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Elegant Plus Shopping Guide & Editor's Picks:  Trendy Plus-Size Dresses in Size 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.  All of the shopping guides include designer selections which are noted with the designer's name in descriptions.


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Last Update: October 27, 2015


Please note that junior plus sizes usually run smaller than regular plus-sizes.  Trendy plus-size dresses come in both types of cuts, so be sure to check sizing charts.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Fashion @ Torrid

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

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

White Jersey Dress, Plus- Size 1X - 6X | Editor's Pick
Size 1X - 6X

Brushed Plaid Skater Dress, Size 12 - 30W | Editor's Pick

Black Lace Bodice Cocktail Dress, Size XL - 4X | Editor's Pick

Plaid Dress, Plus-Size XL - 2X | Editor's Pick
Also Available in Red Sizes 14 - 36

Plaid Skater Dress
Size 12 - 30W

Lace Bodice Cocktail Dress
Size XL - 4X

Plaid Dress
Size XL - 2X

Trendy Plus-Size Dresses Report
[Shopping Resources & Editor's Picks Below]

Cute dresses in plus-sizes are becoming more and more readily available as full-figured women demand more fashionable styles. And, especially good news is that trendier styles are increasingly available in women's sizes larger than 24W. More popular in recent years than skirts, dresses are worn for every occasion imaginable from casual to formal.  Many styles are more youthful and appropriate for girls and teens, while others have more sex appeal and are better chic choice for those in their twenties and beyond.

Trendy style dresses are still mainly available at lower price points as part of the "Fast Fashion" trend that takes inspiration from high end runways but at low, mass market prices; but, some pricier designers and labels are beginning to offer more cutting edge styles in plus-sizes.

Young, stylish "fatshion" bloggers are pushing the demand and gaining more national press daily in their quest for size acceptance in the fashion world.  Limited time offer designer capsule collections in the vein of market leading Target, are also beginning to appear in larger sizes with dresses some of the most in demand, fashion forward items.  Some of the bloggers are also teaming up with retailers to design capsule collections of their own based on the styles and tastes of both themselves and their devoted fans and readership.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Dress Barn

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Plus Size Fashion @ Rue 21

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Lord & Taylor

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

Retro Party Dress, Size 4 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Cable Sweater Dress, Size S- 3X | Editor's Pick
More  Colors Available

Black Faux Leather Trim Sheath, Size XL - 3X | Editor's Picks

Vintage Floral Wiggle Dress, Size XS - 4X | Editor's Pick

Retro Party Dress
Size 4 - 24W

Cable Sweater Dress
Size S - 3X

Faux Leather Trim Sheath
Size XL - 3X

Vintage Floral Wiggle Dress
Size S - 4X


Dresses in this category are the most likely to be body-conscious, in keeping with younger tastes.  Worn both during the day casually, and out with friends or on date nights, youthful styles are often flirtier, shorter, and bolder colored and patterned.  This is the group that will embrace white, think nothing a bold floral print, or go for fiery, sure-to-get-noticed red dress. Body confidence rules the day, and "big girl" do and don't rules rarely apply. Not that these women don't appreciate a chic, Little Black Dress. The right foundation garments and body shapers are a must for many of these dresses.

Some BoHo dress styles in recent seasons have also overlapped with mainstream trendy styles, especially maxi dresses during the summer festival season, and winter resort and cruise travel season.  As various vintage eras influence the mass market through television and movie costuming trendier styles can also have obvious vintage inspiration ranging from Mad Men curves to Gatsby beads.

The holiday, prom and homecoming seasons see more party dress styles, while casual dresses are popular for the entire year.

Generally appealing to teens and twenty-somethings, although women in other age groups do wear them, these young styles are often cut in junior plus sizes.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Charlotte Russe

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Plus Size Fashion @ Eloquii

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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Gwynnie Bee

Faux Leather & Tulle Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick

Striped Wrap Dress, Plus-Size 14 -28W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Ruched Jersey Wiggle Dress, Size 10 - 32W | Editor's Picks
More Colors Available

Windowpane Shift, Size XL - 5X | Editor's Pick

Faux Leather & Tulle Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Faux Leather Sleeve Shift
Size 14 - 28W

Ruched Jersey Wiggle Dress
Size 10 - 32W

Windowpane Shift
Size XL - 5X


Trendy Plus-Size Dress Shopping Resources

Some of the best shopping meccas for trendy plus-size dresses are on line.  Asos, a new British entry to the American market, has been receiving some of the biggest buzz recently.  Offerings range from budget friendly fast fashion to pricier, hard-to-find European labels such a Carmakoma.  Always on top of the latest trends, these folks know curvy fashion in size 14 to 24W.   Rue 21 has more of a bohemian vibe to their Fast Fashion collection with cute styles at modest prices in size 0 to 24W.   Meanwhile, mall teen hotspot Charlotte Russe has recently extended their collection from XL (16 /18) to 3X (24W).


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Dresses @ eShakti

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  City Chic @ Nordstrom

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Ashley Stewart

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Pyramid Collection

Lace Hem Shift, Size 0 -36W | Editor's Pick

Strapless Midi, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Cold Shoulder Sweater Dress, Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Picks
More Colors Available

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

Contrast Collar Shift
Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall

Strapless Midi
Size 14 - 24W

Cold Shoulder Sweater Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Green Lace Dress
Size 2 - 28W


New plus specialty chain retailer Fashion to Figure is a must stop for budget conscious, curvy fashionistas.    Ultra fast fashion at little prices for size XL to 3X are their specialty. Forever 21 is among the most popular of the Fast Fashion retailers.  Their on-line inventory in extended sizes to 3X is extremely affordable and deep. Another bodycon dress specialist is the slightly pricier Eloquii which designs dresses for trendy urban working professionals in size 14 to 24W.  Afro-centric plus specialty, trendy retailer Ashley Stewart has some of the most brightly colored and boldly patterned bodycon dresses available.

Of the department stores Macy's has one of the largest on-line inventories of fashion conscious dresses in plus-sizes with labels ranging from American Rag to Vince Camuto. The frequent weekend sales and free shipping offers bring prices down into most pocketbooks. Maurice's selection is budget friendly and youthful.  Nordstrom has been gaining contemporary fashion style appealing to youthful and trend aware shoppers, adding brands like the trendy Australian City Chic label and the more bohemian inspired Lucky Brand


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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Fashion @ Monroe & Main

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

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

Calvin Klein, Faux Leather Mixed Media Sheath, Size 14 -24W| Editor's Pick

Animal Print Sheath, Size 6 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Scarf Print Shift, Size 14 - 22W | Editor's Picks

Belted Plaid Shirt Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Calvin Klein
Faux Leather Mixed Media
Sheath Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Animal Print Sheath
Size 6 - 24W

Scarf Print Shift
Size 14 - 22W

Belted Plaid Shirtdress
Size 1X - 3X


Alloy is a great spot for BoHo infused styles in junior plus sizes to XXXL.  Those with a sportier, casual style will like the looks at both Lands End and Sahalie which carry sizes S to 3X, and are both modestly priced.

Amazon is a surprise entry as more and more small designer boutiques get on board, offering their fashion in the grand-daddy of all American shopping websites.   Price points are mainly low to moderate, and inventory is constantly shifting.  Equally satisfying for those who enjoy the hunt are the dresses available through eBay.  If you know labels, upscale designer dresses can be purchased for a song, while ultra-trendy styles at direct-from-manufacture prices can also be scored. Newcomer, Shoptiques, can help locate unusual boutique fashion from retailers across the U.S.  up to size 3X.


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

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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Fashion @ Igigi

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

Cowl Sweater Shift, Size 1X - 3X  | Editor's Pick

Lace Dress, Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Winter Floral Dress, Size XL - 2X | Editor's Picks

Isaac Mizrahi, Striped Knit Skater Dress, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Cowl Sweater Shift
Size 1X - 3X

Lace Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Winter Floral Dress
Size XL - 2X

Isaac Mizrahi
Striped Knit Dress
Size S - 3X


Blogger and Designer Capsule Collections

The leader in designer capsule collections, Target will sometimes offer styles beyond XXL to the full plus-size range, but many times even if they do not, smaller plus women can get some good scoops. The next up from Lily Pulitzer will be available in the full plus-size range up  to 4X exclusively on-line.

On-line retailer Modcloth is turning into a must-shop style destination for women who like vintage influenced dress styles.  Indie designers dominate here, with small production runs, so grab your favorite looks in your size when you can.  More contemporary looks are also emerging here with a capsule collection from popular plus-size fashion blogger Nicolette Mason.  Many styles are available up to 4X with some available as large as 5X.

Meanwhile, British Fast Fashion retailer BooHoo has been working with curvy blogging sensation Nadia Aboulhosn to help create looks for an extended 12 to 20 size range.  Lord & Taylor has also begun carrying Nadia's collaboration collections with an edgy, club vibe for size 14 to 24W.


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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Fashion @ Lane Bryant

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

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

Shimmer Party Dress, Size 12 - 20 | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Intarsia Sweater Dress, Size 14 - 28W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Jacquard Sweater Dress, Size S - 2X | Editor's Picks
More Colors / Patterns Available

Marled Marilyn Sweater Dress, Size XS - XXXL | Editor's Pick

Shimmer Party Dress
Size 12 - 20W

Intarsia Sweater Dress
Size 14 - 28W

Jacquard Sweater Dress
Size S - 2X

Marled Marilyn Sweater Dress
Size XS - XXXL


Lane Bryant has been making giant strides in upping their style quotient in recent months, debuting not only their own in-house runway inspired collections but also collaborating with top name, upscale fashion designers that show on major world fashion week runways for capsule collections.  The first collaboration with Isabel Toledo, a designer favored by the First Lady, Michelle Obama saw ultra chic sheath dresses with matching long line jackets in cream and black.  Equally body conscious knit styles with Mad Men curve appeal for Fall 2014 are sure to fly off the shelves, offered a fraction of Toledo's usual luxury prices and in size 14 to 28W.  Lela Rose, a softer and more feminine designer, will debut a year-long collaboration in Spring 2015 and will be sure to have some gorgeous dresses on offer.

Meanwhile the softly feminine dressing style with vintage overtones favored by curvaceous Latina actress Eva Medez is available at New York and Co in misses size 0 to 18.  The larger sizes tend to sell out first, so shop early. 

Home shopping channel QVC is home to a wide variety of celebrity, stylist, and designer collections at moderate prices.  Many Project Runway stars have dresses available there, while Isaac Mizrahi is one of the most sought after collections in size 0 to 28W.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Forever 21

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Plus Size Fashion @ Evans

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

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

Black Cutout Midi, Size S - 3X| Editor's Pick

Embellished Sheath, Size 12 - 22W | Editor's Pick

Cold Shoulder Maxi, Plus-Size 14 -32W | Editor's Picks
More Colors Available

Sequin Party Dress, Plus-Size 14 -24W | Editor's Pick

Black Cutout Midi
Size S - 3X

Embellished Sheath
Size 12 - 22W

Cold Shoulder Maxi
Size 14 - 32W

Sequin Party Dress
Size 14 - 24W


Plus-Size Dress Rental and Subscription Services

New to the scene is the idea of dress rental and subscription services.  This is an especially good resource for trendy fashionistas on tight shopping budgets. Gwynnie Bee specializes in size 12 to 32W with an excellent selection at the upper end of their size range, which is unusual.  Cute dresses from well known brands and labels change frequently giving plenty of fresh outfits to replenish your closet with their low cost monthly subscription plans.  Some designer labels are available.

Dresses in Size 26W +

Many of the retailers already mentioned carry extended plus-sizes, but a few others are worth a mention for larger women who often find trendy fashion shopping more challenging.  Sealed with a Kiss has an easy, California style, but has been upping the sex appeal and body conscious looks recently, especially in dresses. Sizes here range fro 1X to 6X. Torrid has edgier, darker looks still available but styles have gone noticeably more mainstream trendy in recent years. Most are available in size XL to 5X.

Igigi is one of the best known plus specialty indie dress designers.  Styles are fashion forward and stylish.  Mainly geared for young career women, they also have selections appropriate for formal events such as high school and college dances and proms. Most everything is available in size 12 to 32W.

Finally, eShakti is very popular with those who like a retro feel. Both body con wiggle and sheath dress styles are available, and more classic fit and flare silhouettes.  Everything is available size 0 to 36W, with adjustments to sleeves, necklines, pockets, and hem lengths available for a small fee.



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