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Plus Size Cocktail Dresses

Crystal Schwanke

Beautiful Cocktail Dresses

Looking for something to wear to a special event? The selection of cocktail dresses out there might astound you. There are all sleeve lengths, necklines, and cuts to choose from, so you're sure to find something that's perfect for your figure.

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Lace Swing Dress

The 3/4-Sleeve Lace Swing Dress is perfect for almost any semi-formal occasion, and it's under $100.00. It comes in black, from size 14/16 to 26/28. Black lining with a black lace overlay and sharkbite hem make this dress skirt the line between classic and trendy with ease.

It's not a shapeless dress by any means, but it also doesn't fit too close to the body. That means it'll work for most body types.

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Sleeveless V-neck Style with Length

If you prefer something a little longer and don't mind showing a little cleavage, this Zeagoo Sleeveless V-Neck Dress is for you. It's great for an hourglass shape because it cinches in at the middle, but it will be flattering on most figures.

Slip on a pair of understated sandals and you'll look like a goddess. This dress is available for less than $50.00 in black, dark green, purple, and rose. It comes in sizes 16 through 26 Plus.

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Foil Print Sheath

For a simple, classic silhouette with a twist, the Foil Print Sheath could be a good bet. It's just over $110.00 and comes in sizes 14W to 24W. It's only available in soft pink, but the matching foil is on-trend. Wear it with nude pumps (to keep from overpowering it with black or adding competition with another color).

You can wear this to a cocktail party or more casual events. Hourglass and pear shapes will look great in this type of dress.

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Classic Little Black Dress

This little black dress actually comes in red, too. Get it in sizes 14W to 24W for just under $100.00. The frills on the sleeves keep it from looking boring but they don't look too girlish, either. They're the perfect finishing touch to a classic style that will look good on anyone.

Pear shapes will especially love the flared skirt and the balancing effect the sleeves have on the silhouette.

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When You Want to Sparkle

Sometimes the occasion or your mood calls for something more exciting than your standard sheath or flared black dress. In those cases, sequins make a compelling choice. Find sparkle and shine in this silver knee-length style with a bateau neck style and sheer sleeves.

Apple shapes, especially those who carry extra weight in their upper arms, will love this style because of the bit of coverage the sleeves give without being tight or too hot. Get this style in 16W or 18W for about $150.00.

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Bell Sleeve Bodycon

If you want to stand out and wear something a little unusual, the Daci Bell Sleeve Bodycon Dress is one way to do it. It's less than $50.00 but is sure to turn heads, thanks to the curve-hugging style with large bell sleeves and texture all over.

Who can wear this dress? The confident woman who loves to show off all her curves. Get it in sizes 16 Plus to 24 Plus, in black, blue, white, or wine.

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The Sweetheart Knit Wrap

Wrap styles are always gorgeous on curvy figures of any shape or size, and this knit option with the sweetheart neckline (just under $100.00) is no exception. This stunning style is available in a plum shade that will flatter most skin tones. It comes in 0X to 5X and will look great on just about anyone.

Ladies with an hourglass or pear shape may find it slightly more flattering than apple shapes simply because of where it ties, but wrap dresses can be versatile and forgiving, so it's worth a try if you like it, regardless of shape.

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Trendy with a Classic Feel

Though the Dark Green Batwing Sleeve Drawstring Dress appears to be a trendy pick at first glance because of the high-low hem and wrap top, it also pulls off such an air of sophistication that it feels like a classic.

Get it in black, dark green, or dark red for under $30.00. It's available in XL through 4XL and will complement hourglass and pear shape bodies very well.

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Old Hollywood Style

If you want to feel like a sexy leading lady from Old Hollywood, consider this Velvet Starlet Wiggle Dress (just under $200.00). It comes in 2X to 4X in black. Pear shapes will turn heads in this style. With soft curls and a pair of pumps, you'll feel unstoppable, glamorous, and beautiful.

This design can be worn on or off the shoulders and the tulip skirt hugs the hips without being skin-tight. The belt is adjustable and removable, and there's even an understructure in the dress that will help you look your best.

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Vintage Midi

Take your pick from white, black, blue, navy, red, gray, or pink, and only pay about $40.00 for it. This dress is available in sizes up to 3X and will flatter most body types. The dress length keeps the thighs covered and its swingy style and pleats are a perfect match for any lower body trouble spots, whether it's your lower abdomen, hips, or rear. If you enjoy playing up your décolletage, consider this one. Keep the shoes simple to match the vintage vibe.

When it's time to attend a cocktail party, wedding, holiday gathering, or another special event, rest assured that there is an endless supply of cocktail dress styles to choose from.

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Plus Size Cocktail Dresses