A swing dress is a modern and fashion-forward dress inspired by the micro length dresses that were so popular in the 1960s. The modern swing dress is close fitting at the chest and then bells out into an A-line shape from your bust, rather than from the waist: the result is a dress that has a lot of movement and will ‘swing’ as you walk or dance, hence the name!

Because they swing from the bust, plus size swing dresses look fabulous on girls that don’t like to wear outfits that hug their curves: the dress will skim over your assets, and fall to your mid-thigh, showing off your legs.  These dresses are comfortable, versatile, and can be worn from day to night by adding just a few accessories. Here are a few top plus size fashion tips on how to wear a swing dress:

Balance the Shape

Many plus size women are reluctant to wear a swing dress because they fear that it will make them look bulky and not define their curves. However, this is a concern that is easy to combat by choosing the right accessories. Add a cotton scarf or long line necklace to draw the eye down the body, elongating your shape and balancing out the width at the hem of the dress. If you’re still concerned that the swing dress is making you look too broad then you can also balance the triangular shape of the dress by adding a skinny belt at your natural waist line.

Pick Your Fabric Wisely

Swing dresses come in a wide range of fabrics: choose cotton or denim for a modern day wear style, or opt for silk or slinky viscose fabrics for a luxurious evening look. This is one dress style where you shouldn’t shy away from pattern: this will help to break up the blocky shape of the dress and inject a sense of fun into your outfit. Big and bold patterns look especially flattering on plus size figures, and have the added benefit of being bang on trend this season, making this the perfect choice.

Choose the Right Shoes

The beauty of the versatile swing dress is that it can be worn with almost any shoe! Team with bare legs and flat sandals to make the most of balmy summer days, or add thick opaque tights and chunky heeled ankle boots when the weather turns cooler. Heels look great with swing dresses to elongate legs for a fun and flirty evening look, or make the most of the sports luxe trend and team your dress with your favourite sneakers for an ultra-comfortable and fashion forward style.