(Closed) Best places for plus-sized cocktail and evening dresses?

posted 8 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am plus sized and so is one of my Bridesmaid or Best Man.  My girls got grey dresses as well from Alfred Angelo.  They have a great selection and all their dresses come in any of their 40 colors and in any size up to a 32 AT NO EXTRA CHARGE!  I was happy with my Bridesmaid or Best Man dress from 2 years ago and my wedding dress and my Bridesmaid or Best Man is THRILLED with her dress (corsset back making her look really slim).   

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Are you wanting Bridesmaid or Best Man looking dresses in the cocktail length or just any dress that is a cocktail dress?  Does that make sense?

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hi, I am a plus-size gal so I hope I can help.

One of my favorite sites for nice stuff (when budget isn’t first consideration) is kiyonna.com, but I looked through their dresses, and I don’t see any gray ones. Another fancy online plus boutique is igigi.com (check out this dress, not gray per se, but it might read that way)

Other places I’ve shopped for cocktail dresses: avenue.com (kind of cheap-y quality, but decent), lanebryant.com, Macy’s usally has some plus cocktail dresses at least online, ditto JCPenney and I found in general most typical bridesmaid dresses (like at David’s, Alfred Angelo, or any bridal store) go to usually a size 28 or so.  I personally felt like Alfred Angelo was a very easy place to look at both plus wedding dresses and plus bridesmaid dresses–they had a good selection of samples in a variety of sizes.

Here’s a gray dress I saw at avenue.com

Not sure if it would go with your style, and if your friend is self-concious about flabby skin, specifically in the arm region, I have found most sleeveless dresses look really great with a shrug/bolero or wrap (because you couldn’t pay me enough to let my chubby arm waddle be seen!).

I was trying to look on lanebryant.com, but their site is being weird for me.  They are getting to have more and more cocktail dress type clothing, so thats worth checking.

I was a bridesmaid for my cousin two years ago, and it was tricky to find something, but I really appreciate her being really understanding and helpful in finding something that worked for me, so kudos to you for being sensitive on that front.

I hope that helped.  I was actually buying a cocktail dress at this time two years ago to attend someones wedding, and it was a major PITA to find what I wanted (and involved a lot of mail order on my part), but it gave me a list of go-to dress sources, so I hope they help!

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Depends on what type of fabric.. Lane Bryant, Torrid (torrid.com), Dillards, and Macys all have a slew of dresses in plus-size/ womans sizes if your trying to keep the cost down.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I love the website http://www.kiyonna.com  They have some great stuff 🙂  But I don’t know if they have gray colored dresses, but it’s worth a look.  If anything, this might be a fun website you gal can shop from.  There is an adorable dress on there I would have worn for my wedding, but it only came in black.  🙁

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m not sure about grey, but I have had a lot of success with Avenue lately.   They have a tab to another site on their site… it’s a brand called “Jessica London” I think.  Macy’s has been cute too.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

@curlysue – Thank you for that awesome site! I have never heard of it before!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Great site Curlysue!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

No problem ladies 🙂 Glad I could help.  I hope to order a few things from there soon.  Their customer service I guess is awesome from the reviews I’ve read on the site.

I love that they sell great looking stuff and has a pop of sexiness to some of it.  I hate how when I try to find clothes for my size it’s very hard.  Just because I’m a curvy woman doesn’t mean I want to dress like my grandmother.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I second Macy’s, Dillards, and Kiyonna!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club

All of the above are great, plus IGIGI (great quality!) and Nordstrom’s.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

Hi

I got my MOB gown ordered with only 2 months before my daughter’s wedding, and I was very impressed with the gown as it was very well made.   I didn’t want the usual MOB tent dress with a cape.  Just because I AM a grandmother doesn’t mean I want to wear something MY grandmother would wear! lol!  I found a gorgeous gown at http://www.keepmeinstitches.biz, they also have a “brick and mortar” bridal shoppe called Rowan’s Bridal or something like that. (Not in my state, though).  They have Wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses fg dresses and accessories too.  If you can order farther out than 2 months it’s better, but I did get my gown in no time!  Their customer service was extremely helpful!  Best Wishes, Rhonda

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