Stocking your closet with flattering clothes is a must for curvy women. But finding stylish outfits that fit can be difficult.
Kennedy Blue designs bridesmaid dresses with all shapes and sizes of women in mind. Choosing the right silhouettes, colors, and fabrics is essential for making every member of your entourage feel beautiful.
1. Off-the-Shoulder Dresses
Nothing says flirty and chic quite like an off-the-shoulder dress. From smocked sundresses with flounce to a floral Bardot-style midi dress, these sexy yet casual dresses flatter every body type (yes, even plus size women) by accentuating shoulders and curves in all the right places.
Broad-shouldered women can wear off-the-shoulder dresses with ease by strategically choosing a slouchy dress rather than a tighter one. A slouchy style will visually “swallow” the width of wide shoulders, while a tighter dress will overemphasize them.
Accessorize your off-the-shoulder dress with a pair of sky-high platform slides or chunky sneakers for a casual look or add a sophisticated touch with a handheld clutch purse or oversized tote bag. If you want to add a little warmth to your off-the-shoulder dress, slip on a long-sleeve sweatshirt or turtleneck and a thick winter coat overtop. Layering will turn your off-the-shoulder dress into the perfect outfit for a cold day or breezy brunch with friends.
2. Corset Dresses
If you’re interested in wearing corset dresses but don’t want to deal with the pain of lace-ups, find a formal dress that has a zipper down the back. It should fit you well in the bust area, and have boning in the bodice to make it look more like a corset.
Long corset dresses are perfect for black tie and other formal events. The lace-up detailing on the corset creates a waist-cinching shape on the body that enhances your curves and gives you an hourglass figure. The dress is also comfortable to wear as it does not restrict your movement.
Many people have a reason for wanting to wear a corset dress, from waist training to boosting self-confidence. However, it can be difficult to find one that looks good and is comfortable. If you can’t find a dress to buy, you can make a dress that fits you by adding a corset back yourself. First, remove the zipper and use a seam ripper to open up the seams where the zipper connects with the dress.
3. Mini Dresses
The perfect piece for summery strolls to the farmers market and surprise brunch dates with the girls, mini dresses are a wardrobe staple that is versatile enough for any occasion. Choose from a wide range of sundresses, day dresses and jumpsuits & rompers with on-trend details and flattering fits for all your casual adventures. For special occasions, you can’t go wrong with curve-hugging bodycon dresses or shimmery cocktail dresses with attention-grabbing cuts and all the latest colors.
If you’re looking to show off your legs without showing too much skin, try a mini dress with a midi length hem. You can pair this with ankle boots or heels, your favourite clutch bag and a beret or Panama hat to complete the look.
If you prefer to stay a little more covered up, choose a fitted dress with sleeves or a mesh mini dress with a deep V-neck and small hoop earrings. The sky’s the limit when it comes to shoe pairing options for a mini dress, but we suggest keeping it simple so you don’t compete with the short hemline of your outfit.
4. Maxi Dresses
Maxi dresses are a popular summer fashion choice for women of all ages. They are light, airy, and comfortable, making them ideal for warm weather. They also provide sun protection to the legs and feet, which is particularly important if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Maxi dress styles range from flowing, bohemian-inspired tunics to form-fitting jersey dresses. They are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, making it easy to find one that suits your personal style and occasion.
Some maxi dresses are even suitable for formal events, depending on the dress code of the venue. These dresses are typically made of lace, satin, or silk and may be embellished with embroidery, beads, or sequins.
To make a maxi dress more casual, wear it with a denim jacket or a cardigan. Alternatively, you can also add a belt to give your look a more structured shape. You can also accessorize your maxi dress with eye-catching jewelry, such as a large statement earrings or a beaded necklace. This helps to draw attention away from the waistline and create a flattering silhouette.
5. Sleeveless Dresses
Sleeveless dresses are a great way for women to showcase their arms, especially if they’ve spent time and effort toning them. They also help women feel more confident in social situations where revealing clothes are expected.
For some women, however, sleeveless dresses can be intimidating. To overcome this problem, women can add a jacket or cardigan to their outfit. This will make the dress appear more modest and will provide extra warmth if necessary.
Additionally, women can wear a light, sheer shawl to a sleeveless dress for a stylish and comfortable look. A shawl can also be worn at a wedding to keep the bride warm and add an elegant touch to her ensemble.
Casual trips to the farmers’ market, brunch with friends and surprise getaways call for style you can count on – and a flawless fit. Shop our collection of curve-hugging bodycon dresses, sundresses, day dresses and jumpsuits & rompers with on-trend details and attention-grabbing cuts. You’ll look stunning, and feel confident – and totally you! – everywhere you go this season.