Some of the best shopping meccas for trendy
plus-size dresses are on line.
Torrid has grown
into a leader with up to the minute styles
available in their full size range from L to 6X.
An equally deep collection is available at
a British curvy super retailer with thousands of
trendy styles that is now shipping to the
American market in sizes 8 to 28W.
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.
Eloquii which designs dresses
for trendy urban working professionals in size
14 to 28W. 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 and
Rachel Roy. Nordstrom
has been gaining contemporary fashion style
appealing to youthful and trend aware shoppers,
adding brands like the trendy
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,
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
Lord & Taylor
Nordstrom have begun carrying blogger
turned ground breaking plus super model Tess
Holliday's mlbm line which is available to size
Melissa McCarthy's Seven7 brand is
carried by both these retailers and others,
gaining popularity for it's bold trendy designs.
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.