Sort By: Newest First
The term "plus-size" covers a wide range of body types and often refers to sizes 12 through 24 in women's clothing. Whether you're tall, curvy, both, or neither, shop thredUP to save up to 90% on plus-size women's dresses.
A Brief History of Sizing
Women's clothing sizes are one of the most confusing features of the fashion industry. Although most brands use the same numbers to designate sizes, the actual measurements vary from store to store. When the current sizing model was developed, it was based on measurements from very selective cross-sections of the population, such as military members. Since the studies conducted were not representative of the general population, the need for extended sizes arose. Lane Bryant used the term "misses plus size" in advertisements as early as 1927.
Plus-size clothing is often defined as clothing that is designed for women whose bodies are larger than the average person's, but that concept is more than a little outdated. The fashion industry typically considers anything above size 10 or 12 to be plus-size, but the average woman in the U.S. now wears a 14 or 16—which means that the definition of plus-size as "larger than average" no longer applies.
Popular Brands That Offer Plus-Size Dresses
Many brands carry plus-size dresses today. The ever-fashionable Zenobia plus-size dresses are among the most popular, with Zenobia being one of the most recognized names in plus-size clothing. Lane Bryant is another well-loved brand. You can also find plus-size fashions from Ann Taylor LOFT, Forever 21, Elle, and Faded Glory—the list goes on. Because more women than ever are shopping for plus-size clothing and demanding better options, retailers are constantly expanding their selection and improving the styles offered.
Dresses Can Be Versatile
Whether you want a casual dress for Sunday brunch or a cocktail dress for a special event, you'll find plenty to choose from at thredUP. Many women's dresses can be worn multiple ways for better versatility and value. For instance, a striped maxi dress from Old Navy can be dressed down with flip-flops for a day at the beach or dressed up with heels, statement jewelry, and a cute clutch.
Don't feel like you need to relegate dresses to spring and summer either. Adding leggings underneath or a jacket on top can not only keep you warm but also change the look of the dress. Keep wearing your favorite piece all year long with different accessories.
Score Unbelievable Prices at thredUP
At thredUP, we don't think you should have to choose between a showstopping dress and a designer purse. When you shop with us, you'll find your favorite brands at unbeatable prices. All of our pieces are like new—but better because you'll pay less, leaving more money to spend on shoes and accessories.
Don't see what you're looking for today? Our inventory changes every day, and each item is one-of-a-kind. It's only a matter of time before the dress of your dreams makes its way to us, so check back often to make sure you don't miss it!