Plus-Size Black Cocktail Dresses, Trend Report: October 18, 2014  @ ElegantPlus.com, Sizes 12 +

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22 Plus-Size Black Cocktail Dresses for the Holidays
October 18, 2014

Often a little bit dressier than special occasion dresses, black cocktail dresses are a closet classic.  Especially popular during the holiday office party season, they are equally good choices for cruise and resort vacation destinations, gala charity events, and affairs that don't quite need the formality of a full length evening gown.

Price points can range from under one hundred dollars to three to five hundred dollars for a designer dress, with a more plentiful selection than during any other shopping season.  Dresses with heavy beaded details can also be on the more expensive end, since beading is still a process that must be done mostly by hand.

Lace continues to be a  favorite this year with new trends including contrast, nude linings to show off the lace pattern itself, and metallic frosted laces that have a subtle shine to the finish.  In addition to floral lace designs, other patterns such as Swiss dots and diamond plaids are adding visual interest and texture to black dresses. Less popular with dresses, but still in demand in the dressier separates selection of the holidays is velvet.  Chiffons are adding a lightness and see-through quality where sleek body conscious looks are being layered with larger volumes and as illusion bodices and sleeves.  Sleek knits are providing draped and flared hem looks that are easily packed for travel destinations.  The most unexpected trend in evening and cocktail dress styles this year is the use of (faux) leather panels and details for edgier, modern looks.

Cut outs, some with illusion insets, and asymmetric necklines juxtapose angular lines with soft curvaceous shapes in body con style dresses for an effect that is thoroughly modern. Vintage style references range from the fit-and-flare hourglass silhouette of Dior's 1950's "New Look" to the straight shift dresses of the Jazz Age and Mod 60's. Curvy peplum dresses are reminiscent of 1940's Film Noir.  Fishtail hems are one of the newest trends evolving out of bridal and formalwear, appearing in both long maxi length and midi length dresses.

Many younger women still enjoy leggy, short mini dress lengths, but hem lines are coming down.  Midi dresses are gaining popularity, while longer jersey maxi dresses are also being chosen for cocktail wear.  Dresses with sleeves are gaining popularity with both younger and older women with lengths ranging from simple cap sleeves to three quarter illusion sleeves.  While jacket dresses are still an option, one of the newest looks are dresses with capes or capelets. Necklines are mainly high with a few plunging styles here and there, but often enhanced with an illusion bodice insert.

Click here for plus-size black cocktail dresses shopping resources.   The most recent, hand-selected Elegant Plus Style Editor's Picks chosen just for you, are listed below.

 

Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Black Cocktail 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 black cocktail dresses are a modern closet favorite.  Every woman needs at least one or two that can go to social events ranging from office parties to last minute dinner invitations.

Let's Shop! Dillard's Plus Size Dresses

Lace Illusion Sheath Dress

Shimmering illusion lace insets visually body sculpt curves into the perfect hourglass figure. Ruched waist details camouflage and smooth body lines. This stunner has long sleeves and body conscious styling that will have you turning heads without going too bare.

Designer:  Ralph Lauren

Size: 14 - 24W

Retail: $190.00

Available from: DILLARD'S

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$11.95

Let's Shop! ASOS

Flare Hem Knit Dress

One of the newest silhouettes of the season, this stylish knit dress sports a flared hem that falls just past the knee.  A curve enhancing look, all you'll need is a little salsa music and a dance partner for a sexy evening out.

Size: 14 - 24W

Retail: $47.38

Available from: ASOS

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Let's Shop! Igigi

Swiss Dot Chiffon Dress

Vintage fit and flare styling with swiss dot chiffon skirt mixes the old and new for a thoroughly modern cocktail look.  You'll love the deep neckline which is perfect for showcasing a bold statement necklace. Cap sleeves keep the look bra friendly.

Size: 12 - 32W

Retail: $168.00

Available from: IGIGI

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$8.00

Let's Shop! Rachel Pally

Draped Jersey Dress

Designed for curves, a body conscious draped dress that plays peek-a-boo in the most unexpected ways is a fun way to amp up your sex appeal. An easy pack-and-go number, this black jersey dress is one of the best examples of winter resort destination style for those celebrating the holidays in exotic locations. Cocktails on the promenade, anyone?

Size: 1X - 3X

Retail: $260.00

Available from: RACHEL PALLY

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Let's Shop! Modcloth

Gilded Lace Dress

This vintage, Audrey Hepburn style dress in glistening frosted lace is simply to-die-for.  Tulle under skirt creates the perfect silhouette for dancing the night away.  Fully lined, with a slight stretch to the lace makes this beauty a holiday sensation.

Designer: Chi Chi London

Size: 2 - 32

Retail: $139.99

Available from: MODCLOTH

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$50 +

Let's Shop! Eloquii

Faux Leather Trim Sheath Dress

Sleek modern styling with faux leather trims makes this sheath dress ultra chic. This is a great choice for sophisticated, urban professionals!

Size: 14 - 24W

Retail: $110.00

Available from: ELOQUII

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$150 +

Let's Shop! Neiman Marcus

Jersey Cape Dress

Contemporary, modern design in an easy-to-wear a-line shape makes this dress a stylish fashion choice.  Fully lined jersey knit is fluid with gorgeous drape that flows over curves in the most flattering way.  This is not your average little black dress.

Designer: Melissa Masse

Size: 1X - 3X

Retail: $350.00

Available from: NEIMAN MARCUS

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Let's Shop! alight

Ruched Metallic Knit Cocktail Dress

The lady is a vamp. Your va-va-voom Mad Men style curves will be showcased in this show stopping dress.  Elbow sleeves and below-the-knee midi length contrasts with a figure-hugging silhouette for a stunning effect.  Frosted metallic fabric with a sprinkling of beads at the shoulder gives just the right amount of holiday sparkle.

Size: 14 - 24W

Retail: $188.00

Available from: ALIGHT

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$100 +

Let's Shop! eShakti

Floral Illusion Yoke Dress

This beautiful floral illusion yoke dress in a classic style is fitted to your curves to perfection.  Full skirt bells to below the knee.   Add a tulle crinoline for extra vintage modern appeal.

Size: 0 - 36W

Retail: $79.95

Available from: ESHAKTI

Let's Shop! Ashley Stewart

Faux Leather Trim Halter Dress

This curve hugging sheath dress has modern glam with faux leather trim providing visual texture.  Add a diamond tennis bracelet and chandelier earrings for white hot party sparkle.

Size: 12 - 26W

Retail: $54.50

Available from: ASHLEY STEWART

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$8.95

Let's Shop! Nordstrom

Plaid Lace Dress

The newest twist on lace takes this look to the next level. Sheer black plaid with a nude contrast lining, in a figure-flattering fit-and-flare silhouette is fashion forward with vintage references.  Accessorize with a pop of red for the holidays.

Size: 14 - 22W

Retail: $160.00

Available from: NORDSTROM

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Let's Shop! Izi Dress

Lace Bodice Sheath Dress

High collar with cutout lace bodice makes this form fitting cocktail dress a sophisticated evening choice.  The ruched chiffon body hugs curves and falls to the knee. Customize measurements for the perfect fit for a low extra fee.

Size: 2 - 26W

Retail: $119.00 - $129.00

Available from: IZI DRESS

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$180 +

Let's Shop! Dress Barn

Embellished Neck Sheath Dress

Simplicity can be the most elegant design. This sheath dress needs no additional adornment with a sparkling crystal neckline.  Channel the chic sophistication of Jackie O in this classic Little Black Dress silhouette.

Size: 14 - 22W

Retail: $54.00

Available from: DRESS BARN

Let's Shop! Ashro

Bell Sleeve Knit Maxi Dress

Easy pack-and-go knit skims curves in a gorgeous mermaid silhouette. Graceful bell sleeves balance heavy upper arms. Asymmetric neckline is modern and sophisticated. This look is perfect for your holiday cruise.

Size: 8 - 30W

Retail: $69.95

Available from: ASHRO

Let's Shop! SWAK

Faux Leather Peplum Dress

Not for the faint at heart, this thoroughly modern faux leather black peplum dress demands a bold attitude.  Add a smoldering eye and blood red lip for maximum style impact.

Size: 14 - 24W

Retail: $69.90

Available from: SEALED WITH A KISS

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$99 +

Let's Shop! Lane Bryant

Black Lace Sheath Dress

One of the most popular looks of the season, this black lace sheath dress falls just above the knee for a party-perfect look.  Three quarter illusion sleeves and scoop neck will make this one a closet classic that you'll be able to wear for years to come.

Size: 14 - 28W

Retail:  $149.95

Available from: LANE BRYANT

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$7.95

Chiffon Cape Dress

This figure hugging sheath dress plays peek-a-boo under a filmy chiffon cape creating curvy play of shapes and volumes.  The tiered skirt add further visual interest.

Size: 14 - 22W

Retail:  $180.00

Available from: LORD & TAYLOR

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$99 +

Let's Shop! Saks Fifth Avenue

Embroidered Lace Peplum Dress

Hollywood red carpet glam can be yours this holiday season with the exquisite fit and style of full-figured master designer, Tadashi Shoji.  Gorgeous embroidered black lace is fashioned in a peplum style over a contrast lining, showing off every beautiful detail. This cocktail dress will make you feel like an award winning starlet.

Designer: Tadashi Shoji

Size: 14 - 22W

Retail: $415.00

Available from: SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

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Let's Shop! Ulla Popken

Tiered Beaded Jacket Dress

Beaded tiered dress with an easy a-line shift shape in the flapper style can be worn with or without the sheer chiffon matching jacket.  Wear with a long rope of pearls for vintage Jazz Age style.

Size: 12 -34W

Retail: $159.95 - $169.95

Available from: ULLA POPKEN

Let's Shop! Blue Gala

Beaded Shift Dress

Now's your time to shine!  This simple shift dress has asymmetric bands of beading that comes alive in low light.  Mid thigh mini dress length shows off your fabulous legs.

Designer: Blush

Size: 0 - 30

Retail: $178.00

Available from: BLUE GALA

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$200 +

Let's Shop! Bon Ton

Swiss Dot Lace Bodice Dress

A beautiful Swiss dot lace illusion bodice and sleeves enhances the  "New Look" fit-and-flare silhouette of this cocktail dress. The skirt falls to a lady-like midi length.  Add a simple pair of pumps, metallic clutch, and bold cocktail ring for a classic vintage look.

Size: 14 - 24W

Retail:  $118.00

Available from: BON TON

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$75 +

Let's Shop! Fashion to Figure

Shimmer Lace Dress

A subtle metallic sheen enhances the beautiful floral lace of this body con dress. Deep plunging neckline has mesh illusion inset, while sleeves finish at the elbow. Designed with the needs of full-figured support bras in mind, while still keeping the look red hot.

Size: 1X - 3X

Retail: $42.50

Available from: FASHION TO FIGURE

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