Q&A: The Best Dresses for Extremely Curvy Petites

May 2nd, 2008

Q:  At 5′1, 110 pounds, and a size 32DD, I cannot find a dress that fits me correctly. Strapless dresses are impossible.  I really need a dress that I can wear a bra with and that doesn’t show off too much cleavage.

For maximum figure flattery, we’d recommend a scoopnecked or v-necked dress that hits at knee-length.  The neckline will allow you to wear a bra (and won’t show too much cleavage), and the knee length hemline will be especially flattering on your petite frame.  Here’s Omiru’s top picks for figure flattering dresses for extremely curvy petites:

Our $$$ Picks:

Maggy London Cascade Front Chiffon Dress
Maggy London Cascade Front Chiffon Dress | $158 at Nordstrom
Isn’t this color simply gorgeous?  The flowy fabric will drape nicely over your curves, though the hemline may need to be raised to knee length for maximum figure flattery.

Adrianna Papell Empire Waist Charmeuse Dress
Adrianna Papell Empire Waist Charmeuse Dress | $138 at Nordstrom
The color is great, as is the neckline.  What we don’t like is the full blouson sleeves–which may be too much for your petite frame.

Our $$ Picks:
Calvin Klein Voile Party Dress
Calvin Klein Voile Party Dress | $118 at Nordstrom
This dress is great for a summery occasion, and the scoop neckline will work well for your figure.

Maggy London Silk Chiffon Halter Dress
Maggy London Silk Chiffon Halter Dress | $98 at Nordstrom
The halter neckline and the knee-length skirt are excellent for figure flattery.

Our $ Picks:
Lush Bubble Dress
Lush Bubble Dress | $22.80 at Forever 21
The bubble skirt may help you balance out your figure…plus we love the gorgeous Jade color.

Ella Dress
Ella Dress | $22.80 at Forever 21
Thanks to the cutout, this dress reveals ever-so-subtly.  And the belted shape will help you naturally play up your curves.

Have a great tip about dresses for extremely curvy petite women? Share it with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Figure Flattery Guide,Q&A,Shopping Guide,Women,Women's

10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Angela  |  May 3rd, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Hmm, as someone with a not dissimilar figure, I avoid v-necked dresses. They tend to draw attention to an area that gets enough attention already. I prefer scoop or – ideally – bateau (boat) necked dresses. The shape pulls the eye outward, flatters my shoulders and tends to skim over the shnoobage.

    As an aside to maternity designers, not all of us are interested in putting the Ginorma-girls on display. Enough with the v-necks!

  • 2. Mimi  |  May 4th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    That Adrianna Papell Empire Waist Charmeuse Dress is yummy! Love the color and the fact that it has sleeves (I’m not fond of sleeveless on me). Since I’m on the tallish/curvy side, I think I can get away with the blouson sleeves, but I can see how it might overwhelm a petite frame.
    I’m also loving the Maggy London Silk Chiffon Halter Dress – Kelly green is a nice change, and the chiffon is very feminine

  • 3. gen  |  May 4th, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    random question, but is it weird to wear ankle boots in the spring/summer during the night?

  • 4. Mimi  |  May 4th, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    I’m not exactly a fashion expert, but I’d pick strappy sandals or peep toes or even little ballerina flats for spring/summer over ankle boots.

  • 5. Anonymous  |  April 12th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    these dresses are cool

  • 6. Anonymous  |  November 17th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Every once in a while you might find a wrap dress that you can wear backwards. In front it’s like a bateau and in back the v might hit right above your bra

  • 7. katie  |  January 16th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    you also might want to try dresses that have a halter top, sometimes they offer support and coverage while showing off your upper back.

  • 8. daniela  |  November 9th, 2010 at 4:30 am

    the dresses are realy great

  • 9. erica  |  March 22nd, 2011 at 8:11 am


  • 10. cassy  |  July 14th, 2011 at 12:41 am

    these are cool and want to have this im addicted to dress

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