Every plus sized woman knows it can sometimes be challenging to find beautiful, flattering clothes that are one of a kind— and that’s just during regular shopping. When it’s your wedding day, you want to look perfect and you may feel like finding the dress that makes you feel confident and sexy is an uphill battle. After all, if you flip through magazines and advertisements, it seems like the garments are designed with curve-less ladies in mind. Take comfort in knowing that more and more retailers are understanding that there is potential in the unfulfilled niche of womanly hips and softness.
Companies like David’s Bridal provide a wide variety of options, far more than curvy ladies in the past ever had. But even the most style-conscious among us sometimes need a little help finding perfection. So, here are some tips to getting the wedding dress (and overall look) that shows off your beauty and flaunts your figure in the best way possible.
7 Plus Size Wedding Dresses Shopping Tips
1.Keep Your Mind Open
Don’t immediately shut out styles you haven’t previously envisioned or think you won’t like, especially if you’re only just embarking on the dress quest. How many times have you thought something looked really good on a rack, only to find it lost its appeal the moment you tried it on? Wedding dresses are the same way, and sometimes ones that look unflattering in the showroom end up making you glow once you’re actually wearing them. Be open to suggestions and new possibilities, because you just never know which one will be the winner.
A structured bodice is your friend, and it looks great topping full and mermaid style skirts (styles that curvy brides can really own). When it fits right, as in, it isn’t pulled too tight so that you’re spilling out the top and it isn’t so loose that it moves around, it will smooth you out and accentuate all the right curves. If you don’t have a natural hourglass shape, a bodice shaped that way will help give you a more defined waist. As a side note, you may want to avoid bodices that are smooth and without texture, as
these can actually make you appear larger than you really are. When finding your ideal silhouette and design, remember that the body should look balanced; if you are bottom heavy, avoid anything with a fitted skirt and feature bedazzlements around the bodice; if you are more top-heavy, a higher waist that pinches the smallest point and subtly flairs out (like an empire waist) will do wonders.
3.White Isn’t a Requirement
People have been wearing white wedding dresses since Queen Victoria established the color trend with her white gown in 1840, but other hues have been regaining some popularity. Curvy women tend to look great in white dresses that have Just hints of color or small but visible color accent, like a single solid-color sash that draws in the waist and either a trim or a tapered out color panel Running down the center of the dress. . If you want to go with a solid dress, you know what colours you look best in, and this depends more on skin tone than dress size. That said, deeper, more elegant shades tend to be more slimming than bold shades or pastels.
4.Know Your Lines
5.Frills and Thrills
If you’re looking for a dress with some heavier texture and frills, look for one where the more elaborate designs are lower down on the skirt rather than sitting on your bust or waist (otherwise, you risk the frilly cupcake effect, which basically means your dress will exaggerate all the wrong places). On that note, big, poofy sleeves died with the 80s. If you must have sleeves, keep them simple, and you’ll probably find that an elegant V-neck works well with them. But be careful with how deep the neck of your dress plunges. Only a small amount of visible cleavage is acceptable— large amounts quickly become unflattering in a wedding dress. If you decide to go sleeveless, look into dresses that have only a slight dip in the front, if any. With sleeveless dresses, your arms, shoulders and upper back will already be bare. Highly visible cleavage just creates an unflattering imbalance.
6.Get the Right ‘Do
Whatever you do, try to avoid a long and straight hairstyle, as that often points right down to your curves to exaggerates them (and not in a good way). Updos work on a lot of people, especially those who get dresses with sleeves or more elaborate backs but, if you happen to have a fuller face and shorter neck, a half up, half down look will work better. Having tendrils or long, thin bangs falling on either side of your face will also frame it nicely and draw attention to your cheek bones, even if yours are not particularly well-defined. As far as veils go, it should hit at least below the shoulders. Single layered, or thin, softly staggered layers will be most flattering.
7.Love Your Look
The most important thing of all is that you feel beautiful and comfortable on the big day. After all, you’re getting married! As much as it is about the dress, it is really about you and your husband-to-be, who should still want to marry you even if you’re dressed in a paper bag.