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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. 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.

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.

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Last Update: August 27, 2016


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Knit Cold Shoulder Dress
Size XL - 6X

Knit Lace Up Dress
Size S - 3X 

Ruffled Tunic Dress
Size 14 - 24W


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 larger, extended sizes.

Young, stylish, curvy 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.

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.

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Denim Lace Up Dress
14 - 24W 

Convertible Maxi Dress
Size 1X - 6X

Contrast Collar Lace Dress
Size XS - 4X

Print Dress
Size 14 - 32W


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.

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. Rainbow Shops carries a mixture of trends from BoHo to more street influenced fashion with dresses available up to size 4X.

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

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 Sahalie which carries sizes S to 3X at reasonable prices.

 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.

Blogger and Designer Capsule Collections

Plus super model Ashley Graham's dress collection is available at Dress Barn, along with a designer capsule collection from high end runway designer Carmen Marc Valvo.  Dresses average well under $100 and are cute options for special occasions in sizes up to 24W.

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.  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.

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.  Lela Rose, 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 Runway's 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 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.

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 6X.

Meanwhile Avenue 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 fashion retailer Ashley Stewart 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.

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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