The Best Places to Shop for Plus Size Formal Dresses

by Sidney Burds

The Best Places to Shop for Plus Size Formal Dresses

Get outfits for all your elegant occasions with these stores that are dealing the most stylish plus size formal dresses!


With weddings, graduations, and other engagements on your social calendar horizon, you’re going to need something to wear to them all. And for our plus size ladies out there, you don’t have to sacrifice style for fit, with more and more brands becoming size-inclusive. So to save you time, we found five stores that are delivering expansive plus size formal dress collections, with all the cuts and details you’re dying to show off your curves in.


From a floor-length, sequined gown to a sassy, strapless, all-over fringe number, we’ve got the plus size formal dresses that will win you best dressed at any elegant occasion!





If you’re looking for contemporary styles without hefty price tags, Asos will be your new go-to. The selection is vast, the styles unmatched, and the price-point can’t be beat! Asos even has fabulous categorization tabs, so you can narrow down your formal dresses to the exact style, length, color and occasion you’re shopping for. (And it’s a favorite for tall ladies, too!)


Shop It! From Left; Paper Dolls Plus bardot crochet dress, $95; ASOS DESIGN Curve on sleeve rib maxi dress, $76; ASOS DESIGN Curve flutter sleeve midi dress, $60 




While black goes with everything, why not stand out in one of these show-stopping looks from Nordstrom? They have one of the largest plus size formal dresses section we’ve seen, with nearly 500 options to choose from! With luxury labels and high-end details, you will definitely turn heads in any of these looks.


Shop It! From Left; City Chic In Love Faux Wrap Dress, $149; Mac Duggal Jewel Neck Sequin Gown, $498; City Chic Mystic Fever Midi Dress, $129 




Designing specifically for sizes 14 through 28, Eloquii knows how to make plus size ladies feel beautiful in the skin they’re in. They live for runway-inspired styles and feature pieces in the latest trends and colors so you’re never left out. Plus, a lot of the dresses come in multiple shades for even more choices!


Shop It! From Left; Burnout Chiffon Maxi Dress, $150; Fringe Strapless Dress, $200; Flare Sleeve Scuba Dress, $110

Lord & Taylor



It seems like everyone and their brother got engaged over the holidays, and if you foresee a busy wedding season ahead of you this year, it’s time to stock up on some formal plus size dresses. Lord & Taylor is here to back you up with styles for every dress code you’ll have to adhere to this year. For black tie nuptials try this pleated maxi dress, and for a more casual summertime cocktail affair wear either one of these delicate, flowing floral dresses.


Shop It! From Left; City Chic Plus Hydrangea Floral Fitted Shift Dress, $169; City Chic Plus Luciana Pleated Maxi Dress, $169; Eliza J Plus Floral-Printed Maxi Wrap Dress, $188

Adrianna Papell



For sparkles, sequins and jeweled embellishments run, don’t walk, to Adrianna Papell. Priding themselves in offering quality crafted, exquisite gowns, that are unlike anything else in the plus size formal dresses market. We hope you’re not shy, because these formal dresses belong twirling on the dance floor.


Shop It! From Left; Beaded V-Neck Gown, $360, One Shoulder Beaded Gown, $310, Art Deco Blouson Beaded Gown, $280