Doing a quick online search for “plus-size bridesmaid dresses” might leave you with very few options and feeling a bit discouraged. Although you’ll find that many websites offer plus sizing, their models all look like stick figures, making it hard to imagine the dress on any other shape. Although it might look awesome on the size 4 model, that’s just not what the average real-life woman looks like!
Don’t get me wrong, there are some companies that do show bridesmaid dresses on plus-size models, however, they’re usually ready-to-wear brands (think Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, or Modcloth), and their styles, sizes, and colors are very limited.
No matter their size or shape, your bridesmaids deserve to shine! The goal should be to enhance their natural beauty by choosing dresses that make them feel confident and gorgeous.
At Kennedy Blue, we feel strongly about including all bridesmaids in all sizes. Not only have we started showing our dresses on plus-size models, but we also offer a variety of sizes for girls to try on.
Unlike traditional bridal salons, we get that not all bridesmaids wear a size 8 – although it’s the most common size available in a retail store.
Squeezing all the bridesmaids into a single size often doesn’t help you see the style, and it can be pretty uncomfortable for your ‘maid to be on display with a dress that barely fits.
From a fitting standpoint, being able to try on the actual dress helps ensure that the dresses will fit properly for the wedding and hopefully need fewer alterations, or at least prepare your bridesmaid for what parts of the dress will need them.
When deciding your bridesmaid’s dresses, instead of defining one single style, consider choosing a set of styles. The first step to do so is fairly simple: don’t assume anything! Ask your bridesmaids about what they like. What kind of dresses make them feel comfortable? What is their favorite dress ever —and why?
A different approach is to define, beforehand, a few parameters that you actually prefer so they can pick something you both like.
We know that options are almost infinite! A quick glance at some of our most popular and affordable bridesmaid dresses can be a great starting point.
Here are some tips when choosing bridesmaid dresses:
We’ve chosen 6 plus-size bridesmaid dresses that you and your bridesmaids will love, with the extra benefit of being great styles for women of every size.
Kennedy Blue Riley
It’s time for a sexy slit! Let your bridesmaid show off their beautiful arms and legs with this V-neck dress made of soft, luxe chiffon fabric. The A-line shape that emphasizes the waist, perfectly enhances an hourglass figure. Did we mention it has pockets?
Kennedy Blue Cara Top & Jo Skirt
Playful, girly, and fun, we love the look of this beautiful sleeveless lace top paired with a lightweight tulle skirt! It’s a style that will perfectly accentuate your bridesmaid’s legs.
Kennedy Blue Cara Top with Madison Skirt
If you’re loving the playful look from above, but in need of something more formal, here it is! A long tulle skirt will make the perfect, feminine combination with the lace Cara Top.
Kennedy Blue Olivia
This dress shows off a strapless, sweetheart neckline that will perfectly elongate your torso and neck. A daring and beautiful figure is achieved with this strapless silhouette and a flattering ruched bodice combined with an A-line, floor length skirt
Kennedy Blue Blake Top with Madison Skirt
The elegance of the floor-length Madison Skirt with this beautiful lace top—which has a high, illusion neckline (so pretty!)—is the epitome of delicacy and grace.
Kennedy Blue Thea
Who doesn’t love a good Boho style! This unique chiffon bridesmaid gown combines a flowing, A-line skirt with a gorgeously fitted bodice. The hourglass figure is completed with a pair of spaghetti straps and off-the-shoulder straps.
We want to help you to make your wedding day unforgettable, and we wish that you and your bridesmaids shine so much that it shows in every photo!
So, which of these styles is your personal favorite? Is there another tip or idea you want to share with us when choosing plus size bridesmaid dresses? Let us know in the comments section below!
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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.