Finding a great summer dress in a pinch is not always the easiest — even with a mega online retailer like Amazon. There are hundreds of pages to sort through, and sometimes it can be a little overwhelming. But there are so many beautiful dresses to be found for us plus-size folks!
First things first; run, don’t walk to the size chart! It is essential that you take a look at the size chart for each item you are interested in. Even within the same retailer, there can be sizing differences between styles. To make sure the dress will work for you, take your
measurements. If you feel uncomfortable taking your measurements- that is okay! Grab a dress that you love, and that fits in a way you like. Take measurements of that garment and go from there.
Next, check the description of how it is meant to fit. Oversize, bodycon, fitted? You may want to adjust (size up or size down) depending on how you want the dress to fit you. Remember you are the one in charge here. Also peep the reviews — many include pictures from real-life buyers that will tell you more than the sometimes headless model shots.
Now that you have these tips and tricks under your belt, take a look at some of the best summer dresses that are available right now on Amazon, many up to a 5X. Can anyone say overnight shipping?!
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The Drop Women’s Britt Tiered Maxi Tent Dress
Size range: XXS-5X This tiered maxi dress from Amazon’s The Drop collection is quintessential summertime, especially in the fire orange shade. It also comes in 17 other colors if you want one for every summertime festivity. Wear with your favorite sandals for an easy, pulled-together fit.
Shop The Drop The Drop Britt Tiered Maxi Tent Dress, $, available at Amazon
AMZ PLUS Plus-Size Swing Dress
Size range: XL-5XL This Amazon find is perfect for when the weather gets hot and humid. The deep v-cut looks terrific on its own or with a tank underneath for more modest occasions. Depending on your height, this dress will fall right above your knees or below.
Shop AMZ Plus AMZ PLUS A-Line Knee Length Wrap Dress, $, available at Amazon
SOLY HUX Plus Size Graphic T-Shirt Dress
Size Range: Large – 4XL
This sporty t-shirt dress is as cozy as your favorite oversized tee but structured perfectly to wear solo as a dress. If you are taller, pair this dress with cute bike shorts, leggings, or tights. You’ll be grabbing this dress all summer, we promise.
Shop SULY HUX Soly Hux Plus Size Graphic Print Half Sleeve T Shirt Dress, $, available at Amazon
Floerns Plus Size Satin Party Dress
Size Range: L-5XL
An excellent pick for any summer special occasion. The delicate gathering at the hip makes for a beautiful silhouette. Another bonus is that this dress comes in a variety of different colors and fun patterns — you are bound to find one that suits your style.
Shop Floerns Floerns Satin Spaghetti Strap Cowl Neck Wrap Dress, $, available at Amazon
The Drop Women’s Fiona Relaxed Linen Midi Shirt Dress in White
Size Range: XXS-5X Are you looking for a multi-functional summer dress to take with you on vacation? This midi-length shirt dress from Amazon’s The Drop line might be precisely what you need. The linen fabric is light and breathable, and you can wear it fully unbuttoned as a swimsuit cover-up or buttoned up with statement jewelry for a dinner date.
Shop The Drop The Drop Fiona Relaxed Linen Midi Shirt Dress, $, available at Amazon
Romwe Plus Size Casual Drawstring Bodycon Dress
Size Range: L- 4X This sexy and trendy style is perfect for a night of dancing. Pair it with some heels or sandals for a more dressed-up vibe, or for an easy festival look, pair it with your comfiest shoes. The drawstring at the bust is adjustable, so you can show as little- or as much skin as you want.
Shop Romwe Romwe Plus Size Drawstring Twist V Neck Dress, $, available at Amazon
ROSIANNA Plus-Size Ruffle Swing Dress
Size Range: L-4XL This mini dress may look simple, but it packs a big impact. With the length being right above the knee and its A-line shape, it makes for a flowy, breathable option for those extra warm days of summer. Our favorite detail of this dress is the ruffle at the bust and the off-shoulder sleeves. Add a bit of shimmer from your favorite highlighter to your decolletage (after applying sunscreen, obvi) and maximize your glow.
Shop ROSIANNA ROSIANNA Off Shoulder Strapless Ruffle Mini Plus Size Swing Dres, $, available at Amazon
WDIRARA Shirred Ruffle Hem Dress
Size Range: XXS-5XL Satisfy your inner princess with this super sweet dress in light purple. (It is the color of royalty, after all) The dress has stretch throughout the bust, a defined waist, and puffy statement sleeves. Wear with tights or frilly ankle socks to play up this youthful style.
Shop WDIRAR WDIRARA Short Sleeve Shirred Ruffle Hem Dress, $, available at Amazon
WOOSEN Striped Printed Dress
Size Range: S-3XL This sundress is bursting with color. If you love bold, attention-grabbing hues and prints, this one’s for you. The bright greens and pinks scream summer. Grab this dress for your beach vacation, and prepare yourself for all the compliments you are bound to receive.
Shop WOOSEN BFFbaby Summer Suspender Maxi Dress, $, available at Amazon
IN’VOLAND Plus Size Womens Floral Summer Dress
Size Range: 16-28
We picked this belted wrap dress for its versatility. The “Pat6” style in particular catches our eye because of its beautifully delicate ditsy floral pattern. This dress would be perfect for high tea, an outdoor wedding, or engagement party. The dress comes with an inner lining, so there’s no need to worry about it being too sheer.
Shop IN’VOLAND In’voland Plus Size Floral Summer Wrap Dress, $, available at Amazon
SOLY HUX Plus-Size Bodycon Mini Dress
Size Range: L-5X Velvet is not just for colder months… you can totally feel cool and put-together with this spaghetti strap velvet mini. We love the deep purple option because it really lets the fabric shine. Pair this with some strappy sandals and an embellished clutch.
Shop SOLY HUX Soly Hux Plus Size Velvet Spaghetti Strap Cowl Neck Dress, $, available at Amazon
axezoom Midi Dress
Size Range: 4-40 Show off your favorite assets with this tastefully revealing dress. We love the bold red shade for a sultry and sexy look. The plunging neckline and high slit on this dress will be sure to turn heads — and at such a low price point (under $20) you’ve got nothing to lose!
Shop axezoom axezoom Plus Size Midi Dress, $, available at Amazon
Xijun Tulle Prom Dresse
Size Range: 0-26 Okay… yes it says prom dress in the title, but don’t let this stop you from grabbing it for other non-prom events! The pale green tulle and delicate floral embroidery remind us of a beautifully lush meadow. The sweetheart neckline and adjustable corset bodice detailing make it feel more expensive than its under $100 price tag.
Shop Xijun Xijun Tulle Puffy Sleeve Prom Prom Dress, $, available at Amazon
The Drop Women’s Checkboard Print V-Neck Kaftan Maxi Dress by @katiesturino
Size Range: XXS-4X
If you want a casual dress option that pops… scoop up this gorgeous V-neck kaftan from the Katie Sturino x The Drop collaboration. It has an oversized fit that can be worn as is, or belted for a sleeker look. The red and pink checked pattern makes it more modern than your mom’s old kaftans — with all of the comforts.
Shop The Drop The Drop Women’s Checkboard Print V-Neck Kaftan Maxi Dress by @k, $, available at Amazon
The Drop Women’s Ombre Print Long Sleeve Dress by @monroesteele
Size Range: XS-3X The beautiful jewel tones on this ombre dress from Monroe Steele x The Drop reminds us of a refreshing, frozen cocktail at a hip rooftop bar. It’s classy, yet fun and fresh. It’s all in the details — check out the lime green buttons on the sleeve, the elasticized back for extra comfort, and the tulip skirting. So fabulous.
Shop The Drop The Drop Women’s Ombre Print Long Sleeve Dress by @monroesteele, $, available at Amazon
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