Plus-Size Maxi Dress Report
[Shopping Resources Below]
Maxi dresses are
a popular choice for
summer music and arts festivals such as
winter resort vacations. A favorite with both the
crowds all year long, they are easy to wear. Simply toss
over your favorite
sandals and layer on the
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
recent years, stretch lace options are appearing
which can take on an especially
feel. Those dresses in casual knit fabrics are
also popular pool and beach cover ups over
Cooler winter climates see long
maxi dresses paired
with boots with the
ability to subtly layer on leggings or
tights for extra warmth.
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.
Maxi dresses in recent years have almost
achieved the status of a
with solid color styles appealing to women who
appreciate simpler and more casual looks.
have also been especially popular with a wider
range of women.
The upscale designer style of Joan Vass and
Eileen Fisher is also simple knits and mainly
solid colors. Both are regularly available
in size 1X to 3X.
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
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
For those who like a definite bohemian flavor,
the teen shopping hot spot
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
in sizes up to 28W. Trendy plus
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.
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.
Of the department stores
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
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.
Of the plus specialty stores
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.
often has a good depth of inventory with a
slightly more youthful appeal in sizes up to 5X.
Indie contemporary Los Angeles plus designer
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.
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
Only Golden Goddess
which carries Moroccan, BoHo, and
gypsy style fashion including some with Ren
Faire inspired details in sizes up to 5X, and
which offers maxi dress styles with more goth
overtones, bell sleeves, and other details in
sizes up to 10X.