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
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
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
has recently extended their collection from XL
(16 /18) to 3X (24W).
New plus specialty
Fashion to Figure
is a must stop for budget conscious,
curvy fashionistas. Ultra fast
fashion at little prices for size XL to 3X are
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
Eloquii which designs dresses
for trendy urban working professionals in size
14 to 24W. Afro-centric plus specialty,
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.
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
Chic label and the more bohemian inspired
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
which carry sizes S to 3X, and are both modestly
for those who enjoy the hunt are the dresses
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
can help locate unusual boutique fashion from
retailers across the U.S. up to size 3X.
The leader in designer capsule collections,
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.
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. Many styles are
available up to 4X with some available as large
Meanwhile, British Fast Fashion retailer
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
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
a designer favored by the First Lady, Michelle
Obama saw ultra chic sheath dresses with
matching long line jackets in cream and black.
a softer and more feminine designer, debuted a
year-long collaboration in Spring 2015 that was
particularly popular for the dresses on
offer. Coming for Spring 2016 is Project
Christian Siriano who designed
full-figured blogger Nicolette Mason's wedding
dress to rave reviews last year. These unusual
designer collaborations bring fashion from top
names in the business at affordable prices to
curvy women size 12 to 28W.
Meanwhile the softly feminine dressing style
with vintage overtones favored by curvaceous
Latina actress Eva Medez is available at
York and Co in misses size 0 to 18. The
larger sizes tend to sell out first, so shop
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
is one of the most sought after collections in
size 0 to 28W.
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.
edgier, darker looks still available but styles
have gone noticeably more mainstream trendy in
recent years. Most are available in size XL to
has been significantly stepping up it's style
game with most of their dresses available in
sizes to 32W. This is one of the best
spots for maxi dress styles. Urban fast
has also recently extended their size range up
to 32W. Dresses here are ultra trendy,
body conscious, and can have some surprising
twists. This is also one of the best spots
for linen dresses in the warmer months.
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.