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Please be advised that all of the "Editor's Picks" featured in this section are hand-selected by Elegant Plus. Although every effort is made to keep featured products current, retailers can sell out of popular styles before the Editor has had an opportunity to update the page. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site. All selections are available at time of posting and purchases can be made directly from the retailer on the associated shopping link. All of the shopping guides include designer selections which are noted with the designer's name in descriptions.
 


Last Update: September 27, 2017

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Dresses have become a working wardrobe staple in recent years and are often worn as an alternative to more traditional skirt suits. Sleeveless options mixed with a cardigan sweater or jacket dresses are both popular. Plus-size career dresses with clean, modern fashion forward lines, however, can still be incredibly difficult to find off-line. A growing number of well known designers that show on major global runways are offering diffusion lines for plus-sizes, often with a focus on dresses for the working woman. Plus-size designer dresses are becoming more plentiful both in major department stores and many on-line emporiums. Price points can range from moderate to very expensive.
 

Work appropriate styles frequently have higher necklines, longer sleeves or are styles meant to be layered under jackets and cardigans, and skirt lengths at or below the knee. Structured, tailored styles will often include some stretch to the fabric for ease of movement. Softer styles are frequently in jersey knits which are excellent options for travel and easy care wardrobes. Colors and patterns in recent years have become more diverse and bolder, although classic neutrals and subtle palettes are still favored in some working environments. Bold red is a classic power favorite, while black remains a core wardrobe favorite providing a versatile foil for shoes and accessories. Plus-size women are increasingly willing to wear lighter neutrals, pastels, and patterns and close fitting sheath and shift silhouettes.
 

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Fit & Flare Dress

Size 14 - 24W

Knit Shift
Size
XL - 3X

Plaid Dress
Size S - 3X
Petite to XL

Winter Floral Shirtdress
Size
16 - 34W

 

Twists can include dresses that can go from work to a dinner date with minimal changes in shoes or accessories. Meanwhile, socializing at work-related functions after office hours can require more modest looks than classic black cocktail dresses. Dresses appropriate for holiday office parties, business dinners, and conference functions will often require jackets, sleeves, more modest necklines, and lower hems than many cocktail and special occasion styles.
 

 

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Contrast Hem Midi Dress
Size 10 - 28W

Houndstooth Jacket Dress
Sizes 8 - 26W

Contrast Trim Wrap Dress
Size XL - 5X

Plaid Flounce Hem Shift
Sizes 12 - 24W

 

Internet Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Dresses Suitable for Work

Macy's and Nordstrom offer the deepest selection of stylish work dresses at the better department stores with plus-size diffusion lines from designers such as Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, and Ralph Lauren regularly stocked in size 0 to 24W.   Both also have growing collections appealing to young professionals who favor more trend-conscious designs and more moderate price-points. Also noteworthy is the CHAPS diffusion line from Ralph Lauren at Bon Ton which offers the clean American designer classic style at a much lower price point for size 14 to 24W).  

Plus specialty retailers offer the widest size ranges with cost conscious shoppers favoring Avenue (size 14 to 32W), and more contemporary women looking to the increasingly fashion forward collection offered at Lane Bryant (size 12 to 28W) which has been collaborating with upscale designers such as Isabel Toledo and Lela Rose for work appropriate styles.  Frequent sales, coupons, and free shipping offers available directly from the websites bring the prices at both into many more budgets.

 

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Polka Dot Dress
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Eva Mendes
Striped Sweater Dress
Size XS - 3X
 

Calvin Klein
Bell Sleeve Sheath
Size 14 - 22W

 

Classic styles at budget prices are popular at Blair which has recently extended it's sizing (XS to 5X, petite to 2XL). Meanwhile natural fibers, often knits but also some stretch wovens, at affordable prices are a favorite at Lands End which has one of the most extensive sizing availability around.  With many options available in size 2 to 26W, a fair number are also available in petite and tall sizes to 18.  Options here are suitable for many office environments, while maintaining the preppy dressy casual vibe. One of the most reliable sources for more tailored styles in quality fabrics and natural fibers is Talbots with many options available in both women's and petite's to 3X.

Younger, contemporary and trend conscious working women will appreciate the quality and style of the inventory at Eloquii  which rotates inventory quickly like many Fast Fashion retailers, keeping styles fresh for size 14 to 28W with select styles available in cuts suiting plus petites.  City Chic has more body conscious styles, but equally trendy dress selections that may be appropriate for more casual contemporary offices in sizes 14 to 24W.

 

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Paisley Dress

Size 14 - 24W
 

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Size 0 - 36W
Avg, Petite, Tall
 
 

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Faux Wrap Dress

Size 6 - 24W
 

Color Block Sweater Dress
Size 12 - 36W

 

 

Cataloguers available through the internet extend moderately priced work options further.  For example, Coldwater Creek has returned in internet and catalog form, bringing their well known contemporary to classic style in travel knits and natural fibers for women size 6 to 24W.

Contemporary designers such as Nic + Zoe and Rachel Roy are also extending their sizing with options available directly from their company websites in sizes up to 3X.  Department stores such as Neiman Marcus are also regularly including moderately upscale labels suited for professional women.  Look for labels such as Joan Vass, Eileen Fisher, and the more luxurious options from Lafayette 148.

 

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Cold Shoulder Dress

Size 16 - 24W
 

Stizzoli
Italian Floral Knit Sheath
Size 14 - 24W

Bow Sleeve Sheath
Size 14 - 28W
 

Burnout Color Block Dress
Size 14 - 32W
 

 

Meanwhile, Zappos no longer carries just shoes and accessories but has moved into a full-fledged apparel retail spot with a very good work-appropriate dress collection in size S to 5X with extra fast free shipping. Well known brands here can include Tahari, DKNYC, Vince Camuto, and many others.

Smaller, but worthwhile, collections of work-appropriate dresses include the modern classic offerings at NorthStyle in size 6 to 26W. Lord & Taylor is growing its high quality, on-line inventory in size 14 to 24W rapidly and frequently has some more unusual tailored labels such as Tahari, in addition to some attractive office appropriate options designed under their private label and exclusive to them.  Ralph Lauren is particularly well stocked, along with brands such as Jessica Simpson, Vince Camuto, and Nipon Boutique.

 
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Size 2 - 18

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Size 1
X - 3X

Whimsy Knit Wrap Dress
Size 10 - 32W

Luxury Executive Plus-Size Dress Shopping

Women with the taste levels and budgets to demand excellent quality fabrics and exceptional fit may wish to invest in luxury level designs that can range from several hundred dollars to as much as a thousand for a dress.

The most luxurious options in full plus-size ranges and fits that appeal to executives come from designers such as Lafayette 148 for tailored classic styles, Misook for high end versatile knits, and Marina Rinaldi for European panache. Contemporary designers such as Caroline Rose and Joan Vass are also favorites with upscale working women.  Most of these are regularly stocked on-line at Neiman Marcus in size 14 to 24W.  Even more options are available in the main collection with sizes available up to 16/18 and occasionally 20. Look for labels such as St. John, Akris Punto, Lela Rose, and Oscar de la Renta to name a few.

Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdale's, both of which have larger inventories available through the internet than at most brick-and-mortar store locations for size 14 to 24W, also stock upscale designer dresses suitable for work.  Some other designers to keep an eye out for at these locations include Basler, Ralph Lauren, and ABS by Allen Schwartz.  Eileen Fisher is growing favorite as an eco-conscious and natural fiber core wardrobe basic.

 

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Size L - 6X
 

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Size 14 - 24W
 

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Size S - 3X
Avg - Petite

 

It's also well worth checking the main websites of designers such as Nic + Zoe, Ralph Lauren, and Tahari directly as all three do carry much of their extended size collection on-line in sizes up to 24W.  Plus specialty designer Igigi is also back with a contemporary dress collection in size 14 to 36W.

Women in the size 12 -18 misses bracket also will find more options from the department stores already listed out in the main collections.  Higher end luxury options are also available from Nordstrom to size 18 in the misses section. Look for designer labels such as Jean Paul Gaultier, St. John, Akris punto, Armani Collezioni, and Catharine Malandrino.

 

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Size XL - 3X

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Size 1
X - 3X

Misses Extended Sizes Over Size 12

More budget-conscious women who can wear extended misses sizes  will find modestly priced contemporary style options from retailers such as New York & Co.  They have a celebrity capsule collection from Eva Mendes that captures the vintage vibe and femininity of her style with dresses that have softer style appeal appropriate for creative office environments in size 0 to 24W.

Contemporary, tailored work favorite Ann Taylor Loft offers dresses in extended sizes on-line.  Misses sizes are available to 18, while petite and tall options are available to 16. Classic cataloguer Draper & Damon's is an excellent source for both tailored dresses and jacket dresses in misses to 18, and petite size to 16 along with a particularly good selection of options suitable for after-hours work functions.

 

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Sizes
14 - 24W

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Sizes S - 3X
Petite to XL

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Size 2 - 26W
Petite & Tall to 18

Plaid Shirtdress
Size
6 - 28W

Extended Plus-Sizes Over Size 24W

Trendy urban retailer Ashley Stewart recently expanded their dress collection to 32W, joining well-established mainstays in the super size fashion world such as Avenue.  The fastest growing plus specialty retailer, Torrid, has also recently expanded sizes to include 6X with a more varied dress collection available than in the past.  All three have inventory that rapidly rotates and sells out in popular styles, with a good collection of dresses appropriate for working women.

An indie designer of note is Kiyonna with their modern classic jersey dresses in sizes from 10 to 32W. Meanwhile, eShakti's quick shipping and customizable dresses are increasingly popular with women who like a slight retro flavor to their look in sizes 0 to 36W. Rounding out the super-size options are dresses from Ulla Popken in size 12 to 38W, and Catherine's with size XL to 5X. 

 

Discount & Bargain Shopping for Size 12 to 24W  

Deep mark-downs on name-brand, mid tier designer dresses are regularly available at Bon Ton and Macy's. Upscale outlet shopping is offered in plus-sizes with a particularly good collection for working women at Saks Off 5TH and Neiman Marcus Last Call. Meanwhile, Nordstrom's Rack often stocks an assortment not available on their main website in sizes up to 24W.

A flash sale site that regularly carries plus-size is 6PM.  Inventories change daily, but good buys can be scored for those who shop regularly.  More and more larger sizes are also being added to the on-line inventory at the very popular Burlington Coat Factory.

 

 

 

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