Confession: All I can think about at the moment is my spring/summer wardrobe. It might be too chilly to fully embrace it right now, but I’m longing for those jacketless days, lusting after warm sunsets with friends and prepping for a sunny season of joyful occasions. There’s no denying that the coming months bring so many opportunities to get dressed up and feel a little fancy, and if you’re anything like me, you’re probably already planning what to wear.
However, anyone above a size 18 knows the frustration of finding the perfect dress, then realising the brand doesn’t make your size. (Honestly, brands, expand your sizes—you’re missing out on my money, honey!) I’m a UK size 24/26, and I’m absolutely obsessed with hunting down the best pieces available in plus sizes.
Whether you’re going to a summer wedding, a garden party or your friend’s 30th birthday weekend away or on a special date night, I’m hoping this selection of event dresses can help you with your search. Whilst I, of course, tried and tested some of those long-standing plus-size-friendly brands like ASOS Curve, River Island and Marina Rinaldi, I also wanted to shout about some of the brands that have entered my wardrobe recently. If you’re looking for something sparkly, you need to check out RaeVynn. Since launching last year, it has brought out a range of over 20 sequin-covered dresses in sizes UK 2 to UK 30. I’m so excited to see this level of size inclusivity and variation in styles. It’s the perfect brand to try if you’re looking for a dress to party in, and many of its pieces are available to rent from My Wardrobe HQ.
Here, I am wearing Rixo, another of my go-tos for statement dresses. Over the last few years, the brand has been working hard to expand its size range, and it now offers plenty of stunning pieces up to a UK size 24 (which I think is often a generous fit). Rixo has just opened its incredible flagship store in London. This means that as a plus-size person, you have the rare opportunity to walk into a store and try on clothes there and then. To make this even better, the brand also has an alteration booth in its store, so if the fit isn’t quite right, you can easily get a piece tweaked.
Alongside these brands, my other current favourites for dresses are Olivia Rubin for colourful luxury pieces, Mary Benson for British-made fabric-filled dresses and the amazing Mimine AG for the ultimate premium-quality plus-size occasionwear. As for high-street brands, I keep my eye on M&S, Mango and Topshop Curve.
To help you search for the one that bit easier, I’ve lined up a list of all the stunning dresses that stood out to me and tested out five for you in person—just in time for summer. Enjoy!
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