It can be a challenge to find the perfect dress to wear to a special occasion. I’ve collaborated with one of my favorite plus size clothing brands, Simply Be, to share gorgeous styles you can wear to the next dressy occasion, day or night. (For 40% off all Simply Be clothing, use code - VALERIE40).

Daytime Special Occasion

I prefer to wear lighter colors during daytime occasions. You can rock a bold and highly pigmented color, or opt for a softer shade like this mink pink mesh maxi dress. I instantly fell in love with the floral sequin and silver embroidered details on the bodice.


It also features a fully lined mesh skirt with a thigh-high slit, double-layer flutter sleeves, and elastic gathers at the back that adjusted perfectly to my bust size. It is a statement dress, so I kept the styling simple with nude heels, pink drop earrings, and this gorgeous champagne sequin clutch bag from Simply Be. 


This plus size maxi dress is versatile and can easily be styled for an evening look.

Style note: For bustier women like myself, note that the mesh on the bodice is sheer. A strapless bra is required if you're not comfortable with your bra strap showing. I also had to reinforce the stud button closure with a few stitches because I felt the pressure from the strapless bra pulling on the button. I wear a 44DD.

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Evening Special Occasion

Evening wear doesn’t always mean floor length gowns. You can style a mid-length dress like this plus size lace bardot number for your next special occasion. The gorgeous lace trimmed neckline stands out, and the sweetheart bust lining adds a feminine touch to the look. 


The pleated skirt has a satin-like finish and it’s cinched at the waist to create a gorgeous princess silhouette. I styled this plus size dress with a beaded clutch, also from SImply Be, and a pair of sparkly ankle strap sandals. I opted for an edgier piece of jewelry with these silver-tone cross statement earrings. 


Stye notes: This dress fits like a glove, so order your true size. Again, if you’re not comfortable with your bra strap showing, or going braless, then you’ll need a good strapless bra. 

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Head over to Simply Be’s website now to check out new dress styles for your next special occasion. They have an amazing selection of plus size dress and accessories. Don’t forget to use code VALERIE40 for 40% off the entire site. 

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This blog post is sponsored by Simply Be, all opinions are my own. 

Photographed by - The Recents