by Peter Minkoff
As your wedding day is approaching, we know that there are too many things on your mind – starting with a wedding dress, food and drink selection, and picking a venue. However, there’s one more important task to accomplish, which is finding perfect dresses for your bridesmaids. This can get a bit tricky if some of them are plus-size, especially if you’re not experienced at plus-size shopping. If that’s the case, stay with us and learn about five useful tips that’ll help you accomplish this task like a pro!
Check the size range first
Before making a decision on the style of the dresses your bridesmaids will wear, you should check the size range available in stores. The truth is that many popular brands offer just up to size 16, with just a couple of models in 18 or 20, which is simply not good enough. If you really want a dress that’ll work for all your bridesmaids, make sure to find a store which offers models in sizes 0-24 because that’s the key to success!
Make sure to hide their insecurities in the best possible way
Since a bride is usually the one who picks the bridesmaids’ dresses, it’s her responsibility to choose appropriate styles that’ll hide her bridesmaids’ insecurities in the best possible way. Remember that lace butterfly sleeves are amazing for camouflaging upper arms, whereas A-line skirts do the trick for larger legs and bottoms. Fabrics such as chiffon provide a flowing look which is the best for covering a problematic belly.
Accentuate their attributes
Selecting a number of styles that emphasise different body features is essential. Accentuating your bridesmaids’ attributes is what should concern you as much as camouflaging their flaws, so talk to them and find out what their favourite body part is. A sweetheart neckline is fantastic for emphasising their bust, whereas off-the-shoulder and V-neckline styles are exactly what they need for elongating the neck and showing off their defined collarbone.
Choose a flattering style
You want your bridesmaids to feel comfortable in their dresses, so make sure to take their wishes into consideration before making a final decision. A fit-and-flare style is among the most desired since it creates a stunning hourglass figure your gals will be proud of. An empire cut is also one of the top picks. In fact, any dress that cinches at the waist will do wonders for your lovely bridesmaids. If you’re up for a semi-formal or informal wedding, you can always let them choose plus size dresses that can be worn on a daily basis once the reception is over!
Avoid too shiny fabrics
Very shiny fabrics, such as taffeta, charmeuse, and high-shine satin, are a huge ‘no’ when it comes to plus-size bridesmaids’ dresses. Make sure to stay away from them as much as possible. These are not recommended since they are likely to create a visual enlargement, which is definitely not what your bridesmaids want. Instead, opt for lace or organza, which are beyond flattering for a plus-size figure.
As you can see, picking dresses for your plus-size bridesmaids can be a piece of cake if you know what to look for. There are particular things you need to pay extra attention to, such as the selection of materials and styles. Besides that, you should make sure that those dresses cover their insecurities and accentuate the main attributes at the same time. Once that’s done, you can be sure that your bridesmaids will be happy with the styles you’ve picked for them, without exception!