Plus-Size Wedding Dresses
Celebrate matrimonial bliss in a dress truly made for the plus-size bride. We've got every modern trend or classic gown silhouette you can imagine, including popular mermaid shapes, elegant column designs, strapless bodices paired with exuberantly tiered skirts, and even wonderfully low-key beach-ready gowns. Read on for which wedding dress shape flatters your figure best, plus the latest dress trends to match your marriage ceremony's style.
Plus-Size Wedding Dresses by Body Type
Beautiful bridal gowns for the curvier woman abound, as more famous wedding-wear merchants feature lines devoted to the plus-size customer. How to choose among this gorgeous array? Consider your body type.
If you're a "pear" (or "triangle"), meaning your lower half is wider than your upper, consider the camouflaging power of a princess gown that flares gently into an A-line silhouette. (Empire-waist cuts are also flattering, but steer clear of clingy sheath, trumpet or mermaid silhouettes.) Your loveliest necklines include corset styles and V-necks of both modest and plunging varieties, with elaborate beading or other embellishment to draw the eye upward. One of this year's key bridal-wear trends is heavily decorated bodice paired with a smooth, undecorated skirt: This is perfect for a pear. Also ultra-trendy is the fitted lace sleeve, a regal way (think Duchess Kate) to bring attention to your upper half.
"Apples" (or "round") look best in wedding dresses that minimize the bust and nip in the waist, as this body type is bigger on top than on bottom. Fit-and-flare silhouettes make for a beautiful balance, while body-skimming baby-doll or empire-waist designs flatter in the most ethereal way. Below-the-waist detailing like ruching, pleating, tiers or scads of fluffy fabric visually maximize the lower half and create the illusion of a trimmer waistline. Deep scoop necks help add interest up top. And the textural beauty of lace or jacquard will be more attractive than anything shiny or clingy.
Those perennially popular mermaid and trumpet wedding gowns suit "hourglass" frames the best, as they accentuate all that's fine about that figure. The snug bodice, tight midriff and flared skirts of these dresses are perfect for the classic waist-to-hip ratio of hourglass curves. Long-line corset-inspired bodices also show off this shape, as do more modest sweetheart necklines and the popular strapless gown style. Just avoid sheaths or really big ball gowns.