The best plus-size dresses - chosen by Mumsnet users
22 July 2019
From high street shops to dedicated online retailers, there has never been more choice for women when it comes to plus-size dresses that look and feel great. Whether you’re in the market for a party dress that wows or a versatile piece that can be dressed up or down, here’s our roundup of the best plus-size dresses, as recommended by Mumsnetters.
iShine Women's Casual V-neck Maxi Beach Dress
A summer dress that can take you from day to night, this maxi beach dress from iShine is made from a soft and comfortable blended fabric that allows your skin to breathe. They’re also lightweight, making them a easy to pack in your holiday wardrobe without taking up too much space and weight. Dress them up with heels and some bling, or keep it simple with a sunhat and sandals.
“For wafty comfort I've bought a few of these from Amazon – they're great and dry in minutes”Buy now from Amazon
Scarlett & Jo Lollidot Black Angel Dress, £75.99
When it comes to plus-size wedding guest dresses, this oh-so-pretty number from plus-size specialists Scarlett & Jo is sure to make a statement. Available in sizes 10-32, the Lollidot Black Angel Dress has loose floaty sleeves for a flattering and feminine look, as well as a wrap front neckline to accommodate a more, ahem, sizeable bust. The gathered (yet elasticated) waistline helps to accentuate curves without being restrictive or uncomfortable.
“I've found clothes that actually make me feel good about myself. Up until now I've just felt like a ball of fat in a nice frock. These are flattering, thoughtfully cut, robust fabrics not clingy thin stuff and – best of all – a decent length for wearing chub run busting shorts underneath. Love, love, love.”Buy now from Amazon
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Lady Voluptuous Lyra Dress, £47
From floral prints to plain and pretty pastels, the Lyra dress from Lady Voluptuous comes in a wide range of styles so you’re sure to find one for every occasion. Skimming the body in stretchy, comfortable and breathable jersey fabric, the Lyra has a deep V-neck, capped sleeves and a full flared skirt that helps to create an hourglass shape. It's available in sizes 14-32 and, with a slim sash around the waist, you’re in control of how snug or loose you’d like the fit to be.
“Lady Voluptuous makes such a difference to how I feel. Their Lyra dress especially is very flattering.”Buy now from Lady Voluptuous
Boden Tara Jersey Shirt Dress, from £32.50
Available up to size 22, the Tara Shirt Dress makes for a comfortable, relaxed choice in a vibrant and modern print. Those looking for fuller coverage will be pleased to find the dress has ¾-length sleeves and sits just above the knee, making it flattering yet still cool and breathable. With a fitted shape at the bust, waist and hips, Mumsnetters like that this dress complements your figure rather than swamping it.
“This dress from Boden is awesome. I'm about to order another one.”Buy now from Boden
ASOS Curve Kimono Pleated Maxi Dress, £40
If you’re looking for a plus-size maxi dress that can be styled up or down, this kimono-style dress from ASOS Curve ticks the boxes. With a V-neckline, mid-length sleeves and maxi skirt, this dress is sexy yet subtle and its pleated design skims the body for an elegant, breathable fit. Available in sizes 16-30, Mumsnetters love the modern style and designs available from ASOS Curve.
“ASOS Curve is excellent. I find it very modern.”
“I would definitely recommend ASOS. They do best plus-size clothing.”Buy now from ASOS
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Lady Vintage English Ivy Swing Dress, £31.50
For a plus-size party dress that adds a touch of old school glamour, the Swing Dress from Lady Vintage is both figure-loving and sumptuous. The green satin fabric works with the contours of your body to accentuate your curves whilst the full skirt creates an enviable waist – not to mention the fun “swish” when you walk. Available in sizes 14-32, this dress offers a classic hourglass look.
“I have this green dress and, quite frankly, with high heels and lipstick I look H.O.T. in it.”Buy now from Lady Vintage
New Look Curves Hillow Renata Dress, £25.99
Curves, the plus-size range from New Look, offers a wide selection of chic and comfortable options, and this plus-size maxi dress is no exception. With its feminine print and ruffled hem, the dress is pretty and stylish, whilst the wrapover style means you can control the fit. It's also useful for breastfeeding. The elegant waist tie draws the eye to create an hourglass silhouette and the mid-length sleeves offer coverage without being too restrictive.
“I’ve been so happy with every dress I’ve bought from the New Look Curves range.”Buy now from Amazon
Ever Pretty Chiffon Dress, from £34.99
If you've been invited to a glitzy party or very posh wedding that requires a full-length number, look no further than this stunning chiffon dress from Ever Pretty. Available up to size 26, this floor-length design has a deep V-neckline with an empire waist that accentuates your curves and ensures an elegant silhouette. The flutter ruffle elbow length sleeve offers movement and comfort so you can dance the night away. Available in twelve different colours.
“Ever Pretty have some really WOW pieces that make you feel a million dollars.”Buy now from Amazon
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