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A Plus Size Guide to Finding the Right Dress

Finding the right clothes is all about accentuating the features that you want to flaunt and downplaying those you don’t. Regardless of your shape, choosing clothes with the right colour, fit and cut will help flatter your figure. For curvy girls, choosing the right plus size dress to flatter your figure comes with some guidelines.

When it comes to cut, it’s smart to choose from A-line, empire or a straight cut. There are timeless styles that are classy and you’ll be able to wear them over and over again for any occasion.

Empire Waist

This cut is cinched right below the bust line and it’s the perfect cut for ladies with a pear-shaped body, meaning smaller above the waist than below the waist. Ruffles and ruching at the top of the empire waist will draw the eye upward and balance out the upper and lower half of your body.


This cut is also known as the fit and flare because it’s fitted at the top and then flows away from the body at the waist. This is a go-to cut because almost every body looks good in an A-line dress because it highlights the natural waistline. You’ll want to stay away from thin and clingy fabrics. Opt for a dress with structure that will keep its shape.


This type of cut has no natural waistline, but falls straight. Women with hourglass shapes or very curvy might not like this fit but it looks great on women who have broader shoulders and smaller hips.

When it comes to colour, remember that light colours emphasise features while black downplays them, which is why black is always considered flattering. Look for colours that complement your skin tone and something that you feel comfortable in. Darker colours in autumn and winter and lighter hues in spring and summer.

Garments that are too tight or too loose will be unflattering. Find your correct measurements and get a dress that fits and makes you happy and confident. Use these guidelines to help you find the right dress. These are particularly useful when shopping online.


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