To help you navigate the holiday party season, we’re highlighting the best plus size cocktail dresses and separates to wear out on the town. These picks will look and feel fab in any setting. Keep scrolling to find your new holiday party outfit!
Finding the perfect cocktail dress for your body shape can seem like a huge challenge, but it’s easier than you might think. One of the most common issues plus size women face when purchasing cocktail dresses is finding one that emphasizes the right areas of your body. Here are a few tips to help you find the perfect plus size cocktail dress for your body type.
When most people think of cocktail dresses, they think of one thing: Little Black Dresses. I mean, if you’re going to a formal event, who doesn’t want to look as timeless, elegant and classic as Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s? But if you’re not a size zero, finding a cocktail dress isn’t as easy as walking into your favourite high-end department store.
Comfortable Cocktail Dresses
If you are not sure where to start, then look no further than here! I’ve created a list of the best places to find dresses for all body shapes and sizes, so anywhere you look, you’ll be able to find something that will really make you stand out. From petite cocktail dresses to chiffon prom dresses, to plus size cocktail dresses with sleeves and length, there is something for everyone.
1. House of Jade | Gym Noir by Mikkie Tohler $54.50
Fun, outrageous and cosy all in one piece, this black/white cocktail dress.
J. Crew romper manages a romper-fashions-world-record-holding sartorial feat, on both the inside and outside. (Throw in a matching belt and tie to complete your ensemble.)
2. Royal Studios | MatchMakerTeam by Alex Mercer $49.00
Offering cut-flower coverage and flattering side seams, this dress is built for dapper ease and panache and will make any man or woman swoon. (Hint: Wouldn’t it just be cute if a man and a woman were in it?)
3. Annaka RL | The Work cocktail dresses by Anna Konrady $59.00
Fitted and flirty, this low-waist, flared skirt is perfect for creating intrigue, rather than trying to hide wrinkles. Plus, its stacked waistline gives you the freedom to show off your sleek muscles. Plus, it’s an open-faced knit; that means, get comfortably cosy with this goodie.
4. Avocado House | Swingers Tights by Emilie Davidson $39.00
With this maxi dress, Emilie offers the hottest top and bottom combo you’ll see this spring. A flare, light belt (but still a belt), a dramatic scoop neckline and yes, a hint of underwear — the only thing this ensemble needed was a ton of patterns and colour. (Now that’s a happy pairing!)
5. House of Jade cocktail dresses by Spieth $68.00
Get all the chest, shoulder and arm movement you want while still looking sleek at the same time. Yes, this is more than just a strappy top. The material here is equally as, if not more, luxurious as the trendy pricier dresses. And, yes, with two dozen skirt colour options, you can match your ensemble to any occasion, not just your own.
6. House of Jade | Gym Noir by Mikkie Tohler $54.50
One of the hottest dresses in the house of JR is Mikkie’s version of this is the closest we’ve seen to be catwalk-ready. You’ll feel like Daniel Day-Lewis as you rock this top and flaunt one good leg in the world of style. The best part is it’s machine washable, and if the sleeves get a little long, that shouldn’t be a problem. (Ask your friends for help.
Dressing for Comfort and Style
The thought of a comfortable outfit is often followed by the image of sweatpants and an ill-fitting tee. But, digging a little deeper, there are plenty of easy outfits that let you feel at ease (whether you’re sitting across from your boss or giving it your all in spin class). Ahead, I’ve rounded up my favourite lazy-girl outfits for every day—no sweatpants required.
It’s been said that we buy things to make ourselves feel better. I know it sounds a little shallow, but it’s not without credence. When I’m stressed or feeling down, I tend to spend more money on frivolities like books, pretty candles, and other things that make me feel a bit better about myself. So, when I’m looking for a new piece of clothing to add to my wardrobe, I always look for something that makes me feel good when I wear it.
You know your own style by now. You’ve tried out a lot of outfits and have learned what looks good on you. You’ve also learned the hard way about what doesn’t look good on you (thanks, social media).