Any woman who wants a wedding, rather than a marriage ceremony, wants a beautiful wedding gown. The magazines and ads are full of gorgeous plus size dresses to wear to a wedding. But, all the models are slim and all the dresses are a size 8. What does a plus size woman do when she wants a wonderful wedding gown? The good news is that many designers now have plus size lines. All a woman has to do is look around.
Most plus size women will probably go to the local bridal salon to look for a gown, and this is a good place to start. Even local salons will have a wide variety of gowns in stock, and a good salon will be able to tell a bride which designers have plus size gowns.
Now that a bride has some sources for acquiring a gown, what styles should she look for? It will differ from woman to woman, but a plus size bride should look for a gown that camouflages figure flaws, and emphasizes her good points.
Many plus size women have large upper arms. Brides who do will probably not want a sleeveless, strapless or halter-style dress. They will want at least cap sleeves, or a lacy jacket with longer sleeves, to wear over the gown. Short lacy sleeves will also camouflage larger arms. Short, puffy sleeves are acceptable, as long as they don't bind the bride's arm, but she should probably stay away from the leg o' mutton variety (puffy at the top, fitted at the bottom). These will make her arms look even larger. Long sleeves should fit smoothly, but not snugly, to the wrists. Long, lacy bell sleeves have also regained popularity and are a good look for a plus size woman.
The next item on the list is the gown's neckline. Halter, tank and strapless styles are current, but many plus size brides who are busty might feel uncomfortable in these styles. However, a "wedding band" or high neckline is equally unflattering on the plus size woman. However, there are still a number of necklines available. The portrait neckline is usually cut narrowly at the shoulders and curves down below the hollow of the throat. The sweetheart neckline is also cut narrow, but comes to a point below the throat, sometimes hinting at, or showing, a bit of decolletage. A square neckline may also be flattering, or the Queen Anne, which is high in the back, but has an ornate, sculptured neckline. Most plus size brides want a neckline that will lengthen their necks, without revealing too much skin.
The next gown feature a plus size bride will look for is the gown's overall style. Is it ball gown, sheath, A-line, empire? These decisions will depend largely on the bride's individual figure and comfort level. Sheaths are tricky. They may or may not be flattering. It all depends on the cut of the gown, and the fabric. Most brides will be able to wear a ballgown or A-line silhouette with little trouble. These fit through the waist and flare at the hips, camouflaging wide hips. An empire waist is also questionable, depending on how large the bride's tummy is. Because these wedding dresses for short brides fit underneath the bustline and are loose from there to the floor, they can create a distinctly pregnant look. Again, it will depend on the bride.