MY FAVORITE PLUS SIZE DRESSES

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 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 dress with bunny rabbits on it, 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.

 


Everyone needs a cute denim dress! For a long time I thought maybe I was off track with my obsession with denim, but this year there’s tons of denim options out there.  This Old Navy number is definitely on my “to buy” list! 


 

One of my first blog posts included a denim jumper and I have been getting questions about that jumper ever since. It seems that every season, plus size babes are looking for one! If you purchase the one on the left go a size up, as it’s a little snug in the hips. And of course, make sure you check out the other cute dresses on their site including the short little number on the right!

 


You can always count on Torrid for fun flirty looks, and this sequin number is no exception! As Spring approaches, and wedding season begins, having a sequin party dress in your wardrobe is totally justified! Throw some converse on with this baby and it’s basically an everyday outfit!


This dress from Rainbow is only $16.99, and is such a great staple piece for the Summertime! It’s not super tight and constricting, so you won’t feel like you’re trapped in a sweaty fabric hot box all day. Because it’s a bit longer you can enjoy your picnics in the park and run around and play! You can wear it with sandals, booties, or heels and style it dressed up or down. All for under $20!!!!


If you’ve never shopped at Eloquii before, now is the time to give it a try. They’ve modernized their styles, and with sizes up to 28, their dresses cannot be overlooked. They’ve got grown up styles with youthful cuts that are perfect for work and go seamlessly into evenings and weekend outings. If you’re wondering how their dresses fit, you can check out this Youtube Haul I did all about them!


There are very few things I love more than a great flowy dress that shows off my cleavage. This dress has the perfect Springtime hippy vibes that I’m always searching for. Throw some Birkenstocks on and you’re ready for beach days, or hangs at a hipster coffee shop, you’re good to go!


 

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.
  • 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.

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  • Ginger
    July 8, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    I have a dress from eShakti! I bought it for my boyfriend’s brothers wedding and it’s my favorite dress in my closet. Flawlessly made, sturdy, and the best part? Huge ass pockets.

    • Jerelyn Young
      June 21, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      How do I order off of this site?

      • fatgirlflow
        June 22, 2016 at 11:30 am

        Hi Jerelyn, You don’t order directly from my site. Click on the images you like and it will take you to the site where that image is from <3 then you can order from there <3

  • Zadry Ferrer-Geddes
    July 9, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    These are some cute dresses! so many pretty options. And I am OBSESSED with that green striped eShakti maxi!

    • fatgirlflow
      July 10, 2015 at 2:33 am

      I am so obsessed with it, too… it’s been like… following me around all summer staring at me going WHY WON’T YOU JUST BUYYYYY MEEEEEE!!!!

    • fatgirlflow
      July 19, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      Midge, did you buy that one??? I’m dying over it! if you did let me know how it looks when you get it!!!

  • Avian Hector-Caliste
    February 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    I bought that color blocked dress from EShakti and another one in black and white with floral. I love EShakti!

  • Sarah
    June 27, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Oh, I will be ordering that ON dress! They are my go-to for fun summer dresses. I can sometimes fit an XXL because they cut roomy, so sometimes I can actually shop in store!

    I feel like it’s gotten a lot of mixed reviews but I’ve had some luck with the Viv & Avi plus line from Target. Some of it is shapeless sacks, but I have found some cute pieces. Also, I can;t fit an XXL from Target but I can fit an XXL maternity dress from Target (I’m a size 18/20/22 depending on the brand). So check out the maternity section!

    About a month ago I came across six custom EShakti dresses in the thrift store. The detail and construction was amazing. I tried them all on but they were a size 4x and too big! The best/worst part is that the store didn’t realize what they had – they were all $7.90. I was so bummed out that they didn’t work for me. When I have some money to spend on a nice dress, I plan on getting something from them.

    • fatgirlflow
      June 27, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      OMG I WOULD HAVE DIED OVER THOSE ESHAKTI DRESSES!!!! My size too! wahhhh!!!!! lol. I love the ava and viv line, actually. But I really like their jeans!!!! <3

  • Jes
    June 28, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I always find it so strange that whenever something doesn’t fit, we’re quick to blame/shame our bodies for being the problem… instead of an inanimate object that is rarely consistent in sizing.

    Doesn’t fit? It’s not you friends, it’s the dress. Size up or send back and keep on being awesome!

  • Jessica
    July 20, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    I’d love to see the old navy one on you
    I love it on the tiny model but….:)

  • Tee
    August 21, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    I have never heard of many of these sites! Thanks SO much for making this list! Im excited now about having new places to shop! It’s amazing how hard it is to find a proper fitting 3X. Now if I could only find somewhere to get boots for plus sized calves! But this is an awesome start!

    • wendy
      November 21, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      ive had really good luck finding wide calf boots at torrid. check avenue as well.

    • Mary
      February 22, 2017 at 8:14 am

      I have had really good luck with Simply Be for boots.

      • fatgirlflow
        February 22, 2017 at 9:49 am

        I LOVE simplybe for boots! My favorite pair is from there!

        • Mary
          February 23, 2017 at 8:02 am

          Mine too! I wear them all the time. If they ever wear out I am not sure what I will do. I guess I will just have to buy more 🙂

          • Michelle
            February 25, 2017 at 1:16 pm

            I found all my boots, ankle to knee length, at Payless ! Great styles, 2 wide sizes, feet & calf, and great prices, and BOGO ! What more could I ask for? I order online, get sent to my local store. I go to store, try on, take what I like , get credit for what I don’t. Fits my schedule ????

  • Tara
    September 8, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    In Canada Maurice’s and old navy have wide calf sizes.

  • Christina
    February 24, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I literally *just* found your blog and I’m already in love (was searching for plus size maternity clothes and came across the shopping post you did a while ago)! I’ve struggled with weight my entire life, and lost a ton of weight and did a lot of work on myself in therapy over the last couple of years… only to have some major things happen last year and totally relapsing and gaining back every bit of the weight–and now I’m pregnant. Needless to say, having to buy plus size clothes all over again–and not only plus size, but plus size MATERNITY–has definitely been rough on my self esteem. I may or may not have had a *slight* break down in a Motherhood Maternity dressing room a couple of weeks ago.

    That being said, I appreciate the bullets at the end of this post, especially the third one. Being kind to myself is something I’ve really been struggling with, and seeing that reminder helped–a lot. Thank you.

    • fatgirlflow
      February 25, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      OH I know about those breakdowns!!!! I can’t imagine having to do that while pregnant, you poor thing! I’m so glad you’re here and like the blog! <3

  • Ellen Dayan
    March 2, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    You are such a great blogger. This is one of the very best of your posts. I’m partial to dresses, too. As a boutique owner who sells online, I just want to emphasize your advice to curvy online shoppers. Use a measuring tape–it will save everyone a lot of hassle. If you need to, you can tape two of them together to get larger measurements. That’s what I do when I measure someone bigger. The return policy is soooo important in online shopping, I totally agree. And I love that you are reminding women that they are beautiful even if the dress doesn’t show it! It’s so true!!! I design dresses, and I can tell you that when I start with a new design, I have a specific body type in mind. I do just plus sizes, so I think to myself…what can I make that would look great on an apple shape, or pear shape, today? If someone with a totally different shape orders the dress and tries it on and doesn’t like it–it’s all OK. We just keep going until we find the perfect fit. Love you and your overall message.

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