This article is part of our Ultimate Wedding Dress Shopping Guide.
We’ve put together a guide to finding the most flattering plus size wedding dress for your big day! Trust that our True Crew has you covered with our best plus size bridal tips for finding your dream wedding dress and flattering your figure. Continue reading True Society’s ultimate guide to shopping for plus size wedding dresses and see some of our favorite plus size styles for every shape!
How do I Start Shopping for a Plus Size Wedding Dress?
To begin your dress shopping journey, it is always best to look online and in magazines to see what kinds of silhouettes, fabrics and details catch your eye! Our wedding dress gallery is a great place to start gathering inspiration for the plus size bride. From there, you can begin shopping in boutiques. When choosing a plus size wedding dress, keep these tips in mind:
- Search for gowns with structure! Details like boning, corsets, built-in cups, straps and sleeves in plus size dresses all contribute to flattering your figure and helping your dress have the ultimate fit! Shapewear and quality undergarments can also assist in this area. Alterations will also help ensure that your gown fits flawlessly.
- Find a silhouette that fits YOUR body! No woman’s body is the same, so you might want to consider finding a dress style that flatters your specific body type.
- Don’t be afraid to take risks! If there’s a style or silhouette that you’re drawn to, go for it! You might be surprised at how well it flatters your curves.
What are the Most Flattering Wedding Dress Silhouettes for Plus Size Brides?
Check out our guide below for the best wedding dress silhouette for your shape!
Apple-shaped brides look absolutely stunning in a ballgown style dress like Essense of Australia Style D3384. The bodice and double waistband hug your curves, while the plunging neckline draws the eye vertically for an elongating effect. The full skirt with layers of tulle gives off the ultimate royal vibes while flattering the body.
An hourglass shape is highlighted beautifully by a mermaid or fit-and-flare silhouette thanks to their fitted bodices and skirts that flare for a dramatic effect. Stella York Style 7479 radiates red carpet-worthy glamour from head to toe with shimmer sequins, brilliant beading and luxurious lace. The plunging neckline and delicate spaghetti straps highlight the décolletage, while the low back detail and fabric buttons flatter the figure.
A-line gowns flatter every shape but are an excellent choice for the pear shape bride because they highlight the upper body and waist. Stella York Style 7216 features a plunging V-neckline, sheer elements in the bodice for a touch of sexiness and a voluminous skirt that highlights the natural waist and is made of layers of tulle under chic Mikado fabric.
Plus Size Wedding Dresses
Now that you have some tips to help you find the most flattering silhouette for your shape, check out some of our favorite plus size wedding dresses below!
Plus Size Boho Wedding Dress
Essense of Australia Style D3529 is ideal for the boho bride! This effortless plus size bridal gown features romantic and sheer off-the-shoulder sleeves with natural vine and leaf appliqués and embroidered beaded details.
The detachable sleeves join the flattering sweetheart neckline with an organic lace edge, while delicate organza florets adorn the fitted bodice and gently cascade down the frothy tulle skirt, leaving streams of sparkling beading. This soft A-line silhouette finishes with a romantic layered skirt and train for an ethereal yet showstopping look.
Plus Size Beach Wedding Dress
Stella York Style 7361 is designed for the modern beach bride who believes that there is beauty in simplicity. Wide-set straps pair with a plunging neckline for a chic, supportive, on-trend look. The bodice and straps are lined with delicate beading and illusion tulle at the neckline and sides of the bodice provide breezy support for all-day comfort.
Large-scale leaf lace appliqués decorate the bodice, with beaded and sequin details providing a subtle sparkle that will shimmer. For a sexy and fashion-forward touch, this gown features a slit down the side of the skirt. This is truly a dreamy plus size beach wedding dress!
Plus Size Lace Wedding Dress
Searching for a plus size bridal dress in lace? Stella York Style 7447 is the ultimate plus size wedding dress for the bride who adores timeless style with a twist. An elegant soft A-line silhouette and subtle scoop neckline add a modern and sophisticated appeal to this fairytale gown.
The enchanting design features beautifully beaded spaghetti straps with an option for detachable off-the-shoulder sleeves in soft romantic lace. Sequin-embellished hand-placed lace appliqués adorn the semi-sheer bodice and organically blend with the frothy tulle layers of the skirt, creating a graceful and elegant effect.
Shopping Advice for the Plus Size Bride
When shopping for plus size wedding dresses, it is best to do your research to find boutiques with a selection of plus size samples to try on within your budget and style. Schedule your bridal appointment and remember to bring any accessories (like hair pieces or shoes) you are considering wearing on your big day, as it will help you envision your look.
Remember, your True Crew stylist is there to help you find your dream dress and will assist you in visualizing how it will fit your body when ordered in the correct size. If you plan on starting a new health, fitness or wellness journey — your dress can always be taken in during alterations, but remember, you are beautiful just as you are. Most of all, relax and have fun!
What Bridal Accessories Should I Look for When Deciding on a Dress?
When it comes to accessorizing your gown, think about the vibe you are going for, the details on your gown and your overall style! You still want your accessories to speak to your personal style— Detachable pieces like capes, sleeves and skirts are popular right now and give you two looks in one so you can wow your guests.
Accessories like statement earrings or a necklace can highlight the décolletage and add extra detail. The options are truly endless! We recommend trying on various accessories with your gown to see what makes you feel the most beautiful.
Begin your shopping journey by finding a True Society boutique near you and booking an appointment. We are so excited to help you find the gown of your dreams! Gown availability varies by store.