Holiday Dresses That Know How to Party: Best Plus Size Party Dresses

It’s officially party dress season! The holiday invites keep rolling in and along with all the mixing and mingling to come is the inevitable question of what should I wear? At VENUS, we believe that style has no size and that every body—literally—deserves to shine (cue the sequins!). On that note, our holiday collection is here and it’s filled with festive party dresses in sizes 2-24 that are just as worthy of celebrating as they’re appropriate for celebrating in. So, let’s raise a glass of bubbly and toast to the best plus size party dresses for the festive season.

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Trends in Plus Size Party Dresses

Sing it with us: it’s the most glamourous time of the yearrr! If there’s ever a time to go all out and be a little (okay, a lot) extra, the holidays are it. From glitz and glam to bold colors and ultra-luxe details, this season’s top trends in plus size party dresses don’t skimp on first impressions.
  • Time to Shine: Sequins, sparkles and shimmer give the holiday lights a run for their money.
  • Mixed Metals: Deck yourself in dazzling metallics and you’ll captivate any room you enter.
  • Merry & Bright: Bold colors bring the holiday cheer. Go for classic red or try unexpectedly festive shades like pastel pink.
  • Velvet Crush: The soft-touch fabric is so rich, it’s the easiest way to achieve instant elegance.

Time to Shine

‘Tis the season to overindulge. In seconds (and third and fourth helpings of cookies) yes, but also in your look. We’re talking dresses with sequins, sparkles and shine, A.K.A. sequintessential holiday party dresses. These glam plus size party dresses bring the festive vibes and are instant party starters, taking your XMAS and NYE looks to OMG. Depending on your style and the particular invite, there are plenty of ways to bring the shine. An LBD with a pop of colorful sequins across the bodice is perfect for the office holiday party or a more formal affair. When the invite calls for pulling out all the stops, do it up with allover sequins that shine brighter than all the twinkle lights combined! So as you mix and mingle, let the sparkles do the talking—and trust us, they speak volumes.

Mixed Metals

Watch out, holiday décor—tinsel tones aren’t just for the tree! This season, metallics are offering a fresh and modern way to sparkle on the party circuit. From textured plissé to luxe jacquard, some of the best plus size party dresses have gleaming metallic finishes that earn them a gold star in party dressing. For a fun and festive look, a gold plissé mini dress with twirly tiers is just the ticket. You’ll glisten from every angle while you rock around the Christmas tree. For a subtle but still statement-making look, go for a luxe jacquard dress that shimmers in the light and feels ultra-sophisticated.

Merry & Bright

It’s time to pick your palette! Confidence is all in the color scheme, so if you’re feeling bold, a red-hot party dress never fails to impress. Up the ante with fun fringe or a sultry open back and you’ve got a holiday hit on your hands. While you can never go wrong with seasonal classics like red and green, your party-dress palette doesn’t have to end there. Bold jewel tones like sapphire and wine are elegant winter choices. Or if you’re open to shaking things up, try this year’s unexpected holiday hue: pink. We’re talking sweet cotton-candy shades, not the bright Barbiecore fuchsia that was taking over in warmer months. Rosy colors feel soft-yet-special amidst a sea of deeper colors, particularly when combined with the metallic trend for a rose-gold result. Get the look with Our VENUS Shimmer Midi Dress that’s a figure-flattering favorite. With a faux-wrap silhouette that emphasizes your waist and drapey fabric that hugs in all the right places, you’ll wear this dress for year-end parties and well beyond (Valentine’s Day, anyone?).

Velvet Crush

Prepare yourself to crush hard on velvet party dresses. The opulent fabric feels just as good as it looks, which is a key factor in the best party dresses for plus sizes. With a plush, soft-touch feel and comfy stretch that hugs your curves (read: SO figure flattering) our velvet dresses will move with you on the dance floor all night long! Whether you opt for a chic long-sleeve gown or a flirty mini, a luxe velvet party dress is the easiest way to look instantly elegant at winter weddings and more.

Most Flattering Party Dress Styles for Plus Size Women

Now that you’ve got the in on the top trends in plus size party dresses, it’s time to take things a step further and choose the most flattering dress for your shape. At VENUS we have a bevy of styles and silhouettes that will highlight your curves and play up your shape. The best place to start: identify your favorite feature and go for a dress that highlights this area. Love your legs? Show ‘em off in a fun mini. Want to play up your waist? Choose a dress with a cinched middle, like a wrap or fit-and-flare style. Looking to emphasize your curves? Opt for a dress with ruching in those areas. Some other top tips if you’re shopping based on your shape:
  • Apple Shape: Create a sleek look with an A-Line or empire waist style.
  • Hourglass Shape: Show off your curves with body-hugging silhouettes that cinch at the waist.
  • Pear Shape: Balance your silhouette with dresses that add volume to the upper body, like a halter neck or an off-the-shoulder style.
  • Inverted Triangle Shape: Emphasize your gorgeous figure with styles that have more volume in the skirt, like a fit-and-flare or A-line dress.

RSVP’ing should be a no brainer now that you know how to find the best plus size party dress for every invite. Choose your favorite trend, then find the style and silhouette that flatters your figure and makes you feel your most confident. All that’s left is making your grand entrance and turning heads as you arrive!


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