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Few things live up to the claim of “universally flattering” quite like an A-line dress; the silhouette works if you’re stick straight, have curves, or fall somewhere in between. The fitted waist creates a defined shape, and the full skirt — well, that’s just comfortable.
Designers know this, which is why you’d be hard-pressed to find a brand that doesn’t have at least one in its current collection. Here are six designers who regularly offer A-line dresses in a wide array of sizes, from 0 to 30.
Maggy London specializes in day-to-night dresses that double down for an office job and for a first date. The brand serves up an array of not only fit-and-flare looks, but also midi and sheath dresses, plus jumpsuits. The brand’s size range spans from 0 to 16, and its sister line, London Times Curve (pictured above), offers sizes 14W to 20.
Tahari ASL is a brand that says “I get invited to charity galas all. the. damn. time.” The style looks moneyed, yet it’s affordable enough (most dresses are under $200) to still have something in your bank account left over. You can find the brand all over department stores, from Macy’s to Nordstrom, with ample A-line dress options from size 2 on up — some styles run up to 18.
This seamed A-line dress, available in seven cheerful colors and currently on sale for $64 at Nordstrom, is a great option that works for a work meeting on Monday and a weekend brunch on Sunday.
This increasingly popular preppy British brand is very Kate Middleton with its posh, pretty silhouettes. Many of its A-line dresses are labeled “Curve & Flare” on the site, and there are plenty from which to choose. A lot of the brand’s dresses are in the $148 range, so wait for the deeply-discounted sales (the one above is marked down to $74).
Sizes range from 2 to 18, and there’s even a handy converter on the US website that’ll compare your sizes in other brands to help you find the best fit.
ModCloth is the one to beat when it comes to A-line dresses. The brand has plenty to choose from in a size range that spans from XXS to 4X. The online shop, which opened its first brick-and-mortar store this year, sells the in-house label as well as other brands at an array of price points. It’s important to mention ModCloth has been intentional about only fostering relationships with labels who share its commitment to inclusive sizing.
In addition to work shirts and cropped trousers, J.Crew also has a good selection of chic A-line dresses in sizes 000 through 16. Prices tend to hover around the $200 mark, so either wait for one of the brand’s many sales, or head straight to J.Crew Factory for something significantly less spendy.
Although Torrid has a reputation for being a “plus-size” label, its size offerings span a surprisingly wide range in both straight and plus sizes. The brand has also created its own sizing chart; a Torrid 00 is equivalent to a traditional size 10, and a Torrid 6 is equivalent to a traditional size 30.
While the trendy looks cater to a younger crowd, Torrid is certainly a worthy option for cute, casual A-line dresses (as well as skater dressers, which are A-lines but shorter).