It’s not easy to find fabulous dresses when you’re plus size. So many of them have empire waists which just looking like throwbacks to the 1980’s maternity dresses I wore. Plus if you’re tall at all as I am (5’10”) the empire waist ends up being somewhere around your collarbone. Not flattering at all! Add to that the fact I’m over 50 years old and thus much too old to be pregnant, it’s just not a good look for me.

Plus Size Dresses That Flatter – Shape

What fits my hourglass shape and size are a-line and skater dresses. Nothing with a horizontal waist or horizontal seams near the bust. But that may not work for you. To find a dress that fits your plus size figure, take a look in the mirror and figure out what your shape is. A skater or a-line is perfect for a tall and curvy plus size woman, but would look short and boxy on someone under 5’5″. If you have thin legs and no waist, try something fitted on the bottom like a pencil skirt and a loose and flowy top. Belt it if you can, but if your hips and/or bust are smaller than you waist forget it – it’ll look like an inner tube around your waist.

Calvin Klein Women's Plus-Size Regatta Fit and Flare Dress

 

Calvin Klein Women’s Plus-Size Regatta Fit and Flare Dress

Plus Size Dresses That Flatter – Length

But what’s the right length for a plus size dress? Right at the knee or lower. Let’s face it, the back of the thigh is one of the first places that shows cellulite. If you have it, at the knee is the perfect length – it still elongates the leg while covering up your trouble spot. Plus, bending over in a dress leaves so many ladies looking less than ladylike! The short style so popular right now needs to have matching panties I swear! I’ve seen more undies than I care to on women with short and tight dresses.

London Times Women's Plus Size Fit and Flare Dress with Cap Sleeves

London Times Women’s Plus Size Fit and Flare Dress with Cap Sleeves

 

No matter what style or color you pick, choose one you love and feel fabulous in. Nothing makes you more beautiful than feeling good about yourself.

Calvin Klein Women's Plus-Size V-Neck Fit and Flare Dress in Aubergine

Calvin Klein Women’s Plus-Size V-Neck Fit and Flare Dress in Aubergine

Calvin Klein Women's Plus-Size Solid Flare Sleeveless Dress in Currant

Calvin Klein Women’s Plus-Size Solid Flare Sleeveless Dress in Currant

Sandra Darren Women's Plus-Size Color Block Dress in Champagne and Black

Sandra Darren Women’s Plus-Size Color Block Dress in Champagne and Black

Kasper Women's Plus-Size Vanilla, Jade & Black Color Block Dress

Kasper Women’s Plus-Size Vanilla, Jade & Black Color Block Dress