17 Plus Size Summer Dresses That Don’t Look Like Hideous Tents

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Dresses during the summer are so easy to slip on and dress up or down. But when you’re plus size, it can be difficult to find a stylish dress that is both cute and comfortable. Mostly, we’re stuck with a tent. But here are 17 super cute plus size dresses that are sure to become wardrobe staples.

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1. This paisley maxi dress is not only cute and sexy but the design hides mid-section flaws. It’s also long which is perfect if you’re self-conscious about your legs.

Plus size paisley design maxi dress

You can get it from Avenue for $45.00 in sizes 14/16-30/32. It’s also machine-washable and has short sleeves so it’s perfect for summer and you can add a sweater to use it into fall.

2. A plus size floral keyhole dress that looks refreshing and lightweight.

plus size floral keyhole dress

Get this adorable summery dress from Maurices for $26.40, available in Plus sizes 0-3 (size 14-28). 

3. A short sleeve lace swing dress that is sure to compliment any shape or size.


With just a little peek of skin in the right places, this is perfect for date night, a wedding, or for a casual summer party. It comes in Medieval Blue (shown), Pale Pink, and Orchid. Available in regular and petite plus sizes 14-24 at Lane Bryant for $79.95.

4. This ivory floral print dress is perfect for a cruise or while on vacation.


This off-the-shoulder dress is the perfect daytime summer dress. The dress features elasticized detailing to the top; it’s short, sitting above the knee. Available in size 8-22 from Simply Be for $26.49 in a variety of prints and colors.

5. A plus size gingham shirt dress that is versatile and very much in fashion this spring and summer.

Plus Size Gingham Long Sleeve Shirtdress

A perfect style for both casual and fancier occasions. Black and white gingham makes for a classic look and you can slip into black heels for a dressier occasion. Available from Target for $29.99 in sizes X-4X (14-30). There is also a similar style plus size wrap dress from Target.

6. A plus size pleated maxi dress in a mint floral.

Plus Size Pleated Maxi Dress

Soft accordion pleats refresh the texture of Jessica Howard’s plus size chiffon maxi dress, complete with a waist-defining skinny belt. Available from Macy’s in sizes 14-24 for $119.00.

7. An Aztec embroidered A-line babydoll dress in a crisp white.


For many shapes and sizes, an A-line babydoll dress is the perfect slip-on-and-go outfit. Perfect with heels or a pair of sandals. Features an embroidered yoke at the neckline with tassels to complete the look. Available from Avenue for $45.00 in sizes 14-28.

8. A Women’s Plus Woven Lace Up Peasant Dress that is likely to become your every-damn-day dress.

Women's Plus Woven Lace Up Peasant Dress

This dress has a relaxed fit to drape elegantly and flatter a variety of body types. It’s available in four spring colors and sizes 0X-3X (16-28). The front is accented with a boho-chic lace-up detail, some embroidered trim, and a belted waist. Purchase from Walmart for only $16.84.

9. A Shirred Maxi Dress that is perfect for hiding less-than-perfect hips.

Shirred Plus Size Maxi Dress

This maxi is stretchy-soft but clingy made with a like-buttah jersey knit and features low scoop so you can flash a hint of skin. The shirred sides hide your lack of hips. Available in sizes 0-6 (12-30) from Torrid.

10. A must-have ruffle sleeve plus size polka dot flare dress that has a good amount of stretch.


This stylish and on-trend dress is stretchy without being too clingy. Available from Lane Bryant for $79.95 in sizes 14/16-26/28. According to review, the dress runs true to size and has good fit and quality.

11. A soft plus size denim dress with beautiful medallion embroidery for a casual look we know you’ll love.


This casual denim dress is perfect for summer days or poolside. It’s available in sizes 14-24 from Dressbarn for an affordable $31.99.

12. A plus size floral print midi dress with short sleeves and lace trim that will make you want to twirl when you think no one is looking.

Plus Size Floral Print Short Sleeve Lace Trim Midi Dress

This lace trimmed dress offers a laid-back look for days you want to keep it simple. The deep V-neckline is flattering and adds the illusion of length to the bodice, while the delicate buttons and a tie accent at the waist add interest to the understated lines. You can purchase from Target for $36.99 in sizes X-4X (14-28/30).

13. A flowy, perfect-for-summer plus size sheath dress in a soft light blue.

Plus Size Sheath Dress

This plus size sheath dress with center scroll draws the eye inward. The metal bar accent at the neckline adds a metallic touch. Features a scoop neckline with keyhole and short sleeves. Purchase from Avenue for $45.00 in sizes 14/16-30/32. Check out this similar style plus size sheath dress also from Avenue.

14. A plus size floral print high neck hi-lo dress with a flowy skirt.


Floral Print High Neck Challis Hi-Lo Dress

Enjoy the flowy feel and a hi-lo hem that lends comfort and style. The high neck keeps you covered up, but the sleeveless bodice shows off your arms. The stretchy elastic waistband is crazy comfortable. Available from Torrid for only $35.34 in sizes 00-6 (10-30).

15. This summer, slip in this plus size lace up maxi dress with a flattering smocked waist.


This woven maxi dress with smocked waist and pleated skirt is perfect for weddings. It features a ruffled, lace-up neckline, lined for modesty, and best of all – POCKETS. Find this beauty at Torrid for $79.95 in sizes 14/16-26/28.

16. A simple plus size maxi dress with strappy neckline to get you through summer in style.

plus size 24/7 maxi dress with strappy neckline

This gorgeous maxi is made of a soft and stretchy fabric and a fully lined top. It has a flowy fit with a cinched waist and strappy neckline. You can find this dress at Maurices marked down to $29.99 in sizes 0-3 (14-26).

17. A light and airy plus size empire waist scarf-print dress.

Plus size Empire Waist Scarf-Print Dress

This stunning handkerchief-hem frock with empire waist is flattering, fancy and fun. It features square neck in front and back and 2″ wide straps. Available from Roamans starting at $49.99 in sizes 22/24-38/40.

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