How to Dress Sexy When You Are a Size 16

Updated February 16, 2017

You don't have to be a petite woman wearing a size zero, tight dress to ooze sex appeal. In fact, if you are a plus-size woman looking to unleash your inner Sophia Loren or Marilyn Monroe, dressing sexy is all in the details. From the proper fit of your clothing to learning how to conceal or reveal your curvy assets properly, the size 16 woman can dress sexy if she follows a few fashion rules.

Conceal the bad to reveal the good. The sexy plus-size woman uses illusion to her advantage. If your stomach is flabby, wear empire-waist shirts or dresses to disguise a bulging tummy. If your neck and shoulders are your best features, choose V-necks and wide U-necks shirts to elongate your neck. Boat-neck necklines or off-the shoulder tops reveal the right amount of flesh while balancing curvy hips perfectly.

Eliminate baggy clothing. Contrary to popular fashion among curvy girls, big clothes make curvy bodies appear larger. Discard all oversized sweatshirts, sweatpants, sweaters and supersized jeans from your closet. Replace these garments with items that fit snugly but do not cling to your body.

Follow the basic style secrets for sexy curves. Draw the eye upward with light and bold colours on the top and dark shades on the bottom. Cinch everything---from dresses to blouses---with a wide belt to feature your waist. For the woman who wears a size 16 dress, the scoop-neck top is always a sexy style staple. On Dressing Well reports that this style lengthens the neck and displays your face and decolletage beautifully.

Embrace the wrap dress. Choose Diane von Furstenberg's iconic dress style to enhance your bust, while minimising curves below. When paired with a camisole, this sexy clothing choice is perfect for the office or a casual dinner date. According to "Marie Claire," the best wrap dress for plus-size women hits just above the knee.

Create clean lines with foundation garments. Select undergarments made from Lycra, nylon and spandex to wear under your clothing. Choosing the best body slimmers, girdles and shapers will smooth and shape your body without dieting. Before you reveal your body under wrap dresses or slim pencil skirts, select a foundation garment the same size as your normal dress size. For example: a size 16 would feel most comfortable in a large or an extra-large body shaper.

Wear high-heel stilettos or slingback shoes to infuse sexy into your basic shoe wardrobe.


Displaying your bosom is certainly sexy, but avoid ample cleavage during work hours or religious settings.

Things You'll Need

  • Empire waist shirts and dresses
  • V-neck shirts
  • U-neck shirts
  • Light tops
  • Tops with bold colours
  • Dark-coloured trousers and skirts
  • Wide belt
  • Scoop neck tops
  • Wrap dresses
  • Camisole
  • Pencil skirts
  • Large or extra-large girdles, body shapers and slimmers
  • Boat-neck necklines
  • Off-the shoulder tops
  • Stiletto shoes
  • Slingback shoes
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About the Author

Mimi Abney is a lifestyle writer specializing in online content for women. Her work has appeared in and "Keepsake Magazine," among other publications. With over 15 years of writing and editing experience for the web and print, Abney is also a contributor to online health, beauty and fashion publications. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Spelman College.