Prettiest plus-size summer dresses
Casual dresses: Print maxi dresses
As the weather warms and the days linger longer, celebrate the season with dresses that bring flattery to your form and the comfort your curves deserve. We're here to help you suss out the best styles, so let's talk frocks. — Shannon McCarthy
Bing | Print maxi dresses
Long and lovely also means cool and breezy in this summer’s trendiest dress style: the maxi. These ankle-grazing, easy-wearing beauties come decked out in femme florals, eye-catching abstracts, mesmerizing mirror patterns and hippie-chic mixed prints. Choose empire waists for comfort or halter necklines for pure va-va-voom.
Casual dresses: Jersey tank dresses
Bing | Jersey tank dresses
Fantastically soft and superbly draping jersey meets the effortless silhouette of the tank dress, and a summertime staple is born. You’ll find these body-skimming dresses in lengths from scandalously short to lusciously long, and splashed with the season’s hottest hues: blues, greens, acid orange and diva red.
Casual dresses: Cotton eyelet sundresses
Bing | Cotton eyelet sundresses
Bright white rules the clothing racks this summer, and the Little White Dress is a major buzz magnet. Add a little retro flair and you’ve got a classic: The sweetest frock you can rock is done up in cool cotton eyelet, sports a flattering square or sweetheart neckline and a flippy A-line hem.
Casual dresses: High-low dresses
Bing | High-low dresses
Here’s the long and short of it: The high-low hem puts the flirt back in the skirt, and it’s a genius compromise when you can’t decide how much bare to dare. While there are lots of frothy chiffon numbers on offer, choose casual cotton or rayon dresses with simple – tank, surplice – bodices for everyday wear.
Casual dresses: Peasant dresses
Bing | Peasant dresses
Boho is beautiful, and dresses cut in this music-fest-fave fashion are especially plus-size friendly. Floaty gossamer frocks lend a gypsy vibe to your day with prints that are trend-right yet timeless, and colors on the neutral side mean you’ve got tons of accessorizing options: We suggest drapey earrings and bejeweled flat sandals.
Career dresses: Color-blocked sheath dresses
Bing | Color-blocked sheath dresses
The crisp cool of a sleeveless or cap-sleeve sheath dress is warm-weather workweek perfection. This tailored style skims your body; neither shapeless nor too tight, it flatters all figures. Neat color blocking, especially in vertical panels, freshens up the cut with trend-right detailing that also just happens to visually whittle your shape.
Career dresses: Shirtdresses
Bing | Shirtdresses
When you want a truly versatile desk-to-dinner dress, we’ve got the summer solution that adjusts to your surroundings, temps and mood. Swap out your sensible pumps for a pair of platform sandals, throw on bangle bracelets and hoop earrings, undo some of those buttons at hem and neckline and get glam after work.
Career dresses: Tailored peplum dresses
Bing | Tailored peplum dresses
Plus-size and peplum-petrified? Don’t skip this retro-femme trend. The fact is, it’s a flounce that flatters by emphasizing the smallest part of your waist, and on an office-perfect, crisply tailored dress, the peplum works as a bit of belly camouflage, too. Have fun and wear one in a trendy pastel for summer.
Career dresses: Cotton fit-and-flare dresses
Bing | Cotton fit-and-flare dresses
With less formality than a peplum frock and full of girlish charm, the fit-and-flare is a thoroughly vintage dress shape that freshens up any modern woman’s wardrobe. Plus-size gals look especially beautiful in this waist-nipping, hip-skimming style: Choose a crisp cotton construction with refined prints or solid colors for the workday.
Career dresses: Linen shift dresses
Bing | Linen shift dresses
Shifts are the more relaxed cousin of the sheath. With an easily accessorized vibe (belt it, don’t belt it, add a statement necklace, wear with heels or flats), they’re frequently found in supercasual variations. Choose your office shift in linen or a linen blend, add polished accessories, and you’ll ace corporate cool.