Choosing the right wedding gown for a plus size bride
A wedding is a once in a lifetime experience for most women, and is meant to be that one special day when the bride is in the spotlight, dressed in her bridal glory in front of her family and loved ones. For all the joy and revelry, which accompanies a wedding, there is always that tinge of fear, which is faced by every bride; “how am I looking” is a question addressed to one and all! For a beautiful plus size bride, the trepidation is the same, which is why a few tips on choosing the most flattering dress will come in handy.
One of the first things to keep in mind for a curvy woman is to bless ones natural curves; accentuate them and do not hide them! Using fabrics, which serve to flatter the body’s natural curves include satin and taffeta. Both these fabrics can be played with, and are easy to ruche, pleat, lace, crease and fold. It is a good idea to steer clear of, or use a minimum of appliqué and beaded detail work, as they tend to enhance the least flattering aspects of a curvy figure. In context with designs to avoid, one should be aware that horizontal designs tend to increase the width of the body and give the illusion of a larger frame. It would therefore be wise to avoid those styles.
Another aspect, which would best benefit those who are blessed with generous busts, is the neckline of the gown. A curvy woman is at an advantage here and has the option to choose from a variety of sheer, plunging and avant garde style necklines, which will flatter the bust area and add to her proportionate shape. Corsets can also be worn to further enhance the hourglass effect. Those with heavy busts and torsos might want to limit the plunging necklines however, as too deep a plunge could lend a top-heavy and rounded appearance.
It is important to choose the right skirt while choosing a plus size wedding gown; in order to accentuate ones natural curves while also smoothing bulges and bumps, a full or A-line skirt will do the trick. Empire and dropped-waist seams will also serve to add length to the midriff area, and will move away from the hips.
Some styles which will best flatter a plus sized figure include the classic bell-sleeved wedding dress, the popular corset style wedding dress, strapless styles with lace overlays and illusion necklines, and the safest style; an Empire style gown with a skirt which begins at the bust and flows into a gradual A-line, ending at floor length. The aforementioned styles will accentuate curves without adding on the pounds.
At the end of the day, the choice of what style to wear should belong with the bride. Her comfort and joy is of paramount importance given that this is a special day. She will need to look back on it with joy and fondness, without cringing about an unflattering dress, or style, which “made her look fat”. If the fit of the dress is flattering to the figure, and the accessories minimal and classy, any bride, regardless of her size, will be happy and excited about her special day. Choose wisely therefore, and never settle for another person’s opinion on what looks best on you, the choice is yours!
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