Curvy ladies who want to look smashing in parties and events would benefit highly from a well-designed, high-quality cocktail dress. Thankfully, the market is quite busy now with awesome cocktail dress choices for women with voluptuous forms. Let us make decisions easier for you by giving you our tips and top cocktail dress suggestions.
- How can I rock a plus size cocktail dress?
Answer: First, you need to decide on the feature that you want to highlight. Do you want to display your lovely gams or calves, ample cleavage or fine ankles? Look for a dress that will flatter those parts. You also need to remember that the more formal an occasion, the less skin you have to expose. Just opt for timeless cocktail frocks that are a tad on the conservative side. Knee-length dresses are excellent choices. A-line skirts that reach below the knee flatter all plus size figures while empire waists highlight the trimmest part of a woman’s body. If you want to emphasize your face and upper body, opt for halter cocktail dresses. Voluptuous gals will also benefit from cocktail dresses with flowy materials that adorn the body in graceful waves.
- Will the right set of undergarments enhance the looks of a cocktail dress?
Answer: Definitely. Wearing the right underwear and shapewear will not only make for a trimmer and more streamlined look, it will also make you feel comfortable and boost your confidence. Ill-fitting lingerie is uncomfortable and leads to a sloppy look that will ruin even the most beautiful, expensive designer cocktail dress. If you plan on wearing a bodycon or any of those form-fitting cocktail dresses, make sure to invest in appropriate undergarments or shapewear to further enhance the look and make you feel comfortable to boot. For strapless dresses, opt to wear a strapless brassiere or if you want something with straps, look for bras that will remain hidden under the strapless dress.
- Any tips for choosing a plus size cocktail dress?
Answer: When it comes to cocktail dresses, apart from the right fit and material, you have to make sure that it has a reasonable price and has impeccable quality. Quality cocktail dresses have excellent fit—the best brands also offer a wide range of sizes to accommodate all female body types. In addition, it is not always the look or design of a dress—you do need to feel comfortable in it. If you feel comfortable in that dress, you will feel good and exude confidence too. In addition, try getting out of your comfort zone. Experimenting is also key in discovering the best looks for your body type. There are lots of patterns, cuts, colors and designs that flatter plus size gals these days. Trying out a variety of looks is the trend at the moment—there will always be pleasant surprises in every look you test out.
Our Top Picks
Kiyonna Women’s Plus Size Scalloped Boudoir Lace Dress
- Made from nylon, rayon and spandex Includes pull-on closure
- 45 1/2-inch length
- Made in the U.S.A
The Kiyonna Women’s Plus Size Scalloped Boudoir Lace Dress is one romantic frock that will make you feel beautiful and alluring from top to bottom. This one not only exudes sexiness but class as well. It features a lovely scalloped design with stunning stretchy lace fabric for a fit that flatters your curves. The dress is also designed with a V neckline and 3/4-length scalloped sleeves for added elegance and panache. Gives a precise plus size fit to boot. All designed and made in the U.S.
Chicwe Women’s Plus Size Lined Floral Lace Dress
- Made with cotton, nylon and polyester materials
- Very soft and comfy
- Striking jacquard lace with mesh panels
- Has stretch knit lining
The Chicwe Women’s Plus Size Lined Floral Lace Dress is another lace-trimmed ensemble for ladies who love a romantic style and intricate details. Components of the dress are made from the following materials; the lining is made from polyester while the shell is made with cotton and nylon blend materials. The stretch knit of this frock emphasizes alluring curves. It has excellent, quality fit, very modest and simple. Just right for cocktail events that are not too formal.
DRESSTELLS 50’s Vintage Rockabilly Cocktail Dress
- Made from cotton and elastane
- Package comes with belt and dress
- Has zipper closure
- Handwash in cold water only
Plus size ladies look awesome in vintage 50s dresses and this lovely cocktail dress from Dresstells with retro stylings flatter full figures beautifully. The package includes one belt and one dress—this floral pattern design dress is made from quality cotton and elastane materials. The whole range in fact offers a nice range of colors and prints to fit your taste. It’s a very rock ‘n’ roll piece that’s a hit in parties. It features an elegant halter neckline, an empire waist, lace-up elastic back, a form-fitting bodice and a knee-length skirt. Very chic and flattering on curvy gals.
City Chic Women’s Plus Size Dress Athena Drape
- Made from polyester, elastane and polyester
- Includes zipper closure
- Has high neckline
- Adjustable neck straps
Clothes from City Chic makes dressing up plus size women a cinch. This dress in particular has sleek, sophisticated lines that will do your figure well. The outer layer of the dress is made from 95 percent polyester and 5 percent elastane while its lining is a hundred percent made from polyester. It features a zipper closure, high neckline, adjustable neck straps and a back silhouette-shaping rouched skirt. The high-stretch fabric hugs your curves in a complimentary way while the fitted waistline gives a nice, nipped-in look.
Alicepub Faux Wrap V-Neck Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress
- High-quality chiffon material
- Comfortable pongee lining
- 100% handmade
- Fully-lined with built-in bra
The Alicepub Faux Wrap V-Neck Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress is great to wear on semi-formal events from cocktail parties down to weddings, classical music concerts, military balls, holiday parties, engagement parties and the like. This one comes with a pleasing wrap V-neck and drapey flutter sleeves that are romantic and dreamy. This one comes in different colors too to suit your mood, taste and event. Can be handwashed or machine-washed using delicate cycle. The dress’s lovely flowing lines and texture are taken care of the high-quality chiffon material.
Nemidor Women’s Cocktail Party Dress
- Features floral lace top
- Has zipper closure
- Midi length with back zipper
- Includes 2 side pockets
The Nemidor Women’s Cocktail Party Dress is another dreamy, lacy confection that will instantly add a dash of style on your semi-formal look. It features a floral lace top, two side pockets, a zipper closure and a midi length. Has sufficient stretch for max comfort—the stretch also allows it to hug your curves handsomely. The sleeves are quite stretchy too and that’s another point for comfort. Ideal not only for parties and events, but for dates and nights out too. Handwash using only cold water for maintenance. Can be machine-washed too using delicate cycle.
Look stunning during semi-formal events by way of an eye-catching cocktail dress. Remember, the right party dress for you is something you will feel comfortable in—choose among our curated products and express yourself through these awesome dresses.