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Last Update: February 9, 2018
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Textured Jacket Dress
14 - 24W
Lace Organza Dress
8 - 26W
Size 16 - 34W
Plus-size women of all ages often
want more arm coverage than sleeveless or
strapless style dresses offer, consequently jacket dresses
and dresses with sleeves are popular, regardless
of style or occasion. As a result, plus-size jacket dresses are available in both
youthful and more mature styles, as
special occasion wear
and as an alternative to suits
as career clothing. Formalwear is
getting less bare with many fashion forward
trends including sleeves or a jacket.
While layering a
blazer over a
sleeveless or short sleeved dress as separates
is a frequent strategy, matched and coordinated
sets are still in demand especially for work
skirt suits are
worn and for special occasions when
church and evening suits
are also appropriate choices, such as when attending a wedding
as a guest or mother-of-the bride.
The selections below reflect the diversity in
occasions that women choose jacket dresses. On
the one hand,
work appropriate styles
often include sheath dress styling, menswear
patterns, strong power or neutral, conservative
colors. On the other, special occasion
dresses chosen for events such as weddings,
Mother's Day, Easter, or school graduations are available in softer, dressier
fabrics with less structured styling. Day
dress styles can also use more casual fabrics
such as knits or denim.
For day dresses, some of the
cataloguers have the best selection.
Old Pueblo Traders
offer moderately priced options with both soft
cardigan style toppers and more structured
jackets. Solids and prints are played with
in wearable styles in size 8 to 26W.
has a similar mix at moderate price points.
Draper's & Damon's
mainly has special occasion and evening styles,
with a few day dress options with a career edge
in size 6 to 26W.
is known for their particularly deep collection
of cocktail and evening dresses with sleeves and
jackets in sizes up to 24W.
also regularly carries special
occasion options, while
tends to have more day dress and career styles.
Avenue is where to find upscale designer
sheaths with coordinating topper jackets from
premium labels such as Lafayette 148, Stizzoli,
and Marina Rinaldie in sizes 14 to 24W.
regularly offers softer two piece styles
suitable for work in size 14 to 32W, while
will occasionally offer dresses with
coordinating shrugs and dusters in size12 to 34W.
offers a mixture of day dress and special
occasion styles for sizes XL to 5X.