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Last Update: August 2, 2017
Gingham Bardot Dress
Size 8 - 22W
Floral Challis Dress
Sizes L - 6X
Bell Sleeve Dress
Size 14 - 24W
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
layered under dresses. Depending on the style
and look these can be visible as part of the
outfit, or simply tucked underneath.
popular accessories in colder weather. Cardigan
added at all time of year, sometimes chosen as
an upper arm covering for sleeveless dresses.
Casual dress styles run the gamut from
classic, and are more often available at budget
to moderate price points.
Classic style casual dresses are regularly
available from catalogs such as
Creek in size XS to 3X.
Many value to moderately priced styles in
classic to contemporary styles are available
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,
size XS to 4X
with many styles available in cotton.
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
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
in size 2 to 28W, and
in a similar size range.
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.
Trendy styles with inventory that changes
rapidly are available from some of the Fast
has expanded sizes to 32W, with some of the most
body conscious styles available. Growing
collections of trendy and inexpensive looks are
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.
is a great spot for eco-cotton knits and natural
fibers in size 12 to 38W. Meanwhile, super
size divas will discover that both
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
in sizes up to 28W.