11 Plus-Size Dresses For Your Business Casual Work Wardrobe

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A business casual dress code can be confusing for anyone. More often than not, it can lead to standing in front of an overflowing closet wondering what the term “business casual” even means — and whether the particular occasion or job leans more business or more casual. The dress code is fairly open to interpretation, meaning you really need to be attuned to how your office applies its rule. If you’re plus size, then finding business casual clothing can be even more of a struggle.

First up: Figuring out the dress code itself and just how formal (or informal) it leans, depending on the workplace or professional event. Next, you have to find clothing that actually fits your personal style. Add in trying to find something in a size above a 12 into the mix, things get harder almost instantly. Luckily, the world of business casual clothing has expanded quite a bit in recent years and it's more inclusive than ever before. But wading through all the boring gray to find pieces that actually speak to your personal style can be pretty overwhelming unless you know where to look.

To make things as easy as possible for you, here are 11 of the best business casual dresses for plus-size shoppers to get you started.

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<h2><br>ASOS Design Curve Ultimate Midi Tea Dress In Zebra </h2><br>A playful mix of fun and fancy, this ASOS dress is perfect for a dressier work event like a conference or dinner. <br><em><br>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.asos.com/us/asos-curve/asos-design-curve-ultimate-midi-tea-dress-in-zebra/prd/200457676" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ASOS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ASOS</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>ASOS DESIGN Curve</strong> ultimate midi tea dress in zebra, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.asos.com%2Fus%2Fasos-curve%2Fasos-design-curve-ultimate-midi-tea-dress-in-zebra%2Fprd%2F200457676" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ASOS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ASOS</a>


ASOS Design Curve Ultimate Midi Tea Dress In Zebra


A playful mix of fun and fancy, this ASOS dress is perfect for a dressier work event like a conference or dinner.

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ASOS DESIGN Curve ultimate midi tea dress in zebra, $, available at ASOS
<h2>ModCloth Is It Wednesday Yet? Mini Dress</h2><br>For someone looking primarily for comfort in a business casual wardrobe, this collared fit and flare dress from Modcloth would be a wonderful addition to any closet. It's a soft semi-stretchy material that's cute while still being comfortable. <br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://modcloth.com/collections/plus-size-dresses/products/is-it-wednesday-yet-mini-dress-cb0001" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ModCloth" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ModCloth</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>ModCloth</strong> Is It Wednesday Yet? Mini Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmodcloth.com%2Fcollections%2Fplus-size-dresses%2Fproducts%2Fis-it-wednesday-yet-mini-dress-cb0001" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ModCloth" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ModCloth</a>

ModCloth Is It Wednesday Yet? Mini Dress


For someone looking primarily for comfort in a business casual wardrobe, this collared fit and flare dress from Modcloth would be a wonderful addition to any closet. It's a soft semi-stretchy material that's cute while still being comfortable.

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ModCloth Is It Wednesday Yet? Mini Dress, $, available at ModCloth
<h2>Maggy London Abstract Print Longsleeve Shirt Dress</h2><br>This dress can be tailored to your preferred fit. Wear it with the belt or without to switch things up.<br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.nordstrom.com/s/maggy-london-abstract-print-long-sleeve-shirtdress-plus-size/5926116?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FBrands%2FMaggy%20London&fashionsize=size%2FWomen%3A%20Apparel%2F24W%2C%203X%7Csize%2FWomen%3A%20Apparel%2F22W%2C%203X%2C%2024%7Csize%2FWomen%3A%20Apparel%2F20W%2C%202X%2C%2022&color=001" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Maggy London</strong> Abstract Print Long Sleeve Shirtdress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fmaggy-london-abstract-print-long-sleeve-shirtdress-plus-size%2F5926116%3Forigin%3Dcategory-personalizedsort%26breadcrumb%3DHome%252FBrands%252FMaggy%2520London%26fashionsize%3Dsize%252FWomen%253A%2520Apparel%252F24W%252C%25203X%257Csize%252FWomen%253A%2520Apparel%252F22W%252C%25203X%252C%252024%257Csize%252FWomen%253A%2520Apparel%252F20W%252C%25202X%252C%252022%26color%3D001" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>

Maggy London Abstract Print Longsleeve Shirt Dress


This dress can be tailored to your preferred fit. Wear it with the belt or without to switch things up.

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Maggy London Abstract Print Long Sleeve Shirtdress, $, available at Nordstrom
<h2>Universal Standard Rivers Wrap Dress</h2><br>If you're on the hunt for a plus-size-friendly go-to for high-quality wardrobe staples, meet Univeral Standard. The inclusively sized brand offers tons of business casual pieces like this wrap dress that will work for every season.<br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.universalstandard.com/products/rivers-wrap-dress-currant" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Universal Standard" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Universal Standard </a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Universal Standard</strong> Rivers Wrap Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.universalstandard.com%2Fproducts%2Frivers-wrap-dress-currant" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Universal Standard" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Universal Standard</a>

Universal Standard Rivers Wrap Dress


If you're on the hunt for a plus-size-friendly go-to for high-quality wardrobe staples, meet Univeral Standard. The inclusively sized brand offers tons of business casual pieces like this wrap dress that will work for every season.

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Universal Standard Rivers Wrap Dress, $, available at Universal Standard
<h2>J.Crew Original Cotton Terry Puff-Sleeve Sweatshirt </h2><br>Anyone who has ever worked in an office knows that it is almost always freezing. This sweatshirt dress is an excellent workwear piece, but it’s also super cozy — perfect for surviving the AC blast.<br><br><em>Shop<strong><a href="https://www.jcrew.com/p/womens/categories/clothing/dresses-and-jumpsuits/original-cotton-terry-puff-sleeve-sweatshirt-dress/BA957?display=standard&fit=Classic&color_name=light-mint&colorProductCode=BA957" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:J.Crew" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> J.Crew</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>J.Crew</strong> Original cotton terry puff-sleeve sweatshirt dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.jcrew.com%2Fp%2Fwomens%2Fcategories%2Fclothing%2Fdresses-and-jumpsuits%2Foriginal-cotton-terry-puff-sleeve-sweatshirt-dress%2FBA957%3Fdisplay%3Dstandard%26fit%3DClassic%26color_name%3Dlight-mint%26colorProductCode%3DBA957" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:J.Crew" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">J.Crew</a>

J.Crew Original Cotton Terry Puff-Sleeve Sweatshirt


Anyone who has ever worked in an office knows that it is almost always freezing. This sweatshirt dress is an excellent workwear piece, but it’s also super cozy — perfect for surviving the AC blast.

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J.Crew Original cotton terry puff-sleeve sweatshirt dress, $, available at J.Crew
<h2>Floerns Women's Short Sleeve Plus-Size Bodycon Pencil Dress</h2><br>The perfect work-to-drinks dress <em>does</em> exist and it only costs $17.99 on Amazon. It has a simple silhouette and design but still makes a big impact. <br><br><em>Shop<strong><a href="https://amzn.to/2nzXHcP" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> Amazon</a></strong></em><br><br><br><strong>Floerns</strong> Floerns Women's Short Sleeve Plus Size Gingham Bodycon Business Pencil Dress, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2nzXHcP" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Floerns Women's Short Sleeve Plus-Size Bodycon Pencil Dress


The perfect work-to-drinks dress does exist and it only costs $17.99 on Amazon. It has a simple silhouette and design but still makes a big impact.

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Floerns Floerns Women's Short Sleeve Plus Size Gingham Bodycon Business Pencil Dress, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Target X Who What Wear Raglan Short Sleeve Trapeze Dress </h2><br>At first glance, this Target midi dress may look casual, but the faux leather material really takes it to the next level. Pair it with flat boots or heels and you've got yourself a modest but fashion-forward frock made for Monday through Friday.<br><br><em>Shop<strong> <a href="https://goto.target.com/gzjyB" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Target x Who What Wear</strong> Women's Raglan Short Sleeve Trapeze Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Fwomen-s-raglan-short-sleeve-trapeze-dress-who-what-wear%2F-%2FA-82819191%3Fpreselect%3D82698403%23lnk%3Dsametab" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a>

Target X Who What Wear Raglan Short Sleeve Trapeze Dress


At first glance, this Target midi dress may look casual, but the faux leather material really takes it to the next level. Pair it with flat boots or heels and you've got yourself a modest but fashion-forward frock made for Monday through Friday.

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Target x Who What Wear Women's Raglan Short Sleeve Trapeze Dress, $, available at Target
<h2>Unique Vintage Plus-Size 1970s Red & White Floral Maxi Dress </h2><br>A dress that would look just as good with formal flats or heels as it would with sneakers is a must-have for any wardrobe. If you find yourself needing to transition from more professional environments to casual events, this dress would be the perfect option. <br><br><em>Shop<strong><a href="https://www.unique-vintage.com/collections/plus-size/products/plus-size-1970s-red-white-floral-maxi-dress" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Unique Vintage" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> Unique Vintage</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Unique Vintage</strong> Plus Size 1970s Red & White Floral Maxi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.unique-vintage.com%2Fcollections%2Fplus-size%2Fproducts%2Fplus-size-1970s-red-white-floral-maxi-dress" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Unique Vintage" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Unique Vintage</a>

Unique Vintage Plus-Size 1970s Red & White Floral Maxi Dress


A dress that would look just as good with formal flats or heels as it would with sneakers is a must-have for any wardrobe. If you find yourself needing to transition from more professional environments to casual events, this dress would be the perfect option.

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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1970s Red & White Floral Maxi Dress, $, available at Unique Vintage
<h2>Eloquii Puff Sleeve Collared Dress </h2><br>This collared plaid print dress is fun but sophisticated enough to make it a great option for the business-friendly casual Friday.<br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.eloquii.com/puff-sleeve-collared-dress/1247917.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Eloquii" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Eloquii</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Eloquii</strong> Puff Sleeve Collared Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eloquii.com%2Fpuff-sleeve-collared-dress%2F1247917.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Eloquii" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Eloquii</a>

Eloquii Puff Sleeve Collared Dress


This collared plaid print dress is fun but sophisticated enough to make it a great option for the business-friendly casual Friday.

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Eloquii Puff Sleeve Collared Dress, $, available at Eloquii
<h2>Eloquii Bishop Sleeve Wrap Dress </h2><br>For a more traditional workplace, this Eloquii wrap-front dress strikes the perfect balance between trend-driven and classic. The silky satin material and the bishop-style sleeves are the details that take this classic wrap dress up a notch. <br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.eloquii.com/bishop-sleeve-wrap-dress/1247419.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Eloquii" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Eloquii</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Eloquii</strong> Bishop Sleeve Wrap Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eloquii.com%2Fbishop-sleeve-wrap-dress%2F1247419.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Eloquii" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Eloquii</a>

Eloquii Bishop Sleeve Wrap Dress


For a more traditional workplace, this Eloquii wrap-front dress strikes the perfect balance between trend-driven and classic. The silky satin material and the bishop-style sleeves are the details that take this classic wrap dress up a notch.

Shop Eloquii

Eloquii Bishop Sleeve Wrap Dress, $, available at Eloquii
<h2>Forever That Girl Tiered Colorblocked Maxi Dress </h2><br>This tiered dress silhouette is conservative enough that even with the many color-blocked colors, it works in a business casual setting. Pair it with some clogs, booties, or chunky loafers and you’ve got an outfit.<br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/tiered-colorblocked-maxi-dress?category=plus-size-dresses&color=049&type=PLUS&viewcode=c&quantity=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anthropologie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anthropologie </a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Forever That Girl</strong> Tiered Colorblocked Maxi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anthropologie.com%2Fshop%2Ftiered-colorblocked-maxi-dress%3Fcategory%3Dplus-size-dresses%26color%3D049%26type%3DPLUS%26viewcode%3Dc%26quantity%3D1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anthropologie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anthropologie</a>

Forever That Girl Tiered Colorblocked Maxi Dress


This tiered dress silhouette is conservative enough that even with the many color-blocked colors, it works in a business casual setting. Pair it with some clogs, booties, or chunky loafers and you’ve got an outfit.

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Forever That Girl Tiered Colorblocked Maxi Dress, $, available at Anthropologie

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