Plus-size women of all ages often
want more arm coverage than sleeveless or
strapless style dresses offer, consequently jacket dresses
and dresses with sleeves are popular, regardless
of style or occasion. As a result, plus-size jacket dresses are available in both
youthful and more mature styles, as
special occasion wear
and career clothing. Formalwear is
getting less bare with many fashion forward
trends including sleeves or a jacket.
While layering a
blazer over a
sleeveless or short sleeved dress as separates
is a frequent strategy, matched and coordinated
sets are still in demand especially for work
skirt suits are
worn and for special occasions when
church and evening suits
are also appropriate choices, such as
when attending a wedding
as a guest or
The selections below reflect the diversity in
occasions that women choose jacket dresses. On
the one hand,
work appropriate styles
often include sheath dress styling, menswear
patterns, strong power or neutral, conservative
colors. On the other, special occasion
dresses chosen for events such as weddings,
Mother's Day, Easter, or school graduations are available in softer, dressier
fabrics with less structured styling.
For day dresses, some of the
cataloguers have the best selection.
Old Pueblo Traders
offer moderately priced options with both soft
cardigan style toppers and more structured
jackets. Solids and prints are played with
in wearable styles in size 8 to 26W.
Monroe & Main
has a modern, contemporary edge that can be both
sleekly chic or soft and feminine in their
selection with many styles that can be worn to
work in size 6 to 24W.
carries a wide selection of jacket dresses
styles suitable for both day and work wear, in
addition to special occasion styles for evening
has a similar mix at moderate price points.
Draper's & Damon's
mainly has special occasion and evening styles,
with a few day dress options with a career edge
in size 6 to 26W.
is known for their particularly deep collection
of cocktail and evening dresses with sleeves and
jackets in sizes up to 24W.
regularly carry options. Look for the
Alex Evenings collection
at alight for a sophisticated
evening collection in sizes to 24W.
regularly offers softer two piece styles
suitable for work in size 14 to 32W, while
is the most reliable source for special occasion
duster dresses in sizes to 34W.
offers a mixture of day dress and special
occasion styles for sizes XL to 5X.