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Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Retro and Vintage Style Dresses in Sizes 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.  Elegant Plus Sizing Report
 

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Retro Poplin Shirt Dress, Sizes 0-36W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Dress Size 0 - 36W

Peplum Dress, Sizes 1X-3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
 

Vintage Fit & Flare Dress, Sizes 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Beaded Sheathl Dress, Plus-Size 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

 

Peplum Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Fit & Flare Dress
Size 14  - 24W

Beaded Sheath Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Plus-Size Retro & Modern Vintage Dresses Report

Plus-size dresses style influences are coming from many different vintage eras, both through modern high fashion designer collections using the past as points of reference and through movies and television shows set in other eras. Whether it's Mad Men 1950's and 60's bombshell chic with faint echoes of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, the beaded glam of the 1920's Gatsby style, or the aristocratic romanticism of Downton Abbey, the modern interpretations are often fun and slightly nostalgic.  The mod pop art style of the 1960's, the bohemian free spiritedness of Woodstock, and disco nights of the 1970's are all turning up in style trends today. Major museum fashion retrospective exhibitions such as those put on by The Metropolitan Museum of Art also play an important role in vintage style influences.

Authentic plus-size vintage dresses are almost impossible to find, although many silhouettes are very flattering to the fuller figure. Fortunately, the current interest and re-interpretation of retro fashion for a modern vintage flavor is making many of those dress styles available in larger sizes at a wide variety of price points. 

Some eras are more suited to cocktail dresses and evening wear, while others are perfect matches for day dress and career styles. Certain style eras are also particularly popular with very specific style tribes and sub-sets, while others are entering mainstream fashion.  Interpretations are often available for both the young, trendy fatshionista, and her more mature counterparts as the vintage style influence enters the mainstream.  Some of the more glamorous and romantic vintage styles are making the biggest impact in wedding and formalwear.

Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Dresses with Vintage Flair

Modcloth is quickly becoming the style leader in this sector with dress options expanding from 1950's New Look fit and flare silhouettes to other eras.  Swing dresses, vintage prints, romantic Victorian and Edwardian nostalgia, and bohemian styles are turning up more and more frequently from indie designers with small production runs, so act fast if you see something that you like. Both day dresses and special occasion styles suitable for trend conscious shoppers, they have a growing collection of options in sizes up to 3X, 4X and a few 5X styles.

eShakti is also a must-stop for those who appreciate retro and vintage silhouettes and prints.  Mainly in natural fibers, they too are expanding their collections from mainly 1940's and 1950's references to other periods.  An extensive collections that changes frequently this is another spot for day dresses suitable for casual, career, and occasions.  Everything is available in their full size range from 0 to 36W, with easy customization options available for a small fee including sleeves, necklines and hem lengths.

Specializing in both beaded Jazz Age dresses and swing dress styles, Unique Vintage has begun offering their own designs in extended plus-sizes in addition well-known labels such as Stop Staring.  Select styles are available up to size 4X, but can run small so expect to wear larger sizes than usual.

For romantic, Downton Abbey and Titanic era styles an Elegant Plus favorite is an eBay boutique, Wear Dreams Are Made, which regularly carries the hard-to-find vintage inspired label Nataya in sizes to 3X. The Pyramid Collection catalog offers an unusual collection of vintage inspired fashion that often can have a goth, steampunk, or Ren Fair flavor in addition to excellent options for summer festival fashion steeped in the 1960's. Many styles are available up to a 3X; be sure to read individual product sizing as some are 3X = 20, and others 3X = 28W.

Contemporary plus-specialty designer Kiyonna has long been a favorite for both their vintage inspired lace cocktail dresses and free flowing jersey maxi dresses suitable for BoHo princesses in sizes to 32W.  Upscale designers Rachel Pally and Melissa Masse are also excellent resources for maxi dress styles with retro flavors in sizes to 3X. 

For plus-size cocktail dresses with a romantic vintage feel, the major upscale department stores such as Nordstrom and Dillard's regularly stock labels such as Alex Evenings, Pissarro Nights, and Patra.  Meanwhile, Saks Fifth Avenue is a source for plus-size evening gowns from designers such as Tadashi Shoji who frequently design a similar feel, and the vintage bohemian label Johnny Was that offers casual day dresses in silk can be found from Neiman Marcus.  Look for Terani Couture, Blush, Alyce, and Allure by Night Moves at Blue Gala for vintage inspired formalwear with some gowns available as large as 30.

Finishing Touches

Shapewear is absolutely essential for achieving the silhouettes of many vintage styles.  This isn't about looking thinner so much as achieving structure, smooth body lines, and a particular shape.  One of the most diverse collections on the internet can be found at Classic Shapewear with sizing available as large as 10X.

 

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Floral Pencil Dress, Plus-Size 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Paisley Flutter Dress, Size M - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Striped Fit & Flare Dress, Sizes 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Vintage Shift Dress, Size 1X-3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Floral Pencil Dress
Size 14 - 24W
 

Paisley Flutter Dress
Sizes M - 3X

Striped Fit & Flare Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Vintage Shift Dress
Sizes 14 - 24W

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Beaded Drop Waist Dress, Size 8-28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Sharkbite Dress, Size 14-32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick


Rachel Pally, Vintage Print Jersey Maxi Dress, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Romantic Vintage Dress, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Beaded Drop Waist Dress
Size 8 - 28W

Sharkbite Dress
Size 14 - 32W

Rachel Pally
Retro Print Maxi
Size 1X - 3X

Vintage Romance Dress
Sizes S - 3X

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Poppy Print Dress, Sizes 14-28W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Print Swing Dress, Size 2X-4X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lace Dress, Sizes 12-28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Peplum Dress, Sizes 1X-3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Poppy Print Dress
Size 14 - 28W

Floral Print Swing Dress
Sizes 2X - 4X

Lace Dress
Size 12 - 28W

Peplum Dress
Size 1X - 3X

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Lace Collar Swing Dress, Size 12 -20W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Retro Leopard Print Dress, Size 10-32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Cotton Floral Dress, Size 1X - 6X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Retro Rockabilly Polka Dot Dress, Size S -3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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Lace Collar Swing Dress
Sizes 10 - 20W

Leopard Print Dress
Size 10 - 32W

Cotton Floral Dress
Size 1X - 6X

Retro Polka Dot Dress
Size S - 3X

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Laser Cut Peplum Dress, Size 14-28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Print Dress, Plus-Size 12-32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Color Block Skater Dress, Size 16 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lace Print Maxi Dress, Size 2 -28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Laser Cut Peplum Dress
Size 14 - 28W

Print Dress
Size 12 - 32W

Color Block Skater Dress
Sizes 16 - 22W

Lace Print Maxi Dress
Sizes 2 - 28W

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Plus-size vintage and retro inspired dresses are all the rage right now.  From art deco influences of  the Jazz Age to the full skirts of the Fifties.  From sassy peplums taking their
cue from the Forties and the Eighties to Mod Sixties sheath and shift dresses.  The Seventies enter the mix with disco era detailing and maxi dress panache.

 

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