House of Brides Couture reviews wedding dress trends for plus size women. Read our expert advice on what really works for women!
What are the rules for the plus size bride? There are no rules! Today’s wedding dress designs compliment every shape and size. Designer collections like Allure Women, Julietta by Mori Lee Bridals and Unforgettable by Bonny have an attention to detail and an eye for the silhouette. The results are gorgeous gowns that love every curve!
Review of Necklines
Plus size brides have more options than ever especially when it comes to the neckline. Forget the days when plus size brides could only find high or covered necklines. Today’s bridal necklines feature off the shoulder, sweetheart, strapless, halter, cap sleeves and plunging V-necklines. Brides can show-off their décolletage with shoulder baring styles or play it modest with illusion detailing.
For brides with broader shoulders and chest, House of Brides Couture recommends drawing the eye inward with a halter or sweetheart neckline. For brides who want to balance-out their more narrow upper body, an off the shoulder neckline is an excellent choice.
Review of Waistlines
Most plus size brides are concerned with the fit of their waist in their bridal dress. Designers met this concern with a variety of options for the plus size bride. The most wearable waistline for women is the Princess cut gown. A Princess cut means there is no defined waist. Instead, seams run vertically creating a seamless and elongated shape.
For those who want to accentuate an hourglass figure, these brides should select a defined waist. Waistlines can be defined by the style of the dress like a Basque or dropped waist. Waistlines can also be defined with an embellishment accenting the waist or by adding a bridal belt to the wedding dress.
Review of Silhouettes
The silhouette, or shape of the skirt, can help to disguise “problem areas” or to emphasize curves. Plus size women wanting to diminish a lower half should choose fuller silhouettes like a ball gown or A-line skirt.
Women who want to celebrate a fuller hip love a mermaid or a fit and flare gown. These silhouettes hug the hip and create a voluptuous figure.