The Most Flattering Dresses for Plus Size Bridesmaids

by Danielle Salazar July 03, 2015 3 Comments

No matter what size, every girl deserves to feel beautiful — especially when they’re a bridesmaid in a wedding! It’s no surprise that bridesmaids come in all shapes and sizes, but sometimes finding the right dress(es) to fit every one of your girls is where the real challenge comes into play. Luckily, Kennedy Blue’s chiffon gowns were designed with every shape in mind and are universally flattering whether your girls are a size 4 or 24. So whether you’re choosing the same style for all your ‘maids or allowing each girl to pick her own dress, it’s important to keep in mind the different body types to ensure that they’re comfy and confident on the actual wedding day. That being said, we’ve picked our favorite plus size bridesmaid dresses that will perfectly flatter those beautiful curves!

The Top 5 Plus Size Bridesmaid DressesPhoto by Beth Insalaco

Top 5 Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses

Finding one style that look good on all your girls can seriously be like winning the lottery — It’s damn near impossible, but proven that it can be done! If you have a bridal party with a variety of different shapes and you want them all in the same dress, I definitely recommend choosing one of the styles below. They are flattering on every figure and definitely classic, but trendy designs!

However, I beg you to consider the mix and match trend! By allowing your girls to each choose their own style, they can pick a dress that best suits their shape, style, and personality. Give them the option to each choose their favorite style from the selection below (all available in short and long!) It’s a decision that they can feel good about and you’ll be happy knowing that they feel confident and beautiful.

A gorgeous v-neck, chiffon dress! | The Most Flattering Dresses for Plus Size Bridesmaids

Easily the most flattering of our chiffon gowns, Kennedy Blue Chloe is perfect for the curvy or busty ladies in your bridal party! Heck, it honestly will look good no matter what their shape may be! The V-neckline give your girls (and I’m not talking about your friends) great support and beautifully elongates your neck and torso for a long and lean look. The dress hits at the natural waist and can be cinched in with the detachable sash to create a gorgeous hourglass figure. Looking for the long version? Check out Kennedy Blue Anna!


A short chiffon dress with a flattering halter neckline. | The Most Flattering Dresses for Plus Size Bridesmaids

The neckline on the Kennedy Blue Lucy dress is stunning and supportive for a girl with a fuller bust. The halter-style bodice has an old-hollywood, retro feel and the criss-cross pleating creates a slimming effect that is super flattering for curvier figures. Overall, this chiffon style is light, airy, classic, and one that you’re guaranteed to feel your best in. The floor-length version of this style is Kennedy Blue Violet.


A gorgeous high, illusion neckline to perfectly balance a curvy figure! | The Most Flattering Dresses for Plus Size Bridesmaids

The illusion neckline on this chiffon gown makes it a stunning and unique dress that will have heads turning from every direction! Not to mention, Kennedy Blue Sienna's neckline offers some great coverage for plus size bridesmaids who are looking for something a bit more modest, but still extremely stylish. The light and flowy a-line shape is great for girls with fuller hips! Plus, the high neckline creates a flattering balance for a curvier bottom! The full-length version of this dress, Kennedy Blue Kylee, is just as stunning!


A one-shoulder dress with a sweetheart neckline. | The Most Flattering Dresses for Plus Size Bridesmaids

The one-shoulder style of Kennedy Blue Spencer is perfect for girls who are looking for a unique neckline that still gives you a flattering shape. Not only does this dress give you a little added support with the one-shoulder strap, but it also has the sought-after sweetheart neckline that is super feminine and complementary to a curvy figure. Busty or not, this gown will offer the comfort and support that you’re looking for so that you can dance the night away without worrying whether or not your dress will stay put! Kennedy Blue Hannah is the long version of this style.


A lace-top dress with a chic chiffon skirt. | The Most Flattering Dresses for Plus Size Bridesmaids

Similar to the V-neckline of the Chloe and Anna dress, Kennedy Blue Ellie has a super similar shape and fit, but instead has a gorgeous lace top that flows into a luxe chiffon skirt. The illusion lace straps add a fun element to this dress, but still offer an elegant amount of coverage that looks great on a girl with slightly broader shoulders. Not to mention, the lace-top bridesmaid dresses perfectly coordinate with our all-chiffon styles so they can be mixed and matched for a super trendy look! Searching for the full-length version? Check out Kennedy Blue Brooke!

How to Determine Your Size

Now that you’ve found a style that you love, you’re probably wondering, “but what size am I supposed to get?” Luckily, our dresses run very similar to American retail sizing — meaning if usually wear a size 18, you’ll probably be really safe ordering that same size from our line! However, we always recommend that our customers (no matter what size they are!) have their measurements taken and refer to our size chart and measurement guide for complete accuracy.

To make the process even easier, once you’ve found your favorite style and just want to determine your size, you can choose to have a sample dress shipped straight to your door! Unfortunately, it’s common for plus size bridesmaids to feel discouraged during the actual dress shopping process, especially when they’re forced to shop in bridal salons, which are notorious for only carrying sizes 8-12 (if you’re lucky). With our At Home Try-On, you can enjoy the boutique experience right inside of your home! It’s a judgment free zone and we offer sample sizes from 0-24. We’ll even provide you with a soft measuring tape so that you can determine the best size for you!

Finding Your Perfect Chiffon Gown

We know… when it comes to shopping for weddings, it’s not always as fun as we’d like it to be, but we’re here to make it as fun and painless as possible. Hopefully by now you feel a bit more comfortable about finding and purchasing a dress that’s perfect for your shape. Keep in mind: finding the perfect dress is all about how you feel! Choose a style that works for you and is one that you’ll feel comfortable in all night long. Because honestly — it’s going to be a long day and you’re going to be in a lot of pictures so it’s important that you feel your best! As long as you follow those rules, you’ll love the dress your in and love yourself in it even more!



Danielle Salazar
Danielle Salazar

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3 Responses

Chelsea
Chelsea

July 06, 2015

your reply to Sophie’s comment makes it seem as though you don’t plan to take said product photos at all – it can’t be that difficult to find plus size models and a photographer. get on it!

Kennedy Blue
Kennedy Blue

July 06, 2015

Sophie,

That’s a great comment! Unfortunately, we just don’t have the product images of plus size women to coincide with the dresses we chose for this blog. However, we have seen these styles on a broad range of women and found these 5 to be the most flattering dresses for any girl, especially plus size! I apologize that we don’t have the images to back this up, but hopefully it will inspire some women to feel confident enough to give one of these styles a try!

Sophie
Sophie

July 05, 2015

The dresses are lovely, but why advertise them as plus size and not have appropriately sized models to demonstrate how they may look on curvier ladies?

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Measurement Guide

Taking Your Measurements

For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn't be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor. 

**Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it's not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.




Bust size: Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).

Waist size:  While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button.

Hip size: Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.

Choosing your correct size

Compare  these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5" (size 12), your waist measures 31" (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5" (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body. Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.