Ashley Stewart carries trendy and urban to contemporary fashion appealing to stylish working women. Many body conscious dress styles with inventory that changes quickly. This can be an especially good source for linen in the warmer spring and summer months. Prices are value to moderate. Casual, resort, career, and occasion dress styles are available in size 12 to 26W.
Bedford Fair has a collection of classics mainly suitable for working wardrobes with some more casual styles with a slightly artsy or novelty flair for summer and winter resort wear. Many styles have sleeves, coordinating jackets or cardigans. A few options include evening or church suits and styles for social occasions. Prices are moderate. Selected styles available in petites to 20P. Sizes 6 to 28W.
Blair specializes in classic, contemporary, and casual styles with dresses that can sometimes have a preppy flavor. Prices are value to moderate. Petite size XS to 2XL. Sizes XS to 5X.
Bon Ton offers classic, contemporary and trendy dresses for work, casual and special occasion from many well known labels such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Jones New York, and Anne Klein. Harder to find moderately priced department store brands such as Laura Ashley, Julian Taylor, London Times, and Nine West are regularly stocked. Moderate prices but sales and markdowns bring many of their offerings into more modest budgets. Size 0 to 24W.
Catherine's offers classic to contemporary styles suitable for working women and special occasion styles popular with more mature women. They also stock more casual styles, some with a bohemian twist, in the summer and winter vacation seasons. Maxi dress styles are often well represented. Most styles have sleeves, jackets or cardigans, and longer hem lines than trendier looks. Prices are moderate with frequent sales, coupons, and shipping offers available directly from the website. Petite Size XL to 5XP. Women's size 16 to 34W.
regularly carries designer labels such as Adrianna Papell,
Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Nygard Collection, AK Anne Klein, Eileen Fisher,
and Jessica Howard to name just a few. They have a particularly good
and deep dress, special occasion, and corporate work collections.
Jacket dresses are particularly easy to find here.
Draper's & Damon's
a classic spot appealing to more mature women. Styles range from
casual daywear to work appropriate (many with jackets and sleeves)
to special occasions. A few options here and there have
artsier details that may be appealing to those who prefer BoHo or
romantic looks. Prices are moderate.
Dress Barn offers an extensive collection of dresses in contemporary styles for a wide variety of occasions. Choose from casual, maxi, work, special occasion and cocktail dresses. Much deeper collection available on-line than in most store locations. Guest designer and capsule collections include tailored work styles from Jones New York, trendier looks from Ashley Graham, and special occasion dresses from Carmen Marc Valvo. Flat rate shipping with low to moderate prices. Sales and markdowns available directly from the website. Size 2 to 24W.
Eloquii is a contemporary label designed exclusively for fuller figures. They offer a collection of youthful, fashion forward and body conscious dresses appropriate for work and occasions. Prices, service, and quality are comparable to major department stores, with coupons and shipping offers available directly from the website bringing selections down into more moderate budgets. Size 14 to 28W.
Elvi offers exquisite collection of dresses in a contemporary, European style appropriate for work and occasion at moderate to moderately upscale price points. A British label offering shipping internationally, including to the U.S. and Canada. U.K. Size 14 to 26W.
eShakti has an extensive and constantly changing collection of customizable dresses that can be altered for sleeves, necklines and hem lengths for minimal fees. Styles range from vintage and retro inspired to bohemian with options suitable for casual, occasion, and work. Custom hemming for petite & tall available. 0 to 36W.
Forever 21 is one of the best places for inexpensive body conscious, short, or trendy dresses for casual to occasion. When fashion trends take on more loose or flowing silhouettes, this shopping spot will follow suit, but those looking for more body con looks will also find a good selection. Size XS to 3X
H & M
offers a contemporary dress collection with fresh, modern lines
at moderate prices. Styles range from casual to formal occasion,
with some appropriate for contemporary work environments.
Fashion forward without being faddish, this well known Swedish
retailer has extended sizing to include curvier women. Size
0 to 26W.
Igigi is under new ownership, freshening up their designer style dresses exclusively for women with curves and still made in the USA. Styles range from contemporary to trendy, with a West Coast vibe including options for work, occasions, and resort wear. Size 12 to 32W.
JC Penney offers a wide assortment of dress styles from classic to trendy for casual, work, and occasions. This can be an especially good spot for those looking for options such as jacket dresses which have been harder to find recently, along with trendier looks. A mixture of well known brands and private labels committed to extending sizes at reasonable prices makes their e-commerce site much deeper and diverse in offerings than most local retail location. Size XS to 5X.
Kiyonna offers contemporary, upscale styles with a vintage edge. Their dresses range from dressy casual to career to cocktail dresses. They are particularly well known for their jersey wrap dresses, jersey maxi dresses, and stunning lace dresses. Prices are moderate with free shipping and coupons regularly available directly from the website. Size12 to 32W.
Lane Bryant carries on-trend and fashion-forward dresses for casual, work and occasions. More is available on-line than in most stores, with sales and free shipping offers a regular web feature. New designer capsule collections (recent collaborations have included Isabel Toledo, Christian Siriano, and Lela Rose) and the more upscale 6th & Lane collection are providing some beautiful, new dress options appealing to professional women and also for special occasions. Exclusively on-line is a growing collection of upscale occasion dresses from a variety of well known guest labels. Size 14 to 28W.
Lord & Taylor offers a deep selection of dresses for career, occasions, and cruise and resort wear. They carry many mid-level designer labels such as Ralph Lauren, Vince Camuto, and Calvin Klein with more youthful and trendy labels beginning to pick up steam including the Tess Holliday mlbm, Rachel Roy, and Jessica Simpson brands. Styles range from tailored classics to trendier looks as this department store actively evolves to more fashion forward selections. Many formalwear styles are appealing to more mature women with jackets and sleeves. Size 0 to 24W.
Macy's carries an excellent and deep plus-size dress selection for every occasion. They have a particularly good selection of contemporary, career, special occasion and, BoHo style dresses including global prints and maxi dresses, trendy options in the latest styles, and more sophisticated choices for career wardrobes and occasions. Junior plus lines are available for younger, trendier fashionistas, as well. Prices are moderate with frequent mark-downs, sales, and free shipping offers. Much deeper selection available on-line than in most stores. Size 0 to 24W.
Melissa McCarthy has been making waves in both the fashion and entertainment worlds, and her clothing line is growing in popularity for its quirky humor and curve friendly designs. Dresses tend to be free flowing maxis, kimono sleeve styles, and easy silhouettes that skim bodies characterized by bold prints and fashion forward color palettes. Sizes S to 4X.
Modcloth is an indie designer site with small production runs, so if you see something you like available in your size scoop it up when you can. Lots of dresses with vintage, retro and pin-up flair. A growing inventory of occasion and cocktail dress styles are gorgeous, along with more casual styles for weekend and work wear. Prices are moderate. Free Shipping on orders of $50+. Size XS to 5X.
Neiman Marcus carries premium, upscale labels many of which cannot be found elsewhere in extended sizes. For sizes 1X to 3X there are natural fibers such as silk, linen, cashmere, and cotton here from designers such as Johnny Was, Joan Vass, Marina Rinaldi, Melissa Masse, Rachel Pally, Kay Unger, and Misook. Racked in the main section, this department store is also known for carrying well known upscale and premium designer labels in extended sizes from 14 to 18. Dresses are appropriate for resort, career, and special occasions. Misses Size 0 to 16 /18. Women's size 14 to 24W.
Neiman Marcus Last Call is a good resource for well-known name brand designer dresses at a deep discount. Often has a variety from career appropriate to cocktail dresses. Shipping offers are frequently available directly from the website for additional savings. Size 0 to 24W.
Nordstrom has one of the
best selection of career and special occasion dress offerings
available on the internet. Styles range from upscale
contemporary to luxurious and more mature with many designer labels
making an appearance including brands such as Eileen Fisher, Tadashi
Shoji, and Komarov. More youthful and trendier styles are
also regularly being offered from brands such as City Chic, Melissa
Jessica Simpson. Well represented labels include Adrianna Papell,
Calvin Klein, and Alex Evenings.
Famous for their service ethic: Free shipping and returns on
all orders. Smaller plus will find special occasion and cocktail
dresses in the main misses collection to size 18. Career women
who like designer quality clothes will have especially good luck
with St. John, Armani Collezioni, and Tadashi Shoji to size 16.
Norm Thompson carries a collection of dresses in classic, contemporary, and romantic resort vacation styles. Well made, many in natural fibers, this popular collection is fashionable without being trendy. Prices are moderate to moderately upscale. Smaller plus size women in the 12 to 18 size range will find even more options within their misses collection, with the plus collection available in sizes 18 to 24W. Sizes 6 to 24W.
North Style carries a good selection of classic to contemporary dresses for every day wear and to the office at moderate prices. Great choices for both career and casual, many in natural fibers and easy-to-wear knits in size S to 3X.
Old Pueblo Traders is value-priced clothing for career, casual and special occasions appealing to career and more mature women. Styles run from classic to contemporary. Good resource for jacket dresses and skirt suits. Selected petite and tall styles available to 20. Size 4 to 28W.
Pyramid Collection is a New Age gift catalog that carries romantic, BoHo, vintage, artsy, steampunk, and goth fashion and jewelry including beautiful dresses appropriate for casual and special occasions. Often also has good selections for those headed to Renaissance Fairs. Size 2 to 28W.
Rachel Roy has a diffusion line in extended sizes that was first presented as a collaboration with Macy's. The contemporary design aesthetic has been so well received that the label is now available directly to consumers on the internet and through a wide variety of other upscale retailers. Dresses are bold and contemporary takes on casual and creative work place chic. Price points are moderately upscale. Size 2 to 24W.
Ralph Lauren is one of the first major designers to extend sizing to include fuller figures. A variety of lines range from moderate to upscale price points. Dresses for career, occasions, and formal attire are all included. Silhouettes tend to be clean and classic. Misses and Petite Size 0 to 16; Women's size 14 to 22W.
River Island offers exquisite, fashion forward contemporary style dresses with a European flair appropriate for resort casual, work, and occasions. Newly extended size range makes this popular British High Street fashion label accessible to curvy fashionistas with quick shipping available to the U.S. and Canadian markets. Site is easily adjusted to reflect local sizing and pricing. US size 14 to 24W.
Saks Fifth Avenue if you love high end fashion, this is the classic shopping spot. Styles are available for both upscale, yet youthful women and more sophisticated, mature women. Options are available for daywear and cocktail and evening. Prices are moderate to high with frequent free shipping offers, and designer sales. On-line inventory changes frequently, but regularly featured designers include ABS by Allen Schwarz, Marina Rinaldi, Lafayette 148, Basler, Tadashi Shoji, Stizzoli, and Eileen Fisher. Women's Size 14 to 24W.
Saks Off 5TH has past styles that used to hang on the Saks rack at full price, now at littler prices. All the same upscale designers, first quality, but limited sizes and availability. Worth stopping whether you are looking for the bargain or simply want more style options. Size 14 to 24W.
Serengeti carries casual dresses including flowing crinkle dresses, classic jumpers, denim dresses and knits. Many good options for vacations and travel too. Prices are moderate. Size S to 3X.
Simply Be is a curvy shopping paradise with a huge selection of moderately priced contemporary fashion appealing to a wide range of ages. Labels are drawn from a wide range of popular British and European brands including Lovedrobed, Little Mistress, Joe Browns, AX Paris, Anna Scholz, Alice & You, Junarose, and many more. Dresses range from casual to work appropriate, and special occasion. Size 8 to 28W.
SWAK Designs stands for "Sealed with a Kiss". This plus specialty retailer's style ranges from contemporary to trendy, with reasonable prices. Dress options range from day dresses to cocktail and evening dresses. BoHo and Vintage style trends, along with easy-to-wear knits are their most notable offerings. Size 1X to 6X.
Tahari ASL offers classic to contemporary style dresses appropriate for work and occasions, including formalwear. Moderately upscale pricing and quality makes this a favorite shopping spot for professional women who appreciate a polished look. Their full women's plus collection is mainly suiting, but for smaller plus sizes the misses dress collection is extensive and good. Size 2 to 18.
Torrid carries trendy and sometimes retro or vintage style pin-up dresses for a variety of occasions. Body conscious styles are still available here, although trends are beginning to move away from this look. Disney character and other movie inspired dresses are frequently available here. Often has a deeper selection available on-line than in most of their stores. Size XL to 6X.
Ulla Popken offers a good selection of casual dresses with classic and sometimes artsy or BoHo lines. Less formal cocktail dresses are often frequently available here also. Prices tend to be moderate. Everything available in plus and super size 12 to 38W.
Unique Vintage specializes in jazz age and mid twentieth century "pin up style" dresses ranging from swing silhouettes to more body conscious wiggle dresses. Both day and special occasion styles are part of the mix, with both classic fabrics such as cotton poplins and tulles and vintage prints. The beaded flapper dress collection is particularly good. Prices are moderate. Be sure to check sizing charts and customer comments included with each garment, as many times fits can run small. Size XS to 4X.
Women Suits has a beautiful selection of sophisticated dinner suits and jacket dresses for more formal occasions, church, and mother-of-the-bride. Size 6 to 26W.
Zappos now carries a growing plus-size clothing collection including
dresses from well known labels and brands like Rachel Pally, Calvin
Klein, Kiyonna, and others, in addition to their
extensive shoe selection. Free and ultra-fast shipping on all
orders. Size 0 to 28W.
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