Personal Shopper: A size 18 cocktail dress for Tessa K. to wear to a black tie wedding in February

Tessa K. wrote, "Hi! I'm a huge fan of the blog and would like to make a personal shopper request. 1. Size 18 dress 2. $350 3. Friend's black tie wedding in February 4. N/A 5. Sparkly cocktail dress, preferably wearable with a cardigan/wrap/shrug (I hate my arms!). Something fun and not too serious. I'm 27 so I'd like it to a young, fresh look. 6. I don't like anything too form fitting around the hips. Thanks!! Tessa K"

Hi Tessa, Janetor here! I'm right there with you on the "I'll wear sleeveless or strapless, but ONLY if I can find a wrap or shrug to put over my arms" thing, girl! I've rounded up eight fun dresses (some you might want to order a size up and have taken in) for you to rock your friend's wedding in. I've found, personally, that dresses that are slightly flowy and skim over the hips, rather than excessively-roomy-around-the-hips, are more flattering to us plus-size gals. Enjoy, and let us know which one you like!

P.S. If none of these are quite right, check out these other plus-sized dress Personal Shopper posts we've done in the past!

1. Ruby Rox Plus Size Strapless Gathered Rosette Empire Dress ($70 on sale)
2. Tadashi Shoji Plus Size One-Shoulder Sequined Mesh Cocktail Dress ($230 on sale)
3. Avenue Silver Sparkle Dress ($30 on sale)
4. JS Collections Sequin Stripe Dress ($198)
5. Calvin Klein Pleat Bodice Sleeveless Dress ($158)
6. JS Collections One Shoulder Mesh & Jersey Gown ($198, 2 colors)
7. Lane Bryant Strapless Textured Dress ($46 on sale, 3 colors)
8. ASOS Curve Premium Large Rose Satin Dress ($112)

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Posted on 01.08.11 at 9:28 AM

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