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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: Nov 1, 2015



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Designer:  Fuzzi, Winter Floral Tulle Dress, Size 16 - 22W | Editor's Pick
Designer: Fuzzi
Size: 16 - 22W

Calvin Klein, Velvet Burnout Dress, Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Floral Lace Shift Dress, Size 2 - 28W | Editor's Pick

Embroidered Floral Cardigan Duster, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

 Saks Fifth Avenue

Calvin Klein
Velvet Burnout Dress
 Size 14 - 24W

Floral Lace Shift Dress
Size 2 - 28W

Embroidered Floral
Cardigan Duster

Size S - 3X

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.

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.

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.  Soft fabrics such as chiffon and lace are popular, with richer brocades, velvets, leathers and suedes mixing in during cooler weather.  Patterns and textures are generally feminine without crossing the line into cutesy.    Lingerie and sleepwear has a distinctly vintage sensibility in satins, lace, and chiffon.


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Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Women's Clothing @ ModCloth

Stretch Velvet Dress, Size 2 - 24W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Faux Fur Coat,  Plus-Size 14 -28W | Editor's Pick

Lace Hem Pinstripe Slip, Size 12 - 30W | Editor's Pick

Vintage Plaid Dress, Size S - 4X | Editor's Pick

Stretch Velvet Dress
Size 2 - 24W
Petite to 18P

Faux Fur Coat
Size 14 - 28W

Lace Hem Pinstripe Slip
Size 12 - 30W

Vintage Style
Black Watch Plaid Dress
Size S - 4X

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.

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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Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Vintage & Romantic Women's Clothing @ eShakti

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Karen Kane

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Designer Fashion @ Neiman Marcus

Crochet Overlay Tunic, Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick

Floral Chiffon Tunic, Sizes 0-36W | Editor's Pick

Karen Kane, Lace Hem Tunic, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Johnny Was, Floral Velvet Topper, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Crochet Overlay Tunic

Size 1X - 3X

Floral Chiffon Tunic
Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall

Karen Kane
Lace Hem Tunic
Size S - 3X

Johnny Was
Floral Velvet Topper
Size S - 3X

At television shopping network QVC look for Isaac Mizrahi, LOGO by Lori Goldstein, and Nicole Richie  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. 


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Dresses @ Kiyonna

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothes @ Lands End

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Fashion @ Coldwater Creek

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Vintage & Romantic Women's Clothing @ Northstyle

Velvet Maxi Skirt, Plus-Size 10-32W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Patterned No Iron Shirt, Size 2 - 26W | Editor's Pick
More Colors / Patterns Available

Floral Velvet Skirt, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Winter Floral Dress, Size S - 3X  | Editor's Pick

Velvet Maxi Skirt
Size 10 - 32W

Patterned No Iron Shirt
Size 2 - 26W
Petite & Tall to 18

Floral Velvet Skirt
Size S - 3X

Winter Floral Dress
Size S - 3X


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.  Some of the Sophie Theallet lingerie options currently featured at Lane Bryant also have a softer appeal.

Those looking for the Art Deco vibe will want to check out the 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.


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Lace Inset Sweater, Size XL -  6X | Editor's Pick Cotton Eyelet Pintuck Tunic, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick Faux Fur Coat, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick Vintage Tooled Tall Boots, Wide Width Available | Editor's Pick

Lace Inset Sweater
Size XL - 6X

Cotton Eyelet Pintuck Tunic
Size S - 3X

Faux Fur Coat
Size S - 3X

Tooled Tall Boots
Size 6 - 12 M, W

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