Where To Find Plus Size Formal Dresses

Plus Size Formal Dress Directory - Australia & Online - Alarna Hope Body Positive Fashion Stylist Shares Her Favourite Plus Size Formal Dress Options For Your Special Occasions!

While I would be the modelling industry’s idea of plus size at a size 10, I’ve never been in the position myself where I couldn’t find an evening dress because majority of brands didn’t cater for my size.

As a Stylist, I’m constantly contacted by women tall, short and in between who struggle with finding plus size evening dresses over a size sixteen. It’s not something that’s advertised well in Australia. You don’t see gorgeous plus size models on the covers of magazines adorned in the latest designer gown – it’s just not something we get educated on because nobody talks about it.

Well, we all know I’ve got the gift of the gab, and what type of Effortless Bitch would I be if I didn’t start a conversation about finding gorgeous plus size evening gowns in Australia? Seeing a curvy woman at a formal event is not a rare sighting and while all these amazing designer dress hire companies are popping up and more and more designers are making a name for themselves in the industry, there’s still a huge lack of advertised options. So as usual, I’m here to clear the air and provide you with a lovely list of options for sizes sixteen and up and then if one of our readers would kindly throw us all a black tie dinner party, we can all go and shimmy together in our sequinned frocks.

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Size 16 Plus Size Formal Wear / Bridesmaids Dresses

George: An Australian based brand with dresses suited to women who want a gorgeous floor length chiffon frock, to a cute cocktail dress for a wedding.

Rodeo Show: I love taking my clients into Rodeo Show because they always have gorgeous dresses that flatter the figure and emphasize the waist. My favourite Rodeo Show store in in Pitt Street Mall in Sydney.

Alannah Hill: I don’t just love her because we have the same initials and her accessories are fabulous. She provides fun and flirty garments, often providing styles catering from a knee to floor dress length.

More Plus Size Dresses Brands:
  • Anthea Crawford
  • Forever New
  • Elle Zuitoune
  • Grace and Blaze
  • Alice & Olivia
  • Diane Von Furstenberg
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  • Carla Zampatti
  • Grace & Hart
  • Langhem
  • Tadashi Shoji
  • Badgley Mischka

Size 18 Plus Size Formal Wear

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  • Tadashi Shoji
  • Asos Curve
  • Perri Cutten
  • Anthea Crawford
  • Boohoo Plus

ModCloth: By far one of my favourite plus size brands, they not only have amazing prices when there’s a sale but because they know how so many formal dresses sizes can be out of touch, they have an excellent reviews system where you can see pictures of other people who have purchased the dress!

White Runway: Are best known for catering to bridesmaids and some of their garments are even nice enough to double as a wedding dress! White Runway have such a huge collection that you can narrow down your findings by things like dress length, sleeves and even colour!

  • Langham
  • Joanna August
  • Badgley Mischka

Size 20 Plus Size Formal Wear

Langham: Are a much more glamourous style formal wear brand. Perfect for the woman who appreciates a little old hollywood glam and nice bold lip. Langham is stocked mainly online in various stores and they cater to women looking for a more feminine style dress.

Tadashi Shoji: A stand out brand that I wish had a stand alone store in Sydney! They sell modern, fashion forward evening dresses for women sizes 0 to 20. They sell cocktail dresses, bridesmaids dresses, evening gowns and even dresses suitable for a school formal!

More brands:

  • Joanna August
  • White Runway
  • Boohoo Plus
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  • Fame & Partners
  • Asos Curve
  • ModCloth

Size 22 Plus Size Dresses / Formal / Bridesmaids

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  • Fame & Partners
  • White Runway
  • Joanna August
  • Saphire Butterfly
  • Boohoo Plus
  • Asos Curve
  • ModCloth

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ALARNA HOPE

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Alarna Hope is a Fashion Stylist and Writer based in Sydney, she's considered an expert in her field as a Personal Stylist and is also quite good at writing about herself in the third person. She cries during movie makeover scenes, has a jar of Nutella under her bed for safety, and can tell you the synopsis of every Kath & Kim episode ever. She currently resides in Sydney with her Oscar worthy cat, Meryl Streep.

2 Comments
  1. Wow, I never thought there could be so many gorgeous dresses available! I’m with you though, I wish someone would throw a swanky party/wedding for me to go buy something!

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