Slimming Summer Dresses for Curvy Women!

Have a few extra curves and would like to wear a cute summer dress? Take a look at these darling slimming summer dresses made for full figures.

The Wonderful Wrap

This flirty, floral wrap dress is just one lovely example of a summer dress that looks fab after 40 on gals of all shapes and sizes. A wrap creates an hourglass shape and lifts the bust, and a ruffle hem accentuates your legs and hides heavy hips.

 Pretty and On-Trend

This of-the-moment smocked dress is refreshingly feminine with smocked detail and a square neckline. Smocked dresses like this one do a great job of concealing rolls and bumps.


Shine by Showing Some Shoulder

This pretty striped off-the-shoulder dress is fresh and fun while taking the emphasis off a heavy middle and putting it up top by your pretty face.

T-Shirt Dress is the Ultimate in Comfort

This simple, short-sleeved, printed t-shirt dress is made of a cotton blend for an effortless look that’s ready to style with sneakers, sandals, or flip flops, and a denim jacket. Available in 2 additional colors.


Denim Shirt Dress

Go bold this summer in this cute denim maxi dress. A feminine fit-and-flare silhouette gets the eye moving around instead of focusing on problem spots.

Shift Dresses are Flattering

One of the comfiest and most flattering dresses for a plus-size gal is a pretty shift dress. That’s because it falls straight down from the shoulders instead of nipping in at the waist, making it a forgiving cut that we all love. Don’t you love this chiffon overlay shift dress? It has a great pop of color with cascading flowers.

Maxi Dresses are Modern and Easy

Some curvy types prefer more coverage. If you’re a gal who feels more comfortable covering up your legs, then this maxi dress is a lovely choice for you. With a surplice bodice and a shirred A-line skirt, this maxi highlights all the right curves.

Looking for more plus-size suggestions? Check out my post on cute plus-size tops.

Join the Conversation

16 thoughts on “Slimming Summer Dresses for Curvy Women!

  1. Thank you for sharing styles for plus size women.I was so excited as I read through all of your suggestions and look forward to trying them out .
    There is not a lot of stylish information for plus sizes available and I hope you will consider including more ideas as we are often over looked.
    Thank you again.

  2. Hi Deborah, thank you so much for spotlighting plus size dresses. They are all gorgeous, and I would love to have every one of them. I get the “sleeveless thing” some of the others are responding to, but sometimes you’ve just go to get over it, and do it. After all, having style is not just about what you have on, it’s also about how you feel about yourself and not worry about what others think. It’s supposed to be all about you, not them! Love your blog! Keep up the good work with your wonderful blog!

  3. These dresses are adorable howeverI agree with all regarding the armholes but also a plus-sized lady like myself would look even larger in the mega print dresses! Too bad as they are pretty in style.

  4. I’ve got to agree with so many others here. I scrolled right on past most of these dresses with barely a glance because they are sleeveless. Plus size + mid 50s + bare arms is not flattering. Lightweight short sleeves seem to be very hard to find this year. I’m almost exasperated enough to try and make my own clothes!

  5. WHY WHY WHY do they make all plus size clothes sleeveless????? I don’t understand…too hot in the South to layer. And arms that are not toned, are not pretty.

  6. I love maxi dresses and I’m a short plus sized girl. I was able to find two maxi dresses with a petite length so it doesn’t come right to the floor. I don’t think its too much fabric at all.

  7. As an apple shape with a big bust, one thing I struggle with is the sleeveless armholes. Even though I have bigger arms and wear a substantial bra the armholes seem to be cut too big for me, or really any one, which forces me to buy a sweater or something to wear over the dress. I also haven’t gotten into the maxi dress trend because it looks a bit like a tent on me because I’m short and with that much fabric, it seems pretty hot to wear.


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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

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