Tips for Full-Figured Brides
If you are one of the 70% of brides who want to lose weight, you are most definitely not alone. Yet most designers typically don’t create wedding dresses with larger (and especially plus) sizes in mind. While there are more options today than in years past, it’s still not as diverse as most brides would like it to be. That’s why it’s really important that you choose carefully.
Choose a fabric that can be easily manipulated such as silk and satin and heavy fabrics such as taffeta. These materials will flatter your fuller frame, drawing the eyes away from your “liabilities” and underscoring your best features. Beaded fabrics or those with appliqued embellishments are a no-no as these can call attention to areas in your body you’d rather hide.
One of the most common mistakes full-figured brides commit is wrapping themselves in sheets of fabrics in an effort to cover their body. This will just add additional volume and will make you look bigger than what you really are. Stay away from this wedding dress mishap. While you may be plus-size, you still have assets you can flaunt like flawless legs or a great pair of bosoms.
Typically, you will want to stay away from strapless wedding gown as this will bring attention to your shoulders and arms. Of course, exceptions can be made if your arms are relatively smaller than the rest of your body. As for sleeves, stay away from those that starts out fluffy and ends tight because they will make your arms look bigger. Nicely tailored long sleeves, cap sleeves and classic bell sleeves will do the trick.
As for the skirt, choose a piece with a full skirt or an A-line cut coupled with a dropped-waist seam or empire waist. Do this and voila – you have elongated your midriff making you look taller and slimmer. A skirt that flows away from the widest part of your hips will make you look a couple of pounds lighter and a couple of inches skinnier instantly.
Octavia Spencer’s smashing dress at the 2012 Golden Globes will give you a clear idea of what wedding dress will flatter your plus-size figure.