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

All Editor's Picks clothing featured is hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of fashion business partnerships. Options available in all size ranges, although we specialize in hard-to-find sizes 12 and over.  Dresses that can go easily from desk to dinner for the busy professional working woman often have certain characteristics.  Because of the need for work appropriate daytime wear styles tend to be more conservative and tailored.  Look for dresses with feminine detailing such as peplum or ruffles, soft prints, and bold solid colors.  Often tailored, choose styles that flatter curves without clinging.  Here are the plus-size dresses that go from desk to dinner hand selected just for you by the Elegant Plus Style Editor:


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Designer: Lafayette 138, Black Sheath Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 24W  | Editor's Picks
Lafayette 148
Size 14 - 24W

White Sheath Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Ruched Dress, Plus-Size 10-32W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

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

  Saks Fifth Avenue

Size 14 - 24W

Ruched Jersey Dress
Size 10 - 32W

Tropical 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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Knit Sheath Dress, Size 6 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Envelope Hem Dress, Size 12-26W | Desk-to-Dinner Dresses Editor's Pick
More Colors

Floral Shift Dress, Sizes 14-24W |

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

Knit Sheath
6 - 24W

Envelope Hem Dress
Size 12 - 26W

Floral Shift
Size 14 - 24W

Peplum 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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A-Line Dress, Plus-Size 14 -22W | Editor's Pick

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

Geo Print Scuba Dress, Size XS - XL| Editor's Pick

Red Polka Dot Dress, Size S - 4X  | Editor's Pick

A-Line Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Print Shift
XL - 3X

Geo Print Scuba Dress
Size XS - XL (18)

Red Polka Dot Dress
Size S - 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.  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 size 12 to 32W.

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.


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Striped Cotton Poplin Dress, Sizes 0-36W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Floral Sheath, Plus-Size 10 - 22W | Editor's Pick

Vince Camuto, Print Midi Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick

Red Surplice Dress, Sizes 12-32W | Desk-to-Dinner Dresses Editor's Pick

Striped Cotton Poplin Dress
Size 0 - 36W

Floral Sheath
Size 10 - 22W

Vince Camuto
Print Midi Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Surplice Dress
Size 12 - 32W


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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Classic Black Wrap Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 32W | Editor's Pick

Print Faux Wrap Dress, Plus-Size XL - 4X | Editor's Pick

Lime Lace Sheath, Size 2-26W | Editor's Pick

Crepe Sheath, Plus-Size 16 - 24W | Desk-to-Dinner Dresses Editor's Pick

Classic Wrap Dress
Size 14 - 32W

Print Faux Wrap Dress
XL - 4X

Eyelet Lace Sheath
Sizes 2 - 26W
Petite to 16

Crepe Sheath
Size 16 - 24W

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All Editor's Picks and plus-size clothing featured are hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our
extensive network of plus-fashion business partnerships.





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