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Elegant Plus Shopping Guide & Editor's Picks: Plus-Size Bohemian Style 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.  BoHo styles draw from vintage eras such as the 1960's, 1970's, and the more romantic Art Deco, Art Nouveau and flapper periods.  Both eclectic prints and lace details are common in both long maxi and shorter styles.


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Lace  Dress, Plus-Size 10-32W | Editor's Pick
Size 10 - 32W

Folk Embellished Shift Dress, Size 0 - 36W | Editor's Pick, June 2013

Floral Chiffon Dress, Plus-Size XL - 5X | Editor's Pick

Embellished Maxi Dress, Size 8 - 26W | Editor's Pick

 Stylish Plus Size Dresses & Separates

Folk Embellished Shift
Size 0 - 36W

Floral Chiffon Dress
Size XL - 5X

Embellished Maxi Dress
Size 8 - 26W

Plus-Size BoHo Chic Dresses Report
[Shopping Resources & Editor's Picks Below]

Dresses have become very popular in recent years among all style categories, but bohemian style fashionistas have always favored them. With pattern and pattern mixing becoming increasingly important on the fashion scene, BoHo looks are currently trending in mainstream trendy looks. Folkloric, global, and ethnic inspired patterns are especially important in this style category. Well-traveled, educated bohemians are also influenced by art and museum exhibitions such as the Frida Kahlo collection currently running in Mexico City.  Florals, especially vintage rose patterns, also turn up here.  Colors can be wild and vibrant, or earthy neutrals.  It's not unusual to see the mixing of prints in unique and unexpected ways. Women with a more romantic style can also pull from BoHo looks, but with less distinct global or ethnic inspirations.

BoHo style dresses are especially popular during the warmer summer months, during the winter resort and cruise season, and for Spring Break.  Favorites for outdoor music festivals, summer beach vacations, and hanging out on weekends, bohemian style dresses are an easy style statement that requires little fuss.

Maxi dresses are typically part of the bohemian style, but BoHo style dresses are also available in shorter cotton, lace and rayon sun dresses in the summer and velvet and other heavier fabrics with with embroidery or beading in the winter.  Typically characterized by natural fibers, trims suggesting hand-crafting such as: beads, embroidery, appliqué, and crochet lace. Some more romantic vintage styles can also play a role.

In cooler weather bohemian princesses frequently dress in eclectic layers with tights, leggings, sweaters, coats and boots becoming important parts of the look. Leather and suede jackets, scarves, hats and winter accessories create an opportunity for a unique individual style.

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Eileen Fisher, Tiered Silk Maxi Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick

Cotton Border Print Sundress, Size M - 4X | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Folkloric Embroidered Dress, Size 2 -28W | Editor's Pick

Lace Trim Gypsy Swing  Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 22W| Editor's Pick

Eileen Fisher
Tiered Silk Maxi
Size 1X - 3X


Cotton Border Print

Size M - 4X
Petite to XL


Folkloric Embroidered Dress
Size 2 - 28W

Lace Trim
Gypsy Swing Dress

Size 14 - 22W

Internet Shopping Resources for Bohemian Style Dresses

With it's focus on unique, unusual, and collectible finds it's not a surprise that eBay is one of the best shopping resources for BoHo style fashion.  For those who favor the flowing layers, peasant style dresses, and maxis in global and ethnic prints check out the offerings at the Only Golden Goddess eBay Store in sizes to 5X.   Small, individual artisans designing one-of-a-kind garments are scattered throughout eBay and can often be located in a search for Art to Wear.

Amazon also has a growing number of eclectic boutique designer styles that can move into the bohemian in flavor.  Designers and brands are constantly changing here but filtering by size is easy during the search process, helping to locate dresses that fit from it's vast inventory.  Options are available up to about size 6X.

Goddess inspired, New Age cataloguer Pyramid Collection has one of the best and most unusual collections of dresses appealing to bohemian aesthetics.  Styles can draw on romantic vintage and goth looks, batiks and tie dyes, Steampunk, crochet and lace and more, in sweeping, easy long silhouettes and loose swing dress and tunic dress styles.  Sizes are available to 3X with individual garments listing numerical size equivalencies that can range from 20W to 28W.

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Tyrolean Border Print Dress, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Embroidered High Low Dress, Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick

Batik Maxi Dress, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Calvin Klein, Tie Dye Maxi, Size XL-3X| Editor's Pick

Tyrolean Border Print Dress
Size S - 3X


Embroidered High Low Dress
Size 1X - 3X


Batik Maxi
Size S - 3X
Petite to XL (18)

Calvin Klein
Tie Dye Maxi

Size XL - 3X

A small selection of gorgeous natural fiber and ultra soft fabric dresses with global details and aesthetics are often available from Soft Surroundings.  The entire collection is available to size 18/20 with select styles in petite, tall, and women's sizes to 24W.  Slightly more expensive are the natural fiber, often organic, designs from Eileen Fisher which are widely available from better department stores.  Silhouettes are loose and easy, with classic black a staple in fine jersey knits and wovens.

Fast, trendy fashion in recent years has been picking up elements of the bohemian style making some inexpensive junior focused retailers a good resource for flowing maxi dresses and the occasional shorter style.  Those offering plus-sizes include Asos, Maurice's, and alloy.  Junior retailers such as Rue 21 and Charlotte Russe have recently extended their sizes to XS to 3X, with bohemian styles well represented in their inventories.

Macy's frequently stocks a particularly good selection of maxi dresses and shorter shift dresses in global prints, lace, and sometimes beaded or embroidered styles especially during the winter resort and summer festival seasons from a number of different labels including Lucky Brand, American Rag, INC, and Michael Kors in size 14 to 24W.

Serengeti catalog often has longer length crinkle dresses in a variety of global and ethnic prints in size S to 3X.  Meanwhile, dress super retailer Dress Barn has been adding moderately priced printed maxi dresses to their offerings in recent months in size 6 to 24W.

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Crochet Trim BoHo Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Ruffled Acid Wash Dress, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Scarf Print Shift, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick

Tie Dye Sundress, Size 1X-6X | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Crochet Trim Dress
Size 1X - 3X


Ruffled Acid Wash Dress
Size S - 3X


Scarf Print Shift
Size 1X - 3X

Tie Dye Sundress
Size 1X - 6X

Designer BoHo Dresses

Upscale designers Rachel Pally and Johnny Was are some of the best high end dress labels appealing to those with bohemian sensibilities available in size S to 3X.  Rachel Pally works in jersey knits and specializes in long flowing lines in both shorter and maxi dress lengths and can sometimes work for women even larger than 24W.  Lengths tend to be long with hems expected to be taken up by tailors for the perfect fit. Johnny Was is a little more difficult to find, but worth the effort, for vintage influenced silk, cotton, and rayon dresses in eyelet lace and floral prints. 

Melissa Masse will sometimes design maxi dress styles in bold prints that will also appeal to women with more eclectic sensibilities in sizes to 3X.  California based designer Igigi will also frequently offer printed maxi dress styles that might appeal in size 12 to 32W.  British plus designer Anna Scholz specializes in prints with some of her styles appealing to those who wear a bohemian aesthetic in size 10 to 28W.

Bohemian Dresses in Extended Plus-Size 26 +

Super size women will find the best selection at value to moderate prices from California lifestyle retailer Sealed with a Kiss in sizes to 6X.  Jersey maxi dresses are also a specialty at contemporary designer Kiyonna in sizes to 5X.  India - based direct from manufacturer dress super-store eShakti has been adding more BoHo styles to their vintage collections with everything offered available to 36W.

Catherine's will often have dresses with global prints and maxi dress styles during the winter cruise and resort season, and during the summer months in size 14 to 34W. The final mention is value priced plus retailer Avenue which has been offering a deep collection of maxi dress styles in recent months with frequent sales bringing prices down into almost any budget for size 14 to 32W.

Ulla Popken will frequently stock knits and batiks both in tunic and maxi dress styles.  Some tie dye styles will also turn up in size 12 to 38W.

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Vintage Floral Jersy Maxi, Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick

Vintage Print Shirt Dress, Size S - 4X | Editor's Pick

Gauze Peasant Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 28W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Ikat Print Maxi, Size 14 - 22W | Editor's Pick

Vintage Floral
Jersey Maxi Dress

Size 1X - 3X


Vintage Print
Shirt Dress

Size S - 4X


Gauze Peasant Dress
Size 14 - 28W

Ikat Print Maxi
Size 14 - 22W



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