Definitely your big day is your big day. But your bridesmaids too should look beautiful. Every woman is different and your bridesmaids are no exception. Obviously, you won’t get a perfectly magical dress that will suit each of your bridesmaids.
But don’t worry! You will get a lot of options that your bridesmaids are certainly going to love, regardless of their size or shape. You just have to know where to look, e.g. at a wonderful shop like Bridesmaids Only.
One or more of your girls may even be plus sized and if you are not personally experienced with plus-size shopping, you will have to consider a few things so that your plus-size bridesmaids can feel confident and comfortable.
Or are you a plus-size bridesmaid? Then you should help your friend to find something you would like by giving her a few parameters to make sure she will choose just the right dress for you. Here are tips for brides and bridesmaids to choose a perfect plus-size bridesmaid dress.
For the Bride
Check if the Desired Size is Available
Before you choose a designer or style, ensure if they have all the sizes your bridal party will need. Most bridal dress designer houses offer sizes up to 16 and a handful of styles are available in 18 and 20.
Designer plus size dresses from Bridesmaids Only have a wide range of sizes up to 24. This is just right because true plus size actually starts further from size 16.
You won’t of course want for your other bridesmaids to buy non-refundable dresses, only to have one of them held up without even a practical option.
While several styles that would go with more standard sizes can have alterations so as to fit all figures, no one would want to be singled out. So, instead choose a colour for your girls and allow each of them to select a style that would flatter her body.
After all, the proportion and fit are extremely important for a woman regardless of her size.
For a Bridesmaid
Highlight Your Plus Points
If your friend offers you freedom to select your style, choose a style that will highlight your plus points. If you are proud of your collarbone, choose an off-the-shoulder style. Highlight your waist by choosing a dress having a cinched waist or fit-and-flare or mermaid silhouette.
A-line styles will show off your waist while forgiving your thighs. Lace illusion sleeves will flatter your upper arms. And as a general rule, ruching or soft draping over the bust, belly or backside too enhance a figure.
Look for Structure
If possible, ask your friend to consider a more substantial fabric for the dress, like heavy jersey, stretch satin or taffeta (provided it’s not too stiff). Such a fabric offers a kind of support without showing every crease, dimple or ripple.
Pay Attention to Undergarments
If you think that when your dress is great, you may wear any type of undergarments, you are making a serious mistake. Right kind of undergarments can actually accentuate the shape of the dress. Ensure your bra offers sufficient support and lift.
Or if you are looking for a bit smoothing, you can also try a waist cincher that goes under the bust or from the waist to mid thigh.
Approach a Tailor
Lastly, keep in mind that if you have no ideal figure (and who has it?), it’s almost impossible to get a perfectly fitting off-the-rack dress. In such a condition, a good tailor can save you by transforming your dress into the one that will look as if it was customised for you.
Brides and bridesmaids, use these tips to find a dress that will make you look perfect to complement the beauty of the bride.