Slimming Summer Dresses for Curvy Women!

floral warp dress plus sizeIt’s just the way it is. Many of us, no matter how we started out, are a little bit curvier since we’ve hit our 40’s and 50’s.

A fuller figure can make it challenging to dress at times, but it doesn’t mean you have to give up on looking stylish. Summer, in particular, is tricky because everything is more exposed.

You can’t hide behind long sleeves or black tights, and who would want to, especially in soaring temperatures? So I say, it’s best just to get over it and go for it! There are lots of cute summer dresses for curvy women out there like this floral jacquard faux wrap.

Here’s a few more I found and why they will work for you. (Excuse the young models. That’s out of my control, but the dresses do work for our age) 

Solid Colors are Slimming
Did you know that a solid color head to toe is always more slimming than a few colors mixed? That’s why I love this stunning red jersey drape dress.

If you have a warm skin tone or just a great tan, then this warm red will make you glow.  This would look stunning with a touch of gold jewelry.
This is the type of dress that could take you from work to evening. You’d get a lot of wear out of it.
 red dress plus size
Circle Skirts Hide Hips  

If you have a little extra padding at the hips,  a great way to balance your figure is with a fit and flare dress.

This fuchsia swirl Jacquard dress is perfect for a gal with a pear-shaped figure who wants to show off her enviable waist but camouflage her hefty hips. Another nice thing about this dress is the soft, Jacquard pattern. This design adds texture and lots of interest.

 pink fit and flare plus size dress

Empire Waistlines Tame Tummies

do you have  a bit of a tummy (probably from having kids) that never seems to go away?  A great way to get the attention off that spot is to check out dresses with empire waists.

This chic floral print cowl neck jersey dress with its flattering empire waistband visually raises your waist up, and in doing so moves the attention to your bust. Great trick! Shapewear helps too.

 floral empire waist dress plus size
Color Blocking Magically Erases

Dark colors recede and make you look slimmer. That’s the reason so many women love black. But heck, you can’t be wearing black all the time, so here’s another great trick.

Choose a dress like this navy and white color block sheath dress . It strategically uses dark navy to shrink your bottom half.

Since dark colors recede and light colors advance or attract, this combo draws the eye up and away from your hips and tummy.

No wonder color blocked dresses are one of the most popular summer dresses for plus size women out there.

color blaock dress plus size

Simplicity is Slimming

A simple sheath dress in a solid color  is always a winner.

You’ll look long and lean but anything from boring in this Daisy necklace shift dress because of the interesting detail at the neckline and gorgeous color, which makes this dress feminine and full of personality.

 yellow sheath dress plus size

Maxi Dresses Make the Difference

Some curvy types prefer more coverage. If you are a gal who feels more comfortable not exposing your legs then a maxi dress is for you.

This cold shoulder crepe maxi is one of many beautiful summer maxis out there.

The cold shoulder details lets you show a bit of skin up top, which is youthful, but you don’t have to worry about skimpy straps or feeling cold.

orange maxi dress plus size
Shift Dress Balances Your Bottom

When you are heavier on the bottom than up top, the way to balance that out is with a Falcon print scoop back shift dress.

Isn’t this a pretty, practical look for summer?

shift dress plus size
Punch it Up with Polka Dots

This Floral Faux wrap proves that you can wear a pattern in a plus size can work.

Best to keep the background dark and enjoy some bright florals in proportion to your frame.

Very tiny florals on large women will exaggerate her figure. Choose medium-large florals depending on your size and bone structure.


 maxi dress plus size
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  1. These are all great looks and curves are good!

  2. Chioma Iyke-Ani says:

    I will rock any of these dresses. I’m just seeing me turning heads in any and all of these. Thanks Debora!

  3. Merry Preble says:

    Hi- I love every dress except the one that is straight. That should never be considered. It makes either a heavier women look more so or a thinner woman look like she has no shape.

  4. Karin Fuller says:

    I don’t think the Empire or Shift dress styles are terribly flattering. My daughter is tiny and the Shift style looks bad on her, too, so I’m not sure who actually looks good in them.

  5. Beth Ussery says:

    Deborah I have just found your website and I am in love. I didn’t think there where websites out there for women over 40 and especially for us curvy gals. But you have done it, and I love to read what is in and out and what to do about makeup and different styling ideas. Thank you so much for being there!! Can’t wait to read more!!

  6. Susan Olson says:

    I don’t know why people think that an empire style is flattering to someone with low belly fat. It just makes a woman look like she’s pregnant again. I’ve struggleD with this time and time again. If you want to look pregnant then wear the empire style. It’s most flattering on someone with a flat stomach. If you think it’s hiding something it’s really not. My slender daughter who can wear anything but is built like me short waisted and low belly fat wouldn’t wear it either.

  7. I love the dresses. I just don’t like going sleeveless any more. Even a little cap sleeve is something. If I wear sleeveless, there’s usually a sweater or jacket over it.

  8. What a fabulous article Deborah! These tips are spot on. The images really help to make your tips more meaningful. I love that Jessica Simpson nectarine dress and that maxi…woo! Bandeau style maxis are so very flattering with no frump in sight! Here’s to a great summer. Warm wishes from Australia:( Axx