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

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Last Update: May 30, 2016
 

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Chevron Print Chiffon Dress, Size 12 - 30W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

BoHo Print Maxi, Size 1X-6X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Designer: Rachel Pally, Kimono Sleeve Maxi Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick, June 2013
Solid Colors Also Available

Chevron Print Chiffon Dress
Size 12 - 30W

BoHo Print Maxi
Size 1X - 6X

Rachel Pally
Kimono Sleeve Caftan

Size 1X - 3X

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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Ruffled Jersey Maxi, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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MYNT 1792, Cold Shoulder Maxi, Size XL - 4X| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Scarf Print Shift, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Tie Dye Maxi, Plus-Size 14 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Ruffled Jersey Maxi
Size S - 3X

 

MYNT 1792
Cold Shoulder Maxi
Size XL - 4X

 

Scarf Print Shift
Size S - 3X

Tie Dye Maxi
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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Solid Jersey Maxi Dress, Size 10 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Belted Denim Shirtdress, Size XL - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Ruffled Patchwork Maxi
Size 2 - 28W

Crochet Lace Maxi
Size 4 - 24W

Jersey Maxi
Size 10 - 32W

Belted Denim Shirtdress
Size XL - 3X


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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Ikat Print Maxi
Size 14 - 22W

 

BoHo Halter Dress
Size S - 3X

Striped Knit Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Border Print Maxi
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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Lace Overlay Maxi
Size XL - 6X

Shirtdress
Size 14 - 22W

Striped Maxi
Size 14 - 28W

White Cotton Dress
Size S - 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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Aqua Tie Dye Maxi
Size 1X - 3X

Chevron Stripe Dress
Size S - 3X
Petite to XL (16)

Knit Palm Print Maxi
Size 12 - 32W

Lined Crochet Maxi
Size 2 - 24W
Petite to 18

 

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.

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.

 

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Off-the-Shoulder Cape Dress, Size 14 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Floral Shirtdress, Size 2 - 24W  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Joan Vass, Dolman Beach Dress, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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White Crochet Maxi, Size XL - 5X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Off-the-Shoulder
Cape Dress
Size 14 - 28W

Floral Shirtdress
Size 2 - 24W
Petite to 16P

Joan Vass
Dolman Beach Dress

Size 1X - 3X

Crochet Maxi
Size XL - 5X
Petite to 3X

 

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