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>> Plus-Size Designer Dresses for Resort, Work, and Occasions

 
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:
February 7, 2018

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Calvin Klein
Metallic Blue
Capelet Dress

Size 14 - 22W

 

Tadashi Shoji
Rose Jacquard
Lace Dress
Size 1
4 - 24W

Rachel Pally
Jersey Halter Dress

Size 1X - 3X 

Designer dresses are becoming easier to find in  larger sizes as big department stores begin stocking fashion in sizes larger than twelve.   High-end designers are still harder to find in plus, but more and more major designers are offering mid-level, ready-to-wear, diffusion, and capsule collections in extended sizes. Plus-size dress resources include small boutiques, department stores, capsule collections for major retailers, and home shopping networks.

Sizes over a 24W are still extremely rare, but increasingly available even in the major department stores at more moderate to moderately upscale price points.  In the upscale luxury market it is still rare to find larger than a size 16/18, with women's sizes capped at 22/24W. Labels to especially look for at the luxury price point include Marina Rinaldi, the size 12 to 24W sister label to Max Mara, Lafayette 148 for career, sportswear, and occasion looks, and Tadashi Shoji for cocktail and dinner dresses.

Generally, more plus-size designer dresses are available on-line than in most in store locations.

Styles run the gamut from contemporary, casual looks suitable for weekend and vacation wear to cocktail dresses and special occasion formalwear for gala events, holiday parties, and weddings.  A growing number of work appropriate styles are offered in designer collections in larger sizes as women's roles in professional spaces expand. 

Capsule designer collaborations in recent years have included Lela Rose, Chistian Siriana, Prabal Gurung, and Isabel Toledo at Lane Bryant, with dress styles quick to sell out.  

 

Internet Shopping for Designer Plus-Size Dresses

Tadashi Shoji may be among the most famous formalwear designers to offer plus-sizes thanks to the success of his muse, Oscar winning Octavia Spencer.  Gala and cocktail dresses with a vintage flavor are his specialty at surprisingly affordable off-the-rack price points.  Available more widely during the holiday party season, a selection is frequently available at several of the major department stores all year.

 

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Studio 8
Black Sequin Dress
Size 6 - 22W

Marina Rinaldi
Floral Print Pencil Dress

Size 14 - 20W

Johnny Was
Floral Tank Dress
Size
XS - XXL

Nic + Zoe
Knit Tiger Lily Dress

Size 1X - 3X
 
 

Department Stores

The most diverse and deep collections of plus-size designer dresses are available mainly through major department stores.  Sizes are available from 14 to 24W.

Neiman Marcus offers contemporary casual to career appropriate daywear options from upscale labels such as Marina Rinaldi, and Lafayette 148.  More moderately priced contemporary labels such as Joan Vass,  Eileen Fisher, Rachel Pally, and Johnny Was are also frequently well represented. Free flowing maxi dresses, easy-to-wear shift dresses, and knits make up much of the dress inventory, oftentimes in natural fibers such as silk, linen, and cashmere. Looks can range from upscale contemporary to slightly bohemian.  The buyers here focus on resort and career wear for more creative fields. Formalwear options include looks from Marina Rinaldi in size 14 to 24W, in addition to extended misses sizes in the 12 to 18 range out on the main racks from designers such as St. John, Theia, Oscar de la Renta, Lela Rose, Teri John, Badgley Mischka, and other famous luxury labels.

 

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Albert Nipon
Trumpet Sleeve
Coat Dress

Size 4 - 18

 Carolina Herrera
Floral Faille Dress
Size
2 - 18

Igigi
Lace Dress
Size 12 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall

 Karen Kane
Floral Chiffon Shift

Size XL - 3X
 

 

Saks Fifth Avenue is equally upscale with a growing collection of contemporary designers appealing for resort and casual career wear, in addition to the more formal luxury styles frequently worn by socialites and executives for which they are known.  Labels such as Nic + Zoe, Joan Vass, and Rachel Pally are the more moderately priced inventory appealing to busy professional women, while luxury labels such as Basler, Marina Rinaldi, and Lafayette 148 are still well represented in sizes up to 24W.  As would be expected, the cocktail and formalwear collection suitable for gala events includes some of the most upscale labels to offer extended sizes.  Saks has begun filing misses size options in the 14 to 18 size range with the dresses and gowns in women's sizes under the "Plus and Extended Sizes" tab.  Labels such as Carmen Marc Valvo, Theia, David Meister, and Tadashi Shoji are regularly joined by harder-to-find designers such as Rene Ruiz, Chiara Boni La Petite Robe, and Basix Black.

Nordstrom has an especially deep plus-size dress collection with an increasing number of labels pushing up to the 26W to 28W range.  Designer options here tend toward the more moderately upscale part of the market with modern classic diffusion labels such as LAUREN Ralph Lauren, Vince Camuto, and RACHEL Rachel Roy making up a bulk of the designer collection for daywear.  Celebrity designers with a trendy vibe such as Rebel Wilson's X Angels label, and Melissa McCarthy's Seven7 line are also frequently stocked at moderate price points. The most upscale collections are in the formalwear category with more unusual designer lines from labels such as the hand pleated cocktail collection from Komarov, and glamorous evening gowns from Mac Duggal.

 

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Lace Bell Sleeve Dress

Size 2 - 18

Chaya
Floral Chiffon Maxi
Size 14 - 24W

Lafayette 148
Bateau Neck Dress
Size 14 - 24W 

Adrianna Papell
Ruffled Drop Waist Dress
Size 14 - 22W

 

Macy's is an on-line, plus-size dress mecca with options available for most age brackets.  That having been said, designer offerings are mainly limited to many of the major designer diffusion labels already mentioned in addition to names such as classic Calvin Klein and trend-conscious Jessica Simpson.  Pisarro Nights and Patra beaded cocktail and formalwear is also regularly available here.  Weekend and limited time mark-downs and sales are frequent.

Dillard's is especially well stocked for cocktail and formalwear styles with jackets and sleeves.  One of the most likely department stores in which to spot a Tadashi Shoji dress, other designers often include formalwear designer names such as Mori Lee, Terani Couture, and Mac Duggal at moderately upscale price points, and slightly less expensive designers such as Adrianna Papell.  Most are available up to size 24W, but occasionally slightly larger sizes are stocked, especially in long formal gowns.

Kohl's is perhaps less well known than Target for designer collaborations, but instead of limited edition capsule collections, they instead have on-going diffusion lines.  CHAPS from Ralph Lauren with its modern classic to contemporary aesthetic is perhaps the best known, but Dana Buchman and SIMPLY VERA from Vera Wang are also regular staples at Kohl's.  Celebrity designer collections include LC Lauren Conrad and Jennifer Lopez in sizes up to 3X.

 

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LAUREN Ralph Lauren
Jersey
Cold Shoulder Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Eileen Fisher
Coral Silk Shift
Size 1X - 3X

 

Tahari
Sheath Dress

Size 14 - 24W

 

Kiyonna
Kimono Wrap
Dress
Size 10 - 32W

 

Department stores with Extended Misses Sizing: 12 to 18

A handful of department stores have quietly extended their on-line misses designer dress inventories to include sizes 14, 16, 18, and occasionally 20.  Keep in mind that misses sizing runs slightly smaller than the women's numerical counterpart.  Many women find they need to go up approximately one numerical size in most labels.  For example a woman who wears a 14W may need a misses size 16.  Additionally, those with arm fit issues may find sleeved dresses too snug, and exceptionally busty plus sizes may find most bodices too snug.  All that having been said, if you are a lucky "in betweener" this size extension is a boon in the designer dress selection available to you.   This is especially true of the most upscale and luxury labels.

 The best inventories can be found at Dillard's which emphasizes more conservative and covered styles, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus.   Also well worth a browse are Saks Fifth Avenue.  Use the easy size finder tools available at most to sort through and find your size.  The designer capsule collections featured periodically at Target frequently include more styles in sizes up to XXL than in true women's plus size.

 

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Rachel Pally
Striped Jersey
Cold Shoulder Dress
Size 1X - 3X

MICHAEL Michael Kors
Cap Sleeve Shirt Dress
Size XL - 3X

St. John
Knit Asymmetric Sheath

Size 2 - 1
6 

RACHEL Rachel Roy
Floral Scarf Dress
Size XL - 3X

 

Internet Emporiums

Modcloth is a growing resource of moderately priced indie designer dresses with smaller runs that sell out quickly so be sure to grab something quickly if you like it. Many designs have a vintage or retro feel with sizes XS up to 5X. Styles range from cute day dresses to more sophisticated evening looks.

Zappos is another resource for labels such as DKNYC, Rachel Pally, Calvin Klein, Vince Camuto, and Kiyonna, among many others with the added advantage of extra quick free shipping and returns. Why not pick up a new pair of shoes while there, too?

 
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Chi Chi London
Lace Cocktail Dress
Size 2 - 26

Calvin Klein
Mesh Inset Sheath
Size 14 - 22W

Ralph Lauren CHAPS
Tiered Chiffon Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Joanna Hope
Floral Print Sheath
Size
8 - 28W

 

Plus Specialty Retailers

Plus-size specialty retailers are beginning to feature designer capsule collections and some other designer brands. Making the news most recently, Lane Bryant has been featuring a gorgeous collaboration with upscale designer Isabel Toledo who counts among her clients Michelle Obama.  Dresses for urban working women with polish and panache in sizes 14 to 28W are available on-line and at select store locations.  Later in 2015, high end New York Fashion Week designer Lela Rose will be offering a softer, more romantic collection here using her signature watercolor floral prints in dresses and separates exclusively for Lane Bryant customers.

Simply Be carries many of these labels in addition to a diffusion collection from British plus specialty designer Anna Scholz in size 8 to 28W.
 

 

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Vince Camuto
Floral Knit Sheath
Size 14 - 22W

ABS Allen Schwartz
One Shoulder Gown

Size XL - 3X

Standards & Practices
Floral Wrap Kimono Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Rebel Wilson
Handkerchief Hem Dress
Size
1
X - 3X

 

Direct from Designer Websites

Although many are carried in larger retail locations, some designers also have their own web sites.  Often this can be the best place to see a designer's full plus-size line.

The partnership with Macy's went so well that Rachel Roy has launched her own website showcasing her entire line for extended sizes.  A strong contemporary vibe in resort to work wear style, the aesthetic uses simple silhouettes combined with colors and fabrics that pop for sizes S to 3X.

Rachel Pally is a well known lifestyle brand worn by many celebrities.  Easy shapes in jersey make most of her line perfect resort and travel wear.  With the ability to dress up or down, many pieces have been seen on red carpets.  Her White Label collection is available in sizes 1X to 3X and can run exceptionally long, so expect hemming for the perfect fit.  Melissa McCarthy's Seven7 line also has a more casual, contemporary vibe with bold prints and bright colors part of her signature style.  Maxi dresses and flowing styles with kimono sleeves are common, for size S to 4X.

Karen Kane designs upscale core black knit pieces along with separates and dresses with a contemporary vibe.  Popular for work, this label is available in size S to 3X. Nic + Zoe is known for knitwear which can include contemporary dress styles appropriate for day wear in size S to 3X.

Kiyonna is one of the best known indie designers specializing in plus-sizes at moderate price points. Unusual in that both are available from sizes 10 to 32W,  they also are particularly well known for their dresses.  Kiyonna offers chic, modern classic jersey wrap dresses and more body conscious wiggle dresses with a retro vibe, along with maxi dresses and lace cocktail dresses. They design mainly in solid colors with black, classic red, and navy blue forming the core palette with additional colors that change seasonally.  Plus specialty dress designer Igigi is back under new ownership in 2016 with their strong contemporary California aesthetic, remaining true to their "Made in the USA" values for size 14 to 36W.

Ralph Lauren offers a small selection of their extended size styles directly from their website, although many more are available from the department stores.   A similar situation is true at Tahari which is known for it's more classic and tailored collections to size 24W.

Rickie Freeman for Teri Jon is regularly stocked by the luxury retailers, but the best selection of their extended size cocktail and formalwear (to size 20) is available directly from their website.

Rounding out the more upscale options is Tadashi Shoji which is one of the best known designer labels for plus-size cocktail dresses, evening gowns, and wedding dresses.

 

 

 

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