Fashion Advice: Plus Size Evening Dresses

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Dear Budget Fashionista: I am a plus-sized woman and was just invited to a black-tie optional event in early December. I’m 28 and don’t want to look 58. On top of that, I’d like to cover my arms (or at least the tops of them — I hate them!) and disguise my huge belly.

Any suggestions?

Answer:  Girl believe it or not, you’ve got options. Look for dresses gather to the side (think wrap dress) and/or so a bit of cleavage. Believe it or not, the more skin you show, the thinner you look, plus everyone will be too busy looking at your fabulous cleavage to notice any “figure” issues.

One of the best shops for fashion-forward, plus-size evening dresses is the igigi.com. The site offers tasteful evening wear for those who want to be a bit more covered.

You can also try the more traditional department stores. Macys sometimes has a fairly good selection of trendy, plus-size evening wear in select stores (check online as well), but stay away from Lane Bryant (which tends to be way too casual) and Torrid (which tends to be more prom-like).

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  • I love the plus size gown above and I agree Nordstrom is great for plus size dresses and tunics. Also try Yours Elegantly an unique online site for elegant evening tunic tops and beautiful designer tops. I generally wear them with a sexy skirt or black formal pants and get a ton of compliments. Just sharing ideas that work for me.

  • juliette

    Check the Nordstrom Rack if there’s one near you.  They often have a few plus-size evening dresses for well under $75 that originally retailed for $150-$100, and sometimes you can find evening separates from Alex for $19.99 – satin tops/jacket, camis and long satin or velvet skirts.

  • Colleen

    Try Nordstrom too.  They are begining to have a lot more stylish plus clothes including DKNY, Calvin Klein & Guess? I got a few beautiful gowns there for weddings.  Good Luck!