selected from the latest style trends by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of fashion business partnerships. Options available in all size ranges, although we specialize in hard-to-find sizes 12 and over.  Elegant Plus Sizing Report  Plus-size social dresses tend to be softer and more feminine than those worn for work, but less formal than cocktail dresses. 

Let's Shop! Nordstrom

Plus-Size Jacuard Fit & Flare Dress, Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Jacquard Fit & Flare Dress

Heavy weight cotton blend dress in a geometric print jacquard.  Tailored princess seams and fit and flare styling skim and flatter curves.

Size: 14 - 24W

Retail:  $108.00

Available from:  NORDSTROM


Let's Shop! Igigi

Plus-Size Lace Overlay Sheath Dress, 12 - 30W | Editor's Pick

Lace Overlay Sheath Dress

Figure hugging sheath styling combined with subtle tone-on-tone textures is a classic look that embodies endless style.  Add a deep red pouty lip for special occasion glam.

Size: 12 - 30W

Retail: $148.00

Available from: IGIGI


Plus-Size Body Con Geo Print Dress, Size 14-24W | Editor's Pick

Geo Print Body Con Dress

Digital geo print dress in longer midi length makes this dress a chic modern choice.  Remember the shapewear for perfect curves.

Size: 14 - 24W

Retail: $66.65

Available from: ASOS


Feather Print Shift Dress

Easy care, easy wear: matte jersey dress with sleeves in a forgiving shift silhouette.

Size: 14 - 22W

Retail: $99.00

Available from: DILLARD'S

Jacquard Dress

Fully lined, stretch cotton dress in classic vintage style. Gorgeous wine red tone-on-tone jacquard print has a luxurious quality that is party perfect.

Designer: Eva Mendez

Size: 0 - 18

Retail: $69.95

Available from: NEW YORK & CO


Tribal Print Border Dress

Lightweight merino wool combined with a classic Native American blanket pattern at the hem, make this a strikingly unusual dress.

Designer: Ralph Lauren

Size: 1X - 3X

Retail: $235.00

Available from: BLOOMINGDALE'S

Plus-Size Ruched Body COn Midi Dress, Size 10 - 32W | Editor's Pick
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Ruched Jersey Knit Dress

Midi length, body conscious styling with wide flutter sleeves skims curves for the ultimate wiggle dress.

Size: 10 - 32W

Retail: $118.00

Available from: KIYONNA

$150 +

Let's Shop! Jones New York

Black Lace Hem Dress, Size 4 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Black Lace Border Dress

Chic black crepe dress with lace inset border hem has a vintage, Audrey Hepburn style.  Wear alone or with a classic cardigan.

Size: 4 - 24W

Retail:  $119.00- $149.00

Available from: JONES NEW YORK

$125 +

Let's Shop! ModCloth

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Lace Dress

Colored lace has been all the rage, and this cute vintage inspired dress captures the look to perfection.  Fully lined in nude for a contrast look.

Size: 0 - 24W

Retail: $119.99

Available from: MODCLOTH


Let's Shop! NorthStyle

Floral Chiffon Dress

Gorgeous winter floral on delicate chiffon is the perfect choice for women who exude feminine grace and style.  Slight fishtail hem adds fashion forward detailing.

Size: 4 - 24W

Retail:  $79.95 - $89.95

Available from: NORTH STYLE

Let's Shop! Karen Kane

Jacquard Panel Shift Dress

Illusion panel in luxe lace print jacquard in an easy-to-wear high quality knit make occasion dressing a snap.  Just pop on and go!

Size: XL - 3X

Retail: $128.00

Available from: KAREN KANE

$100 +

Let's Shop! Torrid

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Colored Lace Dress

Beautiful teal green is the fashion forward alternative to classic red for the holiday social occasion season.  Feminine lace keeps the look soft and romantic.

Size: XL - 5X

Retail: $68.50

Available from: TORRID

Let's Shop: Neiman Marcus

Floral Silk Tunic Dress

Stunning stretch silk charmeuse tunic dress in a beautiful winter floral print can be worn alone or with leggings.  A luxurious option for women of style.

Designer: Melissa Masse

Size: 1X - 3X

Retail: $325.00

Available from: NEIMAN MARCUS


Let's Shop! eShakti

Stretch Velveteen Dress, Size 0 - 36W | Editor's Pick

Shawl Collar Velveteen Knit Dress

One part holiday glam in soft red velvet, one part sweet charm.  Demure shawl collar, pockets, and long sleeves  in a graceful silhouette can be worn with tall boots or tights. You choose.

Size: 0 - 36W

Retail: $79.95

Available from: eSHAKTI

Let's Shop! Sealed with a Kiss

Body Con Print Dress

Curve hugging design with bold geometric print is the perfect choice for the trendy fashionista.  Fashion forward illusion bodice and longer, below knee length keep the look fresh.

Size: 1X - 6X

Retail: $59.90

Available from: SEALED WITH A KISS

$99 +

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