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Y’all, I really REALLY love formal wear. From wedding dresses to suits to couture gowns – I want it ALL.
Recently, a reader named Ashley wrote in and said “Hey Brianne! I really appreciate your body positive content. I’m currently looking for plus size prom dresses… Do you have any advice on where to go? I’m worried about ordering online!”
I felt so honored that Ashley asked me this question! Prom dresses are a big freakin’ deal, and every girl wants to find the perfect plus size prom dress.
[Note: I originally published this blog post on February 25, 2020. It was last updated April 12, 2022!]
Where to Buy Plus Size Prom Dresses
Before we get into my favorite brands and designers that offer plus size prom dresses, I want to share a few tips about how to shop online for a prom dress.
Rule #1 for Plus Size Prom Dresses: Beware Scams!!
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! If you see a beautiful plus size gown that looks like it’s $5,000 USD and it’s listed for $50 USD – it’s probably a scam.
Such a bummer, right?!
Unfortunately, many shady companies steal high quality images from designers and then ship out the most heinous and trashy dresses that are low-quality. Don’t fall for this!
This is a common issue on websites like Wish! If you see a killer deal, I recommend saving the image of the prom dress to your computer and then using Google Image Search to find the original designer. 9/10, the image for the dress was stolen.
Rule #2: Invest in Alterations/Tailoring!!
In my opinion, a good tailor can make a $150 dress look like a $2,500 dress, and vice versa. A poor fitting prom dress isn’t going to look good in pictures – no matter how much you spent on it! Be sure to ask around for recommendations [your neighborhood Facebook group might have recommendations or the theatre department at your school!] so that your prom dress fits perfectly!!
Okay, now that I’ve shared these tips – let’s jump into where to buy plus size prom dresses!
Brand #1: David’s Bridal Unique Plus Size Prom Dresses
The first place to check out plus size prom dresses is David’s Bridal! I know that the brand has “Bridal” in the name, but David’s Bridal has an incredible selection of plus size prom dresses! From jewel tones to more simple designs, this is a great place to start! David’s Bridal has really amped up their offering of plus size prom dresses in the last few years – and I love that they hire plus size models to show them off on their website!
David’s Bridal also has plus size prom dresses in a variety of lengths, including long prom gowns and short prom dresses!
Most David’s Bridal stores don’t carry a lot of options for plus size prom dresses IRL (ugh!!), so consider looking online and shipping to your local store! I love the unique and iridescent fabric on thisplus size prom dress!
David’s Bridal makes plus size prom dresses in up to a size 24. For plus size dresses in up to a size 30, you’ll want to shop in the bridesmaids section!
Brand #2: Amazon Plus Size Prom Dresses
It’s true – Amazon has plus size prom dresses!
Many folks don’t know that Amazon acts as a warehouse & logistics manager for thousands and thousands of brands – when we say, “I got it on Amazon” we usually did not, in fact, buy it from Amazon! A brand sold us something using Amazon as the selling platform.
I’m def not trying to be nitpicky here! This is important to know, because many people think that they don’t need to look at the size chart when shopping on Amazon, and you absolutely do!
Below, I’ve shared a few of my favorite plus size prom dresses on Amazon!
Brand #3: Plus Size Prom Dresses from ASOS
Next up, we have a brand based in London! Let’s talk about plus size prom dresses from ASOS!!
ASOS has a great selection of more boho-chic plus size dresses as well a some slick metallic plus size prom dresses!
ASOS makes plus size prom dresses in up to a 4X, or about a size 24. ASOS is a great place to shop if you’re looking for a unique plus size prom dress that’s more boho or trendy. ASOS has their own line, and they also carry other brands – kind of like Nordstrom’s!!
Brand #4: City Chic USA Plus Size Prom Dresses
We just checked out a London-based brand, so now it’s time to talk about plus size prom dresses from a brand based in Australia!! City Chic is a plus size fashion brand headquartered in Australia, and they have a special website for US customers, called City Chic USA! This brand makes a variety of plus size formal wear dresses and plus size prom dresses.
From floor length plus size prom dresses to short and flirty prom dresses – they’ve got options, in up to a US 24!
Brand #5: AZAZIE Plus Size Prom Dresses
Y’all, AZAZIE is the best kept secret when it comes to plus size prom dresses. The brand lets you customize just about everything, helping you make sure you get a unique dress that stands out at your prom!
AZAZIE is known for their simple chiffon gowns and velvet plus size prom dresses! If you want a dress that doesn’t scream “PROM!” then you’ll def want to check out AZAZIE.
Brand #6: Plus Size Prom Dresses from Eloquii
Do you want to sparkle at prom? Looking for sequins?
Then Eloquii is definitely the place to go! This plus size retailer is well-known for having unique and fashion forward plus size options, and this sequin dress would be so fun at prom!
Eloquii makes plus size clothing in up to a size 28!
Brand #7: Plus Size Prom Dresses from Rent the Runway
Are you looking for a plus size formal dress for prom – but you don’t want it to scream “PROM”?
Then Rent the Runway might be a fit for you! The service offers runway and luxury gowns – for rent, making it possible to wear a dress that’s $$$$ – for around $100.
At time of publishing, I wasn’t able to snag photos of RTR looks on a plus size model </3.
Brand #8: Hannah Caroline Couture Plus Size Formal Dresses
Hannah Caroline Couture is known for their wedding dresses, but the brand also offers plus size formal wear – including custom made plus size prom dresses.
Hannah Caroline Couture makes clothing for all sizes!
Check out their plus size prom options here!
Brand #9: eShakti Customizable Plus Size Prom Dresses
eShakti is one of my favorite plus size formal wear brands, as you can do a bunch of customization on the website. I think they’re a great brand for plus size prom dresses.
If you have a vision in your head of EXACTLY what you want, eShakti is a great place to go! You can customize sleeve length, hemline, neckline, and more!
Best of all, they make plus size prom dresses past a size 28 – up to a size 36!
(Unfortunately, they don’t show plus size models on the site. Ugh.)
Brand #10: Plus Size Prom Jumpsuit from JIBRI
JIBRI is known for creating stunning silhouettes, and their collection of gowns and jumpsuits are what dreams are made of!
JIBRI makes plus size prom outfits in up to a 4X!
Shop this Atlanta-based brand here!
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