Dress Sexy! Plus Size Cocktail Dress Styles to Love

It’s easy to dress sexy with plus size cocktail dresses. Play up your unique shape with one of the many styles available to plus size women, and you’ll step out looking fabulous. Start by considering your body type:

  • Rounded – you carry your weight through the middle.
  • Pear – you carry your weight through the hips.
  • Hourglass – your shoulders measure about the same as your hips.

What’s Hot?

Retro cocktail dresses are coming out with full, swingy skirts, a style popular in the 1950’s. A full skirt compliments pretty legs. Classic black dresses are always sexy and classic; the black dress goes anywhere, and it’s so easy to accessorize.

Strapless dresses show off your nice shoulders. Many strapless dresses have boning—shaping—in the bodice, which helps you curve in all the right places.


Look for dresses with a classic cut such as the sheath. The sheath is a straight cut, measuring approximately the same width from the armholes to the hem, and without a tapered waist. The sheath makes short legs look longer.


The A-line is a triangular cut; the hem is slightly wider than the top of the dress. This classic style is flattering for every body type and shape. Look for dresses that have pretty belts, or add your own decoration, such as dangly earrings.

Empire—or High—Waist

Dresses with a high—or empire—waist have a waistline that sits under the bust. This style is flattering for women who like a classic look. Choose flowing fabrics in soft or jewel-tone colors.

Bias Cut

Bias cut dresses follow the curves of your figure. This is a tailored cut and works best for the hourglass shape.

Wrap or Mock-Wrap

Wrap or mock wrap dresses work for all body types, and the diagonal line across the front lengthens your bodyline.

Fit and Flare

Dresses that are tighter at the top and flare at the bottom, accentuating your bustline, are called fit and flare The cut of the fit and flare compliments an hourglass figure. If the top of the dress has a v-neck or a neckline with a wide scoop, it looks great on the pear shape figure.


The halter dress is sexy (and one of the most versatile styles), showing off your neck and shoulders. Halter-top dresses tie at the back of the neck, and the straps joining the bodice can be positioned in several ways that compliment different figures. Halter straps that join the bodice at the widest point—near the armpit, look great on the pear shape figure. Straps that make a vee from the center flatter a rounded or hourglass figure.

Diagonal or Asymmetrical Hem

An asymmetrical hem flows around your legs, elongates the figure, and shows off your legs. This type of dress is perfect when you’re going dancing.

Decorative Neckline

Cocktail dresses in with a decorative neckline draw attention to your face. Look for beaded, sequined or embroidered necklines, or latticed—strips of fabric that criss-cross the upper chest.

Off the Shoulder or One Shoulder

This is a style that works well if your figure is rounded by drawing the eye upward and creating width at the top. The one shoulder dress gives your figure a longer, leaner look.


One of the hot looks, going strapless is stylish and sexy. The strapless dress highlights your upper body, drawing attention to your face and shoulders.


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