(Closed) Help! Formal gown for a plus size woman….

posted 8 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I am not sure what your budget is but I love igigi.com for flattering dresses for plus-sized women. They are trendy without being “young”. Here are a couple I am eyeballing now =)

Post # 5
46606 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I second igigi!

Also have a look at http://www.onestopplus.com

The challenge of ordering online of course, is the fit. Here is a dress that would look great on most women and only requires fitting on the bodice.

A stunning formal dress in plus sizes perfect for evening. This party

If you get on it right away, you do still have time for shipping.

Post # 6
2425 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@Penguingal06:  Hey there…We’re about the same size and I too just recently purchased a dress for a military ball.  I got SUPER lucky and found one at David’s Bridal.  They don’t have the style online anymore, but it was a long black chiffon with an empire waist.  On the waist, there were small ivory rossettes…I LOVE the dress and it is very figure flattering.  I had a bolero made to go with the dress because I don’t wear anything that is spaghetti straps.

Also, during my search, I found several promising dresses at Dillards, I just liked the one I found at DB’s the best.

Good luck!

Post # 8
1088 posts
Bumble bee

I’ve actually had great luck finding formal dresses at JCPenney.  It’s not the first place that comes to mind when you think of formal attire, but I’ve usually managed to find something appropriate in terms of age and occassion.

Post # 9
1166 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

What about Avenue? They have more stylish options than the department stores, I think. Here are a few options. They may not carry all of these in the retail stores (some of them are Jessica London brand – they share a website), but if you confirm the general sizing in the store it may be safe to order online:


Post # 10
659 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Not sure if it’s too late but I’ve worn kiyonnia dresses to the Marine Corps ball before (and will wear another one I have if we go this year).  They’re pretty good, though I’d had to tailor one. 

Also, Nordstrom has great dresses and you can return them very easily.  I’d order a few, and return the one(s) you don’t wear.  You shouldn’t have any problem, esp with Nordys.

Post # 11
3 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

I second Nodstroms. I bought a couple dresses off the website for a cruise and was able to return the ones I didn’t like to the store.

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