What is a Swing Dress? | Plus Size Fashion | Summer Style


A modern swing dress is a flowy dress that still has an A-line shape. Instead of the top part of the “A” shape hugging your waist, it often will hug your chest and then the fabric will bell out from there. This gives the dress lots of movement potential…. the dress will “swing” when you walk or dance!

With a swing dress and two simple accessories, I was able to put together a dressy/comfy Saturday outfit that’s perfect to wear from a daytime bachelorette manicure party straight into an evening birthday dinner for one of Roberts friends. Easy Peasy!

CeCe Olisa PlusSizePrincess.com ASOS Curve Swing Dress Paisley 1


CeCe Olisa PlusSizePrincess.com Rebecka Minkoff Large Clutch Cute Wide Width Flats

 Thanks Ms. Lydia Hudgens for the photo snaps!

CeCe Olisa PlusSizePrincess.com ASOS Swing Dress 2

Dress: here | Bag: Similar Here | Shoes Here

If you hate wearing shape wear in the summer, these dresses are perfect. Also, depending on the fabric, you can make a swing dress casual or formal. I have some in cotton and denim. I ordered this plus size swing dress on ASOS, these Wide Width flats from Zappos, and snagged this Rebecca Minkoff bag in NYC.

What do you think of swing dresses? Would you/Could you/Have you put one on?

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  • Lizzy F

    love this look, so cute! i think i wanna get a cute swing dress for the summer now. i was on the fence about this type of dress but not any more!

    • thebiggirlblog

      Awwww yay!!! xo

  • Voice of Reason

    It looks cute on you. On me…not so much. I find that my clothes look better on me when it is structured and it fits my body perfectly. However this looks really comfortable!

    • thebiggirlblog

      I used to feel the same way, but the modern cut still has like a loose structure to it. I’m trying not to be in bodycon dresses every time I go out haha

      • Voice of Reason

        Lol! I won’t do a bodycon dress. Way too form fitting… I need a happy medium, I think I want a skater dress… Lol

  • JennieC

    This looks great on you! I wish I could pull something like this off. Sadly, it is empire maxi dresses for this pear frame. And I need to ask – is Rebecca Minkoff your fave handbag designer? You have a few of her bags right?

    • CeCe Olisa

      Haha, good eye! She’s a fave for two reasons 1.) Her designs are the perfect size for my high maintenance daily life (even this clutch fits so much stuff) 2.) I’ve been able to find her bags in my price range!

      • JennieC

        Yeah… I have one of her Cupid’s (not in blue, don’t worry!) And I am looking forward to getting a lot of use out of it this Fall. And it does hold a ton!

  • http://realgirlrunway.blogspot.com/ Deb (Real Girl Runway)

    This dress is fantastic on you! I’m so happy to see it on you and not just on a model on the site. It gives me a much better idea of how long it is and how it flows. I love the print and you look beautiful!

  • http://www.leangirlsclub.com/ gracekelle

    Great look, CeCe. I’m starting to get more comfortable with patterns. Let’s not be afraid to be bold, ladies!

  • mythicgeek

    Hi, I’m not sure of the best way to reach you. I requested this dress from you on Threadflip on 5/23? http://www.threadflip.com/items/719495-plus-size-lace-cocktail-dress I was just wondering when to expect it. Thanks so much you are amazing in so many ways ♥♥

    • thebiggirlblog

      Hey There! I went to ship and the transaction was gone… so weird! Just email me directly and we’ll work it out. CeCe at TheBigGirlBlog dot com

      • mythicgeek

        Hi again. I just wanted to say I emailed you 2 days ago. Did you get it? I have not heard back yet.

        • thebiggirlblog

          I’m just waking up. I’ll check my spam later this morning :-) what’s the email name?

          • mythicgeek

            It came from mysticshell at gmail, with the subject

            “Threadflip Dress” Thank you so much :)

  • Sara

    As someone who carries her weight on her stomach, I love and hate swing dresses. Love because I can finally buy a dress that fits my top properly and I can sit down without any constriction; hate because when wearing them, people have assumed I’m preggo. Urgh.

    • Bee

      Same here! I pair mine with a belt sometimes and it gives some shape.

  • Munmun Nishi

    Excellent Dresses Style!
    I also like it very much.Thanks a lot for sharing this fashion style.
    Munmun Nishi :)

    Plus Size Fashion

  • http://www.divataunia.com/ Taunia

    I’m not sure how I found your blog, but I’m so glad I did. First, you are GORGEOUS! Second, I absolutely LOVE that dress and you are totally workin’ it! Last, it’s SOLD OUT. Boo hoooo!

  • Eishababy

    I am top heavy and feared swing dresses as I never want to look preggers lol however if you wear a thin belt it pulled the dress in and looks very nice.