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
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
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.
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
youthful styles are often flirtier, shorter, and
bolder colored and patterned. This is the
group that will embrace
think nothing a
bold floral print,
or go for
red dress. Body confidence rules
the day, and "big girl" do and don't rules
rarely apply. Not that these women don't
a chic, Little Black Dress.
foundation garments and
body shapers are a must for many
of these dresses.
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
ranging from Mad Men curves to Gatsby
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
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.
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. Another British retailer,
has a staggering dress inventory in a wide
variety of styles. Some labels to look for
are Anna Scholz, Joe Brown, and Angels and
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
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
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
Meanwhile, the buyers at
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.
Teen approved formal and party dresses are a
sure bet at
Deb Shops at little prices for sizes
to 24W. Cute casual dresses and bargain
prices are also regularly stocked with inventory
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,
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
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. Sizes are mainly
available to smaller plus women, but the
full-figured options are growing daily.
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
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
popular plus-size fashion
blogger Nicolette Mason. Many styles are
available up to 4X with some available as large
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Rent the Runway
allows you to hire high-end,
designer special occasion dresses for special
events. For a small fraction of retail on
dresses worthy of Hollywood red carpets, your
special event will be glamorous. Sizes up to
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
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.
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.