Skip to main content

Plus Size White Dresses

Wendy is a journalist who has been writing online since 2007 on topics such as plus size fashion, learning languages, and traveling.

A White Summer Dress

Wearing A Plus Size White Summer Dress in Hendaye, France

Wearing A Plus Size White Summer Dress in Hendaye, France

White Dresses

White is the summer colour by excellence. You cannot spend the summer without owning at least one white dress. White flowy dresses give you a fresh look regardless of your age and shape. The all white look always adds a hint of sophistication to any woman.

If you wear plus size clothing, maybe you are concerned about wearing white and you do prefer to stick to darker colours such as black, dark brown and navy. Let me tell you that your size is not a major factor on whether you can dare wear white or not. More important than your size is your skin tone. White looks amazing on those women with hot skin tones, that is why you look so great during summer when you are tanned and you wear white clothes.

Queen Latifah Wearing A White Dress


Wearing A White Dress

Most women can wear the all white look; it all depends on how you wear it. If you have a pale complexion, you could wear white provided that you add warm coloured accessories near your face to counteract the harshness of white against your skin. A bright coloured summer scarf for example will change a washed out look into a “look how stunning I am” look.

Plus size Model Tara Lynn for the French ELLE magazine


Plus Size Model Tara Lynn Wearing White

A few months ago, in April 2010, the French ELLE magazine launched its first ever plus size issue featuring plus size model Tara Lynn. Just look at the Elle cover on the right, Tara looks sublime wearing a white “combi suit”.

Ordinarily you would not have thought that an all white look would suit a plus size figure, but as you can see, worn with the right accessories the white look can also be worn by plus size women.

Pay attention to the accessories. See the contrasting brown high heel shoes; they add height making Tara look slimmer. The thin belt emphasizes her waistline giving her an hourglass shape, defining her waist. The oversized handbag in contrasting colour also adds to the overall look. Tara is a big girl and big accessories like an oversized handbag suit her silhouette.

Celebrity stylist Susan Moses says: “White does not make you look larger if you find the right pieces, just as black will not make you look smaller if it doesn’t fit properly”

Can Plus Size Women Wear White Dresses?

White dresses are a must in Summer, but if you are worried about wearing white because you wear plus size clothes, let me tell you that you too can look gorgeous in white. If you have any doubts about white dresses being suitable for plus size women, you just need to look at the pictures of plus size celebrities below. Whether they are wearing cocktail dresses, night dresses or even white swimwear, they all look fantastic because they know how to wear white clothing to enhance their looks.

Plus Size Celebrities Wearing The All White Look

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah

Kate Dillon

Kate Dillon

Scroll to Continue

Tips for Wearing Plus Size White Dresses

  • Find a suitable cut for your body shape. You should aim to dress for your shape - not size- Look for clothing that shapes and contours your body.
  • If you have thin arms, you can wear a sleeveless white dress. On the contrary, if you have flabby arms, you would be better wearing some kind of sleeve, preferably a cut that covers and doesn’t cling to your arms.
  • Most plus size women benefit from a low cut dress. The low cut will make your neck look longer and your face slimmer.
  • Find a length that suits you. If you are very tall, a longer dress will look better on you than in a shorter woman. Whatever length you choose just make sure it is not too short.
  • Go for quality fabrics that make you feel confident and comfortable.
  • Do not forget to add a pop of colour!

More Tips for Wearing Plus Size White Dresses

  1. Make sure you have a tan, whether natural or faked. White looks stunning on tanned skins.
  2. Make sure that you choose an opaque fabric. White tends to be see-through, and showing your underwear will just look tacky.
  3. Avoid clinging materials. Anything that hugs your curves too tightly will look bad in white if you wear a plus size. Give preference to flowy materials that just hang gracefully from your curves. Notice the white swimsuit worn above by plus size model Crystal Renn, it does not cling to her curves, it drapes around her figure giving a more flattering outcome.

Slimming Underwear

  • Slimming Underwear
    Have you ever fancied looking a size smaller without having to starve yourself or exercise until there is no life left in you? If that is the case, then you might have considered wearing corrective or...

What underwear to wear with a plus size white dress?

  • Wear slimming underwear. I will never get tired of advising women to wear slimming underwear. Good fitting underwear can make all the difference between sleek and tacky. Panties that hold your tummy tightly will make your lower body look much sleeker than if you wear a g-string which might be more fashionable and sexy but will leave all your bulges hanging loose. The same goes for a good fitting bra.

  • Wear skin colour underwear. Skin-toned underwear will ensure that nothing peeps through to draw the eye to the wrong place. 

Remember, it is not sexy or even flattering –maybe unless you are 15 years old- to wear bright coloured or patterned underwear with a white dress.

Flirty fit and flare silhouette is one of our favorite styles this season.

cutout lace overlaying a black lining, this dress is a girly example of fall's high contrast monochromatic trend. Includes skinny black bow belt.

cutout lace overlaying a black lining, this dress is a girly example of fall's high contrast monochromatic trend. Includes skinny black bow belt.

More Tips For Wearing A White Dress

Go for funky shoes to complement your white dress. Unless you are wearing a white wedding dress I would not advise wearing matching white shoes. Let your imagination fly and wear a pair of gladiator style sandals, orange shoes, or wedges. Even flip flops look great with casual white dresses.

Accessorize your white dress according to the mood you are in or the look you want to create. What about a wooden necklace and bracelets for an ethnic look? Gold and Silver jewellery will add glamour to any white dress while a blue scarf and matching ballerinas will create a nautical look so fashionable this season.

How to Wear White, Celebrity-Style Dresses : Style Advice

© 2010 Wendy Iturrizaga


poetryman6969 on December 23, 2013:

The Marilyn dress is the way to go.

Pakistani dress collection on October 07, 2011:

the dress are really awesome women look more beautiful in white dress!!

Pakistani Dress Collection

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on June 28, 2011:

Some women can carry any dress regardless of color or size. But there are those without a speck of fashion sense. They'll learn from your hub.

Maria Cecilia from Philippines on June 28, 2011:

How encouraging... how I love white but can wear, and I must wear something white and freely flowing, I am a plus size and definitely this is a big help and thanks so much for the tip,, voted up

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on June 28, 2011:

Good advice. Its all about confidence

dashingclaire from United States on June 28, 2011:

The more curves the better. I believe today’s size 12 is the old size 8. Even the size 12’s are not all the same. Some fit better than others. I love white, and it's the cut of the dress that counts

acewebdesign from Adelaide, South Australia on June 28, 2011:

A very interesting hub :)

diabetes2guy on June 28, 2011:

I love white, it is my favorite color.

AllUsedUp on June 16, 2011:

I am size 12-14 and my husband hates it. He liked it when I was size 8. That was the unhealthy me. No matter what we wear at a certain age, we become invisible. I just wear my same old clothes and find other ways to be happy. The clothes are beautiful, but they'll have to find someone who cares. It ain't me.

Cheryl Goff from Under the Shelter of His Wings on June 10, 2011:

Wow what a popular article. This was fun & informing. I as stated by others, am not up-to-date with fashion but I love to see great clothes on beautiful women. I was once a Plus size girl & wanted to wear things that flattered me but were chic as well. Well done.

Dating Websites on June 04, 2011:

Things like that i have not seen at all, really great hub, thanks for sharing this amazing post

carolinemoon on May 18, 2011:

Great hub, I love fashion.

Eiddwen from Wales on May 04, 2011:

Great hub.

fabgirl21 on March 27, 2011:

I really love the idea of a white dress on any skit tone they are just so gorgeous and angelic! Many top designers are designers like Prada, Chanel, Jovani, and Calvin Klein are also encorporating white into all of their pieces, especially clothing and shoes. I just love white, its so fresh and clean, and it looks great on women of any size!

shaekelly from Alabama on November 19, 2010:

This is great hub you should have gotten 100 good job. I'm now following please follow me.

Tempestian from Australia on November 19, 2010:

Lol your welcome, I could tell you a thing or two about history and plus size women and how they were recognized back then! Did you know still in a few countries today that being skinny is considered sickly? And Unhealthy? Not to mention most likely to not have children? I'm far from close minded, in fact I'm rather open minded, in my mind no person is ugly, in fact who ever said big people not just women were ugly... well that confuses me what part of them is ugly? Someone can only be ugly on the inside not on the outside, while yes some people might come off as ugly because of their personalities have people ever stopped to think that that's just because they've been stung to many times?

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on November 19, 2010:

Tempestian: Thank you for sharing your views and sending a positive message "Love who you are"

Tempestian from Australia on November 18, 2010:

Some people have said that it is okay to be on the plus side, from my point of view it's more then okay... I am a plus size woman and I enjoy my life the way it is, it also allows me to see who is real and who is fake people who have no problem hanging out with me are the most real people that i know. We have a great time too. We don't use drugs, don't use alcohol or any of the other stuff that a lot of skinny people are doing. I'm a tomboy on the plus size women side and I am extremely happy with who I am. I am not my weight nor is my weight who I am it's just a part of who I am, and anyone else who doesn't like who I am, well they're the ones missing out :) not me. So love life, and live it, it doesn't matter who you are, what you look like or anything else other people want to whine about, just because your Phat (Pretty Hot and Thick) doesn't mean that your unhealthy either.. in fact you may just be healthier then those skinner then you. Just love who you are, no matter what, and btw being Phat doesn't mean your not perfect just the way you are.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on November 18, 2010:

Sun Pen 50: Thank YOU for the compliments!

Sun Pen 50 from Srilanka on November 18, 2010:

This hub deserved 100. overall excellent. I follow you for my education's sake. Thanks.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on November 17, 2010:

Thanks for all your comments.

Luna Lugo: Absolutely correct!

Luna Lugo from New York, NY on November 17, 2010:

I think a women of any size can wear white but the dress has to be tailored properly or drape well.

scarlet on November 16, 2010:

I am inspired. this has helped me understand what lengths I have to go through to make a great hub!!!

bluetiger1520 on November 15, 2010:

excellent hub

Mansoor Jam from Karachi on November 15, 2010:


louis on November 14, 2010:

This is a very beautiful hub! I love white. I enjoyed reading it!

louis on November 14, 2010:

This is a very beautiful hub! I love white. I enjoyed reading it!

poetryman6969 on November 14, 2010:

gorgeous models. No one will mistake these ladies for skinny boys

Priscilla Chan from Normal, Illinois on November 14, 2010:

Queen Latifah looks awesome in that white dress! Thanks for the hub!

awesomeactress on November 14, 2010:

Nice! As a plus size woman, I appreciate this hub.

Swervnerd on November 13, 2010:

Tara Lynn is sooo hot I love the article. I see the queen likes to work white quite often.

writer83 from Cyber Space on November 12, 2010:

It shows that plus size women also have the guts to wear white dress that makes them look really fabulous and sexy. Btw, I like queen latifah :)

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on November 08, 2010:

Glad to see you all agree that white is a colour that CAN work for plus sizes too. Thanks for your comments and support.

OldSkoolFool from California on October 29, 2010:

Yes, the ladies sure work it in white. Great hub Princessa!

jeanie.stecher from Seattle on October 28, 2010:

Hi there Princessa. It is quite nice to know that fashion nowadays are for everyone.I think it should be also noted that not only models with skinny looks are nice to look at every dress. If we notice, not all fashionistas have these model figures. This plus size dresses are just great examples. Nice hub. =)

Richard Thomas on October 28, 2010:

Princessa, great selection of dresses! Queen Latifah particularly looks great in that stunning dress!

Video Rob on October 28, 2010:

Great tips here. Plus size women really can wear anything.

Grace Marguerite Williams from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York on October 28, 2010:

Fabulous! Loving it!

EmmaMedu on October 28, 2010:

This is a very beautiful hub! I love white. Just because someone is not very thin, doesn't mean she can't wear white. White is the color for everyone and you showed it so nicely in your hub.

I enjoyed reading it!

flinsura on October 27, 2010:

I like white cloths, simple but elegant and neat... Great hub and pictures.. I love it.

almasi on October 27, 2010:

Beautiful hub

nikitha p from India on October 26, 2010:

Wow! what a great hub, I love white.

mirtlesquirtle on October 26, 2010:

Great article! I like wearing white dresses especially on glamorous occasions.

thebellrecordsche on October 26, 2010:

white dresses does look good for plus size women. I love the white dresses and white dress coat listed under amazon. Great hub!

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on October 25, 2010:

quuenieproac: maybe is time to try a white dress? you might be pleasantly surprised.

msms: mmm... I haven't done any men's fashion yet... will see.

burning bush: I agree with you, it is all about attitude and how you feel about yourself, plus i am sure your girl looked beautiful -no bias here :)

Paual: nice to read that you are a fan of white dresses!

AaronAdamic: maybe...

AaronAdamic from New York on October 25, 2010:

Great ideas for sure. Anything similar for men?

Paual on October 24, 2010:

Love the hub, I'm a large girl and i wear white dress all the time. They are so so nice.

Wedding Shoes, Bridal Shoes

burning bush on October 24, 2010:

My daughter was a plus-sized bride and looked beautiful. I know that I might be a bit biased but from this man's perspective, its all about attitude not physical attributes. With respect to a woman's beauty, size doesn't matter. :)

vzen on October 24, 2010:

Incrediable Info thanks!!

msms on October 24, 2010:

Yes thanks but ... only for females why not for fat men ... expecting a Hub for men also..:-)

shysky on October 24, 2010:

thanks for sharing,i like that bauty

quuenieproac from Malaysia on October 23, 2010:

Wow! good interesting info. I am plus size and do not possess a single white dress. Love your pictures, they really show that white colour has that pure , innocent

attraction for all women.

Thanks for a great hub.

susannah42 from Florida on October 19, 2010:

Thank You. I am plus sized, live in Florida, and I love wearing white. I am always looking for new fashions in white.

acne holistic on September 13, 2010:

nice article. thanks

sid_candid on September 11, 2010:

Wow what a hub. Its an excellent hub with beautiful pictures and great insight on plus size fashion.

shako on September 11, 2010:

woow great, i like it

mulberry alexa on September 10, 2010:

I love the way you directly get to the point,inspired

KewlWriter from United States on September 09, 2010:

Queen latifah always looks good even when she is on the heavier side. How I wish I could do that! Nice hub, showing it is ok to be on the heavier side.

ASElle on September 09, 2010:

well done. great editing with the pictures!!

PZigney on September 09, 2010:

Cool tips. I'm sure lots of women will be able to use this information. As I understand it, the majority of the US women are considered plus-size so there you go.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on September 08, 2010:

Thanks for all your comments, for sharing your experiences wearing white and for sharing this hub with friends and family and for supporting a more realistic size and image for women in our society.

New Life from Chandler, Arizona on September 08, 2010:

Like this hub, hey its time for this plus size to pull out the white.

DjBryle from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) on September 08, 2010:

Voted up and shared on Facebook too! I just love this hub! Thanks for sharing =)

hitalot on September 08, 2010:

This is a great hub !

It's good to know that women of all sizes should be proud of who they are in the inside;

Forget this Hollywood mentality which preaches the exact opposite !

CHEMISTRYOFLIFE on September 07, 2010:

This great hub is surely going to boost confidence of any woman who wears plus size. An outstanding hub!

Thanks for sharing!

ucangetfit on September 07, 2010:

I like what you have written, I am not a woman and do not wear dressses, any color but you have put together a very good hub. I am sure any woman who wears plus sizes would benefit from reading it.

Scott M on September 07, 2010:

Queen Latifah looks totally hot. In fact she is the most desirable generously proportioned woman I know of. Merci, Shimla

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on September 06, 2010:

Beauty comes in all sizes, most definitely! I love how confident and gorgeous these women are - in all white! Big thumbs up. on September 06, 2010:

Americans have grown steadily heavier in this last decade, plus size clothing,and it is a welcome development for women who have difficulty in losing weight or maintaining their weight, that fashion has recognized the trend for it but the important aspect of the clothing business is that retailers who are searching ways to invigorate sales, they acknowledge that the extra large size clothing apparel is one of those fewer categories where there is growth. A market research survey has noted that the extra large size clothing market increased by 1.4 percent while overall women apparel has decreased by 0.8 percent in the last twelve months.

charmstotreasure on September 04, 2010:

It's about time more people recognize beauty in larger women. Sticks have never been in :(

Jessy on September 04, 2010:

I like what you say about wearing a white dress. I am a larger lady and I like to wear whits sometimes. I like to add bright colors along with the white dress but, other than that white is a great fit for any lady. I enjoyed reading your site very much and I also, liked your accessories, too.

Renee S from Virginia on September 04, 2010:

Some of these dresses look lovely on plus sized women. I don't particularly like to wear white. Great hub.

Dorsi Diaz from The San Francisco Bay Area on September 03, 2010:

Great advice on wearing white. One of my favorite ever dresses was a white dress that buttoned up the front. I am so pale though that white washes me out and I don't tan so I tend to stay away from it. I like that pantsuit look though and could try something like that!

SuMos Party Place from Bay Area California on September 03, 2010:

Great article & pictures! I'll be pulling out my white dress this weekend! I am officially a fan of yours

Money Glitch from Texas on September 03, 2010:

Hi Princessa, I saw this rotating on the front page of HP today. Congratulations on an awesome job done. So often only the skinny stars and models are represented in the media and written about. Again rated awesome and thumbs up! :)

Artoflegendindia on September 03, 2010:

Nice hub.White is the best color than other summer I always use white color in summer.your hub is very informative and best. keep it up.

janehilario on September 01, 2010:

I love white..but as am overweight..i wear moslty black..after reading your hub, I think white works for plus size too :)..will definitely give it a try..

dl53acy from East Texas on August 12, 2010:

Princessa~ Awesome write and you know what? I do not own a total white dress and I really need to stop and buy one! I've got several white tops but I don't own any white dress. Thanks for the info, I like your style in writing especially about fashion and I've made you a fan! Feel free to stop by my hub and visit me sometime!I've written quite a few things including subjects on fashion. Hopefully there is something that will entertain you! Blessings to you!

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on August 09, 2010:

White is a lovely color for summer dresses, and I prefer eyelet.

Putz Ballard on August 09, 2010:

Atasteful hub and white for a dress is so nice and fresh.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on August 09, 2010:

Irene: yes, it is important to wear proper undergarments under your dress to achieve a slim line.

Irene on August 03, 2010:

Great tips. I never know there are so much to learn about wearing white dress. For me, I wear bodyslimmer. So no matter what colour dress, I am always slim. And it solves my fluctuation weight problem instantly.

Irene of

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on July 23, 2010:

Fashion Conscious: I agree with you, looking good has a lot to do with self confidence, and being comfortable with what you are wearing.

Fashion Conscious from CA on July 23, 2010:

I love articles like this one. It justifies that fashion can evolve. It's all about the confidence that a plus size woman can muster wearing white dresses. They all look good and the pics showed that these women are comfy with what they are wearing. Thanks for sharing! Love them!

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on July 22, 2010:

sweetie1: The dresses here are plus size, but the tips on how to wear a white dress are more or less applicable for all sizes.

sweetie1 from India on July 22, 2010:

Thanks for nice hub though right now i am ok with my size and dont need Plus size but one day i am sure i would need them once i am married and have kids. Thanks for all the tips i would keep them in mind.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on July 22, 2010:

E M Smith: accessories are what dress up or dress down a white dress. They must be choosen carefully to achieve the right look.

Trish: Thanks!

Tricia Mason from The English Midlands on July 21, 2010:

An inspiring hub!

E M Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on July 21, 2010:

You have it all covered Pricessa, even the accessories

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on July 21, 2010:

Pamela: Thank you. I just love wearing white in summer. It was difficult when my children were younger, I couldn't managed to wear white whitout ending the day with little hand prints in the funniest colours lol. Now that they are older I have gone back to wearing white, and I am loving it!

Specialk374: LOL Before you buy a white dress try wearing your white top with colourful silk scarves around your neck, to see how you look. You can also try wearing chunky bright necklaces. A little crochet cardigan in a bright colour would also work well to brighten up your face and avoid the washed-out look.

Karen Metz from Michigan on July 21, 2010:

I'm so out of it, fashion wise! LOL I haven't worn a dress in ages, let alone a white one. I do have a white tank that I love, but I usually wear a patterned shirt to go over it. I am very pale (my husband says I glow at night!) so, I have been careful when I wear white. I like your tips about wearing a scarf. I will have to try that...but, to get the nerve to buy a white dress...not so sure! :-) Thanks for the tips!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 20, 2010:

Very nice hub with beautiful pictures. You are right, white works for plus size too. I think your hub is very nicely done.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on July 20, 2010:

KoffeeKlatch Gals: Try it, you might be surprised. As I mentioned, the trick is in finding the right cut to enhance your figure and adding the right accessories to draw attention to your best areas.

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on July 20, 2010:

Beautiful pictures of beautiful plus sized women wearing white. I have alsways hesitated to wear white because I am overweight. Looking at some of the outfits you included on your hub makes me rethink that decision. Wonderful hub.

Related Articles