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>> Plus-Size Special Occasion Fashion Suitable for Parties Connected to Work

 
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 30, 2017

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Size 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. 

Dresses appropriate for social occasions are usually less severe and more feminine than career work day looks. For black-tie affairs visit the cocktail dresses and  the plus size evening gown pages.

 

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Graphic Print Top, Plus-Size 14 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Black Chiffon Pant Set, Size 14 -22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Short Sleeve
Lace Sheath Dress

Size 14 - 22W

Jacquard Knit Dress
Size S - 3X
 
Petite to XL

Graphic Print Top
Size 14 - 32W  

Chiffon Pant Set
Size 14 - 22W
 

 

 

Especially popular choices are red dresses during the Christmas season, and classic black cocktail dresses all year. 

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.

 

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Lace Dress
Size XL - 5X

Alex Evenings
Floral Twinset
Size S - 3X

Tahari
Satin Collar Jacket Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Pleat Chiffon Dress
Size S - 3X
Petite to XL

 

Internet Shopping Resources for Fashion Appropriate for Office Parties

Of the department stores Dillard's and 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 points.


 

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Black Velvet Lace Top
Size 6 - 28W

Faux Wrap Dress
Size
XL - 5X

Sequin Hem Skirt
Size
12 - 26W 

Caroline Rose
Jacquard Party Jacket
Size
1X - 3X

 

Much more moderately priced Bon Ton is a good options for those on tighter budgets.  Younger urban professionals will want to check out the dresses and separates at Asos and Eloquii but will want to take care gauging the appropriateness of details such as tightness and lengths.  Meanwhile, Modcloth 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.

 

 

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Calvin Klein, Ruffle Sleeve Blouse, Size XL - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Lace Bodice Dress, Size 12 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Jersey Jumpsuit, Size 2 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Lace Jacket Dress
Size 8 - 26W

Ruffle Sleeve Blouse
Size
XL - 3X

Lace Bodice Dress
Size 12 - 28W

Jersey Jumpsuit
Size
2 - 24W
Petite & Tall to 18

 

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 Avenue and Catherine's, particularly during the holiday party season.

The lace and jersey modern classics with a slight vintage undertone at Kiyonna in 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.

 

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Crinkle Velvet Top, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Lace Flounce Sleeve Dress, Size 2 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Double Ruffle Sleeve Blouse, Size XL - 5X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Wide Leg Chiffon Pants, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Crinkle Velvet Top
Size 1X - 3X

Lace Flounce Sleeve Sheath
Size
2 - 24W
Avg - Petite

Double Ruffle Sleeve Blouse
Size XL - 5X

Wide Leg Chiffon Pants
Size S - 3X

Finishing Details

Choosing the right undergarments to achieve the most flattering silhouettes is easy when shopping some of the on-line lingerie superstores.  Both Bare Necessities and Her Room 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 Nordstrom which started as a shoe specialty retailer and honors its roots, and Zappos which has one of the deepest shoe inventories on the net.

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Vince Camuto, Burnout Velvet Sheath, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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Mesh Yoke Top
Size 12 - 32W

Navy Lace Dress
Size 8 - 28W

Asymmetric Pleat Dress
Size
14 - 24W

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Burnout Velvet Sheath
Size 14 - 24W
 

 

 

 

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Plus-size clothing featured is hand selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of plus-fashion business partnerships. 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.