Plus-Size Summer Tops To Flatter A Curvy 40+ Figure

Many of my plus-size readers have been asking me for suggestions for tops that they can wear now as they head out on vacation and transition into fall. So, here’s what I’ve come up with.

Take a look at these cute finds that are casual, and classy.

1. Palm Perfection

Palm prints are festive for summer, but the muted beige and brown in this top make it appropriate for fall too. The square neck and blouson sleeves on this cute palm print top are so fresh and modern. This blouse can be worn off the shoulder and is great to wear for lunch outdoors on a beautiful day.

2. Keep It Under Wraps!

Wrap tops are a favorite among gals over 40. They are flattering, for one. For another thing, they are usually made of soft cotton fabric, making them incredibly comfortable. This long sleeve polka dot wrap top features pretty ruffle sleeves, a relaxed fit, and a soft fabrication to make it a great choice for any occasion.

3. Retro Smocking

Smocking is back, but this version is updated with a more sophisticated and grown-up vibe. Smocking is incredibly flattering since it fits close to the body but adds texture to camouflage imperfections. This square-neck-smocked top is perfect for a girls’ night out on the town.

4. Beautiful Blue

I love this bracelet sleeve crossover hem top for occasions when you want to look nice with minimal effort. It’s super soft and comfy. Pair it with white jeans for a casual dinner or a pair of tailored trousers for work. Snap it up now to look fab later.

5. Fresh Florals

If you are looking for a top to help create and define a waist, a tie-waist top is the best solution. This flutter sleeve tie-belt top is simple but elegant, incredibly comfortable, and delivers a pretty floral print. This wardrobe must-have pairs nicely with light wash denim, as shown, but would go well with white denim also.


6.  Boho Inspired

When you want to wear boho but don’t want to look like a leftover from the 60s or 70s, go for this keyhole peasant top with lace insets. It’s a modern update on a favorite classic peasant top.


7. Give Them The Cold Shoulder!

Flirty and feminine perfectly describe this Karen Kane cold shoulder scarf top. You can’t go wrong with this bold black top with an eye-catching floral print.


8. The Layered Look

I absolutely love the look of layers, but I don’t like the bulk. This pretty asymmetrical hem woven top combines a delicate shirttail and a woven overlay top to create a smooth, layered look without all the unflattering heaviness.

9. Feminine Tie Sleeves

This tie-sleeve peplum top is relaxed and comfy with its flattering V-neck and tie-trim sleeves. Pair it with jeans now and a pair of cool, white pants as temperatures start to rise.


10. Modern Colorblock

Strategically placed colored panels make you look slim and trim. This color-block top featuring scoop neckline and dolman sleeves with zipper cuffs creates a centerline to elongate your torso and make your top half appear leaner and more narrow. This top is ideal for gals who are wider on top than on the bottom.

Which top is your favorite? Why? More plus-size tops here.



Maybe you are looking for some slimming plus-size dresses? Check them out here.


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7 thoughts on “Plus-Size Summer Tops To Flatter A Curvy 40+ Figure

  1. If I was in my 30’s, yes! But I don’t think they are suitable for me (59) But I do appreciate the models not being thin while modeling plus size clothing.

  2. Unless you’re tall, none of these will flatter the full figure. At 5’4″ all of these would make me look like Fred Flintstone… shorter and brick shaped. For my height and weight everything I’ve read shows a shorter cut is best, and I tend to agree for us short, sturdy ladies. Just sharing that in full figure sizes, not every cut is flattering.

  3. Thank you Deborah for showing these tops. One top I’ve found that fits my apple-shape and big-bust are the ones that have the elastic at the bottom hem. I thought they would balloon out on me and make me look bigger but they are actually flattering. Not sure about the off the shoulder tops because how do you wear your bra? Chances are if we’re plus-size we’re probably not able to wear a strapless bra. Just sharing in case your readers are interested in other options.

  4. I am not fond of any of these. The hemlines are all the same length. Plus size women have different shapes, not just “big’. These are not flattering.

  5. Thank you for acknowledging plus size clothing and featuring them here. One thing that drives me crazy is that so may designers refuse to make clothing for heavier women and some even consider size 12 as extra large. I suppose they don’t want anyone but stick thin women wearing their creations, but they are losing out on a huge segment of the population. And too many stores or catalogs that do feature plus size items feature things that look so ugly and unflattering. Thank you for not forgetting there are millions of women out here who are not size 2.

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