The 20 Best Plus Size Maxi Dresses to Add to Your Closet This Summer

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Listen, if you’re anything like us, you’ve been reveling in the comfort of sweats and leggings all winter long. But since summer is right around the corner, you’re going to need some pieces that provide the same level of comfort without causing your body temperature to double. That’s where maxi dresses come in—they’re flowy, convenient, comfortable and versatile, so you can tailor your pick depending on the occasion. Whether you’re hitting up a Sunday brunch or bridal shower, here’s a list of 20 of the best plus size maxi dresses to have in your closet this summer.

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1. Torrid Trapeze Maxi Dress

Sure, your leggings feel homely, but when the sun is sweltering hot, you won’t want to wear them as much. Keep it easy breezy with this classic black and white number, whose trapeze silhouette and rayon material float seamlessly in the summer breeze.

Available in sizes 00 to 10

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2. Bhanuni By Jyoti Contrast Maxi Dress

Perfect for when the weather is a bit chilly, this long-sleeve, embroidered frock features intricate detail. Pair it with a strappy flat sandals and a sun hat for a boho look or wear it with plain white sneakers for a more laidback aesthetic.

Available in sizes 16W to 26W

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3. H&m+ Long Linen-blend Dress

Save the environment, but make it fashion with this easy pick from H&M. It’s ideal when you’re dashing out the door and want something simple but also stylish. Part of H&M’s Conscious line, this dress is not only ultra-breathable, but it’s also made of sustainable material.

Available in sizes L to 4XL

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4. Anthropologie Blythe Textured Maxi Dress

Make a statement with this eye-catching piece when you walk into that bottomless brunch. We’re not sure what we like more: its bold color or the textured floral pattern.

Available in sizes 1X to 2X

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5. Fashion To Figure Shandra Mock-neck Bodycon Maxi Dress

Is it even summertime if you’re not trying to show off those curves? This mock-neck bodycon maxi will help you live your best life in the comfiest way possible. You can wear it with sneakers for an athleisure look (as pictured) or pair it with some cute sandals. Your pick.

Available in sizes 1 to 4

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6. Fashion To Figure Mika Denim Button-up Maxi Dress

Few fabrics transitions from day to night quite as seamlessly as denim, so it’s always wise to have a traditional denim dress in your closet. You can wear it with sneakers or sandals during the day, then swap those out for some heels at night. Add some earrings, a clutch and a light bracelet and you’re good to go. P.S: This denim dress is also available in light wash.

Available in sizes 1 to 10

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7. Eloquii Crochet Lace Maxi Dress

Orange: It’s not just for Halloween. Nothing screams “summer’s here!” like a flowy maxi in a bold hue. Wear this and prepare to exude—and provoke—utter joy as you walk by.

Available in sizes 14 to 28

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8. Eloquii Square Neck Maxi Dress

Easter may be behind us, but those pastel colors are tried and true. Keep your outfit springy with this square neck striped dress. Bonus points for the waist-cinching belt that will highlight your hourglass figure.

Available in sizes 14 to 28

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9. Eloquii Wrap Dress With Full Sleeves

If stripes are your jam but you’re looking for an understated yet eye-catching look, opt for this wrap dress. Its swoon-worthy colors, close fit bodice and pleated skirt will accent your body in all the right places.

Available in sizes 14 to 28

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10. Show Me Your Mumu Hacienda Maxi Dress

You’ve been cooped up all year and finally decided to treat yourself to a beach vacay. Just because you’ve spent majority of the year in leggings and sweatpants doesn’t mean you can’t get back on the dressy bandwagon. Get back in the game with this ultra-versatile dress, which you can wear strapless, off the shoulder or on just one shoulder.

Available in sizes XXS to 3X

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11. Torrid Leopard Chiffon Maxi Dress

Unleash your inner animal with this curve-flattering, high-neck, leopard print pick from Torrid.

Available in sizes XS to XXL

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12. Eloquii Off The Shoulder Maxi With Side Slits

Whether you’re attending a virtual or in-person graduation, this form-fitting maxi is just the right amount of dressy. With stretch knit and a double layer band to holding the shoulder panel in place, rest assured you’ll be sitting comfortably throughout the entire ceremony.

Available in sizes 14 to 28

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13. Hutch Lysette Wrap Maxi Dress

No offense to animal prints or florals, but nothing says an audacious queen has entered the room quite like a geometric pattern. You can wear this elegant yet daring number with some heels or flats and because it’s so colorful, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to picking the color shoe you want.

Available in sizes 1X to 3X

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14. Anthropologie Polka Dot Maxi Dress

We can’t talk about pattern without including an all-time classic. This rayon polka dot maxi is perfect when you’re hosting some friends over and just don’t want to over-think it in the outfit department. With flutter sleeves, cut-out back detail and pullover styling, it’s the also the perfect piece to have in your closet for when plans come up abruptly.

Available in sizes 1X to 3X

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15. Milumia Plus Size Casual V-neck Asymmetrical Maxi Dress

Florals for spring may not be groundbreaking, but for summer, they’re timeless. You can wear this chiffon dress to a small, backyard wedding or a baby shower and fit right in. The cutout shoulders and flutter sleeves keep this look soft and feminine.

Available sizes in Large Plus to 3X

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16. Jessica Howard Plus Size Floral-print Maxi Dress

Another great pick for attending a wedding, this demure floral print dress is as chic as it is understated. Not to mention its high-low hemline is right on trend.

Available in sizes 1X to 3X

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17. Zelie For She Wild Oversize Maxi Dress

This turquoise number is not only striking, but it provides the maximum breeziness that long dresses are known for. The color is so attention-grabbing that you’ll want pretty basic accessories, like a simple pair of hoops and a delicate matching necklace.

Available in sizes 1X to 3X

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18. Show Me Your Mumu Sandra Maxi Dress

Calling all brides-to-be: This lacy number would be fab for a fancier bridal shower or even a rehearsal dinner. No one will be left wondering who’s the guest of honor.

Available in sizes XXS to 3X

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19. Michael Kors Plus Size Maxi Shirtdress

Ever wished your shirtdress was a little bit longer? Well, this Michael Kors maxi is your solution. With a point collar, flap chest pockets and gold buttons up front, we can see this ensemble working just swimmingly for Mother’s Day brunch.

Available in sizes 0X to 4X

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20. Eloquii Sheer Dot Maxi Dress

It’s not your typical maxi, but it’s a dream pick for the edgier dressers. The sheer fabric means you can put anything you want underneath—from jeans and a black tank to a form-fitting midi dress.

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