Plus size formal gowns are formal dresses, available in size up to 5X or larger. These gowns are ready to wear to your prom, formal dance, wedding, military ball or even as a mother of the bride dress!


Pick #1 from our plus size formal gowns collection, this glittery showstopper is sure to be a hit at your formal event.

The term “plus size formal gowns” is not generally used to describe a wedding gown. To read more about our plus size wedding dresses, click here. But, plus size formal gowns are a perfect fit for the destination bride, or bride who is looking for something a little less formal.

Christine’s Bridal & Prom carries Vermont and New Hampshire’s largest selection of plus size formal gowns. We specialize in plus size! Whatever your occasion, you are sure to find something to suit your tastes. Please remember – we encourage all of our clients to make an appointment before stopping by. This will ensure that you receive the personalized service that you deserve! Are you one of our many out of town customers? Don’t worry if you can’t come in! If you love our looks, but can’t make it in person, we are happy to ship your item to you! Just give us a call at (802) 436-1414.

What Make A Good Plus Size Formal Gown?

I am a plus size person, so this topic is near and dear to my heart. What makes the perfect plus size formal gown, and why should you care? When I choose fashions for our line, I am looking for the following characteristics of the gowns. Plus size formal dresses are best if they have the option of a sleeve, wide bra-friendly strap, or a nice jacket or wrap. The design and fabric must also cover the bra band, and have construction that will shape and support the person wearing the gown.

In essence, I believe that a plus size person has the right to look, and feel good about themselves, in the formal wear that they choose. If I have said it once, I will say it again. I believe that plus size formal gowns – at least the good ones – are not just dresses made in a larger size. Well-made plus size formal dresses, with good design, are designed for the plus size body, using a different set of measurements, and a different pattern altogether.

As new fashions and dresses arrive for 2019, let me share with you 5 of my top picks for plus size formal gowns. These will all be available to order or purchase in our store in 2019. All of these dresses are not only beautiful, but “made the grade” in terms of cut, comfort, and support. Let us know if you like what you see, or better yet, call for your appointment to try them on today!

A Glittery Gem – #1 Pick From Our 2019 Plus Size Formal Gowns Collection


Off-the-shoulder and dreamy, this plus size formal gowns pick is one of our best!

Our #1 pick is shown here in glitter burgundy, but this dress is available to order in several colors, including blue and peacock! Because of this, it’s one of our number one picks for plus size formal dresses because of its versatility. You can wear it to your prom, or even a military ball. It features generous cup coverage thru the bust, and a lightweight, full skirt to swish and swirl all night long! This plus size formal gown is available to order in sizes up to 36W. This gown offer great looks and full coverage. These traits ensure that it will add a touch of glam to your night out if you wear this glittery showstopper!

Off The Shoulder Romance – #2 Pick From Our 2019 Plus Size Formal Gowns Collection

There’s just something sexy about an off the shoulder dress. It’s modest, yet flirty at the same time. We love the touch of glitter thru the waist and bodice of this gown. Its almost like someone sprinkled pixie dust all over it, in just the right places! The enchanting emerald color of the gown makes it a perfect choice for your winter formal, cotillion, or even a formal night on a cruise. We are obsessed with this look, and can’t get enough of it. That’s why it makes the cut as the #2 top pick in our plus size formal gowns collection. It is available to order in sizes up to a generously cut 32W. (More like a 34/36 in other collections)

Short Sleeve Sophistication – #3 Pick From Our 2019 Plus Size Formal Gowns Collection


Short sleeves are flattering on everyone! It’s a great option in this plus size formal gown favorite!

Our number three pick this year is offered in navy, dusty rose and burgundy. It is available to order in sizes up to 24W. We love the beaded bodice, and matching beaded short sleeves. Lace and beaded detail adorn the back and front of this dress. Similar to our other gown picks, this plus size gown features a full chiffon skirt. The skirt flows effortlessly, while covering up all of our “trouble” areas. This skirt is tummy-hiding perfection! This beautiful plus size formal gown would be perfect as a more modest prom dress, or mother of the groom or bride dress.

Flowers & Fullness = Perfection! Our #4 Pick From Our 2019 Plus Size Formal Gowns Collection

This dress is dreamy. It’s the stuff our fairytale fantasies are made of. Can you see yourself wearing this to your Enchanted Evening prom, or your Spring formal? Not only is it stunningly beautiful (we love the cascading lace detail), but it features wide, bra-friendly straps. Yippee! The back of the gown comes up high enough to allow you wear a regular bra (do I hear a sigh of relief hear, ladies?!?). The skirt is just full enough to flatter, and is comfortable without being too tight.

It is available to order in sizes up to 32W. In fact, we love this gown so much, that we will even be offering an ivory version in our bridal collection, perfect for the informal or destination bride! It is offered in up to size 32W. (More like a 34/36 in other collections) We hope you love our #4 pick from this year’s plus size formal dresses collection as much as we do!


3/4 sleeves make this look perfect for the plus size mother of the bride, mother of the groom!

3/4 Sleeve Timeless Beauty – Our #5 Pick From Our 2019 Plus Size Gowns Collection

Perfect for the Mother of The Bride or Groom, or your fraternal organization, this contemporary 3/4 sleeve gown adds a touch of elegance to your formal collection. Our fifth pick in our collection of favorites, this gown features a scoop neckline, and delicate lace detailing thru the bodice. A ruched satin detailing enhances the waistline, which of course is made all the better by the addition of a little touch of bling!

A soft, full chiffon skirt finishes the look. This dress is available to order in sizes up 34W, (more like a 36W or 38W) and is available in the colors Dove Grey, Plum, Navy or Champagne. We think you can’t go wrong with our #5 pick from the Christine’s Bridal collection of the best Plus Size Formal Gowns for 2019.

In conclusion, we hope you enjoyed this sneak peak about the looks we love for 2019. Make your appointment today to try these, and many others on, at Christine’s Bridal & Prom. We are Vermont and New Hampshire’s plus size experts! We hope to see you soon!