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Top 10 Plus Size Formal Dresses

Glamorous Gowns Women With Curves Wear For A Big Night Out

Glamorous Gowns Women With Curves Wear For A Big Night Out

For all of the formal events in your life, whether it’s a gala or black-tie wedding, it’s necessary to have a dress that fits the occasion. At a formal event, you want to look good and, most of all, feel good about the dress you’ll be wearing all night long, which means it needs to show off your style while maintaining a flattering fit. With curve-friendly dresses in mind, we used our data-driven algorithm to gather the best plus size formal dresses for you to shop from. Ahead, you’ll find plenty of floor-length hems, sequins, and intricate beading—all the makings of an elegant formal dress that come with user-approved ratings. Scroll down to find the dress of your dreams today!  Opening image: modcloth.com

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February 25, 2019

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The Rankings

ModCloth As Ruffles Ripple Maxi Dress
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ModCloth As Ruffles Ripple Maxi Dress

USERS SAID: “THIS DRESS WAS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR. It was flattering and accommodating of my chest (40DD) and the empire waist and ruffled skirt was playful and elegant.”

LOVED FOR: The empire waist combined with the draped ruffles make for a flattering fit. 

Pisarro Nights Embellished Three Quarter Sleeve Gown

HELPFUL TIP: This dress tends to run large, so consider sizing down.

BEST FOR: The all-over sequin design is a perfect fit for an elegant evening soiree.

XSCAPE Embellished Jersey Gown

WHY YOU NEED IT: This dress accentuates your curves by creating an even curvier illusion through its design.

LOVED FOR: The jersey material makes this comfortable to wear all night long. 

Adrianna Papell Plus Size Bead-Illusion Blouson Dress

BEST FOR: Are you the mother of a bride or groom? This dress will provide all of the style, coverage, and functionality you probably want for the upcoming wedding.

LOVED FOR: Being equal parts modest and elegant

XSCAPE Beaded Neck Empire Gown

HELPFUL TIP: If in between sizes, consider ordering one size down as this dress tends to run large.

USERS SAID: “The image does not do this dress justice. It is absolutely beautiful. Be prepared for loads of compliments when you wear it. The fit is perfect, the material is comfortable, the jewelled neckline will make you feel like a queen.”

Adrianna Papell Embellished Scoop Back Gown

BEST FOR: Make a statement when you walk in the room with this all-over sequin number.

LOVED FOR: The subtle scoop neck in the back shows just enough skin. 

Alex Evenings Plus Size Long A-Line Rosette Dress

USERS SAID: “It looks like this dress would feel heavy, but quite the opposite in my opinion. It felt lightweight and comfortable to me, all while sitting, standing, dancing, and walking around at a wedding. I received many compliments and can't wait to wear it again!”

LOVED FOR: The fun rosette embellishments create an elegant monochromatic look.

Alex Evenings Embellished Lace & Chiffon Gown

BEST FOR: Mix up the classic formal dress with this piece that’s made to look like two pieces.

USERS SAID: “This dress is amazing for a full figure like mine. It is beautiful AND comfortable. Love it.”

Adrianna Papell Lace & Shutter Pleat Gown

WHY YOU NEED IT: Equal parts sexy and elegant, this stylish dress creates a stunning look that doesn’t need to be too accessorized.

LOVED FOR: The deep neckline and tiered ruffles make for a figure-flattering dress.

Chic City Paneled Lace Bodice Gown

LOVED FOR: The flow of the dress is comfortable while still showing off the figure.

USERS SAID: “I have a very large bottom and very large thighs, and this dress flows freely around my bottom half with plenty of room for me to move with effortless grace and comfort. The fabric is lovely. I could not be happier with this dress!”

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