It’s supposed to be the best day of your life – yet that feeling of joy can quickly dissipate when you discover the limited range of dress sizes on offer.
It can be hard enough to find your style when you’re shopping for ordinary plus-size clothes but wedding dresses are even trickier – many bridal brands will only stock limited size ranges even though the average UK dress size is 16.
Meanwhile, wedding dresses will tend to run small anyway, which means that even if you take size 16 in your work suits, you may find yourself at closer to 18 or 20 in a wedding dress.
And if can often seem as though little thought has been put into the plus size dresses, which may be unflattering even when they’re theoretically the right size.
But these days more and more shops are stocking plus size dresses and many are recognising that what works for one bride may not work for another. Dresses are increasingly coming with more imaginative design options.
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We’ve rounded up a few of the plus size dresses that really strike a chord with us.
Essence of Australia D2471, available from LA Bridal House, Carrickfergus
This silver beaded ballgown from Essense of Australia is perfectly romantic and the stuff of princesses. The sparkly bodice features a plunging V-neck, accentuated on each side with glamorous beaded strap, and extends down into a full ballgown tulle silhouette.
Phoenix Plus PH8008, available from Tomorrow’s Bridal, Derry
This up to the minute Gatsby inspired lace applique strapless dress features a sweetheart neckline and flares gently from the hips to a fuller skirt. A corset back leads to a chapel train with a full lace hem detail. The scalloped-edge cap-sleeved bolero jacket has an illusion neckline that continues to the button feature tulle back, creating a fabulous way to create two looks for your big day!
Edel Tuite’s Belle Plus Size Alexandria dress, Edel Tuite Bridal Design, Louth
Designed with the fuller figure in mind, the Plus Size collection by Edel Tuite is tailor made to complement plus size brides, using luxurious fabrics of chiffons, silk crepe, French laces and silk taffetas.
Empire waists with soft drapings over the torso minimise concern areas while structured bodices support a full bust. Elegant neck lines, intricate embroidery and hand-beaded crystal embellishments crafted asymmetrically around the front and back of the gown flatter the figure.
Mollie Bridal Gown, MB2022, Michelle Bridal
Glow from within on your wedding day wearing this simple but strikingly elegant plus size satin v-neck dress. This timeless Mikado satin V-neckline wedding dress comes with a sheer modesty panel and a flattering sweeping A-line skirt.
Other brands that are doing particularly well when it comes to plus-size dresses include ASOS Curve, Celebrating Curves, True Curves, Chi Chi, Monsoon, SImply Be and Maggie Sottero.
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