It’s that time of year again! This post needs an update! And I am happy to say that there are SO MANY NEW PLUS SIZE DRESSES!!!! I could just fall apart over how amazing the selection is this year!
I’ve got a thing for dresses. You could say we’ve been going steady for awhile now. It’s getting kind of serious. And as much as I would really really love to do an outfit of the day for every dress I own (or desperately want to own), there’s just not enough time to do so. So I figured a nice little round up of my favorite dresses would be a great way to show you all the options currently out there! Below my favorite dresses are a few pointers for shopping (online) while looking for plus size dresses, make sure you check ’em out! Let’s do this! oh yeah… you can check out the dress I’m wearing in the photo above right here 🙂
I’m likely never going to stop being impressed by Eshakti. They now have a “fit guarantee” which means that even if you custom order one of their pieces you are able to return it and have it altered. I’m a big fan because they always carry adorable patterns, like this adorable checkered dress, and serve bodies up to a size 36. Shopping tip: pay close attention to whether or not the item is woven or knit. Their knit items are plenty stretchy, but you’ll want to size up on any items that are woven.
I am obsessed with the flowy shift dress look this year. The more comfortable I get with my body, the less I’m concerned with cinching and tucking every bit of fabric around my waist. Thank goodness, because it turns out these dresses that everyone claims are “shapeless” are actually incredibly cute and charming and so versatile! This Old Navy number is definitely on my “to buy” list!
Both of these pretty little lace numbers are from SWAKdesigns.com.
They carry sizes up to 6x and always have great sales. My favorite thing about SWAK is that they really have plus size bodies in mind, and that means the arm holes are always big enough for me! I appreciate you, SWAK. You’re making some pretty rad plus size dresses!
Modcloth always nails it for fun, flirty, femme dresses. They have tons of different styles and colors and any dress loving babe is sure to find something on their site. At the beginning of this Spring I bought a dress that was all of my most amazing wishes come true. Their dresses are comfy and the reviews are always so informative and helpful. Plus, watermelons! How cute are those watermelons?!
This dress from Rainbow is only $11.99, and is such a great staple piece for the Summertime! It’s not super tight and constricting like many bodycon dresses, so you won’t feel like you’re trapped in a sweaty fabric hot box all day, and because it’s a bit longer than knee length it won’t ride up when you walk like so many other bodycon dresses do. You can wear it with sandals, booties, or heels and style it dressed up or down. All for under $15!!!! Oh, and it goes up to a size 4x too!
If you’ve never shopped at Avenue before, now is the time to give it a try. They’ve modernized their styles, and with sizes up to 36, their basic pieces just can’t be overlooked. They have tons of maxi dresses perfect for Summertime, and so many of their items are made with just enough elastic and stretch in all the right places.
There are very few things I love more than a good floral dress. I love pairing the super femme piece with things like men’s sneakers, or a leather jacket, just to help balance my “bad ass” vibe in the midst of looking like a garden. Better than a great floral dress? A great floral dress under $30!
A couple things to keep in mind while shopping for plus size dresses (especially online):
- It’s ok if it doesn’t fit! Check the store’s return policy before you buy. Remember that if you’re shopping online that means you aren’t in a fitting room getting anxious and having someone ask how you’re doing every 5 seconds. That’s pretty awesome and a trip to the post office to return something is well worth the time you’re getting back from not going to stores and trying on a million things.
- always do a simple google search for a coupon before purchasing, you never know what you might find!
- Get a measuring tape, and check the size chart. If you are uncomfortable taking your measurements because you’re not weighing or measuring yourself, that’s ok. You don’t have to. Your measurements do not matter and you can return anything you don’t like.
- Speak softly to yourself. If you get uncomfortable trying stuff on just sit down and take a breath and move on with your day. It’s just clothes, they do not define your worth. You are perfect whether that dress fits your backside or not.