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Elegant Plus Shopping Guide & Editor's Picks: Plus-Size Maxi Dresses in Size 12 +

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Last Update: January 1, 2016


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Designer: Johnny Was, Floral Silk Maxi, Plus-Size 1X - 3X| Editor's Pick, June 2013

Kimono Sleeve Jersey Dress, Size 1X-6X | Editor's Pick
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Poppy Border Dress, Size 12 - 30W | Editor's Pick

Johnny Was
Sleeveless Floral Silk Maxi

Size 1X - 3X

Kimono Sleeve Jersey Maxi
Size 1X - 6X

Poppy Border Dress
Size 12 - 30W

Plus-Size Maxi Dress Report
[Shopping Resources Below]

Maxi dresses are a popular choice for summer music and arts festivals such as Burning Man, Coachella, and SXSW, and winter resort vacations. A favorite with both the trendy and BoHo crowds all year long, they are easy to wear.  Simply toss over your favorite sandals and layer on the jewelry. 

Generally casual in style, some can double for more formal affairs with a change of accessories for those traveling with limited suitcase space.  Those dresses in casual knit fabrics are also popular pool and beach cover ups over swimwear.

Cooler winter climates see long maxi dresses paired with boots with the ability to subtly layer on leggings or tights for extra warmth.

It's common to see sweater shrugs and crochet boleros worn with sleeveless maxi dress styles for cooler indoor conditions or extra upper arm coverage.

Styles come in patterns, global prints and solids.  Long, loose flowing shapes are particularly cool and comfortable in hotter weather, and can always be belted to change the look or add shape to your silhouette.  Clever use of color placements and patterning, in addition to waist placements can visually add height even to shorter women.  Figure types with heavier legs may feel more comfortable with longer skirt coverage, as well.

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Tribal Print Maxi Dress, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick MYNT 1792, Jersey Python Wrap Dress, Size 12 - 26W | Editor's Pick Cotton Linen Shift Dress, One Size Plus | Editor's Pick
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Black Knit Wrap Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 32W | Editor's Pick

Tribal Print Maxi
Size S - 3X


MYNT 1792
Jersey Python Print Wrap Dress
Size 12 - 26W


Modern Miss
Cotton Linen Caftan

One Size to 56" Bust

Knit Wrap Dress
Size 14 - 32W


Internet Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Maxi Dresses

Maxi dresses in recent years have almost achieved the status of a modern classic with solid color styles appealing to women who appreciate simpler and more casual looks.  Floral prints have also been especially popular with a wider range of women.

With the BoHo trends that came into style in 2015, patterns are including seventies paisleys, scarf prints, tribal prints, and gypsy styles.


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Sequin Collar Tie Dye Maxi Dress, Size 6 - 28W | Editor's Pick Jersey Wrap Dress, Size 10 - 28W | Editor's Pick
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Side Slit Sweater Dress, Size XL - 6X  | Editor's Pick Blue Chiffon Gown, Size 14 - 20W | Editor's Pick

Sequin Collar
Tie Dye Maxi Dress
Size 6 - 28W


Jersey Wrap Dress
Size 10 - 28W


Side Slit Sweater Dress
Size XL - 6X

Long Chiffon Dress
Size 14 - 20W

Upscale Plus-Size Designer Dresses

The upscale designer style of Joan Vass and Eileen Fisher is also simple knits and mainly solid colors.  Both are regularly available at Neiman Marcus in size 1X to 3X.

Rachel Pally, an upscale resort wear designer, is another excellent and consistent resource for both solid color and printed knit maxi dresses. Sleeve styles can range sleeveless to long sleeves, with the kimono sleeve caftan style one of her classics that gets offered in new colors and patterns each season.  Exceptionally long with raw hems, expect to invest in some tailoring to get these dresses hemmed to your custom length needs upon arrival.

Other contemporary designers who regularly offer maxi dress styles in larger sizes include Johnny Was, Melissa Masse, and Anna Scholz. Johnny Was is especially noteworthy for their use of natural fibers such as silk and rayon with floral and romantic vintage BoHo aesthetics.  Melissa Masse is based in Los Angeles and works mainly in gorgeous, bold prints. A growing celebrity following sees her maxi dresses on less formal red carpets.  British designer Anna Scholz designs her own prints and is much a textile artist as she is a fashion designer, creating some unique looks.  All three can frequently be purchased from Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Bloomingdale's.

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Swirl Printl Chiffon Maxi, Size XL - 5X | Editor's Pick White Pleated Grecian Maxi, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick Rachel Pally, Purple Jersey Maxi, Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick Navy Dot Print Shirt Dress,  Size 0 - 36W | Editor's Pick

Swirl Print Chiffon Maxi
Size XL - 5X


 Pleated Grecian Maxi
Size S - 3X

Rachel Pally
Jersey Caftan
Size 1X - 3X
Runs Long

Navy Dot Print Shirtdress
Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall


Moderately Priced Plus-Size Maxi Dress Shopping Resources

While the popularity of maxi dresses have meant that they have been available at most retailers, they are especially plentiful in the summer festival season in the trendy fast fashion shops.  The following retailers stock more of them all year.

For those who like a definite bohemian flavor, the teen shopping hot spot Alloy is especially good. This is also a fashion find for tall plus size women with styles regularly offered in both regular and long lengths in sizes up to XXXL. Also with a more BoHo vibe in a variety of unusual prints are the maxi dresses at Pyramid Collection in sizes up to 28W. 

One of the best collections of BoHo print styles that can be tailored to any length for size 0 to 36W is at vintage and retro dress specialty retailer eShakti.  Indie contemporary Los Angeles plus designer Kiyonna is especially well known for their soft, knit maxi dresses which are mainly available in solid colors in size XL to 5X.  Styling here can be similar to more upscale Rachel Pally, and these are good versatile pieces that can be dressed up or down.

Urban retailer  Ashley Stewart is an additional source for those who like brighter colors and bolder patterns at budget friendly price points.  The British Style Invasion has seen the rise of trendy cataloguer Asos in the American market during the last year.  Dresses are one of their strengths, with inventory changing quickly. 


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Green Leopard Print, Faux Wrap Dress, Size 6 - 26W | Editor's Pick Coral Floral Popover Dress, Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick Color Block Maxi, Size 14 - 28W | Editor's Pick Michael Kors, White Eyelet Maxi, Size XL - 3X | Editor's Pick

Leopard Print
Faux Wrap Dress

Size 6 - 26W

Floral Popover Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Color Block Maxi
Size 14 - 28W

Michael Kors
White Eyelet Maxi
Size XL - 3X


Of the department stores Macy's has the most youthful and diverse dress selection. Consequently maxi dress styles have been especially well represented here.  In addition to their frequent weekend sales and promotions which bring style options down into most budgets, the brands here are more moderately priced than at some of their sister department stores.   Looks for labels such as ING, Soparano, Love Squared, and Style & Company.  Contemporary lifestyle designers such as Michael Kors and Vince Camuto are also frequently stocked here.

African American oriented cataloguer Ashro can be an excellent source for both more sophisticated maxi dresses that can be worn for a number of different occasions, in addition to Caribbean island style that is good for resort and vacation wear. Long caftan styles are a specialty. Fabrics are a mixture of synthetics and natural fibers in size 8 to 26W, although occasionally larger sizes up to 32W are offered.

Coldwater Creek frequently carries heavy gauge travel knits and lighter weight fabrics in contemporary styles appealing to the resort and cruise vacation crowd in size S to 3X, with petite sizes available to XL (16).  Soft Surroundings specializes in fabrics with an ultra-soft touch which are frequently natural fibers such as cotton and silk.  Lines can be simple and contemporary or more bohemian caftan styles.  Sizing here is diverse with many dresses available in both petite and tall sizes to 18, in addition to sizes 2 to 24W.


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Beaded Waist Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Slinky Knit Maxi
Size XL - 8X
Avg & Tall

Paisley Print Maxi
Size 14 - 24W

Sweater Maxi
Size 14 - 24W


Extended Plus-Size Sizes

Of the plus specialty stores Avenue offers the widest selection of maxi dresses to size 32W, with many styles stocked only on-line.  Mainly in bold patterns and packable knits, price points are moderate with sales and discount offers frequently available directly from the website. Torrid also often has a good depth of inventory with a slightly more youthful appeal in sizes up to 5X.

Meanwhile Sealed with a Kiss offers an easy California infused style with free flowing maxi dresses a core part of their aesthetic.  Solids and prints are offered, with popular options including the convertible maxi dress that can be worn a number of different ways and trendier fabrics such as lace.  Sizing here runs XL to 6X. Meanwhile, indie plus specialty designer Igigi regularly carries dressier maxi styles in bold, contemporary prints for size 12 to 32W that are a good evening choice for tropical and beach resort destinations.

eBay boutiques offer some of the widest size selections.  One of our favorites for maxi dresses is Only Golden Goddess which carries Moroccan, BoHo, and gypsy style fashion including some with Ren Faire inspired details in sizes up to 5X. Meanwhile, Amazon also has some plus boutique sellers including  Sanctuarie which offers maxi dress styles with more goth overtones, bell sleeves, and other details in sizes up to 9X.


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Santiago Knit Maxi
Size XS - 3X
Petite & Tall to XL (18)

Fringed Crochet Dress
Size 16 - 28W

Melissa Masse
Scroll Print Maxi

Size XL - 3X

Long Travel Knit Dress
Size S - 3X



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