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Elegant Plus Shopping Guide & Editor's Picks: Plus-Size Maxi Dresses in Size 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.    Maxi dresses are popular options for winter resort vacations, summer music festivals, and among bohemian fashionistas.  Tall women carry maxi dresses particularly well, but shorter women can wear them too.  Color blockings, striping and patterning, as well as waist placements can elongate body lines visually adding height to the wearer.


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Ruffled Jersey Maxi Dress, Plus-Size 10-32W | Editor's Pick
Size 10 - 32W

Designer: Johnny Was, Embroidered Georgette Peasant Maxi Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X| Editor's Pick, June 2013

Jersey Maxi, Size 1X-5X | Editor's Pick
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Bell Sleeve Asymmetric Neck Dress, Size 8-26W | Editor's Pick
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 Stylish Plus Size Dresses & Separates

Johnny Was
Embroidered Peasant Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Jersey Maxi Dress
Size 1X - 5X

Bell Sleeve
Asymmetric Neck
Size 8 - 26W

Plus-Size Maxi Dress Report
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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. With the popularity of lace in recent years, stretch lace options are appearing which can take on an especially special occasion feel. 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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Striped Dress, Plus-Size 12 - 34W | Editor's Pick Long Mermaid Dress, Size 12 - 26W | Editor's Pick
Liz Claiborne Striped Maxi, Size 0 - 28W | Editor's Pick
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Scarf Print Halter Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Striped Dress
Size 12 - 34W


Long Mermaid Dress
Size 12 - 24W


Liz Claiborne
Striped Maxi
Size 0 - 28W

Scarf Print Halter Dress
Size 14 - 24W


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.


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Black & White Print Maxi Dress, Size 2 - 28W | Editor's Pick Long Striped Cowl Neck Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 32W | Editor's Pick Sporty Stripe Maxi Dress, Plus-Size XL - 5X | Editor's Pick Slit Jersey Maxi Dress, Size S - XXXL| Editor's Pick
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Black & White Print Maxi
Size 2 - 28W


Long Striped Cowl Neck Dress
Size 14 - 32W


Sporty Stripe Maxi
Size XL - 5X

Slit Jersey Maxi Dress
Size S - XXXL

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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Tropical Print Gown, Plus-Size 10 -32W | Editor's Pick Tiered Maxi, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick
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Petal Neck  Jersey Gown, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick Tie Dye Border, Casual Jersey Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick
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Tropical Print Gown
Size 10 -32W


Jersey Tiered Dress
Size S - 3X
Petite to XL (18)

Petal Neck Jersey Gown
Size 14 - 24W

Casual Tie Dye Border
Jersey Dress
Size 1X - 3X


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.  Trendy plus super-store alight carries a wide variety of hard-to-find brands, many in natural fibers. Some of the labels to look for include Blue Plate, Gabby, NaNa, and Pink Apple with in size XL to 4X.

Urban retailers Dr. Jay's and   Ashley Stewart are additional sources 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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Long Metallic Print Dress, Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick Jersey T-Shirt Dress, Size S- 3X | Editor's Pick
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Embroidered Denim Maxi, Size 0 - 36W | Editor's Pick Ethereal White Chiffon Pearl Trim Gown, Size 2 - 32 | Editor's Pick

Metallic Print Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Jersey T-Shirt Dress
Size S - 3X

Embroidered Denim Maxi
Size 0 - 36W

Ethereal Pearl Trim
Chiffon Gown
Size 2 - 32


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.


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Bali Batik Maxi Dress, Size M - 2X | Editor's Pick Jersey Print Maxi Dress, Size XL - 9X | Editor's Pick Border Print Sun Dress, Size S - 3X  | Editor's Pick
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Striped Long Dress, Size XL - 5X | Editor's Pick

Bali Batik Maxi Dress
Size M - 2X

Jersey Print Maxi Dress
Size XL - 9X
Avg & Tall

Border Print Sun Dress
Size S - 3X
Petite to 2XL

Striped Long Dress
Size XL - 5X


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.

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.

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.

eBay boutiques offer some of the widest size selections.  Two of our favorites for maxi dresses include Only Golden Goddess which carries Moroccan, BoHo, and gypsy style fashion including some with Ren Faire inspired details in sizes up to 5X, and Sanctuarie which offers maxi dress styles with more goth overtones, bell sleeves, and other details in sizes up to 10X.


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