Insomniac Sale Picks: Plus-sized Ball Attire

*In this late-night feature – which will run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Courtney requested a few picks for plus sized attire appropriate for a formal ball, so here we go:


Igigi Letta – was $175, now $159.99

Nothing makes a bold statement like a wash of red, and this elegant gown is bound to turn some heads. That plunge neckline can accommodate a v-shaped bib or fun pendant, and you can throw on a printed wrap to fend off the chill. Available in sizes 12 – 28. (Here’s a similar style in sizes 0 -12.)

patra plus

Patra Plus V-neck Evening Gown – was $229, now $194.65
with code GIFT

Such a great twist on a basic black gown. I love the matte bodice and shiny skirt, with the bonus of tone-on-tone hem embroidery. This would be a great choice for someone who doesn’t dig flashy jewelry, since a simple pendant and earrings would look perfect. Available in sizes 14W – 22W. (Here’s the exact same dress in size 6 – 18 … sadly not on sale.)

JR Nites dress

JR Nites Sleeveless Beaded Chiffon Gown – was $189, now $128.34
with code GIFT

If you like a little sparkle in your evening gown, this one is ever so elegant. The bodice beading is fun but relatively subtle, and the waterfall of ruffles on the skirt make this a decidedly feminine frock. Comes with matching wrap. Available in sizes 14W – 24W. (Same dress in sizes 6 – 18.)


ABS Luxury Collection Fit & Flare Dress – was $368, now $220.80

A formal ball generally calls for floor-length, but in case you’ve got a slightly less traditional evening event on the horizon this classic fit and flare frock would be dynamite. There’s a little tulle lining under the skirt to give it some lift, and that neckline is just begging for a statement necklace. Available in sizes 14W – 22W. (Here’s a similar style in sizes 2 -14, including some petites.)

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for plus sized attire appropriate for a formal ball:

  1. eDressme – Just a handful of options, but all very glam.
  2. Nordstrom – Includes some lovely options with sleeves that will keep you warm in the chilly night air.
  3. Igigi – Gorgeous floor-length options and lots of embellished formal dresses that would be perfect for a cocktail reception.

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7 Responses to “Insomniac Sale Picks: Plus-sized Ball Attire”

  1. Shaye

    What fun! I’d also note that Rent the Runway has plus sizes now (well, up to 22), and you can get access to some nice gowns from Badgley Mischka and others for less than the sale prices here.

    Me, I’ll stick with my vintage Emma Domb cupcake dress that I found on Etsy. 🙂

  2. Amy L

    Thank you so much for this post– great timing! I don’t wear the plus sizes, so I really appreciated your “also available in” notes. Just saved me lots of time and tears to find dresses for 2 upcoming formal events.

  3. Courtney

    Thanks Sally! I LOVE the sparkly grey one, and the websites you linked.

  4. Erin

    I just wore a Betsy & Adam dress from Nordstrom to a formal. Can’t remember if I ordered it in an 18 or a 20, but it was super flattering. I am an apple all the way with postpartum bulge to boot, and it was very helpful in that area. 🙂 Lists as “no longer available,” but was quality and pretty. I’d have faith in the brand going forward. Bra-friendly straps, graceful draping, and sequins on the inside with a comfy soft fabric next to the skin. And navy>black every time!

  5. M-C

    Let me also put in a recommendation for a nice mix of standard and custom sizes in simple designs in gorgeous fabrics. Used by many performers, this is a great resource for these times where you really have to shine.