Christmas is practically around the corner and within the next few weeks the rounds of Christmas Parties and Cocktail Parties will start.  This week I have found 6 wonderful plus size cocktail dresses and have also recommended appropriate shoe options to wear with these dresses.

As recommended by Diane

Boden onxy lace plus size dress

Onyx Green lace overlay slash neck dress – £149 – available from size 6R – 22L

This dress from Boden is a truly stunning and elegant lace dress.  It has a slash neckline to the front and a V neck cut to the back of the dress.  There is also a back vent making this dress a good cut to ‘step out’ in and move around.   Waist definition is provided with a colour complement band.  I particularly love the lace 3/4 length sleeves which are not only a very feminine and attractive feature but also serve to define and, in this case, reinforce the waistline.  This dress would particularly look good on a typical hour glass shape lady who has a defined waist and wants to make that statement.  The slash neck will also deflect attention away from a larger bust.

For me, perhaps the most interesting feature of all for this dress is the colour.  Boden describe this dress as being an onyx green.  This colour is just that bit different from the usual black cocktail dress which makes this dress all the more versatile for the wearer.  This dress is versatile enough to also wear to a wedding.

The dress speaks for itself with its lace overlay and due to all this detail I would keep jewellery to a minimum.  Simple earrings (not danglers) and only the addition of a watch on the arm.  I recommend wearing this dress with a purple or burgundy court shoe (with a clutch bag to match).  The onyx green and purple/burgundy hues are stunning together.

M&S Purple high heel suede court shoes

M&S Purple High Heel Suede Court Shoes – £49.50 – available from size 3 – 6.5

Burgundy court bow shoe M&S

Low Heel Burgundy Bow Court Shoe – £25 – Available from sizes 3 – 8











My next recommendation is this wonderful gold sequin leaf vintage inspired simple A Line cut dress.  Also with this dress the fabric is ‘doing the talking’ so jewellery should be kept to a minium and very simple e.g. a simple short gold necklet or very plain gold and small pendant drop chain to be worn around the neck.

plus size cocktail dress with gold leaf sequin design

Gold Leaf Sequin A-Line dress – £179 – Available from size 6R – 22L

Wear this dress with black opaque tights and black plain court shoes such as shown below.

M&S high suede courts

High Heel Suede Court Shoes – £59 – Available from sizes 3 – 8













I love this sleeveless dress from Curvissa with the sequin and rhinestone waistband trim.   The sequin trim is defining a waistline whilst the fuller skirt deflects attention away from fuller hips. Wear this dress, as shown, with a simple contrast colour wrap.

Curvissa black cocktail sleeveless plussize dress

Black Sleeveless Waist Defining Cocktail Dress – £85 – Available from a size 14 – 32

Keep shoes Black with this dress for a steam-lined and slimming look.  An interesting shoe look are these high heeled wedges with an elegant ankle strap.  Note the wedge has a bowed effected making these shoes as slimline as traditional high heel court shoes.

M&S Autograph suede high wedge ankle strap shoes

High Heel Wedges with ankle strap – £99 – Available in sizes 3 – 8

For other cocktail dress options from Curvissa in sizes 14 – 32 click here.


Chesca Plus Size Red side ruffle Dress

Red Side Ruffle Dress – £160 – Available in sizes 14, 16, 18 only

Wearing this dress will definitely give you your ‘Lady in Red’ moment.  This cocktail dress is absolutely stunning and my personal favourite of all.  This dress is a tummy minimiser with the side ruching and tassle like detail continued at the same side (deflecting attention away from the middle area).  I love the full length sleeves and the ruching around a wide but high neckline.  This dress is a statement piece so be very careful that you do not take attention away from the dress.  If you want to give the impression of being taller then wear this dress with red high heels but make sure that the red shoes are the same shade of red as the dress. Do not confuse the eye with shades of red and therefore taking the focus away from the dress.  Playing it safe, I would recommend that this dress is worn with a nude shade high heel court (try and get the same colour tights as the shoes).

Keep jewellery to a minimum.  For the cocktail look wear a diamonte/silver bracelet and simple silver stud like earrings.  If worn to a wedding again keep the jewellery simple but NO BLING – it would be preferrable to wear gold simple stud earrings and bracelet.

I also love this Aubergine side pleat dress from Chesca with the sequinned illusion of a slash side belt.  A wonderful autumnal colour and versatile to be worn to a cocktail party or to a wedding.  A very workable and practical alternative to the traditional black yet the dark colour of the Aubergine will also have the slimming effect of black.  The simple lines present make this dress a bust AND tummy minimiser.

Chesca Aubergine plussize dress

Aubergine side gather and tassle dress – £180 – Available from sizes 14 – 24

My final recommendation this week is this simple but stunning black lurex wrap over dress from Marks & Spencer.  The lurex woven throughout this dress leaves you in no doubt that this is a party dress and the wearing of it to other occasions is definitely a no no.  It is only £45 and therefore not too expensive to keep as your dedicated ‘party dress’.  The woven material of this dress makes it easy to pack into a suitcase for travel.  The dress will not crease and therefore needs minimum maintenance.  Take it out of your suitcase and hang it in the bathroom.  The steam from the shower should be enough for any creasing to fall out.

Again a simple cut so a timeless piece that can carry you from year to year.  The dress sits below the knee so has a modest elegance whilst the wrap over will enhance a bustline and minimise the waist.  The 3/4 length sleeves also draw attention to the waistline helping to define this area.  Wear this dress as shown with black tights and shoes.  The high heeled wedges or the black suede high heel courts shown earlier will also suit this dress.

M&S Metallic plussize dress black lurex

Black Lurex effect Cocktail Dress – £45 – Available in sizes 8 – 22

M&S Autograph suede high wedge ankle strap

HIgh Heel Wedges with Ankle Strap – £99 – Available from sizes 3 – 8

M&S high suede court shoes

Black Suede High Heel Court Shoes – £59 – Available in sizes 3 – 8

For other cocktail dress options from M&S click here.

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Until next Thursday 7th November 2013.  Diane xxx



2 Comments » for Cocktail Party – plus size cocktail dresses
  1. Christina Bonner says:

    Where can I see and try on this dress in the Londonderry area?

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