Plus-Size Career Dresses Trend Report, August 16, 2014  @ Elegant Plus, Sizes 12 +

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Fall 2014 Trends for Plus-Size Career Dresses
Plus-Size Dresses for Work Trends
August 16, 2014

Seasons are about to change and fashion is gearing up for the fall 2014 trends. Dresses continue to be a popular choice with working women of all ages, shapes and sizes, often taking precedence over more formal suits.  Some styles can go easily from desk-to-dinner with a simple change of accessories, while other styles such as classic, tailored jacket dresses are more work appropriate. Many of the designers offering dresses in more moderately priced diffusion collections design with the needs of working women in mind.  Look for labels such as Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, and DKNY to name a few.

Colors are deepening as cooler temperatures beckon.  Black and white patterns are holding over from summer but neutral grey and chic, crisp black are  now combining in edgy career dresses that are boardroom ready.  Menswear inspired patterns such as houndstooth, tweed, and plaid mix masculine power with feminine silhouettes to create fresh looks for the office.  Look for contrast trims in leather, pops of bright color, or prints.

Red dresses are proving a favorite this year as a bold counterpoint to the more monochromatic and classic black looks that have dominated. Blues are a style story that range from classic navy to bolder hues with punch. Soft orchid plays to more feminine looks in solids and prints. Warm gold in micro suede textures add depth. Pattern is still in play with baroque filagree and classic animal prints joining the menswear inspired trend. Some fashionistas are moving away from patterned dresses in favor of mixing patterns into looks through accessories such as shoes and boots. Why not try a pair of floral heels or patterned flats with your classically tailored solid dress?

 Asymmetric hems can go sharply angled or softly ruffled.  As hem lines begin to come down, fluted looks are beginning to appear creating a curvaceous Mad Men style.  Along with close fitting sheaths, more forgiving fit and flare silhouettes, faux wrap, shifts, and surplice dresses are readily available as the weather turns.

Knits continue to dominate the plus-size dress market, but more structured and tailored styles in wovens with only a hint of stretch are also trending this fall.

  Click here for plus-size career dresses shopping resources.   The most recent Elegant Plus Style Editor's Picks are listed below.

Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Career Dresses in Sizes 12 +

All Editor's Picks clothing featured is hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of fashion business partnerships. Options available in all size ranges, although we specialize in hard-to-find sizes 12 and over.  Elegant Plus Sizing Report Professional career dresses usually have clean, modern lines.  Fabrics can be crisp wovens or soft knits.  The Elegant Plus Style Editor has hand selected a collection of plus-size career dresses with a fashion forward edge just for you, the full-figured working woman.

 

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Mosaic Striped Dress, Size 0 - 18 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Fit Flare Dress, Plus-Size 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Ponte Leather Piped Sheath Dress, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Surplice Dress, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Mosaic Striped Dress
Size 0 - 18

 

Fit Flare Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Ponte Leather Piped
Sheath Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Surplice Knit Dress
Size S - 3X

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Tailored Jacket Dress, Size 8 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick


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Knit Fit & Flare Dress
Size 0 - 36W
Plaid Coat Dress
Size 4 - 24W

Petite to 18P

 
Tailored Jacket Dress
Size 8 - 24W

 
Contrast Trim
Ponte Knit Dress
Size S - 2XL

 

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Jacquard Houndstooth Dress, Size 10 -18 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
 

Animal Print Trim Knit Dress, Sizes 12-34W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Fluted Hem Dress, Sizes 2 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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Plaid Shift Dress, Size 14 - 24W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Jacquard
Houndstooth Dress
Size 10 - 18

Animal Print Trim
Knit Dress
Size 12 - 34W

Fluted Hem Dress
Size 2 - 24W

Plaid Shift Dress
Size 14 - 24W

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Plus-Size Career Dresses: Jersey Wrap Dress, Sizes 10-32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Micro Suede Dress, Size 4 - 18 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Designer: Marina Rinaldi, Flare Hem Dress, Size 14 -22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Faux Wrap Jersey Print Dress, Sizes 12-32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Jersey Wrap Dress
Size 10 - 32W

Micro Suede Dress
Size 4 - 18

Marina Rinaldi
Flare Hem Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Jersey Print
Faux Wrap Dress
Size 12 - 32W

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Designer: Lafayette 148, Mixed Media Dress, Size 16 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Calvin Klein, Piped Sweater Dress, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Designer: Tahari, Print Carer Dress, Plus-Size 14-22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Kay Unger, Faux Suede Dress, Size 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lafayette 148
Mixed Media Dress
Size 16 - 22W

Calvin Klein
Contrast Pipe
Sweater Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Tahari
Print Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Kay Unger
Faux Suede Dress
Size 14 - 24W

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Marble Jacket Dress, Sizes 14-32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Navy Eyelet Dress, Sizes 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Houndstooth Dress, Plus-Size XL-5X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Marble Jacket Dress
Size 14 - 32W

Navy Eyelet Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Houndstooth Dress
Size XL - 5X

Feather Print
Tunic Dress
Size 10 - 26W

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Textured Cap Sleeve Dress, Sizes 6 - 20 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Jersey Print Surplice Dress, Size 16-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Asymmetric Sheath Dress, Size 14-28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Color Block Dress, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Textured Cap Sleeve Dress
Size 6 - 20

 

Jersey Print
Surplice Dress
Size 16 - 24W

 

Asymmetric
Sheath Dress
Size 14 - 28W

 

Color Block Dress
Size 14 - 24W

 

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