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Last Update: July 18,
Metallic Cold Shoulder
14 - 24W
Beaded Evening Capelet
One Size Plus
Size 1X -
Evening tops can run the gamut from skin baring,
sexy numbers appropriate for heading out to to
the dance clubs to more demure options for
occasions such as
the company holiday party or a
class reunion. They also can make good options
for wedding guests
who want to combine them with a
pair of dress pants
or a stylish evening skirt
that they already have rather than wear a dress, and need something fresh
and new to spice them up for the event.
Those needing attire for formal nights on
cruises also often like separates that can mix
and match for a variety of looks, in addition to
materials that pack well. Young, trend-setters
who like to go out dancing at clubs
often prefer bare, sexy styles.
Dressier fabrics include
lace, taffeta, chiffon,
and silk. In cooler months velvet and
brocades are also popular choices. Frequently
mixed with dark wash jeans, simple black
pants or evening skirts, evening tops can be very
colorful with plenty of sparkle and
jewels will often mix with fabrics with metallic
sheens or threads, especially during the winter
holiday party season.
Shopping Resources for Plus-Size
More plentiful during the holiday party season
at most retail outlets, the shops that stock
plus-size evening tops all year are more
limited. For women who like more
upscale, contemporary looks with sleeves the the
tops from Alex Evenings are some of the best.
Usually of lace, taffeta, or metallic shot
brocade they mainly come in evening jacket or
surplice/faux wrap top styles. Some of the department stores such as
Lord & Taylor
often have Alex Evenings tops available.
Draper's & Damon's,
which specializes in contemporary styles
appealing to more mature women, has a very good
special occasion collection that frequently
includes separates of a similar type. More
moderately priced options in similar styles can
sometimes be purchased at
Laces and velvets are stocked all year at the
which tends to have a goth, boho, or romantic
style to its offerings. Pay attention to
sizing here, as it is individual to garment and
a 3X can equal anything from a 22W to 28W.
Look for Johnny Was at
for designer quality BoHo evening styles. Even
more upscale designer looks from names such as
Marina Rinaldi, Joan Vass, and Lafayette 148
including rich topper coats and special occasion jackets
are available at
Saks Fifth Avenue.
Lord & Taylor
often has evening jackets, in addition to tops
appropriate for special occasions such as
weddings, cruises, and cocktail parties for size
0 to 24W.
Trendier women who like barer styles for going
out in the evening and to clubs will frequently
find party tops at affordable prices at
in size 14 to 24W.
is a budget friendly spot for those who like
more body conscious looks and will frequently
carry evening separates in size 12 to 26W.
has an body conscious upscale flare style that
is frequently appealing to young women for
evenings out in size 14 to 28W. Here you
will find plenty of bell sleeves,
off-the-shoulder styles, and peplum looks.
Women who wear extended sizes beyond 3X will have the
most success shopping at
more youthful styles, while
is the most likely to stock sparkling evening
jackets and tops in size 12 up to 38W for women
who like sleeves.
will often carry designer lace tops in size 10