When you are planning a wedding, it is very important to choose bridesmaid dresses which flatter all of your attendants. In real life, the members of a bridal party are unlikely to all be the same shape and size, which means that choosing something which suits everyone can be challenging. These are some tips on how to select bridesmaid dresses for plus sized bridesmaids so that they will look and feel just as beautiful as the rest of the wedding party.

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If you are seeking bridesmaid dresses for plus sized attendants, it is important to ask them from the beginning what style would make them feel prettiest. Actually, a bride should ask for that type of input from all of her bridesmaids, but it is especially important for those who may have a hard time finding formal attire in which they feel comfortable. It is important not to make one bridesmaid feel singled out, so do not choose a style for the average sized ladies which is not also available in a plus size, as it would make the fuller figured attendant feel terrible if she had to shop for something else because she could not fit into what the other girls were wearing.

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The good news is that there are now a number of companies which offer bridesmaid dresses in a full run of sizes. David's Bridal carries many styles up to size 26, and Alfred Angelo makes their dresses up to size 30W. If you like the idea of dressy cocktail style dresses which can be worn again, check out some of the non-bridal retailers who create beautiful dresses in plus sizes. Lane Bryant makes some great cocktail looks up to size 28, and for a very elegant cocktail look, check out the Talbots Women collection, with sizing up to 24W (they even make petite women's sizes in some styles!). All of your bridesmaids will like the idea of purchasing a cocktail dress which they can wear again after your wedding. Give them fabulous crystal jewelry for their bridesmaid gifts to help dress up the wear again styles.

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Keep style, fabric, and silhouette in mind when shopping for plus sized bridesmaid dresses. The sexy trumpet style dress which looks so hot on your size 2 sister might not be as flattering on your size 22 best friend. A classic A-line skirt is attractive on any woman of any shape and size. Clingy or very flimsy fabrics will do nothing to hide any "trouble areas", whereas more substantial material will hide a multitude of sins - and hey, even skinny bridesmaids can have cellulite they want to conceal! Heavier women may also be more comfortable in a bridesmaid dress which has short sleeves instead of a strapless or sleeveless style. If you definitely want a dress without sleeves, you could give your attendants pretty wraps as their bridesmaid gifts to wear for the ceremony; just be sure that all of the girls are wearing the wraps so that the plus sized bridesmaid does not feel singled out.

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In many cases, the best way to handle choosing bridesmaid dresses for a group of ladies with different figures is to opt for a line of separates. Many companies offer them, and all the bride has to do is select a fabric and color that she likes, as well as a skirt length. Beyond that, each bridesmaid can choose the pieces in which she feels the most beautiful. Separates can also be fantastic for women who may be a different size on the top and the bottom, such as busty or pear shaped ladies.

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Last but not least, consider giving your bridesmaids the latitude to select their own dresses. As long as they are in a similar color and degree of formality, your bridal party will look lovely together. When each woman feels her best, you will have a very happy group of bridesmaids!


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