Having a beautiful, curvaceous body is something to celebrate! Every woman is unique, which is why there are so many varieties and styles of wedding gowns. There really is something for everyone. More and more, new and vintage dress makers are tapping into
and expanding the plus size market, giving full-figured beauties a whole new range of wedding dress possibilities.
But how do you know what dress will be perfect for your body type and unique shape? Here are few tips guaranteed to point you in the right direction.
- 1. Find Out Which Style Works Best
Before you can find the perfect dress, you should learn about your body. What styles are flattering to your figure? Which styles just aren’t?
How do you accomplish this? Easy! Try on dresses. But first, do some homework. A lot of smaller boutique stores only carry sample dresses up to a size 8 – and the last thing that you want to have to do is not know how you look in a dress you like.
This doesn’t just mean that you’re stuck with David’s Bridal either. Check local listings for stores which specialize in Plus Size Wedding Gowns. You’ll not only be able to try on dresses, but you’ll most likely enjoy the experience too.
2. Keep it Simple and Comfortable
The most elegant plus size wedding gowns are the ones which are simple. You don’t need to add on yards of lace and taffeta to accent the natural beauty of your figure.
It’s also important that you be comfortable in the dress you choose. On your wedding day, you’ll be moving around, dancing, and meeting friends and family – you don’t want to spend half the time tugging or pulling. You want to feel natural.
Also, keep in mind that if you absolutely love something, but it’s a little snug, buy the next size up and get it tailored – then it will really feel like it was meant for you.
3. Figure Framing
The right wedding dress will not only show off your unique style, but make you look great in the process. Look for a gown that frames your figure. Avoid hoop skirts, rounded ball gowns, and short length dresses – instead choose the dress that best flatters your shape. The idea is to create balance by slimming and subduing certain areas, and highlighting and flattering others. Here are a few tips for each body shape.
Body Shape: Rectangle
If you have broad shoulders and thicker middle, you’ll want to go for a dress that gives you curves. Choose a gown that cinches your waist, slims your shoulders, but accentuates your hips or bust line. Avoid fitted
Body Shape: Hourglass
If you have fantastic curves, and want to highlight these features and subdue others, look for v-neck styles or dresses with elegant straps. Use a sash to cinch your waist and enhance your natural hourglass figure.
Body Shape: Inverted Triangle
If you are wider on top, with a large bust and wide shoulders but narrow hips, go for the full skirt. Add a splash of color by tying a sash low around your waist.
Body Shape: Pear
Like with the inverted triangle shape, if you are pear shaped your focus will be on balancing your figure. Strapless ball gowns are ideal for pear shapes, because it enhances the bust line while subduing the waist. The same applies to off-the shoulder styles.
Your wedding gown is ultimately a representation of your unique personality, and finding the perfect one is one of the fun parts of wedding preparations. What girl doesn’t like to shop? So when looking for the perfect Plus Size Dress, remember be patient, do your research, and choosing a dress will be as easy as saying “I Do.”