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The perfect dress for the full-figured body type

Convertible Diva Dress

All too often, full-figured plus-size clothing for women is associated with baggy and frumpy—or being a plus-size woman may be seen as negative. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Size is relative, and one simple design principle will remove those issues every time: Balance. When the figure is well-balanced and a contoured shape is emphasized—regardless of a woman’s size—correct proportion is pleasing to the eye.

This valuable tip is the key to creating a well-planned shopping experience and building your most figure-flattering wardrobe. A great place to start is with a dark, forgiving contouring dress.

woman in multi-brown colored fitted waistband dress

Chic, stylish, and on-trend, a forgiving dress flatters full-figured women because the fabric softly flows away from the body, balancing your silhouette, and suggesting an hourglass shape.

Plus, a dark shade, such as black – a well-known slimming color – hides any imperfections. Even better, it can be worn by women of any body type.

Body Shape: First Step to Fabulous Fashion Choices

Whether you are a full-figured woman or not, if you’re not sure how to identify your shape, the answer is right here in simple, easy steps. First, use this helpful guide to take your measurements. Then follow the link below the guide to learn which of the five basic body shapes is yours.

With that information in hand, you’ll be able to choose the clothes and looks that show you at your best. Plus, you’ll also understand how to choose accessories to enhance your best features.

black plus size dress

The best dress for full-figured body types

A great place to start is with the Denim Tie Sheath Dress. Incredible versatility in styling options makes this a must-have for any full-figured woman. The fabric skims over curves – hips, thighs & bust – to present an evenly-contoured shape, no matter the size. Plus, the black color is slimming and hides any major concerns. The integrated belt provides additional narrow waist definition and an hourglass figure.

With the Denim Tie Sheath Dress, you’ll be ready for any occasion, from respectable office wear to a riveting cocktail dress. That’s for starters.

By knowing some Fundamental Style Tips for Plus-size Women, you’ll find plenty more simple ideas to make the most of your best assets, and draw attention away from areas of concern.

Even better, learn how to choose the best plus-size dress style for your body type.

Accessories to Enhance Full-figure Body Types

Don’t forget about a wide range of accessories! These quick tips will give you insights into choosing all the extra touches that enhance your balanced look and also help to slim your silhouette. When you select strategic accessories, you further accentuate your beautiful, full-figured shape!

Faux-Pearl Multistrand Necklace/Earring Set

Jewelry: the Subtle Way to Contour Your Curvy Fashion

Select accessories proportionate to your body size, such as an oversized necklace for a large bust or upper body. If you’re worried about too much attention on the upper half of your body, choose subtle jewelry accessories in gold or silver.

Jewelry doesn’t have to simply blend in. The right choices can actually make you look leaner. When selecting earrings, opt for long, dangling pieces. The straight line down your ear will make your neck look longer.

Lulu Satchel

Fashion Help from Handbags

Though handbags should be proportionate with your body, full-figured women needn’t look frumpy with an overly large purse.

Yes, you can choose an oversized bag that fits your style, but stick to fashion purses and hobo bags rather than beach bags. An elegant handbag choice will enhance the sophistication of your chosen look.

Cutout Slingback by Classique

Figure-Finessing Shoes

The perfect dress goes perfectly with a striking pair of heels, and height can make you look instantly leaner. Real Simple suggests women with curvier calves or ankles go for open-toe or sling back style footwear. The openness of the shoe will help create a longer visual leg line.

However, heels aren’t always doable for every woman, so pointed-toe flats can work for your style, too. The sharp shape will create a narrow line from your leg to your toes, making you look lean and tall, even without the height.

Woman in gray tights and black booties

Rock the Legwear Layer

Black or grey tights are a great option for women with wider hip measurements, or who aren’t ready to bare their legs for summer. Many dresses look great with a slimming pair of legwear, and the extra layer can easily transition you into the cooler seasons.

Full-Figure Shapewear

A flattering fit and a slimming color such as black will make your body look long and lean. You can also look extra slender with the help of shapewear.

Comfortable and undetectable, shapewear will hold you in and can be worn right under a dress. Many options provide a full-body toning appearance without peeking out from under the dress of your choice.

Ready for a go-to look that you can rely on across the seasons? Make sure you have the Convertible Diva Dress in your closet. No wardrobe is complete without your own favorite little black dress, and this is sure to be one of your favorites. 

For other body types besides full-figure, check out our other articles about how this dress fits:

Comments (30)

Flora

Love the Styles of the dresses love the clothes keep making them look fabulous thanks

April Bishop

Do you have a sizing chart anywhere? I’m not sure what size I would wear in your clothing line.

Monroe and Main

Emily Fang

I suggest that you can insert photos of models of plus size clothing in the article. Only intuitive images and corresponding photos can help readers.
https://www.shestar.com/wholesale-plus-size-dresses.html

Leigh Miller

I will probably not by a dress from this company ever based on the principal that they are selling a plus sized dress on a less than average (except her height) model… not a good company…

angela a armstrong

You’re talking about “full figured” and plus sized women yet your model is neither. You want me to buy your dress show it to me modeled by a 300lb model not one that looks to weigh 125. It is offensive when clothing companies do that.

April

Just making an observation. The girl and the black dress is probably a size four at the most. What about a size 18 20? I don’t understand these people who advertise plus size clothes with skinny little models. Of course it looks great on them. Put it on my fat ass and I would look like I was trying to pop out of the dress. That’s not cool. I personally have been very pleased with Lane Bryant because they quit doing any airbrushing on their models and they’re actually showing models that are size 22-24 even though they start plus size at a size 12 which blows my mind. 12? I’m 6 ft 1 and I’m an 18 and I’m thick I’m not fat. Of course I could always lose weight but putting me in one of their suits for work and put somebody that’s a size 18 and they’re 5’3 we are not going to look the same in clothes. I got recruited has a model for them one time right after I had my son when I was 27 years old I’m 39 now. They wanted me because I was tall and that made me look thinner which made their clothes look better and I told them where they could take that model offer. the recent change has made me start looking at some of their things again except everything on their page looks like an old lady. Personally even though I’m 39 I am newly divorced and of course there’s going to be another man at some point hopefully and I like torrid. Even though they cater to the younger crowd I’m not ready to look like a 60-year-old woman quite yet. I’m only 39. Their corsets zip up the back and they’re long enough for me to wear with a skater skirt thigh high fishnets and combat boots and that is my go-to go out and get free drinks all night outfit. Lol guys love long legs

Cindi

The model you have inot full figured. If you are claiming it’s good for a full figured woman with some curves, you need to show it, like with a model who wears a size 24+.

Ashley

Why so much black…and tips to hide behind a colorful bag? Is this to encourage plus size or shame us. I believe the tip in knowing you body type and shape is true but being told to wear black and a big necklace to takeaway from being a size is uncool.

Emily LaGrone

I spend my Texas summers in pretty dresses. With a full slip and not a stitch more. I’m not skinny, but a T shape. Help having broad shoulders. When I sew a jacket, typically add 2″ to shoulder width.
Love the pattern.

Gaynor henry

Then why not show it on a full-figured model?

patricia

I agree with you. The neckline is too low. For work. For evening wear a date. Yeah, perfect show off your good assets and attributes

Dave Abell

I am shopping for my wife. Bianca is 6 ft tall and wears a size 26?? dress. I want her to be stylish and be the “belle of the ball”. What direction could you point me in?? She works as an executive assistant to a VP at a community college, so I would need something appropriate

Carla

Try The Avenue or Catherine’s very nice clothes also Fashion To Figure and Ashley Stewart try those clothes for full-figured women very beautiful

Margarita Garcia

You’re talking about “plus size” but yet you show the dress on a slim built woman…..its hypocrisy

Jackie M

@Margarita Garcia you beat me to the punch. My point is how can I believe this article when you didn’t believe it enough to use a full figure model to prove your point. So obviously your advice is suspect.

Violet

What she said. You lost me the second you used the model you did. You want to sell to plus sized gals, then show us what it looks like on actual women *she says as she heads to Torrid who uses actual plus sized models*

Erin

Exactly what I was thinking. I would love for just one of these articles actually show “plus size” women. And we wonder why we all have low self esteem.

Madge

Exactly!!! That was my first thought. Sure it’s flattering in the picture, that’s a tall slender woman… Not full figured at all. Even the shapewear is on someone slim. Seriously? So annoying.

Tracy

Exactly! It’s got short sleeves and it clings in the mid-section. That dress would look terrible on me.

Kimberly Watkins

The convertible diva dress (MC719050) is exactly what I would like to keep on hand when traveling. I visited the monroe and main website, but noticed they sold out of all sizes except misses medium. Will more sizes be available soon?

Natalie

I find it interesting that the article pertains to full-figure women and the first picture is of a tall, slender woman who would look nice in any style dress. It would have been nice to see exactly how the dress would look on someone who was actually ful-figured. Unless you are tall, this dress may not look good on someone full-figured. May make them look shorter and heavier due to the full skirt.

betty

What about us older ladies.

Jackie

It is too low necked.

Jo Blow

Totally agree the neckline is ridiculously low. Can we please have some modest, work-appropriate clothing???

patricia

I agree with you. The neckline is too low. For work. For evening wear a date. Yeah, perfect show off your good assets and attributes

Sabrina Rose

Would love to order the black dress,but can’t find the shopping part of your site

Monroe and Main

Hi Sabrina, here is a link to our Slimming Sassy Dress: https://www.monroeandmain.com/Clothing/Dresses/slimming-sassy-dress-181.pro! 🙂 Hope you still are able to place an order. Enjoy!

patricia

The model in your ad is not a plus-size model. You’re not doing anybody any favors by not showing. plus size models. I wear a size 22 22 on top. And a 16 to 18 on the bottom. I have seen women in ads. That say they are size 14 and honestly, they look like they’re much larger than that.

Debbie M

You need to model plus size dresses on plus size models

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Published on Jun 15 2021

Last Updated on Dec 03 2021

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