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Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Romantic & Vintage Inspired Fashion in Sizes 12 +

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.  All selections are available at time of posting and purchases can be made directly from the retailer on the associated shopping link. 
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Last Update: April 20, 2016

 

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Romantic & Vintage Plus-Size Clothing Report
[Shopping Resources & Editor's Picks Below]
 

Women who dress with a romantic sensibility often use softer styles and fabrics from earlier eras. Not quite BoHo, softer 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.

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.

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

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Open Stitch
Duster Cardigan

 Size 10 - 28W

Lace Overlay Party Dress
Size 2 - 26

Embroidered Maxi Dress
Size 14 - 28W

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.  Saks Fifth Avenue is an excellent resource for the vintage inspired Single and Beyond Vintage labels, in addition to florals often used by Fuzzi.  Both department stores offer size 0 to 24W.

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

 

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Komarov, Lace Inset Jacket Dress, Size 1X - 3X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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Komarov
Lace Inset Jacket Dress
 Size 1X - 3X

Karen Kane
 White Lace Inset Top
Size S - 3X

Cotton Sun Dress
Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall

Rose Print Cropped Pants
Size S - 3X


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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Silk Chiffon Kimono Topper, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Striped Ruffled Off-the-Shoulder Shift Dress, Size14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Purple Pleated Asymmetric Top, Size XL - 5X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Caroline Rose, Floral Chiffon Kimono Topper, One Size Plus | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Silk Chiffon
Kimono Topper

Size S - 3X

Striped Shift Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Pleated Asymmetric Top
Size XL - 5X

Caroline Rose
Cotton Floral Jacket
Size 1X - 3X

At television shopping network QVC look for Isaac Mizrahi, LOGO by Lori Goldstein, and H by Halston for softer styles in size 0 to 28W.  This is also an excellent spot for vintage inspired accessories including rings and necklaces in larger sizes.  Midnight Velvet has embellished jeans, feminine tops, and vintage inspired dresses in size S to 3X.

Super size women will want to check out the options at both SWAK (size 1X to 6X) and eShakti (size 0 - 36W).  Both the separates and dresses at Igigi can also have a softer, more feminine flavor is fabrics such as chiffon.  Kiyonna is best know for their lace dresses, but also can sometimes have floral prints appealing to soft dressers.

British retailer Asos can be a good resource for more trend driven romantics in size 0 to 24W.   ModCloth offers limited runs of indie designer fashion, much of which has a mid-20th century retro flavor, but other more romantic inspired periods are also referenced in size S to 4X.  Hard-to-find vintage style designers such as Chi Chi London and Nataya have been spotted there in extended sizes.

 

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Lace Layering Top
Size XL - 6X

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Cropped Jeans
Size 6 - 24W

Floral Peasant Blouse
Size 1X - 3X

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Size S - 3X

 

Some of the Sophie Theallet lingerie options currently featured at Lane Bryant also have a softer appeal. The Lela Rose collection for Spring/Summer 2015 at Lane Bryant in size 14 to 28W injected a soft, feminine feel at the plus specialty retailer with the designer's signature watercolor floral prints, romantic color palette, and vintage infused silhouettes.  Christain Siriano's Spring 2016 collection scheduled at the retailer is likely to more romantic as well.

Those looking for the Art Deco vibe will want to check out the vintage tulle, swing dress, and beaded flapper dress styles at Unique Vintage which also carries one of the best accessory collections for vintage romantics.  Maya Boutique on eBay offers one of the best collections of romantic layering toppers and kimonos in cut velvets. 

 

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Floral Jersey Dress
Size 16 - 22W

Godet Lace Dress
Size 8 - 22W
Petite to 16P

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Size 12 - 34W

Rose Print Romper
 Size XL - 3X

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 is also reliably available at Hips & Curves in size 1X to 6X.

Those looking for the Art Deco vibe will want to check out the vintage tulle, swing dress, and beaded flapper dress styles at Unique Vintage which also carries one of the best accessory collections for vintage romantics.  Maya Boutique on eBay offers one of the best collections of romantic layering toppers and kimonos in cut velvets. 

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 is also reliably available at Hips & Curves in size 1X to 6X.

 

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Size 14 - 24W

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Size 2 - 24W
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Cotton Tunic
Size S - 3X

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Size S - 3X

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