Plus size wedding dresses: how to find the dress of your dreams


There is a heartbreaking familiarity to the experience: once again, plus-size people are relegated to shopping in isolation and online, wasting the moment shared with friends when you first try on “your dress”. . Shaw continued, “If you extrapolate why an older bride doesn’t have access to a great shopping experience for a dress, it’s hard to ignore who the company deems worthy of that moment or that day.” Every bride should be given the opportunity to feel special, and clicking “add to cart” is nothing compared to the champagne celebration that has been promised to us. It’s more than disappointing to endure body shame and having to stand up for your body, at a time when all you should be feeling is adulation.

As we eagerly await the bridal industry to catch up with the desires of the modern plus size bride, we hope that these strategies, focusing on what is in your control, will make the dress-buying process a more positive experience. and more joyful.

Trust your instincts

First of all, there are no “rules” when it comes to a plus size bride other than that she fits you, literally and emotionally, so dress however you like. Go for the lace bodycon dress, or a ball gown with a tulle cloud or something sexy and tight, just make sure it fits you perfectly and suits the nuptials you have planned. Tall people are often forced to settle for availability rather than personal preferences. Don’t let this be one of those occasions. You deserve to look breathtaking just as much as a straight waist bride. Be sure to say yes to the dress because it really is THE ONLY one.

Research and call in advance

Along with this healthy body-positive bridal diet (Lindy West’s transcendent writing about being a fat bride is must-read), start researching inclusive waist lines. When you discover a designer you love, Gaby Bayona, the designer behind four bridal lines including the waist (Laudae, Aesling, Truvelle and Halseene), suggests that you contact her directly to inquire about the catwalks with wider size ranges, or for their listing. of bridal shops that stock their line in-house. The store may have your dream dress in a plus size sample (usually a size 18/20) so you can get a better idea of ​​how the final dress will look on you. Also ask to see pictures of the dress on brides close to your waist so you can see how the fit improves. You are not arrogant, you are not asking for too much, you are just trying to make the biggest clothes purchase of your life. You deserve all the information you need to make the best decision.


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