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Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Desk-to-Dinner Plus-Size Dresses in Sizes 12 +

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: May 12, 2016


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Print Shift, Size XL - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Classic Knit Wrap Dress, Plus-Size 10-32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Floral Dress, Sizes 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Desk-to-Dinner Dresses Editor's Pick

Print Shift
XL - 3X

Classic Knit Wrap Dress
Size 10 - 32W

Floral Dress
Size 4 - 24W

Plus-Size Desk-to-Dinner Dresses Report
[Shopping Resources & Editor's Picks Below]

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.

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Polka Dot Sheath, Sizes 14-22W | ElegantPlus.com

Classic Black Jacket Dress, Size 12 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Desk-to-Dinner Dresses Editor's Pick

Keyhole Shift, Size 14 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Polka Dot Sheath
Size 14 - 22W

Classic Black Jacket Dress
Size 12 - 32W

Keyhole Shift
Size 14 - 28W


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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Ivanka Trump, Abstract Floral Border Dress, Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Print Jacket Dress, Size XL - 4X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Eva Mendes, Shift Dress, Size XS - XXL | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Striped Dress, Size XS - 4X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Ivanka Trump
Abstract Floral Dress

Size 14 - 22W

Print Jacket Dress
Size XL - 4X
Avg - Petite

Eva Mendes
Shift Dress

Size XS - XXL
Avg - Petite

Striped Dress
Size XS - 4X


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. 

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.


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Eyelet Sheath, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Floral Jacket Dress, Size 8 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Desk-to-Dinner Dresses Editor's Pick

Red Vintage Style Dress, Sizes 0-36W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Jersey Midi, Size XL - 5X | ElegantPlus.com Desk-to-Dinner Dresses Editor's Pick
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Eyelet Sheath
Size 14 - 24W

Floral Jacket Dress
Size 8 - 24W

Vintage Style Dress
Size 0 - 36W

Avg - Petite - Tall

Jersey Midi Dress
Size XL - 5X


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.

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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Color Block Sheath, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Desk-to-Dinner Dresses Editor's Pick

Anna Scholz, Yellow Lace Dress, UK Size 16 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

ABS Allen Schwartz, White Jumpsuit, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Rose Print Dress, Size 8 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Color Block Sheath
Size S - 3X

Anna Scholz
Lace Dress
UK Size 16 - 28W
(US 12 - 24W)

ABS Allen Schwartz
White Jumpsuit
Size 14 - 24W

Rose Print Dress
Size 8 - 24W
Petite to 16P

Finishing Touches

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

Meanwhile, those who want to mix body smoothing with hosiery will want to pick up some SPANX

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


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Print Chiffon Dress, Size 6 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Classic Navy Sheath, Size 10 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Eileen Fisher, Silk Tank Dress, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Floral Sheath,  Size 14 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Print Chiffon Dress
Size 6 - 24W

Classic Navy Sheath
Size 10 - 28W

Eileen Fisher
Silk Tank Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Floral Sheath
Size 14 - 32W

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Plus-size dresses that go from desk to dinner with a quick change of shoes and accessories are a staple to most working women's wardrobes.
Whether it's a dinner date with the cute guy you met at a concert last weekend or cocktails with friends and colleagues after a day at the office, plus-size dresses
versatile to look work appropriate with just enough flirt appeal to keep the look appropriately sexy after hours. 


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