Ultimate Guide to Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses

If you’ve decided to tie the knot, then you probably already have an idea of what you want your girls wear. Even those of us who aren’t engaged can dream! Choosing what your bridesmaids will wear on the big day is a sizable task.  Women come in all different shapes and sizes, and you may have a range of sizes represented in your entourage. Or, perhaps you’ve been asked to join ‘Team Bride’ and have been given the go ahead to choose for yourself.  In that case, you may want some guidance on how to choose a plus size bridesmaid dress.

Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress

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Either way, Kennedy Blue is here to help! When designing our line of bridesmaid dresses, we kept women of every shape and size in mind. Our collection is designed to be inclusive, with flattering silhouettes and a size range of 00 - 32. Keep reading to get some need to know tips on choosing plus size bridesmaid dresses. Plus, get familiar with some of our most popular styles!

Tips for Plus Size Bridesmaids

Bridesmaid dresses are designed to flatter specific body types. No ifs, ands, or buts. As for plus size bridesmaid dress styles, you’ll want to pay attention to the following elements.

1. Choose a Flattering Silhouette

A-line dresses are the go-to gown for plus size bridesmaids. This silhouette flatters every body type, plus it's comfortable. However, try to avoid a-line gowns with added volume or ruffles. Since a-line dresses are already flowy, they may add unnecessary volume to a plus size bridesmaid's shape.

2. Opt for V-Neckline Bridesmaid Dresses

You have more options with neckline, but we recommend the classic V-neckline. It is feminine and can actually make your bust look smaller. This is a bonus for many plus size brides, who may have a large bust.

3. Avoid Flashy Patterns

It is recommended that plus size bridesmaids avoid dresses with patterns. Patterns tend to make people look larger, especially stripes and dots.  Instead, opt for a solid color.  They tend to be more flattering - plus, solid color bridesmaid dresses are very much in style.

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4. Pay Attention to Bridesmaid Dress Fabrics

When it comes to fabric, there is only one general rule: avoid anything that clings. Tight fitting fabric can be super uncomfortable and restricting, especially when you're trying to dance or move around. We recommend choosing a lace or chiffon fabric - both of which will drape over your curves beautifully.

Popular Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress Styles

From gorgeous colors, to specific styles and trends, check out the most popular plus size bridesmaid dresses!

1. Long Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses

Dress length is an option to think about. There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to the length of a dress for plus size bridesmaids. Depending on the bridesmaid, she might feel more comfortable elongating the body with a floor-length dress. Long dresses are especially popular right now, as they lend a soft, romantic and formal look. Whereas short gowns tend to appear more casual.
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Cameron is floral embroidered bridesmaid dress. It features spaghetti straps, a keyhole illusion back, and a flowing a-line skirt. It is a chic choice for those seeking a long plus size bridesmaid dress.

2. Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses with Sleeves

A bridesmaid dress with sleeves offers a few benefits, the first being that it lends support. This is especially important for bridesmaids who have a large bust. Depending on the sleeve style, it can also lend to the look of the dress. For examples, ruffles are more romantic and thick straps are quite sophisticated.
A romantic design, Allison features fun off-the-shoulder sleeves. The sleeves are paired with a double layer ruffle bodice and a flattering a-line skirt.  This look is flattering on every body type, and is the perfect option for a party with various body shapes!

3. Plus Size Burgundy Bridesmaid Dresses

Burgundy is the most popular bridesmaid dress color, and for a good reason! This gorgeous deep red shade looks beautiful year round. It also complements everyone's skin tone. For additional help selecting one of our Bordeaux gowns, read our recent blog - Swoon-worthy Burgundy Bridesmaid Dresses.
Bailey is a more traditional design. It has a matching keyhole opening in the front and back, thin shoulder straps, and an accented waistline. It looks especially romantic in the color Burgundy.
If burgundy isn’t your favorite, take a look at our other popular colors! Consider including olive green, slate blue, rust, or sage in your wedding palette. These beautiful colors will make for a truly unique bridal party look. For more inspiration, take a peek at our 2021 wedding color guide.

Tips for Choosing Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses

When narrowing down your bridesmaid dress options it can be overwhelming! There are so many silhouettes, colors, fabrics to pick from. And of course you want to make everyone happy. Here are a few tips on choosing plus size bridesmaid dresses to help you get started.

1. Ask Your Bridesmaids for Input

Although you have an idea of what you want and like, consider asking your girls for their input. This will give you an idea on what everyone is into and what they would like to avoid. For example, plus size women tend to want to avoid tight fitting gowns, or those with minimal breast support.

2. Find Your Favorite Bridesmaid Dress Designers

This is a task to do before you head to the shops! Some designers don’t offer plus size bridesmaid dresses. Do your research to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to try on a gown. This will help you avoid making any of your bridesmaids feel uncomfortable or left out.

3. Mix & Match Bridesmaid Dress Styles

Mismatched bridesmaid dresses are such a trend, and for good reason. It allows everyone to look and feel their best, by choosing a gown of their own preference. Simply set some specifications as far as colors, styles, patterns and so on. This option ensures that no one will be squeezed into a gown that they hate!

Best Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses

We’ve selected a handful of trendy plus-size bridesmaid dresses that you and your bridesmaids will love. Read on for dresses that look great on women of every size.

1. Athena Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress

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One of our most popular bridesmaid dress designs, Athena is a classic choice. This dress is a one shoulder style with a ruched bodice and an a-line skirt.

2. Iris Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress

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With floral embroidered, Iris features fun sheer straps and a unique racerback. It also has an accented waistline and a flowing skirt with hidden pockets.

3. Jade Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress

Jade is a gorgeous embroidered bridesmaid dress. It has a flattering scoop neckline, thick straps, and a skirt with a slit.

4. Cora Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress

A ruched bridesmaid dress, Cora is a modest english net gown. It has a v-neckline, off the shoulder straps, and a comfortable a-line skirt.

5. Milly Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress

Fun and flattering, Milly is a super chic design. It features a high neckline, and a ruched bodice with sleek spaghetti straps. It is the perfect choice for a warm weather wedding.

6. Morgan Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress

With a v-neckline and back, Morgan is a classic bridesmaid dress design. It also features a floral embroidered bodice, an accented waistline, and a skirt with a tasteful slit.

Plus Size Sequin Bridesmaid Dresses

Sequin bridesmaid dresses are so in-style! This line features a touch of old Hollywood glamour. Consider plus size sequin bridesmaid dresses for a luxe, modern look. Adding a sequin dress or two to the mix is an easy way to achieve a mismatched bridesmaid line up.

1. Jamie Plus Size Sequin Bridesmaid Dress

A sophisticated gown, Jamie is perfect for a formal event. It has a scoop neckline and a matching back. It is paired with short sleeves and a flowing a-line skirt.

2. Destiny Plus Size Sequin Bridesmaid Dress

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Destiny is modern design with a fun and flattering bodice. It has a v-neckline and thick straps that criss-cross in the back. 


Let’s Chat

We want to help you to make your wedding day unforgettable, which includes you and your bridesmaids shining so much that it shows in every photo! Which style is your personal favorite? Is there another tip or idea you want to share with us about choosing plus-size bridesmaid dresses? Let us know in the comment section below!
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May 19, 2021 10:00

These look so good! I also like the option of everyone picking their own dress. I want them all to be comfortable!

Amanda watton
May 19, 2021 09:59

This is soooo helpful!

May 05, 2021 10:26

I definitely will be asking my bridesmaids for their top 3, and seeing if a dress or two has been picked by all. I would even be ok with similar styles as long as I can get sane color

Carly Pryor
April 06, 2021 13:33

The blue shades in the shown collection are beautiful. I’m actually a bride, but the tidbit on what type of dress I should go for greatly helps.

Autumn Gates
April 06, 2021 13:33

This is super helpful! Thanks for sharing this information! 😊

April 06, 2021 13:33

Love the idea of having everyone wear a different style dress so they’re comfortable in what they have on.

January 04, 2021 12:07

I love this, it was very informative and helpful.

Holly Morris
January 04, 2021 12:05

Love all these tips for plus size bridesmaids. Really helpful information! Thanks for sharing! I know the dresdes my daughter selects for her girls are gonna be great!

Jamie Bennett
January 04, 2021 12:05

I’m newly engaged and a curvy girl mysielf. I’m loving some.if these plus size wedding dresses.

Melina Leon
January 04, 2021 12:04

Very helpful!

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