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.
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.
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
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
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.
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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