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Cocktail Dresses for Full Figured Women: Top Designers and Brands

Many plus size women dread having to attend functions that require dressing up. Mainly because a lot of women don’t own dresses they feel they look good in, and they dread the idea of an afternoon spent in fitting rooms, trying dress after dress that just does not do anything for them. All who have been there know that awful, hopeless feeling. This is especially true for occasions that call for a short, even sexy, cocktail dress. Sadly, many full figured women are deathly afraid of showing some skin and their curves.

Back in the roomThe secret to looking and feeling great in a cocktail dress is precisely to get over that fear, and learn to love, and show off your God-given curves. The key is to play up your assets, whatever those may be (believe me, you have them!) and downplay areas that you don’t consider you best features. Now-days there are plenty of labels that specialize in plus size fashion and have mastered precisely this.

It’s all about proportions. You want a dress that balances your top with your bottom. For example, if you have a large bust, you shouldn’t wear a dress with a high, round neckline because it will make your chest look larger. Instead, you should wear a dress that is cut low and shows off your cleavage and comes in at the waist, giving you an hourglass figure. These four labels truly understand women’s bodies and make beautiful dresses that far from hiding generous curves, showcase them in a classy and tasteful manner.

Kiyonna

Kiyonna sells plus size clothing up to size 32. The designer has been selling classy cocktail dresses for 15 years. Many of their dresses incorporate lace, giving a touch of feminine elegance to the designs.

IGIGI

IGIGI, by Yuliya Raquel is also sells plus size cocktail dresses up to size 32. The designer won the Best Plus Size Fashion Retailer of the Year Award in 2010, and the Best Plus Size Designer Reader’s Choice Award in 2011. This designer offers classy styles that show off curves. Their dresses are ideal for any classy occasion. New designs are added to the collection frequently.

Eliza Parker

Eliza Parker sells cocktail dresses up to size 28. This brand is new to the plus size fashion market, but the designer sells a variety of dresses and accessories that are flattering to plus size women. Women who shop the Eliza Parker brand can use the designer’s Perfect Fit System to find a cocktail dress that looks great on their body shape: the tool can recommend styles that will flatter any figure.

ASOS Curve

ASOS Curve sells dresses up to UK dress size 26. You’ve probably heard about ASOS, but the designer introduced their plus size clothing line Curve in 2010. The designer is constantly adding new designs to their plus size collection. Their cocktail dresses are popular with younger plus size women.

These four labels are only a small sample of the growing number of designers and brands that cater to full figured women. Now is a great time to renew your wardrobe with stylish pieces that have you looking your best.

Visit us to for more great plus size cocktail dresses. Also, check out Plus Size Party Dresses: Our Favorite Designers and Brands!

photo by: Lauren Close