Post # 1
and I want her to feel beautiful on my wedding day.
She just had a kid not too long ago and was large before that. When I asked her to be a bridesmaid, she mentioned wanting to lose a ton of weight.
I really don’t want her to feel like she has to do that to feel beautiful, but I also don’t want to pick a dress style that makes her feel ugly.
My theme is very romantic. A Victorian French garden party if you must.
My musts are: they have to match, they have to be knee length or longer
I also don’t want the style to look bad on my other two bridesmaids who are short and very thin.
What dress cuts are most flattering on a larger body type? What materials should I avoid?
I like this dress.
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
One of my bridesmaids is also big and beautiful, and her stipulations when we chose dresses were no empire waist and she also preferred to have sleeves. Hope that helps a bit!
Post # 4
I think chiffon is very flattering on all body types..it flows nicely and is very forgiving!
Post # 5
@CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon: chiffon is the most forgiving material and I would try for a style that is going to be cut in a way or have a band that will define the girls’ waist.
Post # 6
Empire waist dresses look super good on everyone. Also choose a light flowing fabric like chiffon.
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Post # 8
Avoid anything stretchy. I would chose a nice v-neckline (not too deep) and avoid anything with a dropped waist.
ETA: That dress won’t work with those measurements… Just realized that is probably an inspiration dress.
Post # 9
I would find something with some kind of straps, and with a natural waist.
Post # 10
I was in a wedding party two years ago and one of the BMs was quite a bit larger than the rest of us. She looked AMAZING in the dress we picked, and she said that she felt so comfortable, too… she insisted on something with straps (we ended up having halters added to our strapless dresses – I think we all appreciated this on the day of!), and nothing with too much emphasis on the boob area, because she had a lot going on there.
Post # 11
Our dresses were similar to this, but we added a removable halter strap (and the material wasn’t this shiny. We wore navy blue) .
Post # 12
@CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon: By “they have to match” do you mean they have to be the same dress? Or could you do the same fabric/color but allow your bridesmaids to pick a different neckline? If she is a bustier girl, she might not appreciate strapless or satin. You might want something that drapes over the bust and the tummy, like these Tadashi Shoji silhouettes. http://www.shefinds.com/2012/saks-salon-z-has-plus-size-designer-dresses-for-every-occasion-in-every-size-jackpot/tadashi-shoji-salon-z-sequin-waist-dress/
Post # 13
this dress may be a good option, I’m a size 22 street size, this dress is an 18.
Post # 15
@corasong: The dresses have to be the same style and color.
Post # 16
i was the same with 2 of my girls, and i chose log dresses that flowed and fell from the waist. i probably could have put cap sleeves on too but they didnt say they wanted them or anything.