Slimming Summer Dresses for Curvy Women!

polka dot plus size dressIt’s just the way it is. Many of us have  more curves in our 40′s than we did in our twenties. That 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.

Solid Colors are Slimming

Did 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  Jessica Simpson sleeve belted Blouson dress in this pretty shade of orange.

If you have a warm skin tone, or just a great tan then this nectarine dress will make you glow like the sunset.  Be sure to accent this dress with some big chunky jewelry as shown here because that is what is really going to make this dress pop. 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.

 orange plus size dress
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 ruched dress is perfect for a gal with a pear shaped figure who want to show off her enviable waist but camouflage her hefty hips.

Another really nice thing about this dress is the use of soft, muted colors in the tropical print. This dress gives you that Caribbean vacation feel you having to wear bright parrot colors which can often look and feel too loud.

 tropical plus size dress
Empire Waistlines Tame Tummies

If you have low belly fat (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 Short Sleeve Printed Empire with its flattering wrap style 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!

 pink plus size dress
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 DKNY colorblock dress that strategically uses black to knock off a few inches.

Black panels places here at the sides slims your figure by ” blacking” part of it out. No wonder color blocked dresses are one of the most popular summer dresses for plus size women out there.

black and white plus size dress

Simplicity is Slimming

A solid color + a simple tank top style make this Elemntz ruffle dress a winner. You’ll look long and lean but anything from boring because of the interesting texture that makes this dress feminine and gives it real personality.

green plus size dress

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 is 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.

halter plus size dress
Shirtdresses Balance Your Bottom

When you are heavier on the bottom than up top the way to balance that out is with a top that has a good shoulder and some structure. This Jones NY Shirtdress with its strong collar and short sleeves adds extra width across the shoulders which in turns makes your bottom half look more proportioned. Isn’t this a pretty, fresh look for summer?

white plus size shirtdress
Punch it Up with Polka Dots

This Ralph Lauren Cap sleeve 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 plus size dress


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  1. 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!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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