Wedding Styles For Plus Size Women

There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to size and wedding gowns. The most important thing for a bride is that she likes her dress and that she is comfortable in it. Size has nothing to do with it. Choosing a gown that flatters your figure may be more challenging if you are plus size but brides of all sizes find wedding dress shopping challenging.

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One of the most common misconceptions is that if you are larger, you should cover up. Larger brides tend to believe that they should have wide straps, or sleeves, or some other high neckline. Not true. In fact, the added material, sometimes just accentuates what you are trying to hide. A strapless gown can be very flattering. Many wedding gowns are highly structured with boning and corset tops that pull you in and accentuate your waistline. A sweetheart neckline, with a fitted corset top, will give the allusion of a perfect hip-waist-bust ratio. A straight neckline can also be very flattering in a corset top gown because it’s a bit more modest and does cover more skin. Usually, a strapless look will be most pleasing on plus size brides if the gown is drop-waist. A drop-waist style is fitted to the hips then flares out.

Another misconception is that you should stay with a standard A-line gown. Also, not true. Many popular, modern mermaid and trumpet styles look wonderful on plus size brides. A mermaid style gown is fitted down your leg to about your calf and then flares out. A trumpet style is similar but flares out a little higher, at the knee. Both of these styles look great on plus size brides. The shorter you are, however, the more difficulty you will have pulling it off successfully.

Look for dresses that have ruching and draping that hide the negative and accentuate the positive. The lightest materials may make you look lighter. They are also the most comfortable. If you are planning an informal ceremony like a beach wedding or a backyard BBQ style wedding, you may want to look for a chiffon or taffeta dress. Chiffon can be draped in such lovely ways to hide your mid-section, if that’s your problem area. Chiffon dresses are also very flattering with flutter sleeves, which are short loose sleeves. Use material to your advantage. Taffeta dresses are lightweight and sometimes have a little stretch in them which can make them perfect if you are a laid back bride that plans to dance and eat a lot at your reception.

If you’re planning on having a formal wedding, plus size brides can’t go wrong with a heavy satin or silk. These stronger materials can “pull you in,” so to speak, in all the right places.

Keep in mind that many bridal gown manufactures are willing to make custom changes. So perhaps your issue is your arms. Plus size brides often complain of wanting just a little cap sleeve to cover their arm. If you find the perfect dress and it doesn’t have the sleeve you want, ask for sleeves to be added. There is usually a charge for every custom change but it is worth it. It’s your special day and it should be perfect!

In general, you can’t go wrong if you choose a style that reflects your personal taste. Be persistent in you search for the right style but also open-minded. Sometimes a style you think won’t work at all on your body type actually will.


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