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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.  Subscribe to the Newsletter to receive weekly notification of updates.

Last Update: August 25, 2015


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Designer: Fuzzi, Print Sheath Dress, Size 16 - 22W  | Editor's Picks
Size 16 - 22W

Calvin Klein, Double Buckle Sheath, Plus-Size 14 - 22W | Editor's Pick

Chevron Print Wrap Dress, Plus-Size 14-32W | Editor's Pick

Floral Print Dress, Sizes 14-24W | Desk-to-Dinner Dresses Editor's Pick

  Saks Fifth Avenue

Calvin Klein
Double Buckle Sheath
Size 14 - 22W

Chevron Print
Jersey Wrap
Size 14 - 32W

Floral Print Dress
Size 14 - 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 mainly 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.

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Status Print Sheath Dress, Size 6 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Animal Print Wrap Dress, Size 12-26W | Desk-to-Dinner Dresses Editor's Pick

Floral Print Dress, Sizes 14-24W |

Classic Sheath Dress, Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Status Print Sheath Dress
Size 6 - 24W

Animal Print Wrap Dress
Size 12 - 26W

Floral Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Classic Sheath Dress
Size 14 - 24W


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.

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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Trapeze Dress, Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Print Shift Dress, Size XL -3X | Editor's Pick

Eva Mendes, Faux Suede Dress, Size 0 - 18 | Editor's Pick

Floral Print Dress, Size XS - 4X  | Editor's Pick

Trapeze Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Print Shift
Size XL - 4X

Eva Mendes
Faux Suede Dress

Size 0 - 18

Floral Print 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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Color Block  Dress, Sizes 0-36W | Editor's Pick

Floral Border Shift, Plus-Size 14 - 22W | Editor's Pick

Tahari, Pocket Shift, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Japanese Floral Faux Wrap Dress, Size 14 - 32W | Desk-to-Dinner Dresses Editor's Pick

Color Block Dress
Size 0 - 36W

Avg - Petite - Tall

Floral Border Shift
Size 14 - 22W

Pocket Shift
Size 14 - 24W

Japanese Floral
Faux Wrap Dress
Size 14 - 32W


For the more budget conscious, Dress Barn, as the name would suggest, has hundreds of styles available for plus-size women size 4 to 24W. 

Trendy women might like to check out the selection at Asos (0 to 24W) and ModCloth (S to 5X). 

Those wearing extended plus-sizes will appreciate the variety and selection at Igigi and Kiyonna which offer a majority of their dresses in sizes up to 32W.

Finishing Touches

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

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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Karen Kane, Floral T-Shirt Dress, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Striped Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 28W | Editor's Pick

Jersey Dress, Size L - 3X | Editor's Pick

Dolman Sleeve Dress, Size S - 3XX | Desk-to-Dinner Dresses Editor's Pick

Karen Kane
Floral T-Shirt Dress
Size S - 3X

Striped Dress
Size 14 - 28W

Jersey Dress
L - 3X

Dolman Sleeve Dress
Size S - 3X

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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. 


Elegant desk-to-dinner plus-size dresses for full-figured career women size 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, L, XL, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X