It’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 a little 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 to just get over it and go for it! There are lots of cute summer dresses for curvy women out there.
Here’s a few I found and why I think 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 SlimmingDid you know that a solid color head to toe like this is always more slimming than a few colors mixed together? That’s why I love this simple, mod looking shift dress.
If you have a warm skin tone, or just a great tan then this nectarine dress will make you glow like a summer peach. If you wanted you could accent this dress with some big chunky jewelry or wear it as is.
This is the kind of dress that could take you from work to evening, so you’d really get a lot of wear out of it.
|Circle Skirts Hide Hips
If you have a little extra padding at the hips a great way to balance your figure is with a dress that has fit and flare.
This sleeveless sundress is perfect for a gal with a pear-shaped figure who wants to show off her enviable waist but camouflage her hefty hips. Another really nice thing about this dress is the soft, painterly pattern. This brushstroke design gives is so pretty and artistic.
|Empire Waistlines Tame Tummies
If you a bit of a tummy (usually from having kids) that never seems to go away, a great way to get the attention off that spot is to take a look at summer dresses for women that have empire waists.
This chic Donna Ricco empire dress with its flattering knotted neckline visually raises your waist up, and in doing so moves the attention to your upper half. The skirt part gently flows over a jelly belly. Great trick! Shapewear will help too.
|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 Tahari colorblock dress that strategically uses dark panels to knock off a few inches.
Blue panels places here at sides slim your figure by ” visually erasing” part of it out.
No wonder color blocked dresses are one of the most popular summer dresses for plus size women out there.
Maxi Dresses Make the Difference
Some curvy types prefer more modest summer dresses for women. If you are a gal who feel more comfortable not exposing your legs then a maxi dress is for you.
This pretty sand colored maxi one of many beautiful summer halter dresses for women that work well.
You still get to show a bit of skin up top which is youthful but you don’t have to worry about feeling self-conscious about your legs.
|Shift Dress Balances Your Bottom
When you are heavier on the bottom than up top the way to balance that out is with a shift dress with an undefined waist and slight A-line.
Isn’t this a pretty, fresh look for summer?
|Punch it Up with Polka Dots
This Donna Ricco polka dot dress proves that you can wear a pattern in a plus size can work.
Best to keep the background darker than the dot and the size of the dot reasonable to your frame.
A very tiny dot is going to exaggerate your figure in comparison, which is exactly what you don’t want to do.
Love the Monaco blue color which is so in this summer.