The importance of dressing your shape shouldn’t be underestimated, especially when choosing ensembles for those very special occasions in your life.
Your wedding day is one such event and you’ll want to feel your most fabulous. Finding the perfect wedding gown is a sure-fire way to achieve a breathtaking bridal look as well as feel every inch the beautiful bride.
Pinpointing a wedding dress that does you justice, embodies your style and personality, complements your wider wedding theme, and comes in bang on budget however is as complicated as it sounds.
One dress style certainly doesn’t suit all as you’ll quickly discover when wedding dress shopping. Finding the right dress takes time and requires research, and a great place to begin is figuring out which styles best suit your body type.
For plus-size brides in particular, the search for the perfect wedding gown is made even more difficult. While a longer list of bridal wear designers now offer flattering dress styles for sizes 18 and over, you may still find options rather limited when searching for a wedding gown.
To help make your search that bit smoother, we’ve put together an essential guide to the most stunning dress styles for plus-size brides.
The classic A-line
The A-line wedding dress has been the go-to gown shape for a number of years, and we can understand why. This versatile, timelessly classic style complements a wider range of body shapes than any other, with hourglass, apple, rectangular, pear, and inverted triangle body types all looking fabulous in an A-line gown.
Plus-size brides will also see stunning results in the A-line style, particularly if the design has an empire waist that cinches the silhouette in just under the bust.
The A-line cut skims over the tummy and hips to provide more coverage and a stunning look that complements modern and classic brides.
The timeless drop waist
Popular in the 1920s, drop waist wedding dresses are a timeless style that’s made something of a comeback in recent years. The flapper dress style has never looked so stunning, with several designers transforming the cut for the modern age.
The drop waist is the perfect cut for plus-size brides for so many reasons. Here Wedding Dresses explains more about why the drop waist style works so well:
“The classic Drop Waist style wedding dress is one that will imbue your figure with a sense of elegance and beauty.
Often paired with a flowing train and wide hem, drop waist styles naturally sit on a bride’s hips, creating the illusion of height.
The slender, elongated upper body of the drop waist highlights the shoulders and looks best on petite brides with soft curves.”
The big and beautiful ball gown
Who said plus-size brides have to avoid voluminous styles? The ball gown is a true showstopper and is certain to make you feel like a real princess on your wedding day.
The ball gown style highlights the waist to create the coveted curvy silhouette making it a great option for plus-size pears.
The subtly stunning sheath
The sheath style glides over the body with a modern, simple yet unforgettable elegance.
The cut provides an uninterruptedline that flatters several body types, from plus-size brides with a full bust, full hips, and waist definition to those with straight up and down proportions with very little waist definition.
This dress style adds the illusion of height and length too, which is excellent news for petite brides.
Most sheath designs provide a surprising amount of support and structure leaving you feeling confident, classy and comfortable on your wedding day.
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