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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. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site. All selections are available at time of posting and purchases can be made directly from the retailer on the associated shopping link. All of the shopping guides include designer selections which are noted with the designer's name in descriptions.

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.


Last Update: August 16, 2017

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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 larger, extended sizes.

Young, stylish, curvy 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.

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.

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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.
 

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Trendy Plus-Size Dress Shopping Resources

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 Simply Be, a British curvy super retailer with thousands of trendy styles that is now shipping to the American market in sizes 8 to 28W.   Forever 21 has renewed their commitment to extending their plus collection, with web exclusive styles growing the options further for sizes up to 3X.

Newcomer Loralette offers cute, moderately priced dresses with more body conscious fits and fashion forward details for sizes 1X to 3X. 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, 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 and Rachel Roy.   Nordstrom has been gaining contemporary fashion style appealing to youthful and trend aware shoppers, adding brands like the trendy Australian City Chic label.

Blogger and Designer Capsule Collections

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, 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.  Many styles are available up to 4X with some available as large as 5X.

Lord & Taylor and Nordstrom have begun carrying blogger turned ground breaking plus super model Tess Holliday's mlbm line which is available to size 4X.  Melissa McCarthy's Seven7 brand is carried by both these retailers and others, gaining popularity for it's bold trendy designs.

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. 

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 6X.

Meanwhile Avenue 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 fashion retailer Ashley Stewart 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.

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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