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Plus-size Dresses Shopping Directory
Casual, Career and Special Occasion

Plus-size dresses have become increasingly important over the last decade. No longer strictly special occasion wear, dress styles can range from classic to trendy, casual maxi dresses to work appropriate styles. Still difficult to find easily off-line, e-commerce retailers have filled the full-figured demand for dresses especially well. Price points range from bargain, trendy fast fashion options to upscale and luxury designer looks.

Certain colors such as red, black, and white are consistent favorites, while floral dresses are increasingly popular not only in the spring Easter and wedding season, but also in cooler months.

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Plus-Size Dress Internet Retailer Listings:

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.

Bloomingdale's is a premium department store with contemporary fashion available in larger sizes.  Dress styles range from work appropriate to special occasions.  Designer labels frequently include upscale brands such as Lafayette 148, Anna Scholz, and Marina Rinaldi, in addition to more moderately priced lines from Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, DKNYC, Vince Camuto, and Melissa Masse. Frequent mark downs and sales are available bringing collections into more budgets. Sizes to 24W.

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.

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).

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 Papell, Ralph Lauren, 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.

Draper's & 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.

eShakti has an extensive and constantly changing collection of customizable dresses that can be altered for sleeves, necklines and hem lengths for minimal fees.  Styles range from vintage and retro inspired to bohemian with options suitable for casual, occasion, and work.  Everything available in size 0 to 36W.

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.

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.

Gwynnie Bee is a new plus-exclusive subscription shopping service that stocks a large variety of cute dresses from both well known retailers and some hard-to-find plus exclusive labels. Many have a retro, vintage vibe along with contemporary and trendy styles. Size 10 - 32W.

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.

JC Penney offers affordable collections of dresses ranging from trendy to classic suitable for occasions, work, and casual. Prices are low to moderate with plenty of sales and mark-downs bringing their collection into even more budgets.  Sizes to 5X.

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. Prices are moderate with free shipping and coupons regularly available directly from the website. 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 contemporary, career, special occasion and, BoHo style dresses including global prints and maxi dresses, trendy options in the latest styles, and more sophisticated choices for career wardrobes and occasions. Junior plus lines are available for younger, trendier fashionistas, as well.  Prices are moderate with frequent mark-downs, sales, and free shipping offers.  Much deeper selection available on-line than in most stores. Sizes up to 24W.

Maurices offers a youthful collection, of cute trendy to BoHo style dresses suitable for weekend, resort, and casual wear. Prices are moderate with many on-line sales bringing their offerings into more budgets.  Sizes to 4X (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.

Monsoon is a well established British retailer new to the U.S. market.  Stunning contemporary dresses which draw on a global aesthetic are well worth the stop here. Styles range from casual and work appropriate styles to special occasion dresses which are especially good during the holiday party season. Fast low cost shipping.  Prices are moderate to moderately upscale in U.S. size 4 to 18.

Neiman Marcus carries premium, upscale labels many of which cannot be found elsewhere in plus-sizes.  Dresses are appropriate for resort, career, and special occasions. Many natural fibers such as silk, linen, cashmere, and cotton are here from designers such as Johnny Was, Joan Vass, Marina Rinaldi, Melissa Masse, Rachel Pally, Kay Unger, and Misook. Sizes to 24W.

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.  More youthful and trendier styles are also regularly being offered from brands such as City Chic and Jessica Simpson.  Top labels like Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, and Tahari Woman are regularly here, in addition to special occasion and cocktail dress labels.  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.

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.

Rent the Runway is a designer dress destination without the big price tags.  Rent high end special occasion, cocktail, and evening dresses from labels like Badgley Mischka, Monique Lhullier, Carmen Marc Valvo, and Kay Unger for a fraction of retail, and return after your event.  Two sizes ship for the perfect fit.  Easy to use.  Sizes to 22W.

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 ABS by Allen Schwarz, 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.

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).

The Clothing Market is an affordable, indie boutique located in California specializing in knit styles. They have an especially good selection of dresses in both solids and prints appropriate for both casual wear and work.  Lengths range from just above the knee to long maxi dresses. Sizes up to 3X.

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.

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.

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.

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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