4. Mauve Scuba and Lace Peplum Dress by Torrid

11 Best Plus Size Cocktail Dresses For Curvy Beauties

by Lisa Martinez
March 11, 2020
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Date night Friday night?

High school homecoming next week?

Girls night out tomorrow?

Whatever the occasion is, you know you’ve got some dressing up to do!

A cocktail dress would be the perfect choice for any glam occasion; it’s sexy, classy and fun all at the same time. Now of course from the millions of options you have, it’s difficult find something that flatters your body and allows you to flaunt your best features.
On top of that, you also want to follow your personal taste in clothing. For example, you might be more of a “ruffles and feathers” kind of girl who loves going dramatic. Some of you might be more on the minimal side sticking to mini bodycons in classic silhouettes.

Either way, once you’ve RSVP’d, it gets real. It’s time to start moving. So here’s a round-up of some of our favorite choices in plus size cocktail dresses for you to find the perfect one. From all-time favorite retail brands to high fashion designs, there’s something for everyone here.

1. Black Mesh Ruched Bodycon Dress by Torrid

plus size cocktail dress

Starting with the cult classic little black dress (LBD), this sexy and simple bodycon with ruched detailing would be the perfect choice for anyone who wants to stick to the basics but still wants a little drama going on. It’s super flattering for any body type as it has ruched detailing all over and princess cut seams. It also has adjustable straps so you can choose your fit. It hugs your body in all the right places and accentuates your beautiful curves. What more could we ask for in an LBD?

2. City Chic Wrap Front Chiffon Dress

City Chic Wrap Front Chiffon Dress

This is an elegant and flirty number with flounce sleeves and an asymmetrical wrapped hemline. It also has wrapped detailing on its yoke that flatters and flaunts and chest in an elegant way. The chiffon fabric and the tiny “not-in-your-face” ruffles make the dress super feminine and soft looking; perfect for anyone who wants to flaunt their girly side. Its midnight blue color makes it ideal for a party or date.

3. Eloquii Sparkle Maxi Dress with Wrap Skirt

Eloquii Sparkle Maxi Dress with Wrap Skirt

When it comes to plus size cocktail dresses, people often play it safe and stick to non-risqué colors, silhouettes and textures. But it’s high time we had some fun with textures. This glitter maxi dress by Eloquii is the most beautiful bodycon style dress with unique balloon cuff sleeves, a cinched waist and an asymmetrical hemline. It’s got a gorgeous draped skirt detail that accentuates the contours of the things and legs, but without emphasizing unflattering bumps or lumps. Being a textured fabric, it reflects light in a beautiful way and lets you go full glam with confidence. Be sure to throw on lots of highlighter when you step out wearing this one; because you’re a queen.

4. Mauve Scuba and Lace Peplum Dress by Torrid

4.	Mauve Scuba and Lace Peplum Dress by Torrid

This one’s for all you curvy beauties who love to keep it sophisticated rather than sexy for a cocktail party. It’s in a soft and minimal mauve shade that suits every skin tone and it has a gorgeous peplum waist with ruffles that will allow you to go easy on your waist so you don’t have to subconsciously suck in your tummy all night. At the same time it hugs the legs and lets you flaunt your beautiful curves. To top it off, it also has elegant lace detailing that brings a subtle sultry vibe to the whole look.

5. One Shoulder Asymmetric Cascade Gown by David’s Bridal

5.	One Shoulder Asymmetric Cascade Gown by David’s Bridal

If you don’t want to flaunt too much of your legs for an event, plus size cocktail dresses don’t have to be mini or midi length. Maxi dresses can be just as elegant, sexy and comfortable. This super feminine one shoulder satin gown by David’s Bridal would be the perfect pick to stand out in the crowd but still keep it conventional. It doesn’t experiment too much in terms of the silhouette, but it still looks unique and pretty. The highlight of the dress is of course its thigh high slit and its cascading ruffles that render princess like vibes. And let’s just take a moment to admire that beautiful red color. Whether it’s for date night or girls’ night or even for a red carpet event, red speaks volumes in every way.

6. Off the Shoulder Lace Dreams Dress by City Chic

6.	Off the Shoulder Lace Dreams Dress by City Chic

Lace is perhaps the most elegant and sexiest of all fabrics. This off the shoulder fit and flare midi dress by City Chic has the luxurious lace. A cinched waist adorned with an embellished belt and scalloped lace hemline details add to the gracefulness of the whole. The skirt portion also has box pleats that perfectly fall over the contours of your lower body. You’d think that box pleats on an already textured fabric like lace will make the outfit look too bulky or heavy. But this dress will prove you wrong. The lace is of very high quality and not unnecessarily loud; which makes the skirt fall gracefully to the knees. All this dress needs are cranberry pumps to accessorize and you’re good to go.

7. Black Floral Chiffon Midi Dress by Torrid

Black Floral Chiffon Midi Dress by Torrid

What’s the harm in playing with some prints, even if it’s for a night party? They say florals are more of a daytime print, but we’re all about breaking conventions here. This is black floral midi dress with ruffles by Torrid; it has full length puffy sheer sleeves with elastic cuffs and a sexy keyhole neckline with a tie detail. It also has a slim fitted waist with gathers and ruffles at the bottom hemline. As is evident from all its cuts and trims; it shouts elegance and grace. The colorful flowers on a base of black mesh simply make the dress all the more feminine and playful. It also has a full slip lining that pulls all the details together. With the ruffled hemline it would be perfect to wear it with a pair of ankle boots in black.

8. Sally Slip Dress by Mika Muse

Sally Slip Dress by Mika Muse

A curvy figure doesn’t mean you can’t wear a slip dress.  It’s a classic style, a super sexy and sultry outfit that is A-list celebrity approved.  The Sally Slip dress has a classic design in a breezy lilac shade. You simply can’t go wrong with this one. Pair it with white or silver heels and carry a small silver clutch to complete the look.

9. Curve Ilona Fit & Flare Cocktail Dress by Chi Chi London

Curve Ilona Fit & Flare Cocktail Dress by Chi Chi London

If you’re all about tailored fit outfits, then this one is for you. It’s a crisp looking navy blue cocktail dress that has a deep V neck bodice in a princess cut and a printed box pleated floral skirt. The waist is accentuated with a blue satin belt and the prints perfectly compliment the blue color of the top portion. It’s knee length and it’s the perfect choice for any cocktail event. Such a well put-together outfit definitely calls for closed toe pumps or simple square heels.

10. Iridescent Mermaid Dress by David’s Bridal

Iridescent Mermaid Dress by David’s Bridal

Iridescent fabrics are always ultra-glam and dramatic. That’s why this iridescent mermaid cocktail maxi dress by David’s Bridal is only for the daring. It has an amazing plunging neckline accentuated with mesh and a very flattering mermaid silhouette that ends with a flared circular skirt panel. The color is a gorgeous dark shade of iridescent that shouts drama. You can definitely make a grand appearance, at a cocktail party or a dinner date or a red carpet event in this outfit. Be sure to keep your accessories minimal with just a pair of silver heels to throw most of the focus on the dress.

11. Atmost&Here Verona Wrap Dress

Atmost&Here Verona Wrap Dress

We’ve been touching upon only darker colors and blacks. But hey, if you want to wear a lighter shade to a cocktail party then, by all means, you can! Here’s an elegant nude polka dotted number by Atmos&Here.  It has feminine flounce sleeves, a V neckline and a ruffled asymmetrical hemline. The wrapped detailing is what sets the dress apart once again. It’s not tight or tailored fitting; it is light and flowy, which allows your legs and body to breathe as well.  Pair this one with nude heels or pumps to complete the look.

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