Are you a Plus Size Bride? You're getting married and begin looking at bridal gowns in the magazines. Where are all the Plus Size Wedding Gowns? Most of what you see looks like its made for a size 7, and you have curves in a variety of places! That makes shopping for the perfect dress very daunting, especially if you have no clue what is going to look good on you. Worse still, the average store doesn't stock dresses over size 12 for trying. So what do you do?
First don't get discouraged. Curves are returning to the catwalk and that includes bridal fashions. More designers are realizing that they've overlooked a huge group of women who love the skin they're in and have no intention of going on a crash diet just to walk down the isle. The good news is that there are some great stores online who cater to Plus Size Brides.
Hints for the Perfect Plus Size Wedding Grown:
The most important part of your dress is finding one that accentuates the positive. If you have a great neckline, don't hide it under a high collar. If you have lovely legs, consider a short wedding gown or one with a slit to show off those lines. Let's look at potential dresses part by part:
Neckline: Most plus size women want a mid-line neck. Halters and strapless dresses are "in" right now - if you are pear shaped and carry most of your weight below the waist, a halter or strapless gown, especially with an empire waist line and an A-line skirt will look stunning! However, if you are more well-endowed woman and carry more weight above the waist, you may not feel comfortable in something that revealing. Consider a Queen Anne, sweetheart or square neckline that breathes but doesn't leave it "all hanging out".
Dress Length: The cut of your gown can make or break how flattering its going to be. If you're going with a full length gown, you can certainly have a train. These add movement and flow, always a good thing. Look for a gown that is the most fitted at your favorite body part or at your smallest part. If you are lucky to have a balanced hour glass figure you have many more options.
Sleeves: Generally avoid dresses that puff at the top. If you don't love your upper arms, skip the sleeveless dresses. As with your gown's line, you want whatever sleeve style you choose to have line and movement that detracts from any largeness in your arms.
More Tips for the Plus Size Bride:
Don't be tempted by clingy fabric. This is very rarely a flattering look on plus size women. Plus you want to be comfortable in your wedding dress for at least 8-12 hours - clingy won't do it!
Try not to rush. Give yourself plenty of time to look around not only for the style you want but a price you can afford. Some plus dresses cost more because of the extra fabric involved, but even then you can still find a bargain.Last but not least be HAPPY with your final decision. You hopefully only get one wedding. Perhaps the dress breaks a rule or two for the full-figured woman, but if it makes you smile and feel confident, that's what really matters. This is your day - celebrate your body and celebrate your love.