(Closed) Best Bridesmaids’ Dresses for Plus Sized Girls?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman

I went to a wedding recently where the bridesmaids wore strapless vera wang flowy chiffon dresses.  One of the girls was bigger but the dress was SO flattering on her and the other girls!  I know Vera Wang is probably out of most people’s price range, but maybe you can look to them for inspiration!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

drifts, where are you located?

I had a great time with my girls at two locations.  I took them to David’s bridal just to see what shapes, cuts etc would look best on them, also it gave us an idea of what size to look for.  When then went to a Vera Wang flagship store in NYC for bridesmaids.  It was great.  They have every dress in one of 2 sizes on 8 or smaller and another 20 or smaller.  Unfortunately the dress we chose was discontinued before we ordered.  We ended up taking our ideas from david’s bridal and purchasing dresses in the styles we wanted from Jim Hjelm.  Since my girls are all different sizes and shapes I allowed them to choose their own dresses so long as they were satin and floor length.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I’m using Bill Levkoff style 881. Its actually a two piece but it looks very much like a one piece dress. And since the "top" sits on top of the skirt, its really flattering on larger styles. I also like the taffeta material– it is much more forgiving than a satin that tends to highlight flaws.

it looks much prettier in person than online, and works well for all sizes, so if you have a store nearby that carries Bill Levkoff, I recommend calling to see if they carry that one so you can take a look in person.

Post # 7
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279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I’ve got 7 attendants, literally everything from a Size 0 to a Size 20. I got a halter dress, as they always say that halters are better for plus-size, and I have just found that the dress style surprisingly looked really flattering on all 7 of them!

 

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Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

For reference, here’s a pic of two of the maids in the dress (it’s a Badgley Mischka), one who ordered it in a 10, and the other who ordered it in a 22.

 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

There’s been a lot of talk on here lately about different Melissa Sweet dresses, maybe you can go try some on with your girls to see if any of those would work.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

The Dessy Group has tons of shapes and sizes.  And you can search by color and material.  So it might be worth checking out if you can find dresses that will flatter each individual BM in the same color, fabric, and length.  This is probably what I will do.  One advantage is that since they’re such a big name, if you put them in google you can often find the dresses at discounts.  This will not guarantee they are from the same dye lot though…

http://www.dessy.com

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Halter dresses look good on every size but especially good on fuller figures!

If you don’t want them all to have the same style, just choose a color and let each girl choose her own dress style.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

David’s Bridal has a lot of selection, as does Alfred Angelo. Here’s some ones we tried on at David’s that were flattering on all body shapes (only reason I bought the more expensive Badgley Mischka dresses is because I was looking for a specific shade I couldn’t find at David’s):

http://www.davidsbridal.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplayView?storeId=10052&catalogId=10051&categoryId=-49998974&currentIdx=35&subCategory=-49998976%7c-49998975%7c-49998974&catentryId=1000145

http://www.davidsbridal.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplayView?storeId=10052&catalogId=10051&categoryId=-49998974&currentIdx=37&subCategory=-49998976%7c-49998975%7c-49998974&catentryId=1000242

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Vera Wang has a bridal salon in Savannah

Vera Wang Bridal Salon at Bleu Belle

30 W. Broughton Street, Suite 301
Savannah, GA  31401

912-341-0012

Call them and find out if they carry larger sample sizes for girls to try on.  If they do it may be worth the drive.

If not, I would suggest going with a thicker fabric such as taffeta, or a good quality satin like Jim Hjelm, Alvina Valenta, Lazaro, Vera Wang which are much more forgiving on non-smooth surfaces.

Halters work well if the girl is not too big chested, but if they are it can be a pain in the neck (literally).  V-Necks work well on girls with wide backs.  Gathering at the bust is perfect for small chested girls.  Gathering at the waistline helps define it.  Also dresses that have lots of seaming That goes up down creates a taller leaner appearance.  Like you, I allowed my girls to wear their own dresses.  Being a "fuller figured" girl I’ve been on the bad end of a bridesmaid dress in the past.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

As long as you pick a dress made of some sort of flowy material with an empire waist it should look flattering on all body types. Plus sized women usually feel more comfortable with some sort of strap also (in my experience). Halter tops tend to be flattering on most people because the cut brings the attention upwards towards your face, and also makes shoulders look smaller..

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