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14 stylish tummy flattering dresses: Expert stylist advice & tips on the best styles to wear

The most figure flattering dresses for your wardrobe...

14 stylish tummy flattering dresses: Expert stylist advice & tips on the best styles to wear

As we move into the new season, the idea of pulling out last year's dresses can feel daunting. Whether you're looking for a tummy-flattering dress or a waist-enhancing style, we've searched high and low for the most flattering dresses for your spring wardrobe refresh that will help you look and feel your best in 2023. Plus, advice from the experts on the best styles to choose to create your desired silhouette. 

From figure-flattering wrap dresses to waist-cinching shirt dresses, scroll our edit of the best tummy-flattering dresses from M&S, Mango, H&M and more.

Best tummy-flattering dresses 

Tummy-flattering knot dresses 

Knot dresses not only bring you in at the waist, but when the knot design is placed at the front, it works to distract from any lumps and bumps that you may wish to hide. There are so many flattering knot dresses to choose from, and we think M&S's satin blue midi is so gorgeous for your next date night. 

flattering knot dress marks and spencer

Satin tie front midi dress, £49.50, Marks & Spencer 


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knot dress mango navy

Knot shirt dress, £49.99, Mango

knot dress new look

Blue Vanilla glitter knot dress, £36, New Look


Tummy-flattering wrap dresses

Wrap dresses are flattering on all body types as the cinched waist paired with the V-neck design enhances the hips and bust to give a slimming effect. Wrap dresses are a great staple for all year, but we particularly love them for spring - and a floral wrap dress teamed with a pair of white trainers and a light jacket will create the prettiest daywear look. 

Celebrity stylist Ellis Ranson, who has worked with Fearne McCann, Kate Ferdinand and more, told us: "The wrap dress is an easy go-to. It works for all body types as the v-neck works for smaller and larger chests and can be tied to pull you in at the waist. Go for a cobalt blue or bring in a print to work this style into your trends."

wrap dress reformation

Kaelie wrap dress, £265, Reformation 

wrap dress striped h and m

Striped wrap dress, £17.99, H&M

wrap dress simplybe

Swirl print satin wrap dress, £45, SimplyBe

flattering wrap dress and other stories

Printed midi wrap dress, £85, & Other Stories


Tummy-flattering belted dresses 

Similarly to wrap dresses, belted dresses create an hourglass silhouette by highlighting the waist. Shirt dresses are a great option for combining comfort and style, and you can elevate your figure even further by teaming one with a pair of heels to elongate the legs.

Ellis revealed:  "A belt can be your best accessory, whether you add to your shirt dress or opt for a dress that already has a belt." 

belted new look dress

Belted mini shirt dress, £29.99, New Look

brown belted dress karen millen

Lydia Millen belted shirt maxi dress, £167.20, Karen Millen

belted shirt dress asos

Urban Revivo shirt dress with tie, £40, ASOS


Tummy-flattering ruched dresses

There are so many ruched dress styles to choose from, but the trick is to find one that drapes in the areas that you feel least comfortable with. Whether the dress ruches at the waist, bust, or hips, the timeless style is a great option for formalwear. 

drape dress net a porter

Stella McCartney draped midi dress, £1,395, Net-A-Porter

coast drape dress

Waterfall drape dress, £63 (WAS £159), Coast

zara drape dress

Draped midi dress, £49.99, Zara



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