Plus Size Holiday Dresses that Flatter Your Figure

by BrendaReeves

If you're a plus size, shopping for a holiday dress might be your idea of drudgery. It needn't be considering all of the flattering styles available.

The trick to looking your best in a party dress is knowing the basics of style for your figure type. A black dress looks slimming and sexy on women of every size. However, you aren't restricted to black if you like sexy red or sparkly green. It's all in the tailoring. When the tailoring is right, you will feel and look like a million dollars.

Fashion Tips for Plus Size

Take Inches off Your Figure

Write these tips down and take them shopping with you the next time you go to the mall. Post this list on your bulletin board where it's readily accessible if you're an Internet shopper.

  • Vertical lines make you look taller and thinner.
  • Avoid the tent look
  • Wear V-neck
  • Wear A-line or pencil skirts and dresses
  • Wear straight-leg jeans and pants
  • Wear leggings with tunics


Vertical Lines

Taller and Thinner

If you want to look taller and thinner, try the blue and black, long gown below. The eye travels up and down highlighting your best assets. Look at what happens when horizontal stripes are worn:

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 This dress might look great on a pencil thin model, but put it on a plus size gal and the eyes travel back and forth thickening the bust, waist and hips. If you want to see more vertical line dresses, go to Amazon and in their search box write dresses with vertical lines.

The Tent Look

The Least Flattering Style

Plus size women make the mistake of thinking billowing clothing will cover up the fat. What it does is make you look heavier and larger than you actually are. About 15 years ago, the drop waist dress was the rage. The dress was loose and comfortable, but not at all flattering to the female figure. Men hated them. I purchased one and my teenage daughter pointed out that I looked fat. She added that I was not as big as that dress made me look. If you're lucky enough to have a teenage daughter, always get their opinion. They are brutally honest with their mothers. Have you ever had a day when you feel absolutely unattractive, otherwise known as frumpy? We all have. It makes us want to crawl under a rock and stay there forever. Read Frumpy to Fabulous and find your style to avoid those days forever.

Wear V-necks

Flattering to Your Face and Bust

Just like vertical lines, a V-neck makes the eyes travel downward to your best assets. Unless you have a finely chiseled jawline and thin face, never wear a turtle neck. I've always had a full face even when I was a teenager and weighed 125 lbs at 5' 10". Now, if I wear a high neck of any kind, it makes my face look pudgy and my bust look like it's a triple F. That's not the look I want, and it also makes me feel frumpy.

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Straight Leg Jeans and Pants

Wear Them and Look Sexy

I recently saw a beautiful pair of red-velvet, Calvin Klein jeans at Macy's. I can't get them out of my mind. You could also forgo the Holiday dress and wear some gorgeous pants to the party. Your jeans should fit comfortably. Avoid loose fitting wide-leg jeans. They do not flatter the plus-size figure. Avoid flared jeans and pants. Gloria Vanderbilt Jeans are made for the tall or plus-size woman. The waist is high and the hips are designed for a woman's figure. My favorites are the Amanda Jeans by Gloria Vanderbilt. I've been wearing them for years. You can purchase them at J.C. Pennys and Sears as well as Amazon. During the spring and summer months, Gloria Vanderbilt brings out the colorful, lightweight styles. 

Wear Leggings with Tunics


Nothing looks as unflattering as a plus-size woman in a pair of leggings and a short top. I see it every day: A woman with an enormous behind and her bare belly hanging below the top, exposed to the world in all its glory. One day my daughter told me that my butt was flabby and flat. (You really should get a teenage daughter.) I didn't realize it since I can't see back there. Now I where tunics only, and I love them.

The Little Black Dress

Timeless and Chic

Women can thank Coco Chanel for the simple black dress published in American Vogue in 1926. Up until then, they reserved black strictly for mourning. Coco wanted a timeless and versatile dress that all women, no matter their social class, could afford. She designed it, and it's still around today.



Skirts and Dresses

Shape Makes a Difference

A-line and pencil skirts and dresses look best on the plus-size women. Gathered and pleated skirts add inches to the waist and hips. Luckily, the latter went out of style in the 50's, but you never know when the trend will return and it will. Add a long jacket or tunic to your A-line or pencil skirt and you'll look fabulous.

Updated: 11/08/2012, BrendaReeves
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BrendaReeves on 11/10/2012

Thank you for the comment, 2uesday. You are so right.

BrendaReeves on 11/09/2012

Thank you Arlene. I like leggings, and I have the legs for them, but I definitely wear long tunics.

BrendaReeves on 11/09/2012

Thank you Arlene. I like leggings, and I have the legs for them, but I definitely wear long tunics.

BrendaReeves on 11/09/2012

Thank you Katie. I liked that one too.

katiem2 on 11/09/2012

Very nice fashions for the fuller figured woman. I love the black and blue long Renaissance Maxi Cocktail dress, just beautiful and I look really good in those colors. I'm not full figured but I am tall so I think I could pull it off. :)K

HollieT on 11/09/2012

I love the long brown gown. It's really elegant. I'm not a plus size but I'm definitely not the shape I was in my twenties, and your tips for dressing to flatter your figure are really helpful. :)

BrendaReeves on 11/09/2012

Thank you very much, Mira.

Mira on 11/09/2012

These are some great ideas, Brenda!! And I enjoyed your selection of clothing a whole lot. My eyes were happy :D

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