Summer is fast approaching and one of the best things about warmer weather is the chance to wear your prettiest dresses for no reason all, except to feel beautiful. Maxi dresses have long been a favorite of mine, due to my somewhat generous thighs. Mini dresses and skirts have never been part of my fashion repertoire, even as a teen, which was a long time ago. But let’s not go there. So I decided to search out the prettiest, most alluring, comfy and fun plus size maxi dresses to take you from spring into fall. And do you know what I found? An awful lot of pencil thin models in dresses available in larger sizes. Good news, though. I also found lots of beautiful summer frocks, in styles and sizes made just for plus size women.
Naturally, I think we all gravitate toward airy, flowery and flowing, when it comes to summer dresses. But I also found some simply stunning, body skimming jersey dresses that will be awesome for summer and the rest of the year too. While there are a few you might want to toss on over your swimsuit, there are a wide variety of dresses that are clearly intended as dressier options. If you want to extend the season for these cute dresses, you might want wear them with boots, instead of sandals or peep toe pumps. With many of these plus size dresses, I’ve made suggestions as to jewelry, shoes, cardigans and other accessories that can change a casual dress into a more formal outfit, appropriate for the office, or an evening out.
Designers like Karen Kane and Lucky Brand had some surprisingly lovely plus size dresses. But many of my favorites came from plus size fashion experts like Woman Within and Roaman’s. One thing to consider, as you peruse this list, is that the prettiest styles do sell out fast. Inventories will dwindle as summer draws near, so now is the time to get your hands on all your favorite plus size fashions for the warmer months. Get ready to put your summer shine on with our Top 10 Best Plus Size Maxi Dresses for Summer 2018.
1. Woman Within Plus Size Sleeveless Crinkle Dress
This beautiful, drapey, plus size maxi dress is perfect for summer days out or in the office. To give it that professional appeal, just add some neutral pumps and a jacket or cardigan. When five o’clock rolls around, toss those heels in lieu of some strappy sandals and a cute pashmina shawl to wrap up in when the evening cools down. This pretty print sleeveless frock is seamed at the bodice to create a comfortable full sweep. Our plus size dress is easy to wear, doesn’t wrinkle, looks great and feels comfortable on. The V-neck keeps you cool, while the fabric gives you an elegant, sweeping appearance. Front and back shaping seams add to a slimming silhouette. Better yet, this lovely dress is made of soft, washable, woven rayon, so it’s easy care and easy wear.
Price: $45.97 – $50.97
2. Karen Kane Women’s Plus-Size Crochet Maxi Dress
Karen Kane came up with a winning design for this sleeveless plus size maxi dress. It features a flattering black, surplice bodice with under-bust ruching and a deep v-neck. The flattering swimgy skirt is a pattern of black and white crochet, elegant enough for a more formal summer dinner, but light enough for an afternoon cocktail. Empire styling is universally flattering and since it’s made of 100 percent easy care polyester, you’ll wash it and wear it over and over again. Because the cut might be a tiny bit low for the office, it’s easy to slip a lace topped camisole underneath. If you’re looking for subtle, use black, but if you want to make a splash, a hot pink camisole, or any other jewel tone would really pop. Just add a cute matching shrug and you’re set to go.
3. Lucky Brand Women’s Plus-Size Printed Maxi Dress
Summer is all about cool and comfortable. This adorable Lucky Brand plus size maxi dress is made of cool and flowy 100 percent washable viscose. The sleeveless knit dress features an all-over print, with pretty taping detail on the bodice. The geometric pattern almost flows with your movement. Especially attractive is the cute, halter style top, drawing added attention to pretty shoulders and neck bones. You can cinch it in at the waist with the simple string belt that has whimsical tasseled ties. The side slit allows just a hint of leg to show and adds to the airiness of this pretty outfit. Because of the styling, this would look awesome with some gladiator sandals and a pretty wide brimmed straw hat. A chunky cuff bracelet would add some nice bling to this ensemble too.
4. Kiyonna Women’s Plus Size Desert Rain Maxi Dress
You can’t help but feel like a total glamour girl in this full length, plus size maxi dress. It has a body skimming, flattering silhouette. The soft jersey material is attractively draped, and the cross over detail on the bodice draws everyone’s eyes to your great curves. It has other awesome details worth noting, like the the pleating on the torso that hides any tummy troubles and the cute ruching on the sleeves. You will feel comfortable and beautiful in this simple and graceful dress. It’s made of 92 percent rayon, but it’s the eight percent spandex that guarantees this cute maxi will keep its shape, even after hours of wear. Since you’re looking kind of fancy anyway, be sure to get a great statement necklace and matching earrings to increase the dramatic impact of your outfit. This dress comes in many colors, so if you fall in love with it, get another one in a second color.
Price: $115.20 – $128
5. Wantdo Women’s Peacock Printed Bohemian Summer Plus Size Maxi Dress
You’ll feel free as a bird wearing this sweeping peacock print plus size maxi dress from Wantdo. Flowing and silky, it’s perfect as a cool dress for a summer day, or it can double as your swimsuit cover up. Slip it over your head and let it flow like a shift, or cinch it in at the waist with the included clever peacock belt. Its wash and wear simplicity makes this bohemian beauty one you’ll want in your closet. If you love the bohemian styling, but you’d like a maxi that’s a little less sheer, Plum Feathers offers super inexpensive plus size maxi dresses that are popular and come in a myriad of colors. Wantdo also makes a large selection of maxis that are less sheer and more modest.
Price: $29.97 (42 percent off MSRP)
6. Roaman’s Plus Size Embellished Maxi Dress
A dazzling embellishment at the round keyhole neckline adds incredible elegance to this plus size maxi dress. The elegant dress shape does a beautiful job of elongating your silhouette, making you appear taller – now who doesn’t love that? The embellished round neck is designed to flatter and it’s generously shaped for an effortless fit, with a front keyhole cutout at the neckline. The sleeveless armholes are shaped for a comfortable fit that moves with you. Lovely fabric fluidly drapes, gently skimming your body. The asymmetrical hem creates a flattering silhouette that visually lengthens your look. You can dress up this dress with metallic heels for an evening out, or dress it down with even the most casual beaded flip flops for a gorgeous summer look you’ll love.
Price: $67.17 – $77.17
7. Woman Within Plus Size Sleeveless Crinkle Shirtdress
The shirt dress is an essential fair weather choice for effortless and casual style. This flattering and comfortable plus size maxi dress is made in ever-popular crinkle fabric, with a beautiful summery floral print. The A-line cut has a generous sweep with shaping seams, front and back waist darts, a four-panel skirt and a back yoke with box pleat for a great, shapely fit that falls comfortably to just above the ankles. The shirt collar button front features a covered placket and this sleeveless frock has roomy armholes for added comfort. This plus size shirt dress was carefully constructed to be flattering, easy to wear and to give you the perfect fit for your body type. It contains materials chosen for a feminine drape and super softness. Plus, my favorite feature of this cute dress has to be the pockets, because who doesn’t love those? If you’re in love with polka dots like me, a black and white polka dot maxi is the perfect choice for a more formal look. The fit and flare pocketed maxi is another fun casual wear option.
Price: $45.97 – $50.97
8. London Times Women’s Plus-Size Key Hole Maxi with Shadow Stripe
This ultra-stylish plus size maxi dress drapes beautifully because if it’s poly/spandex jersey fabric and sheet netted contrast stripes. Blouson styling at the waist hides any extra tummy, while the keyhole detail at the neckline draws eyes upward toward your face. Black and sheer v-stripes add a slimming effect and create an elegant appearance that makes this maxi great for formal evenings out. It easily slips over your head. The black inset neckline circles around to the back where this dress hooks with a simple button closure and just a peep through of skin on your back. Pair this with some creamy opera length pearls, and impressively sized pearl drop earrings for a timelessly elegant ensemble. Don’t forget some black patent pumps as your finishing touch.
Price: $67.34 – $119.00
9. Kiyonna Women’s Plus Size Divine Draped Maxi Dress
The Devine Draped plus size maxi dress has out of sight appeal. Made of soft rayon and spandex jersey (oh so wonderful to wear), this off-the-shoulder style has some seriously dramatic appeal. It features a downright stunning, self-tie neck strap and mesmerizing front drape detail. Gorgeous gathers wrap your waist and bodice, flowing to a flirty, high-low hem. This easy-to-wear dress is perfect for spring and summer soirees, cocktail parties, and more. And because it’s so easy care, you’ll be wearing this darling maxi at every possible opportunity. Just give it a swish in the sink with some Woolite and hang it to dry. This maxi comes in several other colors, so while I think this mahogany is absolutely delish, you can always make a different choice. Kiyonna specializes in beautiful plus size fashions for women, including formal gowns, cocktail dresses, and casual wear.
Price: $98.00 – $128.00
10. Roaman’s Plus Size Scarf Print Maxi Dress
A dramatic hankie hem defines this gorgeous plus size maxi dress. The A-line silhouette is particularly flattering on all body types, and the playful hankie hem drops to about 42″ at the shortest, and 55 inches at the longest. This sweet V-neck dress is sleeveless and a simple pull-on style. Made with machine washable rayon, it’s the perfect casual and classy dress for afternoon weddings or evenings on the boardwalk. Make it the quintessential scene stealer when you top it with a short denim jacket and some rockin’ red cowboy boots.
Price: $88.37 (18 percent off MSRP)