Maxi? Yes. Muumuu? No. Avoid drowning your figure in a baggy tent by opting for a maxi for an Empire or cinched-in waist that gives your figure some shape like Jessica Simpson’s. Too much fabric can add extra volume, so look for a dress that’s floaty but form-fitting without being clingy. Busty gals should make sure that they have enough support up top, while those who want to conceal random lumps and bumps should slip on Spanx or other body-shaping undergarment; this will help create a smooth silhouette. Note: Strapless bandeau styles can create an unflattering bulge where the bust meets the belly. Hold out for a strappy style with more support or look for something with a cinched-in waist to break up the area.
This raw-hemmed maxi by Rachel Pally’s White Label ($248, nordstrom.com) version has slimming features such as ruched details and a cinched waist that creates a sexy hourglass shape.
If you’re on the tall side, flaunt your figure in this color-blocked dress by Necessary Objects ($55.20, macys.com), which accentuates a busty body while creating a sexy waist.
The tie-dyed halter dress by Torrid ($68, torrid.com) is a sexy choice for day or a date.