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Last Update: December 2, 2017
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14 - 24W
Bell Sleeve Dress
Size 2 - 28W
14 - 22W
Women who dress with a romantic sensibility
often uses softer styles and fabrics from
earlier eras. Not quite BoHo, less severe than
and less direct in its referencing to pure
vintage, this style borrows from all to create
common choices, along with soft color palettes
in pastels, coral, orchid purple, pink, cream,
and vintage white. Classic black can accent
looks creating a foil for other colors. Floral prints
are especially prevalent during the spring and
summer, but some years the fashion cycle brings
them into style during cooler months with deep,
rich winter florals on black and navy grounds or
a fall palette in rusts, brick, and orange. The
holidays bring out rich velvets and lace, many
time deeper shades such as wine red, emerald
green, and sapphire blue. Some years
metallic gilt fabrics also add an extra vintage
touch to occasion fashions.
1X - 3X
Lace Double Ruffle
12 - 32W
Tafetta Palazzo Pants
0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall
Special occasion wear
and cocktail dresses
are quite popular in this style, especially for
those planning weddings which has its own
section on Elegant Plus. Romantic styles
are also popular for special date nights,
especially around Valentine's Day.
Silhouettes are frequently free flowing with longer
hem lengths, tunic length tops, wide leg palazzo pants, and classic cut
jeans in dark washes, patterns, or embellished.
Like the bohemian style dresser, it's not
unusual for the romantic woman to mix
traditionally daytime fabrics such as denim or
suede with more delicate evening textiles such
as chiffon, lace, or silk.
sleepwear has a distinctly
vintage sensibility in satins, lace, and
For upscale options, look for
labels such as Michael Simon and Caroline Rose
which also has one of the best collections of
flowing palazzo pant styles, and the more
romantic Johnny Was
formalwear is some of the most romantic
designer special occasion attire available and
frequently carried here to size 24W. Meanwhile,
uses vintage details and fine fabrics to create
feminine infused upscale evening looks for sizes
up to 18.
Nordstrom also stocks an excellent selection
of romantic dresses for all occasions from labels
such as Adrianna Papell and Pisarro Nights in
sizes up to 24W.
is one of the best spots for vintage nostalgia
tops, dusters, and skirts with lots of lace
options in size 2 to 28W. More mature women will appreciate the special
occasions collection at
Draper's & Damon's
which regularly includes gorgeous, soft kimono
toppers, romantic style evening tops, and
chiffon pieces in size 4 to 26W.
is one of the best spots for soft, free
flowing styles with extra detailing such as
embroidery, lace, and beading. Prints can
be floral or globally inspired. Many of their
gorgeous pieces are available in extended sizes
including petite and tall to 18, and women's to
can also be a good spot for contemporary looks
with a just a touch of artisan detailing giving
pieces a softer, feminine feel.
regularly stocks moderately priced labels in
separates for more casual wear, and more upscale
options in cocktail and formalwear with a
decidedly vintage romantic appeal for sizes up
to 3X. Bedford Fair
is well stocked with moderately priced pieces in
lace, with crochet trims, and embroidered
details for both casual everyday wear and
occasions in size 6 to 28W.
The contemporary collections at
are a good resource for office and occasion
styles with a romantic edge in sizes 6 to 28W.
Simply Be has a trendier vibe that often
takes a softer turn for the same size range.
Both carry dresses, separates, and outerwear at
moderate price points.
The spring and summer seasons see trendier plus
retailers stocking more romantic styles,
especially with the bell sleeves and
off-the-shoulder styles trending this year.
Check out fashion forward retailers such as
and for extended plus-sizes
Super size women will want to
check out the options at both
1X to 6X) and
(size 0 - 36W).
best know for their lace dresses, but also can
sometimes have floral prints appealing to soft
dressers. Romantic dress specialist
IGIGI is back
with panache in sizes 14 to 36W.
Those looking for the Art Deco
vibe will want to check out the vintage tulle,
swing dress, and beaded flapper
dress styles at
which also carries one of the best accessory
collections for vintage romantics.
Some of the most romantic
lingerie including pretty lace and sexy satins
available in plus-size can be found in the
Cacique collection at Lane
Bryant. Plus-size corsets and baby
dolls with a sexy yet romantic vibe are also
reliably available at
Hips & Curves
in size 1X to 6X.