Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Choosing a plus size wedding dress

One of the issues brides face during the preparations is choosing the wedding dress. I, for one, had a hard time picking the design that suits me from all the pictures I found on the Internet. Why? Because most dresses I saw were worn by those slim, sexy models. And I'm definitely not sexy.

Let's face it, not all brides-to-be don't have that slender, hour-glass figure. Some, like me, fall into the "voluptuous" category. But as I went on looking for "the dress," I realized that finding a wedding gown that looks good on a plus size woman is not so hard at all. There are guidelines that can help you pick the right wedding dress for your full figure.

From left to right: Eveline Pleated Wedding Gown from, Style W207 from, Style 1846W from, Vintage-inspired Scalloped Lace Wedding Dress from
For one, stay away from body-hugging silhouettes, like the trumpet or mermaid. A-line skirts are a good option and flatters most full figures. Another tip is to go for V-necklines and put the focus on your face and upper body.

Some plus size women may be too shy to show off their arms, so the best choice is to wear an off-the-shoulder dress or one with sleeves. They can help make your arms look slimmer.

The choice of fabric is also important. Make sure that you pick one that hugs your body right and not too tight that it shows unwanted flabs. And remember to have your gown altered to your size. Your wedding gown should not only be comfortable, it should also highlight your best assets and the right curves.

Many stores already offer plus size wedding dresses. Try on the designs that you think would flatter your figure and make you look and feel beautiful on your big day.

There may be many other tips out there in choosing a plus size wedding dress, but what's important is that you love the body you're in. Appreciating your figure is essential in making the right decision on what to wear for your wedding.

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