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Please be advised that all of the "Editor's Picks" featured in this section are hand-selected by Elegant Plus. Although every effort is made to keep featured products current, retailers can sell out of popular styles before the Editor has had an opportunity to update the page. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site. All selections are available at time of posting and purchases can be made directly from the retailer on the associated shopping link. All of the shopping guides include designer selections which are noted with the designer's name in descriptions.
 


Last Update: August 15, 2017

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Plus-size evening skirts offer more flexibility to mix and match with evening tops for different looks than social and cocktail dresses, yet tend to be more formal than evening pants.  Dresses are still more popular, making special occasion skirts in plus sizes harder to find.  Less formal occasions such as Mother's Day brunch or school graduation parties are often when women opt for special occasion separates, rather than dresses. 

Options run the gamut from quite formal to flirty options for date night Younger, sexier styles are also appropriate for going out dancing and clubbing.  More classic styles are generally popular with older women, while younger women are often more interested in playing with trends and whimsical styles that may reference vintage eras. 

Some evening skirts are appropriate for stage performances with matte black, classic styles preferred by classical musicians and those with more beading and shine sought out by lead singers. Other events include holiday office parties, cruise and resort vacations, weddings, graduations, and charity benefits.

 

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Black is always a favorite but more and more options in other colors are beginning to become available in larger sizes, with whites and pastels available especially during the spring and summer seasons.  Fabrics in the winter are more likely to include metallic shine, beading, and sequins along with heavier weights such as velvet.  Silks and chiffons are easier to find in the warmer months.  Lace has become a classic all year.  Tulle has been gaining popularity in recent years.  No longer reserved for petticoats to stiffen vintage style skirts, it's being worn on its own.

 

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Plus-Size Special Occasion Skirt Internet Shopping Resources

The lead up to the winter holidays, beginning in mid October, offers the best shopping resources for skirts that are appropriate for parties.  Youthful styles, often quite short with lots of bling, are available from the trendiest of retailers at this time of year.  Asos will offer styles (in limited supply so snatch them up quickly) inspired by the latest runway trends without the hefty price tags in size 14 to 24W.  Eloquii stocks looks that are polished and prices are moderate, with a good selection of special occasion skirts for size 14 to 28W.  Curve specialist City Chic reliably carries trend conscious special occasion looks including skirts for size 14 to 24W.

Junior hot spots such as Rue 21 and Rainbow frequently stock mini skirts and the latest special occasion trends around prom and the holiday party season for sizes up to 3X. For those who wear extended plus-sizes, Torrid is the most reliable glam skirt resource with offering in size XL to 6X.

Dress specialist eShakti also frequently offers a limited number of skirts in dressy styles, especially during the holidays.  Tulle crinoline skirts are a specialty, but other fabrics and styles such as brocade and lace are often available in size 0 to 36W. Victoriana, goth, and boho skirt styles in velvet and lace in a variety of lengths are consistently available at Pyramid Collections all year.  Sizing here is S to 3X, but 3X can equal anywhere from 20 to 28W so read individual garment sizing carefully. 

 

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Several of the major department stores regularly carry Alex Evenings brand chiffon skirts.  Classic black is the easiest to find but sometimes other colors are also available.  Longer column, maxi length skirts can frequently be purchased from Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor in size 1X to 3X.  Dillard's will also often carry both long and tea length styles in the same size range, and is the most likely to offer other colors.  Ball skirts can sometimes be mixed in with the dress section, along with other formalwear separates such as evening pants, tops, and jackets.

 Draper's & Damon's special occasion collection also regularly stocks evening separates appealing to more classic and mature women in size S to 3X.  Alex Evenings separates in colors other than classic black are especially well represented here.

Coldwater Creek now offers a special occasion selection all year with skirts and coordinating separates often found both in the dresses tab and the separate skirts tab for size S to 3X.  In addition to chiffon options, they will sometimes carry more unusual looks with artisan detailing such as embroidery and beading.

 

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Finishing Details

Dressy skirts often require items such as plus-size hosiery.  For simple day sheers and opaque tights, the best shopping spot is Just My Size with a variety of shades available in Size Queen to 7X.  Those looking for something fancier will find lace top thigh highs and fishnet stockings at Hips & Curves in size 1X o 6X.  Patterned and textured hose is regularly available at Lane Bryant in sizes to fit up to 325 lbs. During the fall and winter months items such as lace stockings and fishnet tights are regularly available at Avenue and Torrid.

Some women, especially when wearing more body conscious pencil skirt styles, prefer to wear shapewear under more formal skirts.  This gives smoother silhouettes and structure to garments. Look for high waisted styles, body shapers, and thigh shapers.  Especially good inventories in larger plus-sizes are available at Catherine's.

 
 

 

 

 

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