21 Plus-Size Dresses PERFECT For The Holidays

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Regardless of what you celebrate, chances are that your calendar has quickly filled with parties, get-togethers, shindigs, and fêtes, (with maybe a fancy New Year’s gala on the horizon, too). But with all those invites come another worry: What does one wear, where? (And without spending like crazy.)

While an ugly sweater bash gives away the expected outfit in the title, how do you crack the dress code for other events? Sure, cocktail parties call for cocktail attire, but what’s in style this season? Is it okay to rock a chic jumpsuit to a black tie event? And what exactly does “festive” mean when it comes to picking out your #OOTD? You’ve got these sartorial queries on your mind, and we’ve got the answers. Read on to find the solutions to all your holiday style woes — and shop our under-$200 picks for women size 14-plus while you're at it.
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Cocktail
While “cocktail attire” seems to be the easiest to nail (just throw on a knee-length dress and you’re done), there’s no reason why you should play it safe. To add some interest, choose from superhero-inspired caped frocks, shimmering sequined sheaths, or brocade-embellished bodycons.

Lane Bryant
Lela Rose Lily Lace Fit & Flare Dress, $158, available at Lane Bryant.
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Eloquii Studio Strapless Sweetheart Neckline Dress, $129.90, available at Eloquii.
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Fashion to Figure Hollie Cape Dress, available at fullbeauty.com.
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Forever 21 Velvet Tonal Sequin Dress, $37.90, available at Forever 21.
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Ashley Stewart Baroque Sequin Sheath Dress, $79.50, available at Ashley Stewart.
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Courtney Noelle Coco Dress, $150, available at Courtney Noelle.
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Lovedrobe Lace Contrast Dress, $105, available at Evans.
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Black Tie
Oh, you fancy, huh? Whether you’re off to an upscale holiday party, winter wonderland-themed wedding, or to ring in the new year in style, it's time to store away any thigh-baring looks and step up your dress game with a long formal gown or maybe even an extra-special jumpsuit.

Eloquii Studio Deep V Lace Jumpsuit, $139.90, available at Eloquii.
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Carmen Marc Valvo Dimension Gown, rent for $160, available at Rent The Runway.
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Lovedrobe Maxi Dress With Embellished Waist, $119.50, available at ASOS.
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eShakti Floral Embellished Georgette Gown, $136.95, available at eShakti.
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Little Mistress Red Maxi Dress, $150, available at Evans.
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ModCloth Velvet Rope Ready Dress, $89.99, available at ModCloth.
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Badgley Mischka Rolling In The Glitz Gown, rent for $75, available at Rent The Runway.
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Festive
When the dress code simply reads “festive,” what’s a girl to do? Take a chance on a trend she’s been eyeing, of course. Festive means “fun,” so that’s exactly how you should feel, whether you slip into a sequin T-shirt dress, a glitzy jumpsuit, or flirty flared mini. When in doubt, stick to classic holiday colors, maybe a little sparkle, and lean more fancy than casual.

Forever 21 Sequin Shift Dress, $39.90, available at Forever 21.
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Simply Be Glitter-Trim Strappy Jumpsuit, $49.49, available at Simply Be.
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Torrid Foiled Textured Skater Dress, $64.50, available at Torrid.
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Simply Be Fringe Sleeve Midi Dress, $99, available at Simply Be.
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Missguided Fringed T-shirt Dress, $42.50, available at Missguided.
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Rebdolls Long-Sleeve Two-piece Midi Set, $37.50, available at Rebdolls.
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boohoo Sequin Wrap Front Dress, $60, available at boohoo.
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