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>> Plus-Size Dresses that Go From Work to Cocktails with a Change of Accessories

 
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. 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.
 

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Last Update: October 2, 2016

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Jersey Faux Wrap Dress
Size 14 - 32W
 

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Size 
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 environments.

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 cardigan or jacket for work 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 office parties and dinners after hours.

 

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Metallic Chiffon Dress
Size 12 - 24W
 

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Size 12 - 32W

Royal Purple
Belted Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Scallop Overlay Sheath
Size 14 - 28W

 
 

Internet Shopping Resources to Help You Find the Perfect Plus-Size Desk-to-Dinner Dress

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.

Both Macy's and Nordstrom offer 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. 

 

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Lapel Sheath
Size S - 4X 

Faux Suede Textured Dress
Size XL - 5X
 
Petite to 3X

Duster Jacket Dress
Size 14 - 24W
 

Bell Sleeve Dress
Size 14 - 24W
 

 

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 Neiman Marcus 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.

For the more budget conscious, the selection at Last Call and Nordstrom Rack 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.

 

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Belted Floral Dress
Size 14 - 24W 

Polka Dot Skirt Set
Size 6 - 22W

Stretch Poplin Shirtdress
Size 0 - 36W

Avg - Petite - Tall 

Bird Print Dress
Size 6 - 24W
 
Petite to 16P

 

Trendy women might like to check out the selection at Asos (0 to 24W) and ModCloth (S to 4X).  Meanwhile, Lane Bryant 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.

The absolute best cataloguers for style conscious dresses that transition from the office to social events with ease are Monroe & Main and Ashro, both of which offer their entire inventory in extended sizes. 

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.
 

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Size
14 - 28W

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Size 2 - 24W

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Size 6 - 26W
 

Jersey Dress
Size S - 3X

 

Finishing Touches

For those who use shapewear to achieve the smoothest silhouette one of best and most varied selections is available at Her Room

Stylish shoes to complete any outfit are a specialty at Zappos.

 

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Size 6 - 24W
 

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Size 14 - 24W

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Size 1X - 3X
 

Red Rose Print Dress
Size 14 - 32W 

 

 

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