5 Plus-Size Dresses to Turn Heads at the Holiday Party

Plus size dresses

“I have nothing to wear!!” Holiday parties are notorious for sparking those frantic, closet-searching moments when you declare you’ve got nothing — absolutely nothing — to wear. In this case, our best advice is: don’t get mad, get inspired. Start with a look at these five party-ready, plus size dresses that highlight the hottest trends of 2016.

Lovely in Lace  

plus-size dresses - royal blue lace cocktail dress

Short Plus Lace Dress with a Bow, $79, SimplyDresses

Lace is huge this season. This lace dress has a flirty length, just above the knee, a bow detail that accentuates your waistline. If you have a larger chest, the high neckline keeps you from worrying about the extra support needed to hold up a strapless dress. You’ll still be able to show some skin with the lace detailing above the bust, and the layer underneath adds depth and added coverage. This dress would look perfect with opaque tights underneath and a black furry bomber jacket on top.

If the blue doesn’t strike you, this dress it also available in four other gorgeous colors: wine, gray, black and white.

The Cold Shoulder


plus-size dresses - woman wearing black, off the shoulder holiday dress

Layered, Cold-Shoulder Knit Dress, $50, DressBarn

The cold shoulder is one of the most noticeable trends of this season, and it’s great for all body types. And this layered, cold-shoulder dress is a triple-threat: trendy, comfy and flattering. Somehow, showing some shoulder adds more sex appeal and fun to any piece, while still remaining classy. Knit tends to drape well and flatter all body types. Throw on a jacket and a pair of strappy sandals, and you’re ready to be the belle of the ball.



Martha-Raye is a senior at the University of Delaware, majoring in Environmental Studies. She loves fashion and music, especially eco-fashion. In her spare time, she sews, works out, and snuggles up with Netflix.

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