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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: April 7, 2018

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Designer Clothes
BoHo Fashion
Modern Classics
Embellished Fashion
Victoriana & Steampunk
 
Vintage Style Dresses
Designer Dresses
Occasion Dresses
Floral Dresses
White Dresses
Red Dresses
Maxi Dresses
BoHo Dresses
Cocktail Looks
Wedding Gowns
Prom & Homecoming
Formalwear with Sleeves
 
Vintage Style Skirts
Designer Skirts
BoHo Skirts
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Evening Skirts
Palazzo Pants
Designer Pants
Embellished Jeans
Classic Jeans
 
Embellished Tops
Evening Tops
BoHo Tops
Classic Tops
Designer Tops
Cashmere Sweaters
BoHo Sweaters & Toppers
Jackets & Blazers
BoHo Jackets
 
Retro Pin-Up Style
Lingerie & Sleepwear
 
Lace
Silk
Velvet
Leather, Suede, Fur
 
DESIGNERS
Johnny Was
Tolani
Karen Kane
Caroline Rose
Melissa McCarthy Seven7
Komarov
Tadashi Shoji
Alex Evenings
Chi Chi London
Terani Couture
Theia
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Metallic Finish Blush Pleated Dress, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Floral Chiffon Tunic, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Lace Chiffon Jacket Dress, Size 14 - 22W  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Metallic Blush
Pleated Dress
Size
14 - 24W
 

Floral Chiffon Tunic
Size
S - 3X

Lace Chiffon
Jacket Dress
Size
14 - 22W

 

Women who dress with a romantic sensibility often uses softer styles and fabrics from earlier eras. Not quite BoHo, less severe than Modern Classics, and less direct in its referencing to pure vintage, this style borrows from all to create feminine ensembles. 

Skirts and dresses are 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.


 

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Floral Chiffon
High Low Duster
Size
12 - 32W

Wrap Pants
Size
14 - 24W

Floral Jersey Jumpsuit
Size 1X - 6X

 

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.

Spring is when mainstream trends take on a more romantic feel with pastels, light neutrals, and filmy fabrics taking center stage. Floral prints are particularly prominent at this time of year.

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.

 Lingerie and sleepwear has a distinctly vintage sensibility in satins, lace, and chiffon.

 

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Cotton Eyelet
Swing Dress
Size
0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall

Mixed Print Skirt
Size
S - 3X

Silk Romance Top
Size 2 - 24W
Petite to 18P

Bella Vita "Vivien"
Metallic Skimmer

Size 5 - 12 N, M, W, WW
 

Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Romantic Style Fashion

For upscale options, look for labels such as Michael Simon and Caroline Rose at Neiman Marcus, which also has one of the best collections of flowing palazzo pant styles, and the more romantic Johnny Was designer looks. 

Tadashi Shoji formalwear is some of the most romantic designer special occasion attire available and frequently carried here to size 24W.  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.

 

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Metallic Pleat
Maxi Skirt

Size
6 - 22W

Floral
Flounce Sleeve Blouse
Size
S - 3X

Mixed Print
Floral Jumpsuit
Size XL - 3X
 

Floral Lolita
Cold Shoulder Top

Size
14 - 22W

 

Pyramid Collection 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.

Soft Surroundings 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 24W.  Coldwater Creek can also be a good spot for contemporary looks with a just a touch of artisan detailing giving pieces a softer, feminine feel.

 

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Vintage Beaded
Lace Gown
Size
14 - 24W
 

Watercolor
Swim Separates

Size L - 6X

Tea Lace Tunic
Size XL - 5X
Petite to 3X
 

Floral Linen Pants
Size 1
2 - 30W
 
 

Dillard's 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 J.D. Williams are a good resource for office and occasion styles with a romantic edge in sizes 6 to 28W.  Sister website 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.

 

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Karen Kane
Floral Cold Shoulder
Shift Dress
Size XL - 3X

Ruffled
Cold Shoulder Top
Size 1X - 3X
 
 

Misook
Tonal Embroidered
Jacket
Size 1X - 3X
 
 

Floral Embroidered
Mesh Tunic
Size 1X - 3X 

 

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 Eloquii and Ashley Stewart, and for extended plus-sizes Avenue.

Super size women will want to check out the options at both SWAK (size 1X to 6X) and eShakti (size 0 - 36W).   Kiyonna is 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.

 

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Pink Gingham
Capri Pants

Size
XS - 4X

Ruffle Sleeve Tee
Size 1X - 3X

Patchwork Jacket
Size S - 3X

Lace Hem Shift
Size 6 - 24W
Petite to 16P

 

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.

 

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Floral Crinkle Gauze Dress, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Eyelet Shell, Size 2 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Rose Embroidered
Skinny Jeans
Size
8 - 28W

Crochet Lace Sheath
Size 14 - 32W
Placed Floral
Crinkle Gauze Dress
Size S - 3X
 

Eyelet Shell
Size
2 - 24W
Avg - Petite

 

 

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