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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.  Subscribe to the Newsletter to receive weekly notification of updates.

Last Update: August 13, 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.
 

RETAILER SPOTLIGHT:

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

Hi Low jersey Dress, Plus- Size 1X - 6X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available
Size 1X - 6X

Striped Skater Dress, Plus-Size XL - 6X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lace Shoulder Chambray Shirt  Dress, Size XL - 4X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Color Block Dress, Plus-Size XL - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

 SWAKDesigns.com Sizes 14 - 36

Striped Skater Dress
Size XL - 6X

Lace Shoulder
Chambray Shirt Dress
Size XL - 4X

Color Block Dress
Size XL - 3X

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 @ Dr Jays

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

Medallion Print Shift, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

BoHo Print Trapeze Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Chevron Print Chiffon Maxi, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Picks
More Colors Available

Plaid Shift  Dress, Size XS - 4X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Medallion Print Shift
Size 14 - 24W

BoHo Print Trapeze Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Chevron Print Chiffon Maxi
Size 1X - 3X

Plaid Shift
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 @ Izabel London

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

Cold Shoudler Sweater Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Striped Wrap Dress, Plus-Size 14 -28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Solid Colors Available

Ribbon Detail Midi, Size 14 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Picks

Sporty Dress, Size L - 5X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Cold Shoulder Sweater Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Striped Wrap Dress
Size 14 - 28W

Ribbon Detail Midi
Size 14 - 26W

Sporty Dress
Size L - 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

Whimsical Owl Print Dress, Size 0 -36W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Faux Leather Panel Shift Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Camo Print Body Con Dress,  Plus-Size 12 -26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Picks

Color Panel Tunic Dress, Size 6 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Whimsical Owl Print Dress
Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall

Black Faux Leather Shift
Size 14 - 24W

Camo Print Dress
Size 12 - 26W

Color Panel Tunic Dress
Size 6 - 26W

 

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. Meanwhile, urban flavored designs from Baby Phat and Apple Bottoms are regularly available at Dr. Jays in plus-sizes. 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

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

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

Floral Maxi, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Scenic Tree Print Midi Dress, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Animal Print Sheath, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Picks

Print Shift Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Patterns Available

Floral Maxi
Size 1X - 3X

Scenic Tree Print Midi
Size S - 3X

Animal Print Sheath
Size 1X - 3X

Print Shift Dress
Size 1X - 3X

 

Meanwhile, the buyers at Bloomingdale's consistently select the trendiest and edgiest upscale designer dress options in plus.  Along with names such as Anna Scholz,  DKNY, and BB Dakota are frequently dresses from MYNT and more style conscious options from lines such as Michael Kors and Calvin Klein.

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.  Sizes are mainly available to smaller plus women, but the full-figured options are growing daily.

 

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

Floral Print, Fit & Flare Dress, Size 14 - 22W  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Vince Camuto, Denim Dress, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

White Lace Contrast Trim, Plus-Size 12 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Picks

Split Front Maxi Dress, Size 0 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Floral Print Fit & Flare Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Vince Camuto
Denim Dress
Size 1X - 3X

White Lace Dress
with Contrast Trim
Size 12 - 32W

Split Front Maxi
Size 0 - 24W

 

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.

 

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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Fashion @ Lands End

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

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

Lace Panel Swing Dress, Size 12 - 20 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Striped Polo Dress, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Floral Knit Dress, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Picks
More Colors / Patterns Available

Bell Sleeve White Sleeve Dress, Size XS - XXXL | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lace Panel Swing Dress
Size 12 - 20W

Striped Knit Shift
Size S - 3X
Petite to XL

Organic Cotton T-Shirt Dress
Size S - 3X

Bell Sleeve White Lace 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 @ Lane Bryant

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

Maxi Shirt Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Watercolor Floral Midi, Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Striped Asymmetric Dress, Plus-Size 14 -32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Picks

Border Print Floral Shift Dress, Plus-Size 14 -22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Maxi Shirt Dress
Size 14 - 28W

Watercolor Floral Midi
Size 14 - 22W

Striped Asymmetric Dress
Size 14 - 32W

Border Print Shift
Size 14 - 22W

 

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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