Insomniac Sale Picks: Sweater Dresses for Tummies

*In this late-night feature – which will run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Lorraine requested a few picks for sweater dresses for women who carry weight in their midsections, so here we go:

Karen Kane Wrap Sweater Dress – was $118, now $81.95

This dress has two great things going for it: A high waistline that will fall above most tummies, and a dark, abstract pattern that will distract from many lumps and bumps. The print is really fun and will be fabulously versatile for fall and winter! Available in sizes XS, L, and XL.

MAXSTUDIO Oversize V-neck Sweater Dress – was $148, now $78

This looks like it is verging on tunic length, but since most sweater dresses demand tights I think it’ll work. If your goal is to give your midsection some breathing room, this drapey, loose option should work. Add a statement necklace or scarf to draw the eye upward. The sleeves are still relatively fitted to create balance. Available in sizes XS – XL in this olive and in heather gray.

Alfani Long-Sleeve Cowl-Neck Sweater Dress – was $89, now $74.99

Again, I’m going for a high waist and a full skirt. This assumes that the tum in question is mainly below the bustline. In this case, the cowl neck may be perfect (drawing the eye upward and away from the midsection) or disastrous (adding more overall bulk to the figure.) You decide if it’ll work for you! Available in this heather gray and black in sizes XS – XL. Sold out in medium

MAXSTUDIO 3/4 Sleeve Sweater Dress – was $128, now $98

Since none of these feels like a perfect pick, I’ll throw a fourth on the fire. This option is similar to the others in that it has detailing toward the top of the garment, but it lacks a belt or defined waist. So it will draw the eye upward, but won’t squeeze in if you’re carrying weight just below the bustline. Available in sizes XS – XL.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for sweater dresses for women who carry weight in their midsections:

  1. ModCloth – Surprisingly, this site has some cute options with design features that will downplay a tum. This one is a fave, with a detailed neck to draw the eye up, and a full skirt.
  2. eBay – Since you can narrow your search criteria to excruciating detail, eBay is a great bet. You can find thicker weaves, a variety of shapes, and loads of cute options in all sizes.
  3. Amazon – By sheer numbers, really. 1,113 sweater dresses, many of them styles with full skirts and high waistlines.

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  • Shay

    I’m going to have to respectfully disagree about your choices. Wrap dresses and dresses with cinching details right above the waist almost always accentuate the stomach bulge and make it look bigger.
    Side gathers (think ruching) could work or more of a longer cardigan style could work. Undergarments like spanx or silky camis can also help keep the fabric from clinging.
    This is an item where shoppers would benefit from focusing on the quality and construction of the garment rather than trying to save a few bucks from sales offerings.

  • Dee

    I think its hard to know til you try on a few silhouettes as to what style hides a tummy or at least hides/flatters a particular figure issue.. I find ruching of a heavier fabric just adds bulk, where I dont need it. I think some of these styles above would be flattering. But then my figure is more “thick around the middle”, or no waist, vs. a tummy per say. Does that make sense? Also I would agree that the fabric itself can make a difference, If its a sweater and its too thin all the bumps show, if its too bulky it might add too much weight. Its trial and error really.

  • Amy

    This is a tough one for sure. I would caution against that Alfani pick. I had an extremely similar sweater dress from Anne Taylor LOFT that awarded me numerous “Oh my gosh you’re expecting!” comments (I was not expecting). One person continued to insist I was pregnant even after I told her that no I was not. Indeed, my pregnant coworker showed up in the exact same dress this week and it looked fabulous on her.

    I’m contemplating this sweatshirt dress on Zappos: http://www.zappos.com/product/7790984/color/102560. Not on sale but I think it would be great with leggings and boots.

  • Lorraine

    Thanks! This has given me some valuable insight for shopping.