Finding Plus Size Dresses for Wedding Guests

Rachel Blumenfeld
Woman in black cocktail dress

When you're planning to be a guest at a wedding, it's important to find a dress that is both fabulously flattering and appropriate to the event. Gone are the days of frumpy plus size looks that are designed to hide your figure. Instead, you can show off your best features in a wedding-appropriate dress that is stylish, sophisticated, and gorgeous. There are a lot of great shopping options out there, and one of them will have a look that's perfect for your body type, budget, and special event.

Dresses for Daytime Weddings

Typically less formal than evening weddings, daytime weddings still require a certain level of dress. For summer weekend weddings, a dressy sundress is a great choice, and a nice party dress will work any time of the year. You can go with long or short styles, in your choice of a print or solid color fabric.

Lane Bryant

Lane Bryant specializes in stylish clothing for plus size women, and they have many beautiful dresses. This is the place to come for simple, sophisticated styles that will suit your body shape.

  • Lace Cap Sleeve Dress by Adrianna Papell: This solid color dress features illusion paneling at the sleeves and neckline with a pretty floral lace overlay. It is priced around $210 and comes in sizes 14 to 16. It is ideal for a daytime wedding as it can be dressed up or down depending on the accessories with which you choose to pair it. The hem hits the knees and the rounded neckline gives you a bit more coverage up top while still maintaining a flattering silhouette.
  • Racy Faux Wrap Dress: Embrace the cold shoulder trend with this faux wrap dress that comes in olive and burgundy. This dress is priced around $120 and comes in sizes 0X to 4X. It is done in a stylish faux wrap style that will flatter your waistline and look good on any type of figure.

Woman Within

Woman Within carries a variety of casual dresses ideal for a daytime wedding. From simple sundresses to A-line styles, this site is filled with options that will suit women of all ages and sizes.

  • Pintuck Print Floral Dress (pictured): This dress is priced under $70 and comes in sizes up to a 6X with petite options available. It is made in your choice of black, purple, pink, green, and red patterns and reaches almost to the ankle. This dress has a relaxed fit that will not cling to your body and a rounded v-neckline. It is roomy and comfortable and will flatter your body no matter what size. The dress is made in a non-cling fabric and has short sleeves so it's ideal for the woman who prefers more coverage. It also has a flared hem to create visual balance for your shape.
  • Short Sleeve Crinkle Dress Dress: This calf-length dress is priced under $65 and is available in sizes up to a 34W. It comes in three different floral prints and sweeps around falls in a gentle A-line for a flattering look. This dress has a flattering silhouette to maximize the skirt's movement and ensure that it will not cling to your curves.

Wedding-Appropriate Cocktail Dresses

If you're attending an evening wedding, a cocktail dress is the perfect choice. This type of semi-formal dress can look stunning on fuller-figured women, especially since it allows you to show off your lovely legs and ankles. Avoid wearing a gown in the wedding party's colors if you happen to know what they'll be.

Nordstrom

Nordstrom has an exceptional selection of cocktail dresses for plus size women. You'll find plenty of styles that are perfectly appropriate for a wedding, with options from all your favorite designers. There are dresses to be found for every age and body type.

  • Marina Embellished Lace Dress: This cocktail dress is priced under $130 and comes in sizes 14W to 24W. It is done in navy, gunmetal gray, or black. This knee-length dress features an empire-style bodice with a crisscross neckline that will help boost your assets and slenderize your figure. This dress is sheer at the sleeves and back and is fully lined for extra coverage.
  • Adrianna Papell Mixed Media Fit and Flare Dress: If you are tired of dark lace cocktail dresses, this dress is a perfect choice. The body of the dress is a comfortable jersey knit while the skirt is done in gorgeous taffeta. This dress is priced around $160 and is available in sizes 14W to 22W. It has forgiving pleats on the flared skirt, is knee-length, and has charming 3/4 sleeves.

Kiyonna

Kiyonna features cocktail dresses in a variety of styles and colors. From trendy designs to classic looks, this site is filled with cocktail dresses perfect for women of all ages and sizes.

  • Retro Glam Lace Dress (pictured): This elegant dress is priced under $170 and comes in sizes 0X to 5X. It is done in black lace with your choice of black, purple or red lining. This dress features a removable sash that can be used to cinch in your waist, a vintage-style brooch as an accent and a loose-fitting skirt that will skim over your curves. It has sleeves that are a done in a short, flowing length and a flattering surplice neckline.
  • Sweetheart Knit Wrap Dress: This cocktail dress is priced under $100 and comes in plus sizes up to a 5X. It is available in black, navy, and scarlet. The flattering faux wrap style works well on any figure. This dress features ruching across the chest and a sweetheart neckline to enhance smaller curves and help cover up larger ones. This dress can be dressed up or down and will remain a classic for seasons to come.

Long Evening Gown Styles

Invitations to some of the most formal weddings may specify that guests should dress in 'black tie' attire. According to EmilyPost.com, this often means a long evening gown. There are a number of long styles that are appropriate for weddings and look stunning on full-figured women. Consider an A-line gown, a loose, flowing dress with an empire waist, or a simple sheath. Just avoid choosing a long, white gown because that fashion is reserved for the bride.

Macy's

Macy's is a great place to shop for plus size styles, and you can often find beautiful dresses in designer names. The size range varies by the style and designer, but you'll have no trouble finding something flattering. There are options for women of all ages, including modest dresses to trendy styles for women in their teens and twenties.

  • Beaded Mesh Mermaid Gown: This lovely light blue dress is priced under $370 and comes in sizes 14W to 22W. It is done in a stylish yet flattering mermaid bodice with silver beading in a vertical pattern which gives the dress a slimming illusion. The skirt falls to the floor and offers a moderate flare for easy movement. It has an illusion panel for added romantic detail.

  • MSK Embellished Ruched Cascade Gown: This floor-length black gown is priced below $130 and comes in sizes 14W to 24W. It features bead-embellished shoulders and neck. This dress has ruching throughout the bodice that is flattering to all figures. It has a hidden side zipper as well.

Lovely and Appropriate

Shopping for wedding guest attire for plus size women is fun and simple, especially when there are so many beautiful options out there. Take your time perusing available styles to find a dress that makes you feel lovely and perfectly appropriate for your event.

Finding Plus Size Dresses for Wedding Guests