Who says you can't wear pretty dresses during winter? This season’s plentiful selection of plus-sized winter dresses will keep you both warm and stylish no matter where your winter journeys may take you! From family reunions to New Year’s Eve soirees, we’ve got the trendiest assortment of plus-size winter dresses for every occasion. And while it may be difficult for us to bid the warmer weather farewell (and the airy summer dresses that go along with it), it’s time to welcome the rich jewel-tones, winter whites and luxe fabrics of the cold weather months. Whether you’re wondering how to style accessories with your favorite winter outfits, searching for cute plus-size dresses for women or shopping online for professional winter work outfits, we’ll explore the most popular winter fashion trends of 2018. Read on for our staff’s picks, including dress-layering tips for the cold weather months, how to wear dresses in winter (and stay warm!) and of course, this season’s customer favorites!
So Many Cute Winter Dresses To Choose From
For starters, one of 2018’s biggest dress trends focuses on decorative sleeves, with styles to suit any affair. Depending on the event and the look you’re going for, you’re sure to find the perfect dress to reflect your personal style. From full-length sleeves to this season’s trendy belled sleeve printed dresses, as well as dresses with three-quarter length sleeves (to no sleeves at all!), our fall/winter collection features this season’s hottest looks and color options. No matter what your preference, there are a wealth of styles to choose from to suit your taste and aesthetic.
With so many fabulous choices, you’ll wish winter lasted even longer. This year features a stunning selection of deep, rich monochromatic dresses, elegant neutrals tones, and soft pastels, making it easy for any fashionista to pull off an elegant, classic look. However, Perfectly Priscilla’s 2018 dress collection also offers a variety of vibrant, beautiful and bold patterns, ensuring your search for the perfect winter dress is going to be more fun than ever – and may even result in shopping for more than one party dress this holiday season!
What’s Trending: Stylish Winter Dress Ideas
From the runways of Paris to retail shops worldwide, plaid has made a huge comeback this season. From cheeky plaid dresses to plaid ponchos and cardigans, this bold pattern can be seen in virtually every incarnation. A shift in tradition is also visibly apparent, as you’ll find plaids of every color – not just reds, greens and blues – in both women’s and men’s apparel lines. Another trend this year is polka dots, with the classic pattern appearing on everything from slingback pumps to faux wrap dresses. Major fashion houses from Gucci to Calvin Klein have chosen to use a variety of floral prints in their 2018 fall/winter collections, adding a touch of whimsy to the otherwise somber season. For the romantic at heart, our floral midi dress Closing Time is a bold yet feminine spin on one of this year’s retro fads. Other on-trend looks for this season include animal print dresses, 60s mod-style shift dresses in an array of prints & patterns, colorful bohemian-inspired dresses, lacy versions of the classic LBD (little black dress), and long-sleeved floral maxi dresses, among others.
The Weather Outside Is Stylish: Flattering Dresses For Your Figure
With such a wide variety of dress designs, colors, fabrics, patterns, and lengths available for plus size women this winter, your biggest challenge may be limiting yourself to just a few dresses! Once you’ve determined your personal style, it’s easier to narrow your search. For example, do you shine in a dress with an empire waist? Do feel like a fairy princess in a frock with a flowing skirt or a dress with oodles of ruffles? Is a black cocktail dress your trademark when it comes to elegance? Searching for your favorite dress is going to be more about deciding what not to buy rather than the other way around this season.
If you’re not sure what styles flatter your figure and waist, you can determine what looks best on you off the rack or online. With no shortage in sight of dress styles available, you’re sure to find more than one dress this winter to channel your inner diva.
Stocking Up on Plus Sizes Winter Dresses: Helpful Shopping Hints
The More, The Merrier: For the true winter fashionista, you know that the more dresses you have in your closet, the merrier! This is especially true if you have a lot of seasonal and holiday parties, get-togethers, shows and recitals to attend. It is even more applicable if you think you will be running into the same people wherever you go. With that said, it’s best to think ahead before you shop and determine how many dresses you will realistically need to feel comfortable to attend all of your engagements.
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Accessorize For Maximum Impact: You can accessorize your dresses with belts, jewelry, coats, boots, and hats to diversify your look – and with the proper styling, you can subtly change the overall appearance of your ensemble (and get much more mileage out of your favorite frock)! No outfit is complete without a few key accessories, so have fun styling your look – choose pieces that complement your wardrobe while capturing your individual fashion sensibility. We love this animal print-inspired pendant necklace – taking a cue from the runway, this eye-catching gold chain features decorate beadwork and a tasseled cheetah-printed charm that will have you looking and feeling fierce!
A necessity during the colder months, even a fashionable jacket can be worn to accessorize your ensemble. Turn some heads this season with a statement layering piece – our Southern Living denim jacket is a classic jean jacket that’s a must-have in every glamazon’s fall/winter wardrobe. Featuring buttery-soft denim in a faded blue wash, this sporty coat can be styled to suit your mood – cuff the sleeves for an on-trend look, or wear fully extended for those chillier days. Wear over jeggings or even a casual baby doll dress for an easily-coordinated weekend look that keeps you cozy & feeling cute all season through!
Planning Ahead: How To Create A Dazzling Winter Wardrobe
What’s more fun than wearing a fabulous new winter dress to a party and discovering you’re the belle of the ball? This season, think about what types of parties or gatherings are on your calendar – the more you know before you buy, the better you can prioritize your winter wardrobe essentials when updating your existing collection. Also, be sure to take a good look at what you wore last year: what worked and what didn’t? Answering this question truthfully will help you spend your money more wisely and choose dresses that suit your shape and needs best. After reviewing what you have in your closet, you can decide which to keep and which to donate to the local thrift store to make room for your new dresses.
Being a tastemaker is a great adventure. When is the last time you bought a dress you thought you’d never buy in a million years? Opting for new fabrics and styles every now and then can open fashion doors that will make you the star of the show wherever you go.
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Choose Your Shoes Wisely: One of the most important parts of any adorable ensemble is the perfect pair of plus size ladies shoes – and coordinating your pumps, wedges, heels, flats or booties to your dress wardrobe takes some careful planning. When shopping for shoes online, think about what styles you wear most: do you find flats to be most comfy, or do you like to rock stilettos? Select shoe fashions that will carry you through the season in style and ease, and opt for colors that will coordinate with more than one look. Secondly, consider the occasion you’ll be wearing your shoes – if you have several upscale events to attend, such as a wedding, New Year’s ball, holiday office party or another fancy affair, be sure the shoes you’re choosing are not only fashionable, but feature a heel height you can wear comfortably throughout the evening (especially if you’ll be dancing)! Finally, with winter weather conditions on the horizon, deciding on the appropriate women’s footwear should always be considered – opt for cozy over-the-knee boots for weekend outings, casual slip-on sneakers for holiday shopping sprees, or the perfect pair of black booties for date-night adventures!
Cute & Professional Winter Dresses For The Workplace
Plus-size winter dresses designed for the workplace will make it easy to step out in style after work, too. For an easy-breezy look, our Making Moves sweater dress in black is a winter staple for every fashion-savvy women’s wardrobe-layer with a cheetah-print scarf or charm pendant necklace for maximum impact. As we’ve mentioned, florals are one of 2018’s major trends – featuring a modest neckline and three-quarter sleeves, we think our Someone Like You Floral dress in red would be a sweet holiday frock for your annual office party. If you’re looking to add a warm layer to your favorite black maxi dress, we suggest pairing it with another on-trend look that’s ideal for the workplace – our Wild Nights Leopard Print cardigan in mocha adds a flirty yet feminine touch to any ensemble. Finally, our Leave Me Here plaid dress conjures up your favorite winter flannel – constructed of a soft, easy-to-care-for poly blend, this playful red and black printed number will soon become one of your favorite go-to dresses for Casual Fridays.
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Opt For Multipurpose Handbags: Whether you prefer a smaller cross-body purse or a large tote, shopping for the right pocketbook is crucial, especially for the workplace. Besides coordinating with your winter dresses and corporate attire, you’ll want to ensure your bag will be able to accommodate all of your essentials, especially if you need to carry perfume, deodorant or your cosmetic bag for make-up and hair touch-ups before an office party or after-work cocktail hour. You may want to consider a simple black hobo bag – always versatile and spacious, a well-crafted leather bag will carry you through the winter in style and transitions seamlessly from day to night, no matter what you’re wearing. If your pocketbook doesn’t already include a small interior bag to stash smaller items (such as necklaces or a compact), you can purchase a makeup & jewelry travel case for your bag; this not only comes in handy for when you want to accessorize your outfit from business to evening wear, but is also incredibly convenient for quick weekend getaways and short business trips out of town.
Cold Weather Accessories: Timeless Layering Tips
Once your closet is full of cute winter dresses, it’s time to start shopping for cold weather accessories! Choose items that will elevate your ensembles to the next level while adding functionality & fashion to your wardrobe. We suggest accenting your favorite winter dresses with snazzy bags, decorative belts, and cozy boots – and don’t forget a quality purse-sized umbrella for those inclement days! You’ll also want to add a layer of warmth with leather gloves, cropped moto-inspired jackets, eye-catching scarves and of course, plenty of warm sweaters. Be they bold or elegant, capes, vests, and ponchos can really set a dress apart wherever you go. They can also perk up your plus-size LBD (or any other dress, for that matter) while offering a protective layer against the elements.
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Scarves are probably the most fun accessory of all. Some people get attached to one scarf featuring a pattern or color that goes with everything; others can’t have enough scarves. Start with a couple in a variety of prints, textures, and shades, and build your collection when you discover a unique one you just can’t live without. Remember, plaid is big for 2018, so have some fun layering with this on-trend pattern. Finally, no matter how you style your winter wardrobe this season, always remember to have fun, stay warm, and celebrate your sexy curves!