Summer Dresses That Make You Look Curvy! 3 Tips. (Fashion Friday)


So, summer is arriving, and that means: time for summer dresses!
My newest online clothing obsession is an online boutique that sells Japanese/Korean style clothing (read: small AND cute!), starting at size 00. And to make things even better: I got all you guys a special discount code!
If you buy any clothing on Mode5, just use the code 'ExtraSmall' for 20% off.

Just like bigger women sometimes like to make themselves feel smaller, thin women sometimes like to make themselves seem a bit fuller - so here are some summer dresses for skinny women - that will add some visual 'va-va-voom' where you might need it, and most importantly: will make you feel beautiful. Here's to a feel-pretty summer!

Tip 1. Ruffles: Cute & Curvy!

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Boulin Dress

Look for ruffles and extra layers in the right spots: at the hips, butt, and breasts. Ruffles tend to add visual curves.
I always look for tops and dresses with ruffles, and I know they can be hard to find.
This cute summer dress 'Boulin' from is a perfect example though. Plus, the short length of this breezy summer dress is great for short/thin legs as well.

Tip 2. Stripes make breasts/butt/hips appear larger

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Selina Dress

Also look for dresses with horizontal stripes. The stripes make eyes go from left to right and back, and therefore make you appear 'fuller.'
Look for dresses like this stripy dress - perfect for if you have small breasts, or if you're lacking some junk in your trunk! ;) Just kidding, of course. I just want you to feel beautiful - and dresses like this one are great for a summer evening out.
Ahh...martini anyone?

Tip 3. Skinny? Wear patterns!

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Sticker Dress

If you're thin, the best way to add some visual curves is by wearing patterns.
Whether the pattern is delicately cute, flowery, or big and bold: all types of patterns will add some visual bulk.
The pictured Sticker dress is a good example of a nice colorful pattern. I'd like it even more if it had some ruffles! Always choose patterns or horizontal stripes over mono-colored clothes - it makes shopping for summer dresses fun!

There you go: 3 tips for great summer dresses that'll make you feel beautiful, and ready to soak up the sun!

I personally can't wait to start wearing T-shirts, dresses, and get a nice flip-flop tan. :)
Hope you're all enjoying your Friday ladies, and here's to a great summer!


PS Thanks for my friends at for giving my readers 20% off!

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  1. Marcoda
    Posted April 14, 2012 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    I love your blog but this post seems to contradict your overall theme. Instead of hiding our body types, shouldn’t we be embracing them? Why should we support the theory that “curves make the woman?”

    • Posted April 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Marcoda for your feedback! Of course we should be embracing our body type, that’s what this blog is about!
      And I picked these dresses to do just that – make you feel beautiful by being who you are. I didn’t mean to support the so-called theory that ‘curves make the woman’ by adding ‘curvy’ to the title. Perhaps I should have picked a different word…beautiful? :)
      Just like bigger women sometimes like to make themselves feel smaller, thin women sometimes like to make themselves seem a bit fuller – and that’s what this post is all about. I’m not saying you should always try to look curvy , here are just some ideas/suggestions for the times you DO want to :)

  2. Posted April 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Oh my gosh their clothes are SO CUTE!!! I am astounded, though, by the size difference between American and Asian clothing. A Japanese size 5-7 is an American 00-1! It was for this reason that, when I was in Japan, I easily could have bought a whole new wardrobe there (if I had the funds). Their clothes are made to fit people built like me, and I’m not even Asian. If I ever win the lotto, you can bet there will be a major shopping spree in Tokyo! :D

    • Posted April 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      Yes, so true Katrina! I actually have never been to Tokyo, never been to Asia, but seems like a GREAT place to shop with all the small sizes! In the meantime, though, websites like are an awesome alternative. It imports all its clothes from Korea, Japan and China I believe, super awesome! And the site was started by a naturally petite woman who bought small clothes from Asia, and eventually turned that into a business :)

  3. meme
    Posted April 28, 2012 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    Ruffles work wonders….. I wear size 2 tops and nothing really its properly. I go to asian stores where they sell cute tops and size small tend to fit pretty well. Ruffles on the end of a top is amazing, especially if you have narrow and small hips. It adds more shape to the lower body and gives you a more ‘girly’ rather than teenage boy look.

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