There are plenty of dress options designed to help you show off your curves in the best possible way. The key to finding the right sexy dress for you lies with selecting a cut, color and fabric that makes the most of your assets while camouflaging figure flaws. Proper fit is also important. Remember that "tight" doesn't equate to sexy and that wearing apparel that is too large adds pounds rather than hiding them.
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While a shirtdress might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about sexy dresses, this zipper-front selection from Michael Kors is a great choice. The belted waist shows off hourglass curves while the zipper draws attention to the face and bustline. It's an edgy look that is sure to attract attention.
Available from Nordstrom for around $130, this dress comes in sizes 1X through 3X.
Softly Draping Style
This Embellished Yoke Ruched Sheath Dress by Xscape is a great option if you're looking for a dress that will draw attention up to the face while skimming over tummy and hip areas.The dress is mostly black, with silver embellishment on the short cap sleeves, which is a great feature for those who aren't comfortable with super-thin straps.
Available from Nordstrom, this dress comes in sizes 14W through 22W and is priced just under $190.
A colorblocked dress like this lovely look from Trixxi is a great choice for most full-sized women, assuming they are comfortable in a form-hugging shape. For those who tend to be pear or apple-shaped, this type of dress can create the illusion of a cinched waist. For curvy girls who already have an hourglass shape, colorblocks like this can further enhance their natural assets.
This dress retails for around $70 at Macy's and comes in sizes 14W through 24W.
For a more conservative approach to colorblocking that is still super-sexy, try this suiting dress featuring a vertical front panel covered in small dots. The vertical lines are slimming, even though the dress is quite fitted. Wear it with our without a suit jacket, in or out of the office.
This Vince Camuto piece is available from Lord & Taylor in sizes 16W to 24W and costs around $100.
Faux Leather Sleeves
A dress doesn't have to be revealing in order to be sexy. The faux leather sleeves on this stylish shift make it a great choice for full-figured women who don't like to bare too much but still want to show off their sex appeal. With its understated styling, this DKNYC dress is just as appropriate for a professional workplace as it is for a night out on the town.
It's available at Lord & Taylor for just over $60 and comes in sizes 16W to 22W in both red and black.
Faux Wrap Dress
Wrap-style tops are very flattering to full-figured women, but they aren't always practical. This faux wrap frock from ING has all of the visual appeal of true wrap styles without the risk of the wardrobe malfunctions that can occur when sashes or other fasteners come loose. The draping fit and eye-catching color makes the most of your figure without drawing undue attention to problem areas.
Priced below $70 at Macy's, this eye-catching dress comes in women's sizes 1X through 3X.
Striped Sweater Dress
While it can be hard to find a flattering sweater dress if you have ample curves, this Calvin Klein dress is an exception. The combination of horizontal and diagonal stripes has a slimming effect all the way around, though the slim-fitting top makes this style still better suited for those with pear shapes as opposed to apple.
It's available in sizes 1X and 2X at Macy's for just under $140.
Strapless dresses can be a great choice for curvy women shopping for cocktail party or dancing attire. This shoulder-baring silhouette is perfect for plus size ladies who want to show off their bosom while enjoying figure-flattering benefits of a light, flowing skirt that draws the eye away from the stomach and hips. The long, flowing back gives the slimming illusion of additional height for all but the most petite of frames.
This sexy frock from LoveSquared retails around $70 at Macy's and comes in sizes 14W through 24W.
For full figured ladies who like the look of bare shoulders but don't want too much exposure, this elegant Betsy & Adam blouson dress with arm cut-outs is a perfect choice for upscale gatherings, dinners at fancy restaurants and evenings at the theater or symphony. Available from Nordstrom, this stylish selection comes in sizes 14W to 22W and costs just under $190.
These are just a few of the many great options that will show off your sex appeal in style. There are many more great party, evening and cocktail dresses designed to make the most of your curves. It's just a matter finding what styles match your personality and shape. As long as you feel confident in what you wear, you'll look sexy wherever you go.