Slimming Summer Dresses for Curvy Women!

green wrap 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 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.

 blue and white sundress circle skirt
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.

 knotted empire
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.

white and blue color blocked 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 jersey sheath dress because of the interesting draping and gorgeous color that makes this dress feminine and gives it real personality.

 pink sheath dress plus size

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.

tan maxi dress
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?

blue shift
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.

 blue polka dot 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