Post # 1
I have 4 BMs – one very slim, 2 average size and 1 plus size lady. I want them all to feel comfortable and beautiful, however I do want their dresses to match.
My plus size Bridesmaid or Best Man said she’ll only wear chiffon and refuses to wear satin because she thinks it hugs all her problem areas.
I’m a bit disappointed because I love the look of satin but obviously her comfort comes first.
So for those who know best, which materials are most flattering/forgiving on larger frames? Or for women who have issues with their thighs/stomachs?
Post # 3
@MrsCreeToBe: Sorry, I agree with the chiffon. 🙁 Can you find a style that has both? This is what I wore for my daughter’s wedding.
Post # 4
Have you seen these convertable dresses? They seem to flatter all sizes and shapes…They also come in a range of materials. https://www.facebook.com/coraliebeatrix she has a lot of photos of the dresses on all shape ladies
Post # 5
I have to disagree with your Bridesmaid or Best Man on chiffon (at least for the whole dress). It tends to make most people (who aren’t very slim) look like coloured clouds. Satin can work if it’s heavier (not lightweight slipper satin) and well structured.
Whatever you get, make sure it’s well structured. Floaty is not a good friend of the plus-sized girl!
Post # 6
I think getting the right style dress is probably the most important. It seems like any material with a sheen tends to highlight problem areas (at least this was true for me when I was overweight). Other things, like ruching, corset back, etc, can help with slimming. I would recommend that you talk to the place where you’re getting your dresses from, they will usually know what is flattering and what isn’t.
I think it’s awesome of you to consider your friend’s needs before just picking any dress you like and forcing her to wear it. Good luck with the dress hunt!
Post # 7
I think it’s really sweet you are taking her feelings into consideration, however I don’t think chiffon is the only way to go. I’m not plus sized but very curvy and I have particular cuts in dresses I like to wear. In my experience I’ve found that a nice a-line works best (but thats just me). As far as fabric, cotton and cotton/acetate blend flatter the most! But that all depends on what type of wedding you are having.
Maybe you and she can check out dresses that aren’t from a bridesmaids collection? I have heard the quality is sometimes lacking (depending on the brand) and then try and find a really good tailor. They can work magic! Good luck!