Fashion or Bust: How to Wear a Maxi Dress When You're Curvy, Jennifer Lopez Kohls

While my usual look is Starlet Bombshell, there are times when I envy ladies who can pull off Bohemian.  I usually find that trend doesn’t flatter my curves, and I end up looking more frumpy than fabulous.  I still attempt time and time again to find a maxi dress.  Most of my attempts resulted in empire waists that made me look like I was expecting, and spaghetti straps that could barely contain me and made me look like I was nursing.  I had all but given up, until I found this dress by Jennifer Lopez for Kohls.  It is the perfect fit for me (it always amazes me how JLo’s clothing fits me so well, considering we could no be more different in body shape).  This dress is no longer available, but I wanted to offer a few tips for curvy Starlets who want to give maxi dresses a try…

  • Find one with wider straps.  Many maxi dress have thin, barely there straps (or none at all).  That’s fine for the small chested population… but if you’re full busted, then wear a supportive bra, and wear straps that are wide enough to cover it.  Trust me, you’ll feel so much more comfortable.
  • Pick a more natural waist, or one that’s a little wider.  If you’re apple/strawberry shaped, and you are a little fuller in the middle, an empire waist can easily fall into a maternity look (and no one wants that unless they are actually pregnant).  Just like a wide black belt can be your best friend, so can a wider or natural waist dress.  Remember, you can always add a belt to define your waist.
  • Darker colors and bigger patterns are slimming.
  • Open necklines are flattering for full busts.  A v neck is the most flattering, but just avoid high necklines.

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Get this look:

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  • Biana Perez

    I love how full coverage the maxi is up top!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Miriam Goh

    You look absolutely amazing dear! Thanks for the tips. I have problems looking for the perfect maxi dress without looking pregnant!


  • You look beautiful in this dress! I love the pattern, its not ‘too much’ like some patterns are with maxi dresses


  • This is gorgeous on you.


  • Crystal Dench

    Hi Sarah,

    I came across your blog from IFB Links a la Mode where my blog was featured too.

    Great post- I love the floral print of this maxi!

    – Crystal x

    • Awesome! Congrats on the feature!!! Thanks so much!!! 🙂

  • Alyssa Renee

    This maxi dress looks great on you! =)

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  • Lady B

    Hon, this dress was simply made for you! It nips in your waist deliciously and skims over your curves in a real flattering way. Kudos to JLo and her team for this winning number!

    • Thanks so much! I love JLo and her clothes, they are so easy to wear!

  • Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the tips- I’m always afraid of the maternity look, plus I’m short which makes finding a maxi dress even more challenging. Still looking for the right one!

    • I find many maxi dresses too long for me, and I’m definitely not short… they really should make clothes in a variety of lengths as well as widths!

  • Beautiful! The way this dress plays up your curves and nips in your waist, is perfect and reads classic Hollywood bombshell. All around winner!

    • Aww Thanks so much, that is the ultimate compliment!!!! <3