Dress Styles That Flatter Curvy Women

Updated July 20, 2017

Fashion is always evolving, and designers have certainly taken notice of women who are curvy and full figured. Whether you are looking for an office dress that is both professional and fun or a gown for a very special night out, there are great dress styles for the curvy woman. Don't focus on size—bodies are shaped differently. Focus on your positive features to find a dress that best flatters your body.

Dresses for shorter women

Dresses, whether they are casual or formal should hit just below the knee. This lengthens the appearance of the leg. Shorter women often find a princess cut or A-line dress flattering. Stay away from knit fabrics as they tend to cling.

Dresses for taller women

Try an empire cut dress if you are tall— it skims the body and brings the eye upward. Avoid small animal or floral prints. Try a wider neckline or scoop neck to show off a little cleavage.

Formal Gowns

Wearing a formal gown on a special occasion makes you feel beautiful, no matter what size you are. Choose a gown with a dark colour on the bottom and a lighter colour on top. Keep with the empire or A-line dress style that best fits your body. If you feel uncomfortable going sleeveless, choose a gown with detailed sleeves or a beaded, tailored jacket to accompany the dress.


Use belts to draw in the waist on dresses. To create longer, leaner lines, pair your shoes and stockings in the same colour. For example, if you are wearing black hose, dress it with a black heel to complement the entire outfit. Don't be afraid of alterations. They can save you time trying to find that perfect fit.

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Rebecca Gallegos began professionally writing press releases and ad campaigns for celebrities and other clients in Los Angeles, Calif., in 2000. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre from Chapman University, and is a graduate from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Gallegos currently resides in Keller, Texas.