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Today on the blog, I’m sharing a guide on where to shop for plus size cocktail dresses! I love getting dressed up for a fun event, buuuut finding plus size cocktail dresses in-store can be super challenging.
In this blog post, I’m highlighting 7+ brands to shop (plus size of my favorite plus size cocktail dresses to shop..
Plus Size Cocktail Dresses
Cocktail dresses can come in a range of styles, so in this blog post I’ve been sure to note:
- Plus Size Cocktail Dresses for Weddings
- Plus Size Cocktail Dresses with Sleeves
- Plus Size Cocktail Dresses on Amazon
I’ve also endeavored to include information on sizing, so you know where to shop!
Real Quick – What Makes a Dress a “Cocktail Dress?”
From Wikipedia: “A cocktail dress is a dress suitable at semi-formal occasions, sometimes called cocktail parties, usually in the late afternoon, and usually with accessories.”
(Hot tip: Because the definition varies, I make sure to check with the host to see if my outfit is a fit.)
#1 Brand with Plus Size Cocktail Dresses: City Chic Online
City Chic is a plus size brand that carries super fun plus size cocktail dresses! They’re the first place I look for an event OOTD!
I would head to City Chic if you’re looking for a plus size cocktail dress with sleeves, or a dress for a wedding!
Note: The brand has two websites – one for Australian customers and one for folks in the USA – so be sure to shop on City Chic Online if you’re in the USA.
The brand carries plus size cocktail dresses in up to a size 24. They have great options. for evening cocktails, as well as dresses for afternoon or day-time events (lots of floral prints)! They also have a LOT of options for folks looking for a plus size cocktail dress with sleeves.
Below, I’ve shared some of my favorite plus size cocktail dresses from the brand!
#2 Brand with Plus Size Cocktail Dresses: Boohoo
Next up on our list of plus size cocktail dresses, we have Boohoo!!
Boohoo has great plus size cocktail dresses with long sleeves, as well as fashion forward and trendy options.
Boohoo carries plus size cocktail dresses in up to a size 24!
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#3 Brand with Plus Size Cocktail Dresses: ASOS Curve
Next up on the guide to finding the perfect cocktail dress, we have ASOS Curve! ASOS is a company based in the United Kingdom, and they have super trendy dresses!
I was surprised by the number of options ASOS has for folks looking for a plus size cocktail dress with sleeves!
Most dresses at ASOS are available in up to a size US 24.
Shop plus size cocktail dresses here!
#4 Brand with Plus Size Cocktail Dresses: Eloquii
Following those two fabulous plus size brands, we have Eloquii next on the list of where to shop for plus size cocktail dresses!
Eloquii is known for creating staple pieces that are also super on-trend, which is stellar – because who only wants a dress for one season?! The brand makes plus size cocktail dresses with long sleeves, as well as fabulous cocktail dresses for plus size wedding guests!
Right now, Eloquii has some fabulous plus size cocktail dress options for colder months. Many of their plus size cocktail dresses have long sleeves, and are made with scuba kit – a fabric that I’ve found has body/volume and retains warmth.
Below, I’ve shared some of my fave finds from Eloquii!
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#5 Brand with Plus Size Cocktail Dresses: David’s Bridal
In the last few years, David’s Bridal has really stepped up their plus size dress game, and they have such a solid range of plus size cocktail dress options!
David’s Bridal makes most of their dresses in up to a size 24.
I would head to David’s Bridal if you’re looking for a cocktail dress for a more upscale event, or if you’re looking for a cocktail dress for older women. (I think you can wear what you want at any age, but I know that finding a cocktail dress if you’re over 50 can be hard! There’s specific style lines one might be looking for, and David’s Bridal has those pieces!)
#6 Brand with Plus Size Cocktail Dresses: PrettyLittleThing
It took me doing research for this guide to learn that PrettyLittleThing carries a LOT of plus size cocktail dress options!
I had no idea!
The brand carries plus size clothing in up to a size 24. I would go with PTL if you’re attending a fashion forward event with people serving LOOKS.
Here are some of my faves from PTL!
#7 Brand with Plus Size Cocktail Dresses: Kiyonna Cocktail Dresses with Sleeves
When looking for a plus size cocktail dress, many plus size babes are looking to wear them fo a wedding or other event that their older relatives might be at.
While I’m not afraid to be the scandalous family member at a party…. I totally go to events where I need something that shows less skin. Finding a modest cocktail dress can be hard!
Kiyonna has a great offering of plus size cocktail dresses, many fitting “modest standards” a lot of folks look for!.
What to Read Next —>
Are you looking for more plus size fashion guides like this one?
Check out the following blog posts:
- 7+ Unique Plus Size Wedding Dresses
- Plus Size Formal Wear for Adults – Not Prom!
- Where to Shop for Plus Size Mother of The Bride Dresses
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