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Elegant Plus Plus-Size Social Dresses Trends Report
Plus-Size Cocktail Dresses for the Winter Holidays 2014
December 6, 2014

The holiday cocktail party season is in full swing. 

Maybe you still need a stylish dress for the office party, New Year's Eve, or Christmas Eve with friends?  These Editor's Picks are here to help!  A variety of styles and price points are represented to suit the tastes and budgets of different kinds of shoppers.

While classic black cocktail dresses are certainly a popular option, with holiday reds and winter whites equally popular, metallics and other colors such as raspberry, emerald green, purple, and blue are all alternatives that can help you stand out from the crowd.

Sequins are particularly popular this holiday season.  Some dresses are entirely covered in sequins, while others have sequin patterns often with an Art Deco influence.  More subdued and subtle sequin touches at a shoulder or as part of a bodice trim are also frequent.

A variety of silhouettes to suit almost any figure type are available this year.  Choose vintage fit-and-flare cocktail dress styles to flatter pear and hour glass figures.  Apple figures can do well with shorter skirts to show off their great legs and form fitting sheaths and body con dresses can look great.  Easy, loose and swingy shifts and tunics are gaining popularity for their comfort with all figure types.

Alternatives to dresses for holiday parties include evening tops combined with evening skirts or pants. Fabrics can include lace, velvet, and silk.  Jumpsuits are also trending in popularity, along with palazzo pants.

Click here for plus-size cocktail dress shopping resources.   The most recent Elegant Plus Style Editor's Picks are listed below.


Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Cocktail Dresses in Size 12 +
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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! Dress Barn

One Shoulder Overlay Dress

A graceful  overlay falls from one shoulder for a holiday cocktail dress in traditional red.  Sparkling shoulder strap is wide enough to be bra friendly.  Finishing at the knee, the figure flattering silhouette is sure to earn plenty of compliments.

Size: 14 - 24W

Retail:  $54.00

Available from: DRESS BARN

Plus-Size One Shoulder Cocktail Dress, Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Eloquii

Midi Lace Cocktail Dress

The newest midi dress length, demurely finishes below the knee for a lady like look that is pretty and feminine. Flirty lace in a deep purple is a striking color choice for the winter season.  Add sparkling metallic evening sandals and a statement necklace to make the look your own.

Size: 14 - 24W

Retail: $ 158.00

Available from: ELOQUII

Purple Lace Midi Cocktail Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! alight

Lace Overlay Cocktail Dress

A sophisticated black lace overlays a fitted holiday green sheath dress with a sparkling beaded yoke.  A youthful party look that shows off all your best assets.

Designer: Rachel Allan

Size: 14 - 24W

Retail: $318.00

Available from: ALIGHT


Designer: Rachel Allan, Lace Overlay Cocktail Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Igigi

Black Sequin Shift Dress

This cute, sparkling cocktail dress is a fashion forward look. An easy shift silhouette covered in sequins is a packable option for holiday cruises and resort vacations.  Remember your dancing shoes!

Size: 12 - 28W

Retail: $178.00

Available from: IGIGI

Black Sequin Cocktail Dress, Plus-Size 12 -28W | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Nordstrom

Red Cape Dress

The very latest silhouette, this thoroughly modern cape sheath dress is all the rage with celebrities. You'll be the glamour girl at the party in this number.

Size: 14 - 24W

Retail: $180.00

Available from: NORDSTROM


Red Cape Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! ModCloth

Sequin Party Dress

A vintage fit and flare style dress shimmers with an all over sequin pattern. Mix with friends, champagne, and holiday cheer for a night to remember.

Size: 0 - 24W

Retail: $169.99

Colors: Silver, Champagne, Black, Plum Purple

Available from: MOD CLOTH

$50 +

Sequin Party Dress, Size 0 - 24W | Editor's Pick
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Let's Ashley Stewart

Cream & Gold Foil Peplum Dress

Chic, body conscious lines make this cream dress worked in a gold foil design a bold cocktail dress that is guaranteed to show off your curves to perfection.

Size: 14 - 26W

Retail: $59.50

Available from: ASHLEY STEWART


Cream Peplum Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 26W | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Pyramid Collection


Romantic swirls of raspberry purple, cream, and black with hints of pink, blue, and green make this layered dress a stunner.  Add sparkling jewelry for a party perfect style statement.

Size: 2 - 28W

Retail: $79.95


Romantic Print Lace Party Dress, Size 2 -28W | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Plus-Size Dresses @ Dillard's

Beaded Floral Sheath Dress

A deep midnight blue is set off to perfection with an intricate floral beaded pattern.  Three quarter sheer illusion sleeves are feminine, but not bare. A sophisticated choice for women who enjoy making a style statement.

Size: 14 - 24W

Retail: $188.00

Available from: DILLARD'S

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

Let's Shop! Lane Bryant

Keyhole Mini Dress

This mod number has an edgy and modern appeal.  Dolman sleeves and high neck with a keyhole cut out are off set by a figure skimming silhouette that finishes above the knee. Choose a stylish green hue for a fashion forward look, or classic black for drama.

Size: 12 - 28W

Retail: $109.00

Available from:  LANE BRYANT

Mod Keyhole Mini Dress, Plus-Size 12 - 28W | Editor's Pick
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Let's Shop! Rent the Runway

Navy Blue Sequin Cocktail Dress

A sparkling and youthful party dress with upscale contemporary appeal can be yours for a fraction of retail. Designer style includes immaculate fit and high end workmanship.  Wow!

Designer: Badgley Mischka

Size: 14 - 20W

Retail: $430.00 / $70 Rental

Available from: RENT THE RUNWAY

Designer: Badgley Mischka, Navy Sequin Cocktail Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 20W | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Kiyonna

Lace Cocktail Dress

A gorgeous, vintage lace fit and flare dress takes a romantic style turn in luscious raspberry glaze.   A perfect choice for travel, this lace packs, shakes out, and looks fabulous.

Size: 10 - 32W

Retail: $158.00

Available from: KIYONNA

$150 +

Vintage Lace Cocktail Dress, Plus-Size 10 - 32W | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Ashro

Teal Lace Jacket Dress

This form fitting sheath dress in on trend teal blue is topped by a gorgeous matching ruffle collared lace swing jacket.  A sophisticated look that is seasonless, you'll reach for this dress as event invitations come in all year around.

Size: 6 - 22W

Retail: $189.95

Available from:  ASHRO

Teal Lace Jacket Dress, Size 6 - 22W | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Midnight Velvet

Art Deco Beaded Blouson Dress

Silver and black beads create a baeutiful Art Deco pattern on the skirt of this deep cranberry red cocktail dress. The chiffon blouson overlay of the bodice is the perfect foil for a statement necklace.

Size: S - 3X

Retail:  $89.95

Available from: MIDNIGHT VELVET

Art Deco Beaded Blouson Dress, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Evans

Contrast Trim Cream Tunic Dress

An easy tunic in cream has striking black contrast trim with a modern appeal.  Festive embellishments adorn the shoulders for holiday jazz.

Size: 12 - 22W

Retail: $99.50

Available from: EVANS


Cream Contrast Trim Tunic Dress, Size 12 - 22W | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Deb Shops

Color Block Cocktail Dress

A black shutter pleat skirt is topped by a contrasting color block top. A jeweled collar adds sparkle. Peek-a-boo cutouts spice up the look.

Size: 1X - 3X

Retail: $60.00

Colors: Pink/Black, Magenta/Black

Available from: DEB SHOPS

$60 +

Color Block Cocktail Dress, Plus-Size 1X-3X | Editor's Pick
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Let's Shop! Torrid

Strapless Foil Dress

A gold foil print on a black background gives this strapless cocktail dress holiday pizzazz.  Sparkling sequins gather the asymmetric skirt in flattering lines. Add your favorite pair of strappy evening sandals.

Size: 12 - 28W

Retail: $88.50

Available from: TORRID


Strapless Cocktail Dress, Size 1q2 -28W | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Macy's

Rhinestone Neck Dress

Sparkling rhinestones trim the neckline of an elegant knit shift dress.  Keyhole neckline gives the look chic, modern appeal.  Add red pumps for a holiday pop of color.

Designer: Calvin Klein

Size: 14 - 22W

Retail: $129.00

Available from: MACY'S

$99 +

Rhinestone Neck Dress, Designer: Calvin Klein.  Plus-Size 14 - 22W | Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Bon Ton

Metallic Lace Dress

A metallic lace overlay in a sleek sheath style that falls just past the knee in a stylish midi length is a polished cocktail look. Ruching at the hip gives visual interest.

Size: 14 - 22W

Retail: $98.00

Available from: BON TON

$75 +

Let's Shop! Karen Kane

Metallic Knit Swing Dress

A shimmering silvery metallic knit makes the perfect swingy shift dress for holiday cocktail parties. Simple, sophisticated, and easy to wear. 

Size: XL - 3X

Retail: $168.00

Available from: KAREN KANE


Metallic Knit Swing Dress, Plus-Size XL - 3X | Editor's Pick

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