If you know me, you know I am pretty much a 365-day a year dress wearer. In the Spring? Dresses. In the Fall? Dresses with a light sweater. In the Winter? Dresses with tights and boots LOL. This season is ALL about the plus size summer dress.
Finding the right dresses every year is KEY for me. I look at fit, versatility, elasticity, quality and price point to ensure that the dresses I buy can be worn throughout the season. Below, I am sharing some of my tips to find the BEST plus size summer dresses.
The Perfect Affordable Plus Size Dress
This Shoedazzle dress is lowkey a holy grail plus size denim dress; it’s in a great fabric, a flattering cut and is super versatile. ALL of that for less than $40?! Honey, I snapped it quick, fast and in a hurry.
I’ve worn it several times recently and cannot get enough of how easy it is to wear and incorporate into my wardrobe. It has this great retro feel, but isn’t trendy or dated. Also, with the coverall detailing, you can easily layer this with a blouse for work or a tee for a casual look.
But never fear! Below I have pulled together three tips on WHY this dress is so perfect and some things to look out for when searching for your next summer dress.
Three Tips to Find the Perfect Plus Size Summer Dress
Stretch is your friend…within reason – this dress is 99% cotton, with 1% spandex, which is JUST enough to give it a little give but keep it’s great shape. I made sure to order the correct size (a 2X, in case you’re wondering) because spandex will only take you so far, ok?!
The details are cool, but it’s still a classic look: Denim dresses have the ability to look a little campy or dated if you’re not careful, but this dress sits perfectly in the middle of trendy and classic. The button-front, denim fabric and tie-waist are super on-trend details, but the cut is a classic plus size shift dress style and looks great on the body.
Dress it up, dress it down: I LOVE a clothing item that can serve multiple purposes, OK? I’m wearing the dress with some weekend/off-duty accessories (waist bag, fun and punchy colorful heels) but this can easily be transformed into a work look when layered on top of a white blouse (preferably one with with big puff sleeves), with a smart leather belt and some work-appropriate heels or wedges (in fact, I am going to style that outfit soon!).
I can’t stress how much I LOVE this dress – it is the perfect summer dress for work (layer an oxford shirt, under the dress, like this super cute one from Target), casual or even a nice evening out.
Affordable Plus Size Dress Alternatives
This gorgeous dress is sold out 🙁 but I have some great alternatives below:
Look Details: Shoedazzle Pinafore Denim Dress (Sold Out), Just Fab Sleek Sophisticated Belt Bag, Aquazzura Pom Pom City Sandals