Ask Ellbee ~ Dresses

Dear Ellbee,

I’m a curvy girl and I’m looking for the perfect dress for a holiday party.  I’ve tried on a few sheath dresses in hopes of showing off my curves tastefully, but they just make me look like a big blob.  Help!


Hi, Maddie.


Sounds like you’re looking for a dress that’s both classic and form-fitting.



A half dozen Disney princesses can’t be wrong: For ultimate shaping, opt for a fit-and-flare dress.

If a sheath isn’t showing off your shape properly, you’ll need something with a more clearly defined waistline.  Look for dress styles that feature a banded waist or those that have a touch of elastic under the bust or at the back.


Details like decorative seaming, piping or contrasting color strips can accentuate the waist beautifully.  A simple skinny belt, a long scarf or a sash tied at the waist can also work wonders on a dress in need of shaping.


Consider styles that are truly form-fitting — like a fit-and-flare cut.  A fitted bodice, nipped-in waist and fun and flirty skirt work well on every silhouette.

Also, think about defining the waistline just a bit higher than its natural location.  An empire waist will allow you to show off your shape and breathe at the same time ~ especially helpful if you plan to do some dancing!

Just a few ideal dress shapes for the curvy girl.


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  1. Pam says

    Liking that red and black dress! Can you tell me where I can get it?

  2. Jennifer says

    You bet, Pam. That’s the Juliette Lace Dress ($125) from the Rose Dress site. Here’s a link:

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