16 plus-size dresses we’re loving for summer

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Looking for plus-size summer dresses that offer style and comfort? You’ve come to the right place.

‘Tis the season to stock up on easy, breezy, summer-ready dresses – but, if we’re being honest, it can still be quite a challenge to find those that suit curvy shapes. That is even when you consider the fact that the average woman in the UK (as well as US, Canada, and Europe) is plus-size and that the plus-size industry has been forecasted to account for 22% of the UK clothing market in 2022.

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For some reason, it seems like most brands still have a hard time getting it right – but it’s not all doom and gloom. For every brand that doesn’t bother offering plus sizes, there are many that do.

ASOS, New Look and Violeta by Mango are some of our favourite stores to buy plus-size summer dresses from, and we’ve curated a selection of those we love. From Yours, H&M, Mango, Anthropologie, New Look and more, there are the best plus-size summer dresses to buy now, with gingham, floral, crochet and many more styles to choose from.

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H&M+ Linen-blend dress - White - Ladies | H&M GB

Linen-blend Dress, £24.99, H&M+ – buy now (available up to size 4XL)

This is one of the most hardworking summer staples you’ll find. Both versatile and wearable, it works for almost any summer occasion.

best plus size summer dresses - new look Lilac Gingham Textured Square Neck Midi Dress

Lilac Gingham Textured Square Neck Midi Dress, £29.99, New Look – buy now (up to size 32)

In case you’re wondering if gingham is in style in 2021, the answer is absolutely (and you can find a more comprehensive answer here.) You’re bound to see this print everywhere this summer.

M&S Pure Cotton Lace Trim Waisted Dress

Pure Cotton Lace Trim Waisted Dress, £49.50, Marks & Spencer – buy now (up to size 24)

We all know that wearing dark colours in summer is a no-no unless you want to boil. Opt for white to keep you cool.

Flowy flower printed dress - Violeta by Mango

Flowy Flower Printed Dress, £59.99, Violeta by Mango – buy now

You can never go wrong with florals for spring, and this green gown is one of our favourites. Teamed with velcro sandals and a straw bag, it’s the easiest outfit to throw on.

H&M+ Linen-blend dress - Light beige - Ladies | H&M GB 1

Linen-blend Dress, £19.99, H&M+ – buy now (available up to size 4XL)

T-shirt dresses are one of the easiest summer dresses to wear. Dress this linen-blend dress up or down and wear it all summer long.

Plus Size Zebra Print V Neck Cami Midi Dress | Nasty Gal

Plus Size Zebra Print V Neck Cami Midi Dress, £32, Nasty Gal – buy now (available up to size 28)

Loving the resurgence of 90s style? This slip dress is for you.

COLLUSION Seersucker Midi Sundress

Seersucker Midi Sundress, £25, COLLUSION at ASOS – buy now (up to size 30)

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As well as the velcro sandals, this floral dress is a ‘90s throwback we’re happily embracing in summer 2021.

Yours Clothing Black Gingham Shirred Midaxi Dress

Black Gingham Shirred Midaxi Dress, £29.99, Yours Clothing – buy now (up to size 40)

We love the flattering cut of this dress and its mini slits are super cute too – but best of all? It’s available up to a size 40.

Simply Be Blue Embroidered Maxi Dress

Blue Embroidered Maxi Dress, £45, Simply Be – buy now (up to size 30)

The boho details of this dress are just perfect for summer.

Next Wrap Dress

Wrap Dress, £35, Next – buy now (up to size 22)

You can’t go wrong with a wrap dress for an easy-to-wear outfit, while this Next dress’ puff sleeves are on trend too.

Anthropologie Maeve Tiered Maxi Dress

Maeve Tiered Maxi Dress, £130, Anthropologie – buy now (up to size 26)

A sunny dress for sunny days? Yes please.

COLLUSION Mini Satin Shirt Dress

Mini Satin Shirt Dress, £25, COLLUSION at ASOS – buy now (up to size 30)

If you’re not ready to leave your loungewear at home, this piece offers the same comfort.

Nasty Gal Plus Size Ditsy Floral Shirred Maxi Dress

Plus Size Ditsy Floral Shirred Maxi Dress, £27, Nasty Gal – buy now (up to size 28)

You know you’ve found a good dress when there’s so many places you can wear it to. Whether you want an outfit for the beach, the park or even for dinner, this one fits the bill.

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Crochet belt dress - Violeta by Mango

Crochet Belt Dress, £59.99, Violeta by Mango – buy now

If florals aren’t your thing, embrace the crochet trend this summer instead. This neutral dress will work from day to night.

Anthropologie Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress

Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress, £160, Anthropologie – buy now (up to size 26)

Don’t you just love Anthropologie’s new take on animal print? The sleeves are gorgeous too.  

Marks & Spencer Cotton Striped Tie Neck Mini Tiered Dress

Cotton Striped Tie Neck Mini Tiered Dress, £39.50, Marks & Spencer – buy now (up to size 24)

This gives off laid-back nautical vibes. We love!