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Casual Dresses for Weekends, Vacations, and Everyday Wear

 
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: May 14, 2017

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Sizes 14 - 28W
 

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Cold Shoulder Dress
Size 6 - 22W

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Size L - 6X
 

Casual dresses for kicking back on weekends, resort vacations, and more laid back lifestyles are popular with all age and style groups.  Easy care fabrics such as denim or knits are common with lengths varying tremendously from short to maxi dresses. Free flowing styles, easy shift silhouettes, and stretch fabrics are common for comfort. Younger women are more likely to prefer more body conscious cuts, even in casual styles.

Many plus size women find casual dresses more comfortable than jeans. Chaffing issues in hotter weather can be solved by bike shorts and leggings layered under dresses. Depending on the style and look these can be visible as part of the outfit, or simply tucked underneath. Tights and boots are popular accessories in colder weather.  Cardigan sweaters are often added at all time of year, sometimes chosen as an upper arm covering for sleeveless dresses.

Casual dress styles run the gamut from trendy to classic, and are more often available at budget to moderate price points.
 

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Jersey Print Maxi
Size 1X - 6X 

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Tassel Tie Shift
Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall
 

Knit Tie Waist Dress
Size 2 - 26W
Petite & Tall to 18
  

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Size S - 4X

 

Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Casual Dresses

Classic style casual dresses are regularly available from catalogs such as Blair and Coldwater Creek in size XS to 3X.  Many value to moderately priced styles in classic to contemporary styles are available from Old Pueblo Traders in size 6 to 28W, with selected styles available in petite up to 20.

Dresses with a retro flavor are well stocked at eShakti in size 0 to 36W, and ModCloth in size XS to 4X with many styles available in cotton.

 

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Cold Shoulder Knit Maxi
Size 14 - 28W
 

Pocket Knit Tank Dress
Size XL - 3X

Peasant Dress
Size 2 - 28W

Rachel Roy
Havana Floral Dress

Size XL - 3X

 

Maxi dresses which are especially popular for Spring Break vacations and summer casual wear are regularly available at both Catherine's in size 14 to 34W, while Southern Californian plus exclusive retailers Kiyonna and Sealed with a Kiss reliably offer jersey knit styles, often with a BoHo flair for size XL to 6X.

Other artsier and BoHo options are regularly available at Pyramid Collection in size 2 to 28W, and Serengeti in a similar size range. 

Nordstrom is adding more cute, casual styles to their extensive full-figured dress inventory.  Look especially for labels such as City Chic in addition to some of their in house brands for size 12 to 28W.

 

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Button Front
Denim Dress
Size 12 - 28W 

Lace Up Ponte Shift
Size 2 - 24W
Avg - Petite

Handkerchief Hem Dress
Size XL - 3X 

Bryn Walker
Linen Shift
Size 1X - 3X
 

 

Trendy styles with inventory that changes rapidly are available from some of the Fast Fashion retailers. Ashley Stewart  has expanded sizes to 32W, with some of the most body conscious styles available.  Growing collections of trendy and inexpensive looks are available from Rainbow Shop and Rue 21 with sizing now available from XS to 3X.

Of the department stores Macy's has the best selection of plus-size casual dresses in contemporary styles appealing to young women and fashion conscious women in size 14 to 24W.

Ulla Popken is a great spot for eco-cotton knits and natural fibers in size 12 to 38W.  Meanwhile, super size divas will discover that both Torrid and Avenue have recently upped their style game with an excellent and deep selection of dresses up to 6X.

Bargain shoppers will find a great selection at Nordstrom Rack in sizes up to 28W.

 

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Pocket Knit Dress
Size 12 - 38W 

Painterly Cityscape Shift
Size S - 3X
 

Embroidered Challis Shirtdress
Size S - 3X
Petite to 2XL

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Tassel Tie Sundress
Size 14 - 32W

 

 

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Plus-size clothing featured is hand selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of plus-fashion business partnerships. 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.