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Please be advised that all of the "Editor's Picks" featured in this section are hand-selected by Elegant Plus. Although every effort is made to keep featured products current, retailers can sell out of popular styles before the Editor has had an opportunity to update the page. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site. All selections are available at time of posting and purchases can be made directly from the retailer on the associated shopping link. All of the shopping guides include designer selections which are noted with the designer's name in descriptions.
 


Last Update:  May 15, 2017

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Size S - 3X
Petite to XL

 

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Size 14 - 36W

 

 

Maxi dresses are a popular choice for summer music and arts festivals such as Burning Man, Coachella, and SXSW, Spring Break, 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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Size 1X - 3X

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Size 14 - 24W

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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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Size 1
4 - 28W

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Size 1X - 6X

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Size
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Floral Bloom Dress
Size 14 - 24W

 

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.  Available through the same retailer, the BoHo prints in silk, cotton, and rayon from Tolani and Johnny Was are favorites for the resort season.

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.

 

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Size 2 - 28W

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Size 1
X - 3X

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Size L - 6X

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Size S - 3X 
Petite to XL

 

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 selection in a variety of unusual prints are the maxi dresses at Pyramid Collection in sizes up to 28W is well worth a stop. 

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 has recently extended sizes to 32W.  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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Rachel Pally
Floral Print Jersey Dress
Size 1X - 3X

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Size 14 - 24W 

Candy Stripe Maxi
Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall

Floral Surplice Maxi
Size 12 - 32W

 

Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor have both increased more trend conscious, moderately priced inventories in the last few years with labels such as Tart, Melissa McCarthy, and Vince Camuto in maxi dress styles to size 4X.

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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Size XS - 3X

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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 6X.

Ulla Popken regularly offers maxi dress styles from size 12 to 38W, with an especially good inventory for the cruise through summer seasons.  Meanwhile Catherine's is another regular spot for contemporary looks for 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.

More upscale contemporary styles are regularly available from Igigi, a designer specializing in plus-size fits and manufactured here in the USA for size 14 to 36W.

 

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Size S - 3X

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Size 8 - 26W

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Size
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