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Last Update: June 22, 2017
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Floral Surplice Dress
Size 14 - 36W
Tropical Print Shirtdress
0 - 20
Ruffled Sheath Dress
1X - 3X
Finding plus-size dresses that strike the perfect balance
between being work appropriate and flirtatious
enough for dinner with a date can be
challenging. The good news is that well-known,
high end designers have begun moving into the
plus-size fashion sector in recent years with a
focus primarily on the lifestyles of the working
woman. Mainly diffusion lines at more
moderate price points, there are also designer dress options
at all levels in larger sizes. So whether it's
simply drinks and dinner after work or a
romantic Valentine's Day date, there are plenty
of options for busy professional women.
Color plays an important role, with hues in the
red, orange, or pink family popular choices
along with classic black. Floral prints, in
particular, are date classics but other prints
can also make the right style statements.
Judicious use of more feminine details such as
ruffles or a touch of beading can make a dress
perfect as a day to night transition piece
appropriate for contemporary office
Work appropriate styles often include more
modest neck-lines and sleeves, but tailored
lines can have more body conscious styling for
transitioning to dates. Sleeveless
dresses can be layered under a
that can then be removed for
dinner. Changing jewelry and shoes is another
important styling tip for making the transition
from office to social event.
Many of these selections can also make good options for
and dinners after hours.
It wasn't very long ago that
plus-size dresses of any type were difficult to
find on or off line. Fortunately that situation
has changed tremendously in recent years with
some very good and extensive shopping options
available through the internet.
particularly good and deep inventories of
mid-priced brands and labels in sizes to 24W,
although Nordstrom has been experimenting with
some extended sizing up to 4X.
Both will frequently include options from well
known designer diffusion lines.
Women with the largest shopping budgets
will find the best dress selection in size 0
to 24W at
Saks Fifth Avenue.
Contemporary styles from labels such as ABS
Allen Schwartz mix with luxury designer such as
Fuzzi, Kay Unger, and Lafayette 148.
Meanwhile those who wear sizes 12 to 18 will
find the most extensive selection from luxury
designers on the main racks of
with a few more options from labels such
as Misook, Lafayette 148, and Marina Rinaldi in
the Women's Special Sizes for 14 to 24W.
more budget conscious, the selection at
are well worth checking out with both offering
labels and styles often unavailable at the
flagship department stores, and well known
labels at significant discounts.
Trendy women might
like to check out the selection at
Asos (0 to
(S to 4X). Meanwhile,
offers both capsule designer collaborations with
well known high end designers and deeper dress
selection from both their own label and others
on-line for size 14 to 28W.
Those wearing extended plus-sizes will
appreciate the variety and selection at
eShakti which offers
customization options such as sleeves,
necklines, and pockets for a small fee.
All styles are available in size 0 to 36W with
hemlines easily adjusted for petites and talls. Kiyonna
is a favorite for jersey wrap dresses in classic
silhouettes for size 10 to 32W.
For those who use shapewear to achieve the
silhouette one of best and most varied
selections is available at
Stylish shoes to complete any outfit are a