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Last Update: August 30, 2017
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LAUREN Ralph Lauren
Wide Leg Jersey Jumpsuit
Size 14 - 22W
Asymmetric Ruffle Skirt
Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall
14 - 28W
Choosing the right dress or
outfit for a work related social event can be
challenging. Often dressier than everyday office
clothing, professional polish and modesty is
still required. Necklines tend to be less
deep, sleeves and hem lengths longer than other
evening appropriate dresses.
Although dresses, particularly
jacket dresses or desk-to-dinner style dresses,
are the most popular choice, some women prefer
to create their own outfits with separates.
Evening suits are another option and tend to be
made of dressier fabrics with embellishments.
The jumpsuit trend is gaining steam, and is a
great office option. Sleeveless versions
work well under blazers and cardigans for day
wear, and alone for after work events. Although
many evening top styles are very bare or low
cut, those appropriate for office parties tend
to be more modest. More revealing styles
can be layered under evening jackets effectively
for office evening wear.
Evening pant styles are often
wider legged or palazzo pants, although some
slimmer legged looks may work well on some
figure types. Like tops, evening skirt
styles appropriate for work related evening
affairs are often more modest than those for
evenings out at a club.
Some events, are gala events and
may require upscale, designer formalwear.
The holiday season is when a majority of office
parties happen, but other times of year within
certain professions may require cocktail events,
dinners with clients and other evening social
events with colleagues.
appropriate for social occasions
are usually less severe and more feminine than
career work day looks. For black-tie affairs visit
the cocktail dresses
plus size evening gown
Especially popular choices are red dresses during the
Christmas season, and classic black cocktail dresses
Fine fabrics such as velvet,
silk, and lace, in addition embellishments are
easiest to find from October through December,
and the post-Christmas January Clearance Sales.
Of the department stores
Lord & Taylor stock some of the
most conservative, upscale evening looks in
plus-sizes. Look for labels such as
Adrianna Papell and Pisarro Nights for dresses,
in addition to options from designers such as
Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein.
Neiman Marcus frequently stock luxury
options for executives in sizes to 3X from
designers such as Kay Unger, Caroline Rose, Joan
Vass, Eileen Fisher, Marina Rinaldi, and
Lafayette 148. A few dresses are
available, but separates are their strength in
the women's department. Those wear up to a
size 16/18 will find
high end cocktail dresses available out on
the main rack.
Nordstrom carries one of
the deepest plus-size dress inventories on-line, and is also
particularly good for silk evening jackets from
Citron, separates from Alex Evenings, and
cocktail looks at moderate to upscale price
Much more moderately priced
Ton is a good options for those on
tighter budgets. Younger urban
professionals will want to check out the dresses
and separates at
will want to take care gauging the
appropriateness of details such as tightness and
has a growing contemporary style dress
collection to supplement their looks with a more
retro flavor. Dressier options are more
plentiful during the holiday party season.
Dress Barn is moderately priced
with hundreds of dress options, in addition to
being a good resource for simple, black chiffon
evening pants in a variety of inseam lengths.
Draper's & Damon's carries soft
evening separates, coordinates, and dresses in
georgettes and chiffon. Drapey evening
kimono toppers, in addition to beaded tops, soft
skirts and evening pants are well represented in
the special occasion collection.
Extended Plus-Sizes 24W +
Those needing extended plus-sizes
beyond 24W will find a good dress selection from
eShakti, and a few dressier options worth
looking at from
particularly during the holiday party season.
The lace and jersey modern
classics with a slight vintage undertone at
size 10 to 32W are available exclusively on-line
and in small boutiques. Both are very
popular choices with full-figured professional
women in the know.
Choosing the right undergarments
to achieve the most flattering silhouettes is
easy when shopping some of the on-line lingerie
carry good inventories of
shapewear, bras, and
hosiery for full figures.
Shoes in harder-to-find large and
wide-width styles appropriate for special
occasions can be found at
which started as a shoe specialty retailer and
honors its roots, and
Zappos which has one of the
deepest shoe inventories on the net.
For one of the best collections
of jewelry available on the internet check out
the selection at