It can be frustrating for many brides to constantly deal with tiny sample sizes. Not being able to feel how potential wedding dresses hang and fit can make ordering an absolute nightmare. Leaving all of your details up to your imagination and relying on alterations is not ideal. Thankfully, New York Bride and Groom stocks a variety of larger sizes so everyone can channel their inner princess, regardless of their size.
Shopping Simplicity for Plus Size Dresses
Do: Look for ruching
“Anything with ruching can be very forgiving, regardless of your shape or height,” advises Hall. “It also helps to add support and gives the dress more structure.” In particular, look for dresses that are ruched in an asymmetrical pattern — for instance gathered on one side of the dress. “That pattern brings the eyes up to the face and creates a vertical shape to the gown,” says Hall.
Do: Consider A-line for maximum coverage
“Anything A-line, especially if it has an empire waist, can be very flattering, especially if you want more coverage,” says Hall (Check out the gorgeous Jenny Packham dress, above, for proof!). “Because the waist starts right under the bust line and immediately goes out into an A-line, it’s an ideal silhouette for brides who want to be more discreet.”
Do: Accentuate your curves with a dropped waist or mermaid gown
“For a plus-size bride who wants to accentuate her shape, a dropped waist corseted gown can be very sexy because it helps to create curves,” says Hall. “A bride might think that she doesn’t have a waist, but a bodice top can carve one out.” A drop waist dress also lets you have some fullness at the bottom of the gown and a flare at the bottom of the dress similar to the ever-popular mermaid silhouette. This style can also accentuate the hips in a flattering way. More details at Brides.com
Mori Lee, Style 3133 (featured dress above)
3133 Beaded Alencon Lace Appliques on Net with Satin Trim
Colors Available: White/Silver, Ivory/Silver. Sizes Available: 16W-32W.
Here’s the truth: Not every bride-to-be can be—or even aspires to be—a size 0 on her wedding day. But for those of us who celebrate (and flaunt!) our gorgeous real-girl curves, buying a designer wedding dress can be a little complicated. No matter your style or your shape, here are a handful of pretty plus-size wedding dresses you’ll love to try. See more at Brides.com
Embrace Your Curves
Every bride deserves to feel fabulous and sensational. Show off your favorite assets and discreetly camouflage any areas of concern by enlisting the help of an experienced bridal consultant at New York Bride and Groom Raleigh. There is no need to feel self-conscious or uncomfortable. We stock the latest wedding dress designs and accessories in a variety of sizes to simplify your special shopping extravaganza!
Bolero Danica, style 13529 (at right)
Re-embroidered lace jacket with cap sleeves and covered buttons. Sizes: Missy: 00-15. Learn more at Wtoo Brides
Tips for Plus Sized Bridal Shopping
The following things to keep in mind for plus sized shopping can come in handy for you and your bridesmaids.
Check the size range.
Before you settle on a style or designer, make sure they accommodate all the sizes your party needs. Many popular bridal outfitters offer up to size 16, with maybe a handful of styles available in 18 and 20. But true plus size doesn’t even start until size 16. The last thing you want is for the other bridesmaids to purchase non-refundable dresses, only to have one friend stuck without even a workable option.
Try creative camouflage.
Every woman has areas she’d like to deemphasize. A-line shapes are forgiving to the thighs while showing off the waist. Or, Chan suggests, lace illusion sleeves, which is a stylish way to flatter upper arms. And in general, she says, soft draping or ruching over the belly, bust, or backside also enhance figures.
Get great underpinnings.
“Having the right undergarments is essential,” says Chan, “and can really highlight the shape of the dress.” Make sure your bra provides enough lift and support. Or try a waist cincher that goes from the waist or under the bust to mid thigh if you’re looking for a little smoothing. More info at Brides.com
Whatever your size, you will find your dream dress at New York Bride & Groom of Raleigh. We are the premier bridal salon in the Triangle with a selection of designer wedding dresses that is unmatched in the region. Come browse our 17,000 sq.ft. luxury salon at your convenience (no appointment needed) and let our full staff of knowledgeable bridal consultants help you find “The One.”