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Elegant Plus Shopping Guide & Editor's Picks:  Trendy Plus-Size Dresses in Size 12 +

All Editor's Picks clothing featured is hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of fashion business partnerships. Options available in all size ranges, although we specialize in hard-to-find sizes 12 and over. Trendy plus-size dresses are getting easier to find, especially on-line.  The push of the plus-size bloggers and fatshionistas have been leading the charge in recent years, with the national media taking more and more notice every day.  Full-figured Fashion Week in New York City is also pushing the Plus-Size Fast Fashion trend forward with the demand for dresses at the forefront.


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

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

Lace Party Dress, Plus- Size 1X - 6X | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available
Size 1X - 6X

Coral Lace Dress, Plus-Size XL - 5X | Editor's Pick

Print Maxi Dress, Size XL - 3X | Editor's Pick

Striped Peplum Dress, Plus-Size XL - 3X | Editor's Pick Sizes 14 - 36

Coral Lace Dress
Size XL - 5X

Tile Print Maxi
Size XL - 3X

Striped Peplum 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.


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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

Purple Lace Maxi, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Sponge Bob Print Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick

Apple Bottoms, Print Halter Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Picks
More Colors Available

Cute Beret Dog Striped  Dress, Size XS - 4X | Editor's Pick

Purple Lace Maxi
Size 14 - 24W

Sponge Bob Print Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Apple Bottoms
Print Halter Dress

Size 1X - 3X

Dog in Beret
Size XS - 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 @ alight

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

Fringed Lace Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick

Color Block Shirt Dress, Plus-Size 14 -24W | Editor's Pick

Handkerchief Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Picks
More Colors Available

Floral Shift Dress, Plus-Size XL - 5X | Editor's Pick

Fringed Lace Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Color Block Shirt Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Handkerchief Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Floral 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).


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Color Block Wrap Dress, Size 0 -36W | Editor's Pick

Bright Caftan Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 22W | Editor's Pick

Tie Neck Shift  Dress, Plus-Size 12 -26W | Editor's Picks

Slip Dress, Size 6 - 28W | Editor's Pick

Color Block Wrap Dress
Size 0 - 36W
Customize Length to Your Measurements

Bright Caftan Dress
Size 16 - 24W

Tie Neck Shift Dress
Size 12 - 26W

Slip Dress
Size 6 - 28W


Fashion forward U.S. chain retailer Forever 21 is one of the most body conscious dress retailers, although they do carry other styles.  Similarly styled and priced is new plus specialty chain retailer Fashion to Figure.  Prices at both are low to moderate with frequently changing inventory is sizes to 3X. 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

Mixed Print Dress, Plus-Size XL - 3X | Editor's Pick

Ruffle Hem Sun Dress, Plus-Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Tile Print Sheath Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Picks

Sporty Color Block Sheath, Plus-Size 16 - 24W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Mixed Print Dress
Size XL - 3X

Flounce Hem Sun Dress
Size S - 3X

Tile Print Sheath Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Sporty Color Block Sheath
Size 16 - 24W


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.  Plus Size Fix carries a large inventory of low cost, sexy dresses with a lot of curve appeal in trendy silhouettes, colors, and prints. Meanwhile, alight has oneof the largest selections on-line of casual to party dresses in sizes as large as 30. Price points range from low cost, value priced lines to upscale formalwear.

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.


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Pink Print Maxi Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X  | Editor's Pick

Scarf Print Maxi Dress, Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Striped Dress, Plus-Size 12 - 32W | Editor's Picks

Engineered Print Dress, Size 2 - 28W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Maxi Shirt Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Scarf Print Maxi
Size 14 - 24W

Striped Dress
Size 12 - 32W

Engineered Print Dress
Size 2 - 28W


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.


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

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

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

Gingham Shirt Dress, Plus-Size XL - 3X | Editor's Pick

Striped Polo Dress, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Organic Cotton T-Shirt Dress, Size S - 3X | Editor's Picks
More Colors Available

Paisley Maxi Dress, Size XS - XXXL | Editor's Pick

Gingham Shirt Dress
Size XL - 3X

Striped Polo Dress
Size S - 3X

Organic Cotton T-Shirt Dress
Size S - 3X

Paisley Maxi 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.


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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

Sporty Maxi, Plus-Size XL - 5X | Editor's Pick

Floral Border Shift Dress, Plus-Size 12 -22W | Editor's Pick

Bright Print Dress, Plus-Size 14 -32W | Editor's Picks

Print Swing Dress, Plus-Size 14 -24W | Editor's Pick

Sporty Maxi
Size XL - 5X

Floral Border Shift Dress
Size 12 - 22W

Bright Print Dress
Size 14 - 32W

Print Swing 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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