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The Season's Best Plus Size Cocktail Dresses

By Chirsty Diaz

With over 40 million women who are a size 14 are larger, retailers are figuring out that there is an ever-growing demand for plus size cocktail dresses. This season there are more choices than ever before. With all of the new styles in plus size cocktail dresses, it may be confusing to find the right looks for you. Here are the best new dresses of the season.


Bohemian chic is the hot trend on the runway with velvet making a huge comeback. Plus size cocktail dresses in jewel toned velvet can be not only stylish but also very flattering on full-figured women. Look for dresses with deep scoop necks, empire waists, and flowing skirts.


Another look for the season is the retro look of 50's and 60's inspired cocktail dresses in swooshing taffeta or sophisticated, silk shantung. Many of these dresses have darling full skirts that accentuate shapely legs. The new open-toe, high-heel pumps complete this look.


Yes, full-figure women can wear strapless dresses, and they are very popular these season. Make sure to look for dresses with built in boning for support, and of course, wear a well-fitted strapless bra underneath. Bolero jackets, shrugs, and decorative wraps can provide extra coverage and add loads of pizzazz.

Little Black Dress

The little black dress is a must in every woman's closet, and there are lots of choices this year. Choose from body skimming jersey, wool crepe, or even dainty lace. A classic black sheath that hits mid-knee can be one of the most versatile items that you own. Jazz it up with jewelry, strappy sandals, or even a colorful shawl. If you want to have the timeless style of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, you can't lose with a little black cocktail dress.


Do you just feel more comfortable in pants? A cocktail pantsuit is an unexpected, but highly flattering option. A tailored jacket with perfectly hemmed trousers can show curves without exposing a lot of skin. A sequined camisole, peaking out from under the jacket, will reflect your celebratory mood.

Not long ago, full-figured women were delegated to a choice of muu-muu-like frocks. With designers and retailers taking notice of the high demand for fashionable, plus size cocktail dresses, every season there are more and more options. Whether you decide to vamp it up with a strapless dress or prefer the quiet elegance of a classic pantsuit, you have the choice to look your stylish best.

About The Author

Chirsty Diaz is a fashion advisor for plus size women. She has been helping women of all sizes look their absolute best while helping them find fantastic deals on plus size clothing. For the hottest tips, secrets and additonal articles, not to mention some great, plus size deals visit


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