Stylish Plus Size Dresses and Separates

Holiday Dresses

For Plus Size Women

‘Tis the season to be jolly! And you can be jolly shopping at Kiyonna Clothing this holiday season with timeless designs in special occasion dresses from sizes 10-32 (that’s 5x, baby!). The best part they can continue to highlight your wardrobe after the season has passed. From company parties to gorgeous galas, Kiyonna has the perfect holiday dress for whatever you RSVP to. Here are three of my favorites for the season.

The Spotlight Cinch Dress

This glowing winter look is a fabulous option for those wanting a sleeveless stunner. It features a metallic fabric for a subtly glitzy feel with flattering features like a crossover bodice and waist cinch. All you need to do is add two smokey eyes and two bold red lips.

The Soiree Evening Gown

Next up is this beautiful blue, belle of the ball formal affair. Designed with a faux illusion mesh one shoulder gathering and asymmetrical drop waist, this unique gown will captivate the room.

The Scalloped Boudoir Lace Dress

Want a more classic holiday look? It has a flattering v-neckline, scalloped lace hem, and 3/4 length sleeves. For a sultry look it is infused with overall stretch.

Whichever you choose, heads will definitely be turning your way!

There is no need to go holiday dress hunting from department store to department store with disappointment. Kiyonna has a handy special fit tool on their website and also offers simple returns and exchanges; finding the right dress is as easy as sneaking one of Santa’s cookies.

Be sure to browse their entire dress collection for other holiday-ready styles.

Gabourey Sidibe Valentina Illusion Dress

I’ve been catching up on my American Horror Story: Freak Show (spoiler pending) and I’ve been excited to see Gabourey Sidibe, although in a very small role, as the daughter of a murdered maid who unfortunately was shot in the head by an easily bought cop for a million dollars — too soon, too soon. Before that she looked really prim and proper in a two piece suit and coiffed hair.

This brings me to a recent notice from Kiyonna that Gabourey was “rocking Kiyonna’s Valentina Illusion Dress at the MTV VMAs” this year. And they sent me a photo too.

"Gabourey Sidibe rocking Kiyonna's Valentina Illusion Dress at the MTV VMAs."

Gabby is wearing the black and orchid combination but this adorable cocktail dress also comes in three other colors combinations including the porcelain which really shows off the side panels.

Kiyonna's Valentina Illusion Dress in white with black side panels.

The dress is available in sizes 10 to 32 for $118 from Kiyonna.

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* Get Gabby’s plus size Valentina Illusion Dress from Kiyonna
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The Black Holiday Dress

The holiday season is full of bright lights and lots of red, green, gold, and silver. But sometimes a woman just loves to wear a black dress. Black is mysterious, it’s alluring, it’s sexy and it still can manages to be taken seriously. Igigi has three black holiday dresses for plus size women that have caught my eye this season.

The Francesa Sequin Plus Size Dress is definitely at the top with its lovely shaping, patterned sequins, and fully lined flared skirt. It is available in sizes 16 to 32 but some sizes are already selling out!

Igigi's black sequin holiday dress -- Francesa.

Next is the Adelle Plus Size Dress with its romantic sheer polka dot a-line overlay and crossover bodice. It is available in sizes 12 to 32 but a few sizes have sold out.

Igigi's black polka dot lace overlay dress -- Adelle.

And lastly is the Ambrosia Plus Size Dress with a little more coverage on the arms and a whole lot of ruching. This form fitting dress is available in sizes 12 to 28 but size sizes only have one left in stock.

Igigi loves some ruching with their Ambrosia black holiday dress!

What is going to be your go to color for party dresses this year?

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* Get your plus size black holiday dress from Igigi

Just for 5 Pounds

Just for 5 Pounds is based in the UK but they ship internationally. Their website has a bevy of items from womens wear, footwear, to accessories. All of which are only £5. That’s right, only £5. I was contacted a few weeks ago “to review a few of our items” from their website. One of the first things I did was take a look at their plus size section which on average goes up to size 22 but I did find a few items that were available in 24 and 26.

A selection of plus size clothing from Just for 5 Pounds website.

I sent the short list of items I was interested in as well as sizing for my feet. I got a quick message back that sizes in specific product sell out quickly and that the sent me “a few of our new styles, ranging from our plus sizes” so I can review them. The point of this long introduction is that the pictures below are of my lovely friend Lana who actually fit into the sizes they sent.

Just for 5 Pounds sent three dresses: a size 18, a size 20, and a XXL. I could not find any size conversion information on their website but their description for each product had approximate inch information for most products i.e. one dress was 28″ Approx from Underarm to Hem. [Update: For comparison sake I went to ASOS and they describe their 18 UK as a US 14.]

My friend Lana wears a 14 or 16 depending on how the arms are designed. The size 18 dress with a white blouse and brown skirt had a hidden zipper in back. She needed help zipping up and straightening it. I thought it was really cute but she did not feel comfortable in it (which is why there is no picture) and did not feel it was even close to a size 18 (but maybe in actuality a small size 14).

The second item she tried on was the size 20 Bird Dress (couldn’t find on the site) which was totally adorable. It was a little big on her but she really liked how it felt when she moved. It was sleeveless and a bit higher in the neck area than she would normally wear. She threw on a cardigan and pumps. Again she did not feel the size was accurate.

Plus size navy dress with bird print from Just for 5 Pounds.

The third and final item was a stretch maxi dress that was incredibly soft. It had a little pulled thread in it when it arrived but that could be pulled to back no problem. Of the three dresses this is the only one that had a price tag on it ($140 – never). This dress was XXL but again, we both didn’t think it looked like it. The dress was incredibly comfortable on. It was a little big but not as big as it should of have been (she brought out a 1x jacket she purchased a few years ago that she couldn’t wear any more and she was swimming in it). Regardless, she liked this dress and thought she might wear it over a swimsuit by the pool. She threw on the same pumps because surprisingly they matched some of the design.

Soft plus size maxi dress with print bottom from Just for 5 pounds.


Their plus size styles range from basic, to frumpy, to cute and you do have to hunt for something you like in your size but if you are patient and looking for something different that won’t completely empty your wallet check them out. They also have a large assortment of cute handbags and footwear.

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* Get plus size clothing from Just for 5 pounds

The Date Night Dress

Are you still looking for a “perfect” date night dress? Kiyonna has dresses that will turn heads whether it is your weekly date night or something extra special like Valentine’s Day. They have a lovely selection of styles in sizes 10 to 32 no matter what your degree of spiciness.

For the Mild
Their Essential Wrap Dress ($98) is subtle and versatile taking you from the office out to dinner, just change up your accessories and lipstick. I especially love the cobalt blue but it also comes in leopard and peacock prints.

This plus size cobalt blue wrap dress is from Kiyonna.

For the Medium
If you are more of a medium flavor then you can spice it up a notch with the Scalloped Lace Boudoir dress ($158). I love the stretch lace and all the color options but red is definitely my favorite.

I love this gorgeous red lace overlay dress from Kiyonna.

And for the Hot!

If you are feeling extra spicy there is the Stop and Stare Ruched dress ($128) to accentuate the curves and have everyone purring at your feet — yeah, I said it. This dress is all black in the back with a leopard print panel down the front.

Print panels are a nice change from all over animal print.

Spicy wing analogies aside, I think you get the picture. If you need more spicy dress inspiration check out Kiyonna’s website for a bevy of ideas. They also have a coupon code for 20% on orders of $150 or more (STYLE2014).

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* Get your plus size date night dresses from Kiyonna

Fall Peplum and Lace from Igigi

The Nicollette Peplum Dress in merlot is one of my top fall favorites so far this season from Igigi’s cocktail dresses. While the flattering peplum style is lovely, it really takes a back-row seat compared to the coordinating print and lace patterns. It is very effective at looking like a skirt and top rather than a dress. I love the contrast of the black on wine too — they also have black on mustard but I don’t care for it as much.

Plus size lace and knit cocktail peplum dress from Igigi.

This made-in-the-U.S. cocktail dress comes in sizes 12 to 32 for $180 (definitely one of their pricier styles) and is already on the Igigi website with a number of other new tasty treats for fall. Visit their website to check out additional photos and watch the movement video which really show off the lace detail.

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* Get your plus size cocktail dress from Igigi

Sweethearts and Pencils

As you know I am a fan of the traditional polka dots but what you may not know is I am pretty much a fan of any kind of dots. That being said it should be no surprise that I love the new Adele Dress with its symmetrical black and white dots within squares from Cherry Velvet with its simple pencil skirt, sweetheart neckline, and hello… pockets.

The black and white symmetrical dot dress from Cherry Velvet's retro glam dress collection.

This retro-glam dress is currently on pre-order for shipment at the end of the month. It is available in sizes XS to 3X for $149. Is that model hot or what?

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* Get your own Adele Dress from Cherry Velvet

Two of My Favorite Things

When I was surfing through the Igigi website I came across the Kinsley dress which combines two of my favorite ongoing clothing trends for women: polka-dots and black and white. You may also notice it has a similar, if not the same, waist band as the Janus dress I reviewed in the spring. So I guess that actually makes three things I like about this dress.

What's more fun that polka dots? Dots in black and white like the Kinsley Dress from Igigi.

The Kinsley dress is available in sizes 12 to 32 for $122. If you are not a fan of dots I noticed a similar style with a different print while I was there. Igigi ships internationally.

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* Get your black and white polka-dot Kinsley dress from Igigi

Mixed Media Maxi Dress

It has taken awhile for me to warm up to the mixed media maxi dresses. I think the first one I actually liked was on another blogger (won’t say who because I spent an hour searching for the post and couldn’t find it and now I am second guessing who it was). When I first saw them making their way into the catalogs they had kind of a lingerie feel to me but I have since out grown it — well most of them — some still have a lingerie feel. While I was milling about the Internet I found similar inpretations of the this style at Nordstrom, Ashley Stewart, ASOS, Forever 21, City Chic Online and Fashion to Figure. I want to put a belt on all these dresses except for the one from ASOS Curve.

Plus size dresses with a sheer maxi skirt over top of a short opaque skirt.

From left to right:

This look seems like it could be an easy do-it-yourself project if you are handy with a sewing machine. You could just make a simple sheer skirt with elastic band and slip it on over any short dress (or skirt) you have in your closet and add a belt.

New Addition

SwakDesigns just added the Paris Maxi Dress to their line.

Pink plus size mixed media dress from SwakDesigns.

Do you have one of these in your closet? How do you work it?

Plus Size Panel Dresses

Panel dresses are really hot this year; heck panel everything is pretty hot (there are some leggings out there I want too — and I am not even a legging person). I think the biggest attraction is probably because of the illusion they create in changing the silhouette. I do not see its popularity ending any time soon. Regardless I am quite fond of the style and Evans (worldwide shipping) currently has four graphic maxi dresses with panels on black.

Front Panel Dresses

These first two are panel front dresses only. These are are great way to break up the black dress and add a splash of color or design; especially if you have not been fond of patterns in the past and are starting to experiment with them.

Plus size monochrome print dress from Evans.

Plus size front panel dress with tropical print from Evans.

Front and Back Panel

My personal preference is to have a matching front and back panel. Single front panels feel incomplete to me. This first one is my favorite pattern of all four.

Double sided panel dress with graphic stripe print from Evans.

Striped double panel dress from Evans

I like the high necklines on all these dresses (a nice change from all the deep V’s we have been seeing) and almost matching keyholes in front and back of these two. The prints are interesting without being too boring or obnoxious.

What do you think of the panel look? What pattern do you like the best?

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* Get your plus size panel dresses from Evans

The Summer Gauze Dress

With the summer heat and humidity nothing feels lighter than gauze and Sealed with a Kiss has this adorable Soleil dress in white, black, and coral — all basically the same but oh-so-different. When I first saw the lookbook I actually thought they were three different dresses (different models and accessories can do that!). The first one to catch my eye was the black one, then I was in love with the white one, and oh, isn’t the coral pretty too. You get the idea. It comes with a detachable belt but I think I actually prefer it with the belt rather than without.

Plus size black gauze dress with embroidery on bodice. This $60 dress is from SwakDesigns.

Plus size white gauze dress with embroidered neckline from Sealed with a Kiss.

Plus size coral gauze dress with embroidered neckline.

This summer gauge dress is pretty reasonably priced under $60 and is available in sizes 1x to 6x. Do you have a color favorite?

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* Get your plus size gauze dress from SwakDesigns

Igigi Goes Into the Blue

Igigi by Yuliya Raquel latest collection, called Into the Blue (right up my alley), is “drenched in color and vibrant prints” for summer. Their latest photo shoot was shot outside the Cliff House in San Francisco and the featured model this time around is Clementine Desseaux who I have often seen referred to as Clementine.

The dresses are full of decadent colors, criss crossing fabrics, draping, ruching, and the pleating that we love so much was well as great pattern combinations. As usual the pieces range in price from $62 to $195. Here are a few of my favorites from the summer collection:

Let’s start things off with a little summery print on black color block. Mmmagnifique!

Print and black color block dress from Igigi.

Followed by some power purple and ruffles (already on site in azalea or jade).

Power purple ruffled day dress from Igigi.

Of all of the dresses I think this is actually my favorite of favorites. I love the crispness of black and white but the softness of the lace shoulders. The piping down the front accentuates the curves in all the right places. It has an allover vintage appeal that is so hot right now.

Black and white dress from Igigi.

Mix a little gold with your plum to add a little sparkle to your day or sheen to your night (already on site in plum or black).

Wine translucent dress from Igigi.

You cannot name a collection after blue and not a least have it covered. And they do with this delicate flowing maxi.
Plus size blue maxi dress from Igigi.

What are your favorites?

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* Visit Igigi for plus size dresses
* Take a closer look at the Cliff House

Plus Size Vintage Inspired Clothing

Never has vintage inspired clothing been so popular than it has right now; especially for plus size women. It used to be that retro dresses were only of interest to a small section of women much like Goth clothing was but it has really mainstream with a fever.

One of my favorite shops with plus size offerings for both dresses and swimwear is an online shop called PinupGirlClothing. Besides some beautiful vintage inspired clothing they use an excellent array of different size models to display their garments and are a perfect example that all models do not need to be below a size 8 to sell clothing.

Here are a few of my favorites from their plus size line (ok, I know, more than few but I could not help it, doll).

Plus size pinup dresses from

From left to right:

  • The Erin Dress in lucky green, $96
  • The black Natalie Dress with red trip, $88
  • The red Ava Dress, $108
  • The pink Marilyn Swimsuit, $102
  • The white Doris Top, $52
  • The Deadly Dames Troublemaker Dress in red gingham and black, $102
  • The blue and black lace Micheline Dress, $96
  • The black and white polka dot Rita Dress, $102

At the moment it looks like they serve up to 4x but not all garments come in all sizes but I am assuming it is because they are sold out and not just because it was not offered.

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* Get your plus size vintage inspired clothing from PinupGirlClothing