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Addition Elle is a Canadian retailer that's recently upped its style quotient to offer styles appealing to contemporary to trendy shoppers.  Body conscious styles, edgier looks, and more the latest trends appropriate for casual, work and occasions appealing to youthful women. Prices are moderate. Sizes up to 26/28W.

alight  carries a good selection of inexpensive, trendy looks for younger plus-size women in addition to more expensive evening gowns for bridesmaids, parties, and prom. For older women, they also have more sophisticated contemporary evening wear from labels like Alex Evenings, Scala, and Donna Ricco which are mid-range in price. Many options available up to 26/28W with formalwear available up to size 30.

Alloy is a junior shop filled with fashion appealing to tweens and teens.  Many trendy styles and options with a BoHo flavor. Sizing is junior plus and runs small, so be sure to check size charts.  Sizes XS - XXXL.

Amazon now carries an extensive inventory of plus-size dresses for casual, work, occasions and formal events. A mixture of styles, price-points, and labels, brands are constantly changing but the easy-to-use size finder is available up to size 34W.

Amerimark is a value priced shopping spot appealing to more mature customers with options appropriate for dressy, office and casual occasions in both plus and plus petite sizes from labels like Anthony Richardson and Alfred Dunner . Sizes up to 26W.

Asos is a British High Street retailer bringing the U.K. style aesthetic to the United States.  The dress selection here is trendy to contemporary with youthful options appropriate for work, casual, and occasions.  Along with their "Asos Curve" in house label, there are other designers available. Prices are moderate with free shipping and returns. Sizing runs slightly large, so be sure to consult size charts. Sizes to 24W.

Avenue carries contemporary styles suitable for casual occasions or work. Some are also suitable for less formal social occasions. Usually has a good selection with sleeves and more modest just past the knee lengths in the latest silhouettes, color palettes, and patterns. Prices are moderate with frequent sales, coupons and shipping offers available directly from the website bringing their fashion into the range of the budget conscious. Sizes from 14 - 32W.

Bedford Fair  has a collection of classics mainly suitable for working wardrobes with some more casual styles with a slightly artsy or novelty flair for summer and winter resort wear.  Many styles have sleeves, coordinating jackets or cardigans.  A few options include evening or church suits and styles for social occasions. Prices are moderate. Selected styles available in petites to 20P. Sizes 6 - 28W.

Bon Ton offers classic, contemporary and trendy dresses for work, casual and special occasion from many well known labels such as Calvin Klein, Jessica Howard, Jones New York, Anne Klein and more.  Moderate prices but sales and markdowns bring many of their offerings into more modest budgets. Sizes up to 24W.

Catherine's offers classic to contemporary styles suitable for working women and special occasion styles popular with more mature women.  They also stock more casual styles, some with a bohemian twist, in the summer and winter vacation seasons.  Most styles have sleeves, jackets or cardigans, and longer hem lines than trendier looks. Prices are moderate with frequent sales, coupons, and shipping offers available directly from the website.  Sizes 16-34W.


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Chadwicks carries a good selection of casual, occasion and career dresses at moderate prices.  There's more here for the smaller plus woman with the misses size range available up to 18/20.  Women's sizes up to 2X(24W).

David Meister offers a small designer collection of high-end, sophisticated, mainly black, cocktail dresses in sizes up to 24W.

Deb Shops carries a large collection of trendy, youthful dresses at low to moderate prices suitable for casual and party or prom wear. Sizes 14-24W.

Dillard's  regularly carries designer labels like Adrianna Pappel, Calvin Klein, Nygard Collection, AK Anne Klein, Eileen Fisher, and Jessica Howard to name just a few. They have a particularly good and deep dress, special occasion, and corporate work collections.  Jacket dresses are particularly easy to find here. Styles range from youthful to sophisticated in plus-sizes up to 24W.

Dorothy Perkins is a well-established, leading U.K. retailer that now ships trendy to contemporary British fashion to U.S. customers.  They carry an especially deep dress collection from labels such as Little Mistress, Alice & You, and Paper Dolls in addition to their own designs.  Styles are appropriate for casual, work, and occasions.  Prices are moderate with shipping offers frequently available directly from the website.  Sizes to 18.

Draper's and Damon's is a classic spot appealing to more mature women. Styles range from casual daywear to work appropriate (many with jackets and sleeves) to special occasions.  A few options here and there have artsier details that may be appealing to those who prefer BoHo or romantic looks. Prices are moderate. Sizes to 26W.

Dress Barn offers an extensive collection of dresses in contemporary styles for a wide variety of occasions.  Choose from casual, maxi, work, special occasion and cocktail dresses.  Much deeper collection available on-line than in most store locations. Flat rate shipping with low to moderate prices. Sales and markdowns available directly from the website.  Sizes to 24W.

Eloquii is a new trendy to contemporary label designed exclusively for fuller figures. They offer a collection of youthful, body conscious dresses appropriate for work and occasions. Prices are moderate with coupons and shipping offers available directly from the website. Sizes 14 to 24W.

Evans carries trendy to contemporary style dresses for casual, work and occasions in British styles for the American market. Sometimes has designer dresses from the likes of Beth Ditto, and high fashion design duo Clements Ribeiro in sizes 10-28W.

eVogues offers a collection of trend conscious, goth, and BoHo chic style dresses suitable for club and casual wear with a Los Angeles vibe.  Prices are low to moderate with flat rate shipping and free shipping on orders of $150+.  Junior plus sizes 1X to 5X.

Fashion to Figure offers ultra-trendy, fast fashion styles including an every-changing collection of body conscious dresses. Prices are low. Flat rate shipping.  Sizes to 24W.

Forever 21 carries young, trendy fast fashion style dresses for the young (or simply young at heart). If your looking for sexy above the knee numbers on a budget this is your spot. Sizes do run small here to check the size charts for the best fit. Sizes up to 3X.

House of Fraser is a well established and leading U.K. retailer now shipping to the U.S. and Canada, in addition to other countries around the world.  Sizing and currency is British, but most sizing charts include conversion to U.S. sizes and the dress selection is especially good.

Igigi designs a gorgeous collection of dresses specifically for the plus-size figure. Styles are contemporary to trendy in edge. Options range from career to cocktail and formalwear, with some more casual styles available occasionally. Most are easy-care knits with a quality drape and hand. Sizes 12-32W.

Jessica London - this exclusively plus-size retailer has a wonderful selection of dresses and special occasion apparel for full-figured women. They often have an especially good BoHo and maxi dress selection, in addition to contemporary career styles and special occasion wear. All styles are available up to 26W, with select styles available in plus petite, plus tall and super sizes up to 34W.

Jimmy Jazz offers body-conscious, trendy urban fashion at value prices including dresses in sizes up to 3X.

Jones New York has a small collection contemporary style dresses suitable for casual, work and special occasions.  Classics like sheath dresses can often be found here in high quality fabrics. Moderate pricing due to frequent sales. Sizes up to 24W.

Just My Size carries a small selection of casual dresses, frequently in easy-care knits at value to moderate prices.  Sizes up to 5X.

Karen Kane usually has a small selection of dresses among their designer offerings. Styles tend to be classics like black travel knits or contemporary, upscale looks.  Sizes up to 24W.

Kiyonna  offers contemporary, upscale styles with a vintage edge. Their dresses range from dressy casual to career to cocktail dresses. They are particularly well known for their jersey wrap dresses, jersey maxi dresses, and stunning lace dresses. Sizes 12-32W.

Kohl's carries trendy to contemporary style dresses at moderate prices.  Sales are frequent making this a good spot for value-priced shoppers in sizes up to 3X.

Lands End offers a growing collection of classic to contemporary style dresses with clean modern lines in natural fibers. Knits and wovens appropriate for casual and work wear. Free shipping on minimum orders is a regular feature, along with frequent sales. Sizes up to 26W.

Lane Bryant carries on-trend and fashion-forward dresses for casual, work and occasions. More is available on-line than in most stores, with sales and free shipping offers a regular web feature. Sizes 14-28W.

Light in the Box offers an extensive collection of cocktail and formal dresses appealing to all age groups for a wide variety of special and formal occasions at direct-from-manufacturer prices. Custom sizing for a low tailoring fee is perfect for petite, tall and super size plus size women.  Most styles avaiable to 26W.

Lord and Taylor carries better label dresses in classic to contemporary styles for work and special occasions from brands like Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Jessica Simpson, Michael Kors and more.  Styles run towards the more mature, but trendier and younger designs do appear from time to time in sizes up to 24W.

Macy's carries an excellent and deep selection of plus-size dresses for every occasion. They have a particularly good selection of BoHo style dresses including global prints and maxi dresses, trendy options in the latest styles, and more sophisticated choices for career wardrobes and occasions.  A variety of price-points are available with frequent mark-downs, sales, and free shipping offers.  Much deeper selection available on-line than in most stores. Sizes up to 24W.

Marisota offers an extensive and diverse collection of dresses suitable for casual, resort, work and occasion wear.  Styles are contemporary and range from soft, feminine looks to edgier and more tailored lines. Prices are moderate with coupon savings available directly from the website, in addition to free shipping on orders of $75+.  Some petites talls available. Sizes 8 - 28W.

Metro Style has a selection of contemporary dresses at moderate prices suitable for working women.  Smaller plus-size women will find a greater selection in the misses line available up to 18/20, while a more limited women's selection is available up to 24W.

Modcloth is an indie designer site with small production runs, so if you see something you like available in your size scoop it up when you can. Lots of dresses with vintage, retro and pin-up flair in sizes up to size 4X.

Neiman Marcus Last Call is a good resource for well-known name brand designer dresses at a deep discount.  Often has a variety from career appropriate to cocktail dresses.  Shipping offers are frequently available directly from the website for additional savings. Sizes to 24W.

Nordstrom has one of the best selection of career and special occasion dress offerings available on the internet.  Styles range from upscale contemporary to luxurious and more mature with many designer labels making an appearance.  Some younger and trendier styles also make an appearance, but their strength is in styles appealing to working women and for occasions. Top labels like Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, and Tahari Woman are here.  Famous for their service ethic: Free shipping and returns on all orders. Sizes available up to 24W.

North Style carries a good selection of classic to contemporary dresses at moderate prices.  Great choices for both career and casual, many in natural fibers and easy-to-wear knits in sizes up to 24W.

One Stop Plus is a plus-size clothing super-store.   Hundreds of dresses from many labels range from classic to trendy, casual to formalwear.  Look for some unusual, hard-to-find designers here like City Chic, in addition to many well known brands.  Sizes to 44W.

Old Pueblo Traders - value-priced clothing for career, casual and special occasions appealing to career and more mature women. Styles run from classic to contemporary. Good resource for jacket dresses and skirt suits. Tall sizes are also available up to size 20. Plus-sizes up to 28w and select styles available in plus petite sizes up to 26W.

Plus Size Fix offers an especially deep and affordable collection of trendy and body conscious dresses.  Prices are low to moderate with free shipping and discount coupons frequently available directly from the website.  Sizes 1X to 3X.

Pyramid Collection is a New Age gift catalog that carries romantic, BoHo, vintage, artsy, steampunk, and goth fashion and jewelry including beautiful dresses appropriate for casual and special occasions. Often also has good selections for those headed to Renaissance Fairs. Sizes up to 3X.

QVC has a diverse selection of dresses from designer names like Bob Mackie, Liz Claiborne, K-Dash for Kardashian, M by Marc Bouwer, and Isaac Mizraahi to name just a few.  Many lines are exclusive to QVC and can't be found anywhere else. Styles range from trendy to contemporary, casual and career wear to special occasion dresses. Style options are available for both younger fashionistas and more mature women at a wide variety of price-points. Sizes up to 3X (26-28W).

Rachel Pally is a popular upscale lifestyle designer with many Hollywood celebrities, and designs dresses in versatile resort and travel knits in solids and prints. Choose from maxi dresses, short caftan dresses, wrap styles and sarong styles. Sizes up to 3X.

Roamans offers everything from casual dresses, sheath dresses, jacket dresses, cocktail dresses and formal dresses.  Moderate prices with frequent coupon offers available directly on-site, and extensive size range from 12- 44W.

Saks Fifth Avenue if you love high end fashion, this is the classic shopping spot.  Styles are available for both upscale, yet youthful women and more sophisticated, mature women. Options are available for daywear and cocktail and evening. Prices are moderate to high with frequent free shipping offers, and designer sales. On-line inventory changes frequently, but regularly featured designers include Anna Scholz, Tadashi Shoji, Melissa Masse, Kay Unger, and Fuzzi. Sizes 14 - 24W.

Saks Off Fifth has past styles that used to hang on the Saks rack at full price, now at littler prices.  All the same upscale designers, first quality, but limited sizes and availability.  Worth stopping whether you are looking for the bargain or simply want more style options. Sizes 14-24W.

Serengeti carries casual dresses including flowing crinkle dresses, jumpers, denim dresses and knits. Many good options for vacations and travel too.  Prices are moderate. Sizes available up to 3X.

Simply Be has an extensive collection of dresses ranging from casual styles, including maxi dresses, to work appropriate and special occasion styles. You can find the more affordable line of British plus designer Anna Scholz here, in addition the cotton trendy to bohemian styles of Joe Brown.  Other labels have a more vintage or romantic feel, while still others are trendy to contemporary in style. Prices are moderate with frequent coupons and shipping offers available directly from the website.  Select styles are available in plus petites and plus talls. Sizes 8-28W.

Sonsi is an on-line shopping megastore that carries some hard-to-find and unusual labels. The official sponsors of Full-Figured Fashion Week for several years now, more offerings are bound to turn up as time goes on. Dresses are available for a variety of occasions from casual to work to special events. Styles range from contemporary to trendy. Sizes range from 12 to 34W.

SWAK Designs stands for "Sealed with a Kiss". This plus specialty retailer's style ranges from contemporary to trendy, with reasonable prices. Dress options range from day dresses to cocktail and evening dresses.  BoHo and Vintage style trends, along with easy-to-wear knits are their most notable offerings. The best news is that they carry a lot of choices in sizes up to 6X (34/36W).

Torrid carries body conscious, trendy, and sometimes retro or vintage style pin-up dresses for a variety of occasions.  Often has a deeper selection available on-line than in most of their stores. Sizes up to 5X.

Ulla Popken  offers a good selection of casual dresses with classic and sometimes artsy or BoHo lines. Less formal cocktail dresses are often frequently available here also.  Prices tend to be moderate. Everything available in plus and super sizes up to 34W.

Unique Vintage carries new pin-up, Rockabilly, flapper, and retro style dresses in hot styles from brands like Stop Staring. Also carries a selection of wedding gowns and prom dresses. Be sure to check sizing charts, as some labels are Junior Plus and run small. Sizes up to 5X.

Wallis is a U.K. retailer that carries a beautiful, chic collection of dresses for casual, work and occasions.  Sizing on their U.S. site is American for easy shopping. Well worth the stop for smaller plus-sizes with sizes up to XL (16/18).

Wear Dreams Are Made is a well established, upscale eBay boutique retailer specializing in new, vintage style dresses.  The Nataya label is a specialty with many romantic, Downton Abby styles available.  Also often has a deep selection of art deco and beaded flapper dresses. Sizes to 3X.

Wet Seal is trendy, fast fashion retailer with a collection of dresses appealing to young fashionistas on a tight budget.  Sizes in junior plus to 3X.

Willow Ridge carries value priced fashion for casual, career and special occasions. Appealing shopping spot for classic, working, and more mature styled women, but some unusual finds for women with an artsier style can also sometimes be found. Good selection of dresses, especially in the warmer months. Plus-sizes available to 28w. Petite and talls to 20.

Woman Within is mainly more casual in its offerings, but occasionally some special occasion dresses, pant suits, and skirts turn up at this super size specialty retailer. If you like maxi dresses and patio dresses they often have a very good selection tucked away and mixed into their "sleepwear", "loungewear" section, some with sleeves. Plus-sizes up to 34W.

Women Suits has a beautiful selection of sophisticated dinner suits and jacket dresses for more formal occasions, church, and mother-of-the-bride. Plus-sizes up to 26W.

Zappos now carries a growing plus-size clothing collection including dresses from well known labels and brands like Rachel Pally, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors and others, in addition to their extensive shoe selection. Free and ultra-fast shipping on all orders. Sizes up to 28W.

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