Every bride wants her day to be perfect, and for her bridesmaids to look fabulous. But what if your friends range from a size 2 to a size 20? You will need to find plus size dresses and straight dresses which look good on all of your friends. This can be a challenge, but with some creativity and scouting around, you can find a bridesmaid style that will look great on all of your bridesmaids.
An empire style dress looks good on plus size figures and straight size. The raised waist gives the illusion of a smaller waist and the skirt falls flatteringly over the hips and thighs. Another pretty choice is the fit and flair style. Plus size dresses in this style are popular with retro themed weddings. A fit and flare dress has a fitted bodice and full skirt. This style of dress was very popular in the 1950’s. A wide contrasting belt adds to the illusion of a smaller waist. Fit and flare dresses flatter both full size and straight size figures.
The length of your bridesmaid’s dresses will be determined by the style of your wedding. A very traditional wedding usually includes long bridesmaids dresses. Waltz length and mid-calf length dresses are also popular choices for a traditional wedding. If your wedding is more causal or has a particular theme, you can choose any length you want. Keep in mind that not all plus size bridesmaids may feel comfortable wearing very short styles. Plus size dresses and straight size dresses come in a wide variety of lengths, so talk to your bridesmaids about which length they would feel the most comfortable wearing. Although this is your day, you want your bridal party to be comfortable and have fun, too.
Other style details to consider are the neckline and sleeve length. If your wedding is going to be in the warmer months, short sleeve or sleeveless dresses will keep everyone cool and looking good. In the spring or fall you may want to opt for a pretty lace shrug incase the weather turns cool, or it warms up as the day goes on. This way your bridesmaids will have the option to put on or remove the shrug after the ceremony at the reception. For bridesmaids who wear plus size dresses a pretty lace shrug will help cover up their arms and shoulders if they aren’t comfortable showing that much skin. A sweetheart neckline is flattering for every figure and a very popular one for bridal party dresses.
If your bridal party includes plus size friends you can still pull together everyone’s look with different styles of dresses in a similar color. This plan lets the bridesmaids pick their dresses and get ones they will be comfortable with. Try to keep the color palette and styles similar so that you have a pulled together look. Plus size dresses have come a long way in the past few years, and with some creativity and research you can find bridal party dresses that not only look good on your bridesmaid, but feel good, too.