(Closed) Bridesmaid Dress for varying shaped girls…. suggestions welcomed!

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Merlin29:  I have the same issue! 5 bridesmaids with different shapes and sizes! I’m doing the convertible wrap dress in the long version. Have you looked at those as an option?

Post # 5
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I had a similar situation….

I went to David’s Bridal and selected 7 dresses that my girls could choose.  I basically chose the color, length and fabric (chiffon) and they got to chose the dress…. 

In the end they all went with the same dress but they appreciated the options……

I like Chiffon because it is light and does not wrinkle.  Satin can appear heavy, wrinkles easily and looks stiff……

Post # 6
366 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I went to david’s bridal – selected the colour and allowed my bridesmaid to get whatever dress/style/material/cut they wanted as long as it matched the colour swatch. It didnt even have to be from david’s bridal. All my girls ended up getting different dresses (some got satin & others got chiffon) and all the dresses looked beautiful individually on each girl but the dresses went and looked so nice together as well.

Post # 7
1908 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I was told chiffon was “the most forgiving fabric” so that’s what we went with for Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses. I’ve posted this before but I’ll add it again here just in case it helps. I easily could have done all long dresses too but for a spring garden wedding we decided to go short.


I was also in a friends wedding as Maid/Matron of Honor, she had three BMs total – sizes 0, 12, and 20 we ordered these dresses from David’s Bridal and they worked well on everyone.

Post # 8
503 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Iowa

Goofy picture but here are my girls (+ 2 personal attendants).

I went with a long chiffon dress with empire waist and I think they all looked great! Bridesmaid or Best Man furthest right was breastfeeding at the time, 1 month post-delivery, and Bridesmaid or Best Man 2 from right was 8 months pregnant and you could barely tell.

Post # 10
8700 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I only had 2 girls and one was 38 weeks pregnant at our wedding, so I just said “Whatever is blue.”

But in an ideal world, I would have said “chiffon, floor length, Pool Blue (A DB color)”

Post # 11
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@futuremrsstraight:  Have you had the girls try on the convertible dresses? In my experience they are not good for different body types bc they are very clingy and don’t have any support.

Post # 13
496 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013 - old cheese factory


my girls are wearing this dress in truffle. i have my two sister and my FI’s sister. both my sisters are over 6′ and one is a plus size 24 the other has wide shoulders, and is about a size 12 very athletic build. my FI’s sister is a whopping 5′ nothin and a size 6 or 8 i cant remember, but she is very busty. other than having fi’s sisters shortened, and tacked in the middle for a little more boob covereage these dresses look amazing on all 3 of them.

Post # 14
8373 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

As a fuller-figured woman who is on the shorter side, I recommend the following guidelines when considering dresses that will be most flattering for shorter, fuller figured, larger busted bridesmaids — if you have any of those:


* floor-length
* straight (but not snug) or A-line silhouette
* strapless
* subtle sweetheart necklines
* scoop necklines or modest V-necklines
* sleeveless, or cap, three-quarter-length, or long-sleeves
* ruching in midsection
* silk taffeta


* short skirts
* vertical-gathered waistline
* empire waists
* full skirts/ball gowns
* halter styles
* backless dresses that won’t allow someone to wear supportive foundations
* deep plunging V necklines
* deep sweetheart necklines
* boat necklines
* bateau necklines
* short sleeves
* horizontal line under bust or at waist
* heavy satin
* silk charmeuse

Post # 15
441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Brazil Room

I vote for having the girls in mismatched dresses. I find that with varying body types… a lot of times the one girl who looks the worst in the dress will stand out. All my girls are completely different hair and body types, so the mismatched idea is working out really well.

Post # 16
817 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@JrzyGurl:  I tried on a convertible dress, and while I’d say I have an extremely easy-to-flatter body type (slim, defined waist, boobs that don’t require a ton of support) and it was kind of a disaster.  There aren’t a lot of ways to wrap it with a covered back, so I couldn’t fit a bra under it, and there were nipples everywhere.  I also felt like it was a lot more revealing than a standard strapless or v-neck A-line dress.  I’d wear one without complaining if someone asked me to, but I felt waaaay self-conscious and needed some pasties.

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