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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. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site. 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.
 


Last Update: April 25, 2017

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Floral Sheath
Size 1
4 - 24W

Ruffled Shoulder Maxi
Size 14 - 24W

White Floral Border Dress
Size 8 - 28W

 

An especially strong trend on high-end runways this year, floral dresses are a reliable annual favorite in the warmer spring and summer months. Some years winter florals (generally darker grounds and cooler palettes) also play a role in fashion in colder climates.  Florals start to trend back in most years for Valentine's Day and are in full bloom by Easter. Tropical prints are also especially popular during the winter cruise and resort beach vacation season.  Furthermore, some women who favor a more romantic look or BOHO styles will also choose them all year as a wardrobe staple. 

Sub-trends within the floral look are what will make flower prints distinctive from year to year, in combination with dress cuts and fabric types. These can include applied floral elements, ruffles, lace, embroidery, and specific color palettes along with particular varieties of flowers, and a variety of density and scale to the pattern.  Print types can range from photo-real digital prints to more artistic or painterly looks. Many designers also draw from vintage textile and wallpaper patterns when choosing floral designs.

Traditional floral patterns can include roses, bold tropical flowers such as hibiscus, or tiny ditsy prints similar to Liberty prints.  Scarf prints often incorporate floral elements, as do many traditional folk patterns.  More contemporary looks might include watercolor and paint brush style flowers, or patterns in black and white that suck the color out of the palette.

For special occasions, plus-size women often look for floral print dresses as wedding guests, for graduation parties, and for family celebrations for Easter and Mother's Day. Popular in the summer for more casual parties such as backyard barbecues, cotton sun dress and maxi dress styles are excellent choices. Afternoon garden weddings often find both guests and bridesmaids clothed in colorful flower prints.

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Georgette Wrap Dress
Size 10 - 30W

Rose Print Maxi
Size 12 - 30W 

Floral Fit & Flare Dress
Size
14 - 24W 

Rose Print
Button Front Dress
Size 2 - 28W

 

Flower prints can be used in every style from trendy to classic and interpreted to suit most tastes. More formal styles are usually in finer and lighter fabrics such as silk, chiffon, or floral laces.  While sleeves are becoming more common in all dress styles, sleeveless styles are the most readily available.  For cooler environments or for those who prefer more arm coverage, layering a cardigan or shrug in a complementary solid color is the usual solution.  Styles range from open weave crochet to cropped solids. A few come with a coordinating jacket or sweater, but mixing and matching your own opens more styling possibilities.

Casual styles can be worn with flats, wedges, or sandals.  Special occasions may call for heeled dress pumps or designer shoes.  Coordinating handbags and jewelry can help create a signature look through pops of color or pattern mixing.

 

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Embroidered Cotton Dress
Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall
 

Sketched Floral Sundress
Size S - 3X

Floral Cotton Shift Dress
Size S - 3X
Petite to XL

Floral Medallion Print Maxi
Size 14 - 24W

 

Internet Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Floral Dresses

While dresses are very popular, they can be remarkably difficult to find in most local brick-and-mortar stores. Even retailers that carry extensive plus-size inventories on-line, very often have very few in stock to try on in store.  Fortunately, as e-commerce has evolved shipping is not only quite quick, it is increasingly free with minimum purchases that are low and manageable.

Although hem-lines are coming down, many younger women still favor shorter, above the knee styles.  Both department stores such as Nordstrom and trendy retailers such as City Chic carry a good selection in sizes to 24W with silhouettes ranging from swingy shifts to curve hugging numbers.

Fast fashion newcomers Eloquii stocks a variety of silhouettes from body conscious to swinging tunic dresses, with floral patterns included in lace and prints when they are particularly in style in size 14 to 28W.  

 

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Cold Shoulder
Sketched Floral Dress
Size 14 - 32W

Poppy Print Shirtdress
Size
S - 3X

Akris
Buttercup Print Dress
Size
2 - 16

Pink Floral Maxi
Size 6 - 24W
Petite to 16P

 

Coldwater Creek has a romantic vibe with artisan detailing that often includes floral dresses for casual to occasion wear for size 4 to 24W.  Young fashionistas who wear extended plus-sizes will want to check out retailers such as SWAK  (1X to 6X) and Torrid (XL to 6X).  Meanwhile, their more upscale sister site Igigi offers many contemporary designer styles in florals in both cocktail, work wear, and maxi lengths for size 14 to 36W.

 

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Flutter Sleeve Dress
Size S - 3X

Vince Camuto
Bold Floral Chiffon Shift
Size
1X - 3X

Jersey Faux Wrap Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Bell Sleeve Mini Dress
Size 14 - 24W

 

Tailored career designers such as Ralph Lauren and Jessica Howard can be found at department stores such as Lord & Taylor and Dillard's.  Those looking for Bohemian designer dresses will have good luck at Neiman Marcus with the silk floral maxi dresses from Johnny Was in sizes up to 3X.  This is also the place to look for high end, designer cocktail dresses in floral jacquards from labels such as Theia, Lela Rose, and Carmen Marc Valvo in sizes up to 18.

Cataloguers such as Draper's & Damon's and North Style also often have a good selection at moderate price points in size 2 to 24W.

Pyramid Collection has a romantic to bohemian vibe with floral printed laces and maxi dress styles frequently part of their collection in size 2 to 28W.   Sister cataloguer Serengeti often carries crinkle, twist dresses in flower prints in size S to 3X.
 

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Embroidered Floral Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Floral Cotton Shirtdress
Size 12 - 24W
Avg - Petite

Mixed Print Dress
Size S - 3X
Petite to XL

Floral Lace Dress
Size S - 3X
Avg - Petite

 

Value priced options are frequently available from the especially deep collection on-line at Dress Barn.  Trendy retailers such as Rue 21  and Rainbow Shops keep prices low for bargain, fast fashion shoppers in sizes up to 3X. Those looking for designer options at deep discounts will have the best luck at sites such as Last Call and Nordstrom Rack.

 Those wearing larger than a 24W will often have good luck at Ulla Popken which stocks as large as 38W, and Avenue which offers up to size 32W..

Retro fit and flare, cotton and lace floral dresses are most reliably available from Modcloth (S to 4X) and eShakti (0 - 36W)

 

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Ruffled
Off-the-Shoulder Dress

Size
14 - 24W

Ruffled Cold Shoulder Maxi
Size 14 - 22W

Komarov
Hand Pleated Floral Dress

Size 1X - 3X

Floral Jacket Dress
Size XL - 5X

 

 

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