(Closed) Bridesmaid dresses for different size girls

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
1057 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I had the same issue. She was more comfortable in something that had thick straps (I was unable to find anything short sleeved) So she ended up buying a little bolero. That way she was comfortable. 

Post # 4
3620 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had a similar situation, 4 girls, all very different body types – I went with a convertible dress. That way they could tie the dress any way they liked and how they felt comfortable. It was a hit!

Alfred Angelo Separates may be a good option too – we did that for my aunt’s wedding that I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man in. Some girls had sleeves, others strapless – it looked great in pics!

Post # 5
1871 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

You can’t solve people’s body issues for them and you are doing the nicest thing possible which is allowing them to pick their own style. When I agree to be a Bridesmaid or Best Man, I know that it involves getting measured, standing next to skinnier girls, getting photographed, bearing my arms, sometimes a less-than-flattering cut/color etc. All of that brings me anxiety. But it’s MY anxiety to deal with; not the bride’s.

So in short, be gentle and supportive and lend her an ear when she needs one, but remember she’s an adult and she agreed to be your bridesmaid. Let her handle her own issues.

Oh, and one more thing: the one thing you CAN do is cultivate a spirit of body acceptance. Sounds cheesy but what it means is that when you go to try on dresses, there should be no negative, self-depreciating comments. Remember that clothes should fit their wearers, not the other way around. So if something doesn’t fit right, acknowledge it’s not doing the girl any favors, but don’t allow any “If only I didn’t eat that cake” or “Gosh, my stomach’s huge” or “I hate my arms” crap from any of your girls. Make it your personal mission to be unwaveringly positive about each girl AND about your own body when YOU dress shop.

Post # 7
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@JennyW1: I completely agree with you. That is great advice.

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