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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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.
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.”
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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