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 to wear. Even those of us who aren’t engaged can dream! Choosing your bridesmaids' styles can be quite the task - women come in all different shapes and sizes, and you may have a range of sizes and body types represented in your entourage. You want your crew to look and feel their best!

Or, perhaps you’re a bridesmaid who has been asked to join "Team Bride" and you're preparing to choose a dress for yourself. In that case, you'll want to see which up and coming styles are here this season at Kennedy Blue!


Kennedy Blue Caitlin in 'Spice' | Lahzeh Photography

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 for 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, and every bridesmaid needs to consider what they may wish to accentuate. For plus size women, it's no different - 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 - and as an added bonus, it's comfortable! However, try to avoid a-line gowns with additional volume or ruffles, which may add unnecessary volume to a plus size bridesmaid's shape.

2. Opt for V-Neckline Bridesmaid Dresses

We offer a lot of neckline options for plus size gals. If you have a larger bust, we recommend the classic V-neckline. It is very feminine and can actually make your neck look longer and your bust look smaller. Check out the Vera gown below to see what we mean! It's a complete knock-out.

Kennedy Blue Vera in "Navy"

3. Consider Solid Colors

Solid color bridesmaid dresses are very much in style at the moment. It's also helpful to keep in mind that patterns tend to make people look larger, especially stripes and dots. Instead, opt for a solid color. We have plenty of shades to choose from!

Kennedy Blue Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses

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.

Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses: Popular Colors and 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. Short gowns tend to appear more casual.
 
Jay Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress
Jay is a modern bridesmaid dress that is simple and sleek. The structured bodice is stunning, and it has pockets! 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 larger bust and need a little extra lift!

Kennedy Blue Dorothy in "Rosewood"

We recommend the Dorothy, which is a very feminine style with charming cap sleeves. It has a delicate hand embroidered lace bodice that simply shines, and an A-line silhouette with pockets.
 
Another great reason to go for sleeves is to accentuate your gorgeous arms - in which case a ruffle sleeve is a great option for you! Ruffles can be more romantic, whereas thick straps can look quite sophisticated. 
 
A romantic design, Allison features fun off-the-shoulder sleeves. The sleeves are paired with a double layer ruffle bodice and an A-line skirt.  This look is flattering on every body type, and is the perfect option for a party with various body shapes!
A third great reason to have a plus size bridesmaid dress with sleeves is to add a bit of warmth if it's cooler, or to protect from the sun if it's an outdoor wedding.
 
Kennedy Blue Tabitha Bridesmaid Dress | Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses

"Tabitha" Rust Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress

We are completely in love with this illuminating Tabitha gown. The fabric is lightweight satin, so it moves with you and flows across the body effortlessly. This is also an excellent choice for those looking for plus size bridesmaid dresses with sleeves. It is feminine and stunning!

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.

Kennedy Blue Felicity Bridesmaid Dress | Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses

The Felicity is drop-dead gorgeous. This elegant fit features a jaw-dropping slit (which makes dancing all that much easier!) It is truly a modern take on a classic look. The flat chiffon fabric is incredibly soft, and the added structure makes this dress flattering for all.
 

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.

4. Plus Size Black Bridesmaid Dresses

Plus Size Black Bridesmaid Dress

Faye Plus Black Bridesmaid Dress

Faye is one of our favorite chic black options. It looks effortless with a subtle keyhole back and flowing skirt. This is a perfect choice for a plus size black bridesmaid dress!

5. Plus Size Gold Bridesmaid Dresses

Kennedy Blue Kai Bridesmaid Dress | Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses

Kai Gold Satin Bridesmaid Dress

An eye-catching gold number is the Quin. This gown offers a timeless look that has all the glamor! As a bonus, the adjustable straps fit perfectly to your body. You'll be sure to turn heads with this incredible show stopper! 

6. Plus Size Blue Bridesmaid Dresses

Dark Blue Satin Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress

Kennedy Blue Monica Bridesmaid Dress in "Navy Blue"

An incredibly elegant option is this navy blue Monica bridesmaid dress. This stunning gown reminds us of midnight skies and it's another high neck halter with a keyhole back. The look is classic, timeless, and vintage - and, it's made of high quality satin fabric that is not overly shiny - an opulent choice for a plus size satin bridesmaid dress! 

Kennedy Blue Brittany Bridesmaid Dress in "Slate Blue"

For a more flowing, chiffon look, the Brittany is a brilliant choice - and it's one of our most popular dresses for plus size bridesmaids. It features a flattering v-neck neckline and pockets. We really love the thick shoulder straps that provide extra comfort and support while you enjoy the wedding. The ruching across the chest and a structured waistband are special touches as well!

Other Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress Colors  

If you're looking for hues other than burgundy, gold, and blue, 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

Narrowing down your bridesmaid dress options 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 of what everyone is into and what they would like to avoid. For example, you might get feedback that your party wants 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. Kennedy Blue is committed to designing the most flattering dresses for plus size gals, so check out our recommended styles in this guide!

Mahogany Bridesmaid Dress

Sue Bridesmaid Dress in Mahogany

3. Mix & Match Bridesmaid Dress Styles

Mismatched bridesmaid dresses are extremely popular at the moment, and for good reason. It allows everyone to look and feel their best by choosing a gown of their own preference. Simply set a few key specifications as far as colors, styles, patterns and so on. This option ensures that no one will be stuck with a gown that they hate!

Most Flattering Bridesmaid Dresses for Plus Size

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. One Shoulder Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress

Eloise Bridesmaid Dress

Eloise Bridesmaid Dress in "Moss"

One of our most popular bridesmaid dress designs, Athena is a classic choice. This dress has a one-of-a-kind one shoulder style with a ruched bodice and an A-line skirt. We especially love the flowing chiffon fabric, as well as the stretch liner for comfort.

2. Francesca Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress

Kennedy Blue Francesca Bridesmaid Dress in "Rosewood"

We adore the Francesca as an option for a medium length bridesmaid dress for plus size. The cowl neckline is very contemporary, and the medium length gives the hemline a flirty look! Show off your shoes with this fun option. 

3. Jade Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress

Kennedy Blue Jade

Kennedy Blue Jade Bridesmaid Dress in "Slate Blue"

Jade is a gorgeous bridesmaid dress with an elegantly embroidered bodice. It has a flattering scoop neckline, thick straps, and a skirt with a leg-lengthening slit. We also love that it has pockets to make you more comfortable as you perform your bridesmaid duties! 

4. Katie Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress

Kennedy Blue Katie Bridesmaid Dress in "Fog"

Kennedy Blue's style Katie is a perfect option for those wanting a plus size bridesmaid dress with sleeves. With its breathtaking v-neck and keyhole back, the flutter sleeves offer a beautiful accent to your look. This flowy bridesmaid dress is flattering on a variety of figures.

5. High Neck Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress

Nina Plus Size High Neck Bridesmaid Dress

Nina Plus Size Blush Bridesmaid Dress

Fun and flattering, Nina is a super chic design. It features a high neckline and with sleek spaghetti straps. It is the perfect choice for a warm weather wedding. The bust also offers fuller coverage for those who enjoy something a bit less revealing or with more support!

6. Stassie Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress

Kennedy Blue Stassie Bridesmaid Dress in "Dove"

The Stassi has an elegant, high neck halter that features an open back and handy pockets. The A-line skirt with a slit is an A-plus choice! We love this modern take on a classic.

7. 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 pockets and a tasteful slit. We love how the v-neck and v-back accentuate the neckline!
 

Plus Size Sequin Bridesmaid Dresses

Sequin bridesmaid dresses are so in-style! This line features a touch of old Hollywood glamor. Consider plus size sequin bridesmaid dresses for a luxe, modern look. Adding a sequin dress or two to the mix is also 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 dramatic scoop back - the cowl for which is detachable to give you options! It is paired with short sleeves and a flowing a-line skirt. We absolutely love how this choice shimmers!

2. Destiny Plus Size Sequin Bridesmaid Dress

Kennedy Blue Destiny

Kennedy Blue Destiny Bridesmaid Dress in "Bordeaux"

Destiny is modern design with a fun and flattering bodice. It has a v-neckline and thick straps that criss-cross in the back. And, as always, we love the functional pockets on this bridesmaid gown! 

Plus Size Bridesmaid Robes

Our designers are mindful of the fact that many bridesmaid robes are too short and can make the wedding party feel uncomfortable. These bridesmaid robes are a longer, knee-length design. A little extra coverage can ensure that everybody is comfortable as they get ready for the Big Day!

Plus Size Satin Bridesmaid Robes

Kennedy Blue's plus size satin bridesmaid robes are inclusive enough for your entire bridal party! First and foremost, we are size inclusive - our satin bridesmaid robes come in standard size (fits size 00 to 12) as well as plus size (size 14-24), so all of your girls should be covered!

Ruffle Bridesmaid Robes with Inclusive Sizing

Plus Size Bridesmaid Robe

Be sure to check out Kennedy Blue's ruffle bridesmaid robes for plus size gals as well. Our ruffle bridesmaid robes have inclusive sizing, too! Since the ruffle robe material is stretchy, it's extra comfortable for many body types. And, we NEVER charge extra for plus size products!

Your Thoughts on Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses

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? What plus size bridesmaid dress styles have you tried or seen? Let us know in the comment section below!
 
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Jess
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!

Megan
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! 😊

Lauren
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.

Danya
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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