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.
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
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.
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
2. Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses with Sleeves
3. Plus Size Burgundy Bridesmaid Dresses
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
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
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
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
Destiny is modern design with a fun and flattering bodice. It has a v-neckline and thick straps that criss-cross in the back.