The Best Dresses for Full Figures

Actress Christina Hendricks knows how to flaunt her curves in a fab dress.

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A change of season means packing up the old dresses and purchasing some pretty new ones. For full-figured gals this may be a little trickier. You want to score that perfect frock, the one that shows off your fabulous curves without clinging or highlighting your problem areas. Though the average woman, at a size 14, fits into this category, fashion still has a tendency to make shopping for a size 4 much easier. Check out these fashion tips to help you find the full-figured dress that will make you feel like a diva.

Empire Waist

Take the spotlight off of hips and thighs with an Empire-waist dress. This super-romantic style puts focus on your curves up top thanks to a waistline the cuts just under a breast. A long, flowing bottom camouflages problem areas, yet still lets you show off a great set of calves. Empire-waist dresses come with a scoop, boat or V-neck and with or without sleeves. For less cling, try one in cotton or a cotton/polyester blend.

Maxi Dress

Feeling beachy? When warm weather hits try rocking a fab maxi dress. This ankle-grazing frock boasts a fitted top that shows off the ladies and a long, flowing bottom that hides hips, thighs and legs without making you look bulky. Find strappy maxi dresses or don one with bell-shaped short sleeves. This style also has a great retro feel and can be worn for day or at night.

Vintage Cut

The massive popularity of "Mad Men" has brought vintage, 1960s style back to the fashion forefront. This is great for full-figured ladies, as that era's frocks were made for loads of curves. Look for vintage styles or retro copies that are fitted at the top, have a defined waist and either a full circle skirt or a curve-hugging pencil skirt. Many vintage dresses have boning in the top that can cinch in tummies. A boatneck on a vintage frock balances out wider hips, while a V-neck elongates short torsos and shows off cleavage.

Wrap Dress

Just like a vintage cut, a wrap dress looks divine on a full figure, as it highlights your upper body. This simple, sassy wraparound dress has a tie waist and a plunging V-neck so you can show off a little cleavage. Wrap dresses never seem to go out of style and are totally appropriate for work or a night out on the town. Snag wrap dresses with loose-fitting sleeves and breathable fabrics that don't cling.

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