The raised waist or empire flatters just about every figure because it creates a long, sleek line. This shirred bodice style from Mary L Couture comes in sizes petite, regular and plus; six colors, starting at $188.
Nothing is more glamorous than a long strapless dress for special occasions. This mermaid style from designer Vera Wang (Buy Direct) is in luxe silk satin,fully lined with boning on the bodice for shape. 0-14, $477.