SPECIAL OCCASION DRESSES
Last Update: August 19, 2017
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Jersey Ruched Dress
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Dresses for social occasions are often not quite as dressy as those worn for cocktail parties, but are softer and more feminine than dresses appropriate for work. The types of occasions can range from attending weddings as a guest to brunch with family, church holidays, and school graduation parties. They are also often good choices for dates, dinners, and evenings out at social events such as the theater, gallery openings, and less formal cocktail parties.
The fall and winter holiday season spanning from Thanksgiving to Valentine s Day often has the dressiest styles with sequins, beading, metallics and finer fabrics such as jacquard, brocade, and velvet more the norm, with red dresses an annual favorite at this time of year. Spring occasions such as Easter, Mother s Day, and graduations favor more floral prints, cottons, and sometimes linen, although light chiffons, silk, and lace are also popular choices.
Plus-size social dresses are only available in limited numbers in most towns, while the internet offers a much larger range both in size and styles. Styles can be bare, body conscious and trendy, or more demure and appealing those who appreciate modesty.
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Internet Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Social Occasion Dresses
Many of the major department stores are the best sources for dresses up to size 24W. Most carry the deepest selection of plus-size dresses on-line, with several offering larger sizes exclusively to internet customers. Free shipping has become the norm in the upscale department store space (sometimes with reasonable minimum purchase), with some even offering free returns for customer convenience. Many are geared to the needs of working, professional women who may need social dresses not just for private occasions, but also work related events. Consequently styles lean towards classic to contemporary designers, with trendier options more readily available at other types of retailers.